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Date published: August 10, 2009

What Science Says About Beach Sand and Stomach Aches

By washing your hands after digging in beach sand, you could greatly reduce your risk of ingesting bacteria that could make you sick. In new research, scientists have determined that, although beach sand is a potential source of bacteria and viruses, hand rinsing may effectively reduce exposure to microbes that cause gastrointestinal illnesses.

Date published: September 30, 2008

Hurricane Ike’s Effects Linger in the Great Lakes

Although Hurricane Ike is long gone, its impact lingers more than a thousand miles from where it made landfall.  Runoff from tributaries dumped massive amounts of sediment into Lake Michigan, contaminating the water, compromising near-shore navigation and raising E coli bacteria to levels unsafe for swimming. 

Date published: June 12, 2008

Media Advisory:USGS Crews to Install New Streamgage in Cedar Rapids

Today the U.S. Geological Survey is installing a temporary streamgage in downtown Cedar Rapids until the permanent streamgage can be restored. Transmission of the information from the streamgage was abruptly interrupted last night when power to the downtown Cedar Rapids area was cut off because of safety concerns due to the flooding and the backup system failed. 

Date published: April 21, 2008

Earthquake Hazard Maps Show How the Nation Shakes with Quakes

Friday's magnitude-5.2 earthquake in southern Illinois is a reminder that earthquakes are a national hazard.

Date published: April 18, 2008

Illinois Earthquake is a Wake-Up Call

Today's early morning earthquake that jolted many in the central U.S. is a reminder that seismic events do occur in areas not normally thought of as "earthquake country."

Date published: January 29, 2008

Agricultural Practices in 9 States Contribute Majority of Excessive Nutrients to the Northern Gulf of Mexico

Nine states in the Mississippi River Basin contribute the majority of nutrients to the Northern Gulf of Mexico, threatening the economic and ecological health of one of the nation's largest and most productive fisheries.

Date published: January 24, 2008

Media Advisory: Agriculture Practices in 9 States Contribute Majority of Excessive Nutrients to Northern Gulf of Mexico

The overabundance of nutrients in the Gulf has resulted in a zone of low dissolved oxygen, or hypoxia, which can cause stress and death in bottom-dwelling organisms, threatening the economic and ecological health of the one of the nation's most productive fisheries.

Date published: August 8, 2006

USGS Report Identifies Asbestos Localities in Central U.S.

A report published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) contains a regional map and an associated database that inventory 36 locations of reported natural asbestos and fibrous amphibole occurrences in the central United States.

Date published: April 26, 2004

USGS Graphically Illustrates Urban Growth in America

Farmlands, wetlands, forests and deserts that composed the American landscape in the early 20th century have frequently been transformed during the past 30 years into mushrooming metropolitan areas as urbanization spreads across the country.

Date published: October 8, 2003

Updike Appointed Regional Executive for Geology

Included this month:

Hurricane Isabel Makes Her Mark on the North Carolina Coast

Mayans in the Everglades?

Submerged Ice Bridge Reveals Ancient Secrets About Alaska

America’s Deepest Coral Reef

Young Tortises on Mojave’s Menu

Measuring Floods From A Distance

Is the World’s Fuel Tank on Empty?

Date published: October 18, 2002

USGS Assesses Coal in the Illinois Basin

Coal provides over half of our nation’s electrical energy needs. To gain a better understanding of available energy resources, the USGS has recently completed an assessment of one of our nation’s most important coal producing regions, the Illinois Basin (an area covering Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky).