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USGS prepares for Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian continues to move closer to the U.S., the U.S. Geological Survey is preparing for potential landfall. USGS crews are deploying...

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Revisiting a Marine Mammal Mystery, with the Help of New Data and Powerful Statistics

New techniques and a massive dataset have helped USGS scientists and partners determine why sea otter populations in southwest Alaska collapsed in the...

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Could You Be a Mendenhall Fellow?

The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking new Mendenhall Research Fellows! The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for...

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Earthquake Detected! Here’s How You Can Prepare

Over 50 million people in Washington, Oregon, and California can take protective actions prior to feeling shaking from an earthquake.  

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A Martian landscape right at home

USGS researchers are studying glacial features in Iceland to help reveal past climates on Mars as part of a larger effort to use terrestrial analogs...

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Massive Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami Informs Plan for Future Eruptions, Sea-level Rise

Between January 14-15, 2022, volcanic explosions destroyed much of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, an uninhabited island in the Tonga archipelago in the...

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Observing Earth to Look Forward

On July 23, 2022, Landsat—a space-based Earth observation program conducted jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA—marks a half century of...

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Watchman for Wildfires

Earth imagery is fundamental to the USGS fire mission to understand the causes, consequences, and benefits of wildfire. Imagery and data from Landsat...

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Space Weather and Magnetic Storms: Invaders from Outer Space…Sort Of

While major geomagnetic storms are rare, with only a few recorded per century, there is significant potential for large-scale impacts when they do...

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Fifty Years of Landsat: Impartial Eye on Climate Change

Landsat, a space-based Earth observation program conducted jointly by the U.S. Geological Survey and NASA, celebrates a half century of providing a...

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A disappearing act in Alaska

Permafrost, as its name implies, should be permanently frozen soil; however, that’s no longer the case. USGS researchers are looking into how these...

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Maps and Imagery for Hurricane Response

The 2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. Throughout the season, the U.S. Geological Survey will be providing science...

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