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Saving Salamanders: Vital to Ecosystem Health

Amphibians—the big-eyed, swimming-crawling-jumping-climbing group of water and land animals that includes frogs, toads, salamanders and worm-like...

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Pop Quiz on Hurricanes!

It’s Hurricane Preparedness Week! Do you know the breadth of science that goes into helping storm forecasters, emergency responders, communities...

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USGS Offers Emergency Managers a New Tool to Assess Lahar Hazards at Mount Rainier

U.S. Geological Survey scientists studying Mount Rainier and its hazards for the past 70 years have long recognized that the greatest danger may not...

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USGS Releases Five-year Nationwide Strategic Plan for Volcano Hazards

The U.S. Geological Survey recently released a new Volcano Hazards Program Strategic Science Plan for 2022-2026.

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 Six Ways the USGS Celebrates Earth Day Everyday

What better way to mark Earth Day than with a listicle all about USGS science for our changing world?

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From the Seafloor to Outer Space, USGS is on the Case

It’s a pale blue dot. It’s also a landscape of jagged peaks and valleys beneath fluffy white clouds. It's a vast field of wispy green grasses and a...

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April Showers may Bring May Flowers, but Winter Snow is Water in the Bank

The type of precipitation falling from the sky matters, especially for delicate mountain ecosystems.

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Volcanoes and USGS Volcano Science: Just the Facts

Volcanoes are an incredible feature of Earth’s geologic environment – at once awe-inspiring and terrifying. They remind us that the planet we call...

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Take a Tour of the Earthquake Hazards Program Site

Or...How to Find USGS Earthquake Information Quickly!

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Magnitude 7.3 Earthquake near Namie, Japan

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Namie, Japan on March 16, 2022 at 11:36 pm local time (March 16 14:36 UTC).

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For USGS Scientist Abby Benson, data standardization for big data is FAIR game

Without data standardization, big data are a big mess. Using existing data standards helps make big data useful and more equitable. USGS scientist...

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Environmental DNA Research Sheds Light on Invasive Species

USGS Science is Refining eDNA Techniques and Developing New Applications 

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