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Magnitude 7.8 Earthquake in Nurdağı, Turkey

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck overnight near Nurdağı, Turkey on February 6 at 01:17 UTC.

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New USGS Study Offers Roadmap to the Economics of Chronic Wasting Disease

The cost of chronic wasting disease as it continues to spread isn't just measured in loss of deer and elk lives, it's also measured by the money...

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OnDemand Topo Maps Officially Join USGS National Map Offerings

The people have spoken! OnDemand Topo maps and topoBuilder were so popular that we're ending the pilot phase of the project and making topoBuilder a...

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From Saguaros to Submarines: 10 incredible stories about Earth’s ecosystems you might have missed in 2022

As 2022 wraps up, we’re looking back on the amazing work of USGS scientists, in an attempt to create a Top 10 list. But with so much exciting science...

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Icy Mystery

Let’s take an illustrative look at a new study that explored a recently formed crater on Mars. The new icy crater will help scientists better...

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Home for the Holidays: Follow One Mule Deer’s 242-Mile Journey Across the Changing American West

As the shortest day of the year arrives, many of us are traveling home for the holidays. Many migratory deer around the West are just arriving at...

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Magnitude 6.4 Earthquake near Ferndale, California

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck 3 miles offshore in Northern California on December 20, 2022 at 2:34 am local time.

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10 Ways Infrastructure Investments are Helping the USGS Build Resilient Ecosystems

From DNA-sampling robots and invasive species maps to genetic libraries and mosquito birth control, USGS scientists are hard at work building up...

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Mauna Loa Has Begun Erupting

On Sunday, Nov. 27, 2022, Mauna Loa volcano on the island of Hawai‘i began to erupt. The volcano alert level has risen to WARNING/RED.

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Indigenous Knowledge: Providing Insight into Climate Change

Over a decade ago, USGS Research Social Scientist Nicole Herman-Mercer embarked on a journey to study how Indigenous Alaskan populations were...

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Creatures of the Night: The Frightening Threats to Bats

Bats play important roles in ecosystems around the world, but bat populations are at risk from disease, development, and more. USGS scientists are...

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A Decade of Evolution

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern seaboard, damaging 200,000 homes, cutting power to 8 million residents and causing...

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