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On August 5, while investigating the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado, the U.S Environmental Protection Agency accidentally triggered the release of approximately three million gallons of acidic, metal-rich mine wastewater from the Gold King Mine into Cement Creek, a tributary of the Animas River.
More than 143 million Americans living in the 48 contiguous states are exposed to potentially damaging ground shaking from earthquakes. When the people living in the earthquake-prone areas of Alaska, Hawaii and U.S. territories are added, this number rises to nearly half of all Americans
The largest American alligator satellite telemetry-tracking study worldwide is lurking in South Carolina’s Lowcountry.
It’s only the middle of July, and the 2015 Alaska fire season is already the third largest since reliable records began in 1950 with over 4.75 million acres burned. That’s more than double the size of Yellowstone National Park.
Located near the western edge of the Sahara Desert, the Eye of the Sahara is a feature that resembles a large eye when viewed from space. Also known as the Richat Structure or Guelb er Richat, the Eye is a symmetrical dome of eroded sedimentary and volcanic rock.
In May 2015, scores of scientists from dozens of research institutions descended on a patch of forest in central North Carolina, taking samples of everything from ants and mites to other microbes – samples they hope will offer a glimpse into the future of forest ecosystems.
How did your neighborhood look in the 1900s? Now there’s an easier way to find out.
As the brilliant blooms burst above you this Fourth of July, you might wonder how they get those brilliant colors.
A severe geomagnetic storm occurred from June 21-23, 2015; the storm arose in response to variable solar-wind conditions emanating from the Sun. The storm is now over, but USGS experts say the geomagnetic conditions on Earth may remain somewhat disturbed for the next couple days.
On July 4th, the first Independence Day fireworks will shoot into the sky reflecting off the nearby lake or river, making that familiar pop! pop! sound throughout the night.
Bees are nearly ubiquitous, occurring on every continent except Antarctica. Wherever there are insect-pollinated flowering plants — forest, farms, cities and wildlands — there are bees. And just because you don’t see plants blooming, does not mean that there are no bees around.
The central United States has undergone a dramatic increase in seismicity over the past 6 years. From 1973-2008, there was an average of 24 earthquakes of magnitude 3 and larger per year.