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International Recognition for Historic Elwha River Restoration

NEW DELHI, INDIA – The collaborative work of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe to restore the Elwha River of...

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Atlantic Methane Seeps Surprise Scientists

Recent scientific work has confirmed the source, composition and origin of methane seeps on the Atlantic Ocean seafloor, discovered in 2012, where...

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Studying Recent Tsunami Deposits in Icy Bay, Alaska

On October 17, 2015, a rain-soaked mountainside slid into Taan Fiord on Icy Bay, sending a giant wave more than 500 feet up the opposite slope.

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New Maps Illuminate Monterey Bay Area Seafloor

Six new sets of maps reveal the diverse and complex range of seafloor habitats along 130 kilometers (80 miles) of the central California coast from...

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Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

In a new study published July 2015, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) found that the remote northern Alaska coast has some of the...

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Climate Change Reduces Coral Reefs’ Ability to Protect Coasts

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Coral reefs, under pressure from climate change and direct human activity, may have a reduced ability to protect tropical islands...

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VIPS Learn about Climate Change Impacts along San Francisco’s Outer Coast

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Acting USGS Director Suzette Kimball, and San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee took part in a coastal climate change...

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Team MarFac Completes Century Bicycle Ride

“Team MarFac” from the Marine Facility at the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center in Santa Cruz, California, completed the Strawberry...

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Surprises from the Deadly September 29, 2009, Samoa Tsunami

The Samoa tsunami of September 29, 2009, was the fifth tsunami studied by U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) field teams in 15 years, and yet it presented...

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Catalina or Bust: USGS Group Maps Faults Offshore of Los Angeles

Mapping offshore faults near Santa Catalina Island in July of 2009.

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North to Alaska—an Aerial Shoreline Reconnaissance

USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center geologists Bruce Richmond and Ann Gibbs flew hundreds of kilometers along Alaska's Arctic Ocean coast...

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New USGS Fact Sheet About Landslides Delivering Slope Material to Nearshore Waters on California's Big Sur Coast

Landslides are common along the rugged Big Sur coast in central California

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