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New USGS Model Shows Earthquake Hazard Probability for Hawaiian Islands

A new U.S. Geological Survey study indicates that the Hawaiian Islands, especially the Island of Hawaiʻi and neighboring islands with active volcanic...

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Oh Christmas Tree: The Science of Conifer Trees

You might have an evergreen tree in your home this month, but here at USGS, many of our scientists get to enjoy beautiful pine, fir, hemlock, and...

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Rivers in the Sky: 6 Facts You Should Know about Atmospheric Rivers

Atmospheric rivers have been in the news a lot over the past couple of months, from a late October atmospheric river that brought record-breaking...

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USGS Patents: A Novel Approach to Science

At the USGS, we talk about how our science is designed to help decision-makers, resource managers, and the public tackle the challenges of our day...

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Could You Be a Mendenhall Research 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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First Images of Earth Taken by the Landsat 9 Satellite Released

Landsat 9, a joint mission from the Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA that launched Sept. 27, has collected its...

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Spooky Science

USGS researchers frequently brave potentially haunted field sites and study spooky-looking creatures. Here’s a list of 13, right in time for Halloween...

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ShakeOut 2021: Earthquake Awareness Enables Community Preparedness

Get ready to shake it like it’s real! ShakeOut 2021:  Drop (or Lock), Cover, and Hold On!

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Northern Spotted Owl Still Fights for Survival

Three studies highlight how the interactions between northern spotted owl and the invasive barred owl are intertwined. 

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New Eruption at Kīlauea Summit

A new eruption at Kīlauea's summit began at approximately 3:20 p.m. HST on September 29, 2021. Lava activity is currently confined to Halema'uma'u...

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A Century of Watching the Colorado River

Right where the Colorado River flows into the mouth of the Grand Canyon, an inconspicuous 20-foot-high concrete tower rises from the riverbank.  

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A Legacy Continues with Landsat 9 Launch

Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and USGS. The satellite will continue the Landsat program’s mission to capture repeat snapshots of Earth to...

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