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Below are our most recent USGS News items, Technical Announcements, Featured Stories and Science Snippets. For inquires, please contact our center outreach coordinator, Maria Montour. 

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Date published: December 4, 2015

Low-flying Airplane Mapping Geology and Mineral Resources Over the Eastern Adirondacks

Residents of Essex and Clinton counties in New York may notice an airplane flying a grid pattern at low altitude for a few weeks in December as scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey map buried geological features that provide clues into mineral resources in the area.

Date published: October 17, 2015

Media Advisory: Low-Level Flights to Begin Assessing Local Mineral Resources this Monday

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under a region of northeastern Iowa, starting Monday, October 19, and lasting into November.

Date published: May 27, 2015

Hydraulic Fracturing (Frac) Sand Sources and Production in the United States

Newly released research from the U.S. Geological Survey describes U.S. hydraulic fracturing (frac) sand deposits and their locations, and provides estimates of frac sand production, consumption, and reserves. A companion map of producing and potential frac sand and resin-coated sand source units in the conterminous U.S. is also included.

Date published: May 12, 2015

New Mineral Science Shows Promise for Reducing Environmental Impacts from Mining

Mining companies, land managers, and regulators now have a wealth of tools to aid in reducing potential mining impacts even before the mine gets started. USGS and various research partners released a special edition of papers specifically targeted at providing modern environmental effect research for modern mining techniques.

Date published: April 23, 2015

Map Shows Content and Origins of the Nation’s Geologic Basement

A map showing the many different pieces of Earth’s crust that comprise the nation’s geologic basement is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: January 22, 2015

New Kupferschiefer Copper Assessment Available

SPOKANE, Wash. — In cooperation with the Polish Geological Institute — National Research Institute, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have published a new assessment of copper resources in Poland and Germany. This investigation is part of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Global Mineral Resource Assessment.

Date published: December 11, 2014

Fault "Crossroads" May Have Been Origin Point for 2011 Virginia Earthquake

The 2011 east coast earthquake felt by people from Georgia to Canada likely originated from a fault “junction” just outside of Mineral, Virginia, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research published in the Geological Society of America’s Special Papers.

Date published: October 28, 2014

Low-flying Helicopter Surveying Groundwater and Geology in the Poplar River Valley Area, Montana

Citizens should not be alarmed if they see a low-flying helicopter towing a large wire-loop contraption hanging from a cable in the Poplar, Montana area during the next couple of weeks.

Date published: July 3, 2014

Hyperspectral Aerial Survey will Enhance Mapping Capabilities

Starting on July 5 (weather permitting), U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey over the next 30 days to study the distribution of minerals exposed at the surface in various parts of Alaska.

Date published: April 15, 2014

USGS Scientists Receive Presidential Awards for Research on Earthquakes, Ecosystems and Permafrost

The U.S. Geological Survey is celebrating the success of three distinguished researchers who are recipients today of the 2012 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). This award is the highest recognition granted by the United States government to scientists and engineers in the early stages of their research careers.

Date published: March 10, 2014

New Maps of Afghanistan Provide "Fingerprint" of Natural Resources

A coalition of scientists from the United States and Afghanistan today released 60 high-tech maps that will help Afghanistan chart a course for future economic development.  These maps represent a milestone as Afghanistan is the first country to be almost completely mapped using hyperspectral imaging data.

Date published: February 5, 2014

Helicopter Survey to Map Potential Mineral Resources in Southeast Missouri

U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a comprehensive, high-resolution airborne survey to study the rock layers under parts of Washington, Franklin and Crawford counties. Instruments on the helicopter will collect information about the underground geology and mineral deposits of the region.