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The Lower Mississippi-Gulf Water Science Center collects, investigates and interprets hydrologic data across our five state region and beyond. We provide current and historical data to the public as well as our cooperators. The science we provide is used across a broad range of industries and other services.

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Featured Science

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Surface Water

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Groundwater

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Water Use

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Hurricane Awareness

FAQs

Where can I find bathymetric data?

The USGS has made bathymetric surveys for many coastal areas and for a few selected rivers and lakes in the U.S., including Yellowstone Lake, Crater Lake, and Lake Tahoe. Information and data for some of those studies is on the USGS Maps of America's Submerged Lands website. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is the primary source of bathymetric data for the world's oceans. See...

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Where can I find bathymetric data?

The USGS has made bathymetric surveys for many coastal areas and for a few selected rivers and lakes in the U.S., including Yellowstone Lake, Crater Lake, and Lake Tahoe. Information and data for some of those studies is on the USGS Maps of America's Submerged Lands website. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is the primary source of bathymetric data for the world's oceans. See...

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What is marine geology?

Geology is the study of the Earth. This includes how the Earth was formed, how the Earth has changed since it was formed, the materials that make up the Earth, and the processes that act on it. Marine Geology focuses on areas affected by our oceans including the deep ocean floor, the shallower slopes and shelves that surround the continents, and coastal areas like beaches and estuaries. USGS...

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What is marine geology?

Geology is the study of the Earth. This includes how the Earth was formed, how the Earth has changed since it was formed, the materials that make up the Earth, and the processes that act on it. Marine Geology focuses on areas affected by our oceans including the deep ocean floor, the shallower slopes and shelves that surround the continents, and coastal areas like beaches and estuaries. USGS...

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Who studies gas hydrates?

Currently, groups of scientists in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Great Britain, and Japan are working to try to understand gas hydrates and the role it plays in the global climate and the future of fuels. The USGS Gas Hydrates Project focuses on the study of natural gas hydrates in deepwater marine systems and permafrost areas. The primary goals are: Evaluate methane hydrates as a potential energy...

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Who studies gas hydrates?

Currently, groups of scientists in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Great Britain, and Japan are working to try to understand gas hydrates and the role it plays in the global climate and the future of fuels. The USGS Gas Hydrates Project focuses on the study of natural gas hydrates in deepwater marine systems and permafrost areas. The primary goals are: Evaluate methane hydrates as a potential energy...

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Education

Learn About Water - Louisiana Resources

Links to Sources of Water Information

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters and disseminates the data to the public, State and local governments, public and private utilities, and other Federal agencies involved with managing water resources

The map to the left allows you to go to other USGS Water Science Center Web sites, or use the links below to further investigate water.

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Learn About Water - Louisiana Resources

Links to Sources of Water Information

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) investigates the occurrence, quantity, quality, distribution, and movement of surface and underground waters and disseminates the data to the public, State and local governments, public and private utilities, and other Federal agencies involved with managing water resources

The map to the left allows you to go to other USGS Water Science Center Web sites, or use the links below to further investigate water.

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Hurricane Information

Hurricanes bring destructive winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. A single storm can wreak havoc on coastal and inland communities and on natural areas over thousands of square miles. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma demonstrated the devastation that hurricanes can inflict and the importance of hurricane hazards research and preparedness.

More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, and this number is increasing. Many of these areas, especially the Atlantic and Gulfcoasts, will be in the direct path of future hurricanes. Hawaii is also vulnerable to hurricanes.

To learn more visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/hurricaneinfo.html

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Hurricane Information

Hurricanes bring destructive winds, storm surge, torrential rain, flooding, and tornadoes. A single storm can wreak havoc on coastal and inland communities and on natural areas over thousands of square miles. In 2005, Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma demonstrated the devastation that hurricanes can inflict and the importance of hurricane hazards research and preparedness.

More than half of the U.S. population lives within 50 miles of a coast, and this number is increasing. Many of these areas, especially the Atlantic and Gulfcoasts, will be in the direct path of future hurricanes. Hawaii is also vulnerable to hurricanes.

To learn more visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/hurricaneinfo.html

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East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map

In the event of a hurricane, the appropriate response could save your life. This “East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map” is a tool that can be useful in making decisions pertaining to evacuation and safety. IF LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND EVACUATION, YOU SHOULD LEAVE--via major evacuation routes shown in red. Louisiana State Police Troop (A) headquarters can assist you in the most practical route to use during an evacuation.

IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY--locate the hospital facility, shown in blue, with emergency room capabilities nearest you. The Red Cross office can provide you with sheltering information and other disaster preparation. Appropriate response procedures can prepare people for potential hazards that could affect their lives and property. Everyone is urged to use the information provided in this brochure as a guide for hurricane preparedness. For more information visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/publications/pubawareness.html

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East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map

In the event of a hurricane, the appropriate response could save your life. This “East Baton Rouge Parish Hurricane Response Map” is a tool that can be useful in making decisions pertaining to evacuation and safety. IF LOCAL AUTHORITIES RECOMMEND EVACUATION, YOU SHOULD LEAVE--via major evacuation routes shown in red. Louisiana State Police Troop (A) headquarters can assist you in the most practical route to use during an evacuation.

IF YOU DECIDE TO STAY--locate the hospital facility, shown in blue, with emergency room capabilities nearest you. The Red Cross office can provide you with sheltering information and other disaster preparation. Appropriate response procedures can prepare people for potential hazards that could affect their lives and property. Everyone is urged to use the information provided in this brochure as a guide for hurricane preparedness. For more information visit: http://la.water.usgs.gov/publications/pubawareness.html

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