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Science

Northern Prairie's science program is organized around six broad themes: (1) species biology, (2) species stressors, (3) management and restoration, (4) invasive species, (5) wildlife diseases, and (6) climate and land use.  Together, research conducted under these themes addresses the primary science information needs of land-managers and policymakers across a vast portion of the Central United States, and is strategically linked through our organizational structure to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration to address complex issues. 

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Species Biology

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Species Stressors

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Management and Restoration

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Invasive Species

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Fish and Wildlife Disease

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Climate and Land Use

FAQs

What is the "Ring of Fire"?

Most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions do not strike randomly but occur in specific areas, such as along plate boundaries. One such area is the circum-Pacific Ring of Fire, where the Pacific Plate meets many surrounding tectonic plates. The Ring of Fire is the most seismically and volcanically active zone in the world.Learn more: U.S. Volcanoes and Current Activity Alerts

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What is the "Ring of Fire"?

Most earthquakes and volcanic eruptions do not strike randomly but occur in specific areas, such as along plate boundaries. One such area is the circum-Pacific Ring of Fire, where the Pacific Plate meets many surrounding tectonic plates. The Ring of Fire is the most seismically and volcanically active zone in the world.Learn more: U.S. Volcanoes and Current Activity Alerts

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Could a large tsunami happen in the United States?

Large tsunamis have occurred in the United States and will undoubtedly occur again.Significant earthquakes around the Pacific rim have generated tsunamis that struck Hawaii, Alaska, and the U.S. west coast. One of the largest and most devastating tsunamis that Hawaii has experienced was in 1946 from an earthquake along the Aleutian subduction zone. Runup heights reached a maximum of 33 to 55 feet...

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Could a large tsunami happen in the United States?

Large tsunamis have occurred in the United States and will undoubtedly occur again.Significant earthquakes around the Pacific rim have generated tsunamis that struck Hawaii, Alaska, and the U.S. west coast. One of the largest and most devastating tsunamis that Hawaii has experienced was in 1946 from an earthquake along the Aleutian subduction zone. Runup heights reached a maximum of 33 to 55 feet...

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Is there a system to warn populations of an imminent occurrence of a tsunami?

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) maintains the U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers, which work in conjunction with USGS seismic networks to help determine when and where to issue tsunami warnings. If an earthquake meets certain criteria for potentially generating a tsunami, the pop-up window and the event page for that earthquake on the USGS Latest Earthquakes Map will include a...

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Is there a system to warn populations of an imminent occurrence of a tsunami?

NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) maintains the U.S. Tsunami Warning Centers, which work in conjunction with USGS seismic networks to help determine when and where to issue tsunami warnings. If an earthquake meets certain criteria for potentially generating a tsunami, the pop-up window and the event page for that earthquake on the USGS Latest Earthquakes Map will include a...

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