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Celebrating Black History: Meet Ric Wilson, A Pioneer of Alaskan Geo-Mapping

Growing up beneath the towering steel structures of Chicago, Ric Wilson was fascinated with how things worked.   

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What Sea Lampreys Do in the Dark: A Valentine’s Story

USGS scientists and partners are using sea lamprey sex pheromone research to develop innovative invasive species control in the Great Lakes.

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USGS-NASA Award Honors Excellence in Earth Observation

Two awardees recognized with the 2023 William T. Pecora Award for achievements in Earth remote sensing.

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Charismatic Wildlife and the Charismatic Women who Study Them

USGS celebrates the International Day of Women and Girls in Science by featuring five fascinating animals and five phenomenal female scientists who...

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USGS scientists help lead development of crucial climate report

Meet the five USGS scientists who served as coordinating lead authors for the Fifth National Climate Assessment. 

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New guidelines for successful oil and gas reclamation

The report provides specific and comprehensive reclamation guidance for surface oil and gas exploration and development. 

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Assessing landslide risks in Prince William Sound 

Anchorage, AK- A recent effort by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has identified 43 different landslides in the Prince Williams Sound that showed...

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USGS expands National Map digital offerings, putting mountain-scale topography at user’s fingertips

New 1:100,000-scale OnDemand Topo maps now available in topoBuilder application.

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Thirty years after the Northridge earthquake, new tools inform safety.

Did you feel the 1994 Northridge earthquake?

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From sagebrush to trout, USGS bolsters conservation efforts through data, collaboration

USGS scientists, working with scientists and resource managers from multiple U.S. Department of Interior Bureaus and other government agencies, have...

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New Year’s Day M7.5 Earthquake Shakes Japan’s West Coast

At 4:10 p.m. local time on January 1, 2024, the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Earthquake Information Center detected a magnitude 7.5 earthquake at...

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USGS and the Navajo Nation: Building stronger relationships by supporting Earth observation science, while respecting Navajo culture

Just as storytelling is integral to the preservation of traditions of Indigenous culture, so is the importance of sharing of Earth observation data to...

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