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A boat sits along a dock on Paradox Lake. The autumn colored trees are reflected in the placid lake.
October 10, 2017

Autumn colors reflected on Paradox Lake in the Adirondack Mountains

The Northeast Bedrock Mapping Project consists of scientists conducting geologic mapping and scientific research of complexly deformed crystalline igneous and metamorphic rocks in the Northeastern United States. Current mapping activities are focused in New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, and New York. The Project produces high-quality, multi-purpose digital geologic maps

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A field of peatland surrounded by spruce and other understory plants in Alaska. Mountains can be seen in the background.
August 30, 2017

Thawing Peatlands, Alaska

Cores were collected from various areas of thawing permafrost-peatlands in Alaska. Permafrost thaw results in ground subsidence and inundation that kills black spruce and other understory plants living on the permafrost plateau. 

A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.
June 28, 2017

FBGC Lab - Core Scanning

A technician sits at a computer while running a sediment core through the Geotek.

A team of scientists prepares to board their core collecting platform
June 28, 2017

Nomini Bay, VA

A team of scientists prepare to collect cores from the Nomini Bay, VA.

A lab technician swirls samples in a watch glass to assist in extracting pollen
June 27, 2017

Pollen Lab, FBGC

Tom Sheehan, a lab technician at the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center, swirls a sample in a watch glass to assist in separating pollen from heavier mineral material.

Miriam Jones, Thomas Sheehan, and Diana Carriker use a Russian Corer to extract samples from The Great Dismal Swamp.
March 31, 2017

Collecting Cores from the Great Dismal Swamp, Spring 2017

Centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting resources have greatly altered the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years.

This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better

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Picture of the burned area within the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp Burn Area, March 2017

USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. 

The USGS is working with the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge on this effort. Learn more: https://www2.usgs.gov/climate_landuse/

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Living up to it's name, this picture shows the interior of the Great Dismal Swamp
March 21, 2017

Great Dismal Swamp, March 2017

Centuries of ditching, draining and harvesting resources have greatly altered the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia. USGS scientists recently collected peat and lake core samples from the swamp to help reconstruct natural, environmental conditions over the past 12,000 years. This project will help managers understand how this system has changed in order to better manage and

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USGS scientists inspect a sediment core from Bearsden Pond near the Fredericks Hall fault
December 31, 2016

Sediment Core from Bearsden Pond

USGS Research Geologist Jessica Rodysill and USGS-NAGT Student Intern Kristen Steele inspect a sediment core from Bearsden Pond near the Fredericks Hall fault, one of three subsidiary faults that broke in response to slip along the main Quail fault on 23 August 2011 during the M5.8 earthquake.  This research is a collaborative project between the USGS Land Use Mission Area

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Corals collected from the base of the Canetrap Formation. The corals are growing on disarticulated oyster and scallop shells.
August 16, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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A nearshore shell hash deposit from the Socastee Formation.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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A unit at the base of the Canepatch Formation with many shells encased in dense estuarine clay.
July 28, 2016

ICW Section Outcrops, S.C., Summer 2016

In July of 2016, a team from the Climate and Land Use Research and Development Program took a trip to South Carolina to study outcrops of the “Canepatch” and “Socastee” formations along the Intra-Coastal Waterway, near Myrtle Beach. The age of these fossiliferous marine units has been controversial for several decades. To re-assess the ages of these formations, fossil

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