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The Solar Eclipse and Our Place in Space

The Solar Eclipse and Our Place in Space

On April 8, 2024, millions of people across North America will have the chance to witness a rare and spectacular phenomenon – a total solar eclipse. 

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Strong Quake and Aftershocks Rattle Eastern Taiwan

Strong Quake and Aftershocks Rattle Eastern Taiwan

Magnitude 7.4 and magnitude 6.4 earthquakes struck near Hualien City, Taiwan on April 3, 2024.

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USGS and Australia to continue partnership in Landsat Next satellite mission

USGS and Australia to continue partnership in Landsat Next satellite mission

The U.S. Geological Survey and Australia move toward a partnership as Australia agrees to join upcoming Landsat Next satellite mission.

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World Water Day: How the USGS is using imagery as data for water science

World Water Day: How the USGS is using imagery as data for water science

While World Water Day only comes around once a year on March 22, USGS scientists work every day to deliver information on a wide range of water...

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Ten years after the Oso landslide

Ten years after the Oso landslide

Ten years ago this week, on a clear and sunny Saturday morning in western Washington State, the hillside above the community of Steelhead Haven gave...

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Julia Gardner: 5 Things to Know About a Pioneering Woman with the USGS

Julia Gardner: 5 Things to Know About a Pioneering Woman with the USGS

Women’s History Month celebrates remarkable women who have left an indelible mark on history and the world.  

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Scientists bite back at invasive mosquitoes, work for Hawaiian Honeycreeper conservation

Scientists bite back at invasive mosquitoes, work for Hawaiian Honeycreeper conservation

Biologists from the U.S. Geological Survey are racing the clock to pull four species of native Hawaiian Honeycreeper forest birds back from the brink...

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

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

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

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

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

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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