Due to a lapse in appropriations, the majority of USGS websites may not be up to date and may not reflect current conditions. Websites displaying real-time data, such as Earthquake and Water and information needed for public health and safety will be updated with limited support. Additionally, USGS will not be able to respond to inquiries until appropriations are enacted. For more information, please see www.doi.gov/shutdown
Frequently Asked Questions
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The USGS is the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency. We provide science about natural resource conditions and problems.
USGS science is used by other agencies to help conserve species, lands, resources, and priority ecosystems.
USGS science helps communities understand the implications of change, anticipate the effects of change, and reduce the risks associated with a changing environment.
The USGS has developed many tools and techniques for analyzing data and specialized websites for sharing information and products with the public.
The USGS conducts basic research on geologic energy resources including oil, gas, gas hydrates, geothermal, and coal.
The USGS seeks to understand and minimize exposures to toxic agents and infectious disease agents in the environment.
The USGS provides accurate geologic maps and geologic information that forms the critical framework for understanding everything from environmental change to natural hazards.
The USGS provides the mapping and digital geospatial foundation for the Nation.
The USGS studies geologic processes that concentrate mineral resources in the Earth's crust, and assesses areas of undiscovered mineral resources. We also collect national and international information on mineral commodities.
The USGS monitors and conducts research on a wide range of natural hazards to help decision-makers prepare for and respond to hazard events that threaten life and property.
USGS science is used to help manage coastal and ocean resources that extend from shorelines and estuaries to the deep sea.
The USGS monitors and studies a wide range of water resources and water conditions, including streamflow, groundwater, water quality, and water use and availability.