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Small particles, big problems: A strategy for addressing microplastics science gaps

Small particles, big problems: A strategy for addressing microplastics science gaps

Learn more about the new strategy for current and future USGS microplastics research.

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Planning an Outdoor Adventure? USGS’s topoBuilder creates custom topographic maps in 3 easy steps.

Planning an Outdoor Adventure? USGS’s topoBuilder creates custom topographic maps in 3 easy steps.

June is Great Outdoors Month, a celebration of encouraging everyone to go outdoors and embrace the natural world. 

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Pop quiz on hurricanes!

Pop quiz on hurricanes!

Hurricane season is officially here. To help raise awareness on hurricane hazards and the scientific resources available to at-risk communities, the U...

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Art Illuminates the Grand Canyon: Exploring the Environmental Puzzle

Art Illuminates the Grand Canyon: Exploring the Environmental Puzzle

In an innovative approach to addressing uranium mining's impact in the Grand Canyon region, the U.S. Geological Survey has released a visually...

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Forecasters warn this hurricane season could be the busiest on record

Forecasters warn this hurricane season could be the busiest on record

The 2024 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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From Ashes to Alerts: Science Helps Protect Colorado Travelers

From Ashes to Alerts: Science Helps Protect Colorado Travelers

In the summer of 2021, travelers in Colorado's Glenwood Canyon were safely evacuated before massive mounds of mud and rocks buried highways and...

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USGS research brings new focus to strategic monitoring of wildfire impacts on water supplies

USGS research brings new focus to strategic monitoring of wildfire impacts on water supplies

Wildfires are a natural process in many ecosystems, but they are increasing in size, severity and frequency in many areas across the United States.

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Fire, Ecosystems, Climate: It’s Complicated

Fire, Ecosystems, Climate: It’s Complicated

USGS is disentangling the interwoven fire-ecosystem-climate relationship to better understand and predict how it will change into the future.

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Embers of Wisdom: The Yurok Tribe and USGS Partnership in Culturally Prescribed Fire Management

Embers of Wisdom: The Yurok Tribe and USGS Partnership in Culturally Prescribed Fire Management

Culturally prescribed burning is a sustainable method for managing land and enhancing the resilience of streams and watersheds. USGS and Yurok Tribe...

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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds stoke wildland fire science investments

Scientists and experts at the U.S. Geological Survey now have access to historic natural resource investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure...

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U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A Conservation Orchestra for the Melodies of Hakalau Forest

U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: A Conservation Orchestra for the Melodies of Hakalau Forest

Native Hawaiians have a deep kinship with Hawaiian forest birds and revere, honor, and deify them as family, ancestors, guardians, spirits, and gods...

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Preparing for volcano hazards: Where is the world’s largest lahar evacuation drill held?

Preparing for volcano hazards: Where is the world’s largest lahar evacuation drill held?

At around 14,410-feet Mount Rainier, a snowcapped volcano in the Cascade Range, towers above the Puget Lowlands.  

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