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USGS Ocean Science

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USGS Ocean Science

The USGS Coastal and Marine Hazards and Resources Program is the only federal science program focused on the geology and processes of coastal and marine landscapes.

  • USGS helps identify the extent of the U.S. Extended Continental Shelf to determine where the U.S. can manage resources (Law of the Sea)
  • USGS studies and monitors the impacts of gas hydrates, tsunamis, and other marine geohazards
  • Less than 10% of the seafloor has been mapped globally 1
  • 960+ seafloor mapping activities conducted by USGS
  • 47 of 50 critical minerals can be found in U.S. waters 2




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U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. Geological Survey


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