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Unprecedented Drought in the West

Unprecedented Drought in the West

Drought has left the West parched and thirsty. Families, businesses, and farmers all need water, as do fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

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Double Trouble: USGS Responds to Hurricane Joaquin and Nor’easter

Double Trouble: USGS Responds to Hurricane Joaquin and Nor’easter

The East Coast of the United States is dealing with dual storm systems—Hurricane Joaquin and a nor’easter moving through the Carolinas. Both storm...

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Citizen Science: For Citizens, Science, and the Planet

Citizen Science: For Citizens, Science, and the Planet

Citizen science — scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, usually in collaboration with scientific institutions — is a grassroots...

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Much Ado about Avian Flu

Much Ado about Avian Flu

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as bird flu, is making its way across North America.

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Forecasting Coastal Change Prior to Hurricanes Takes Leap Forward

Forecasting Coastal Change Prior to Hurricanes Takes Leap Forward

When the next hurricane heads toward a coastal community in the United States, residents and emergency managers busily readying for the storm will...

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Magnitude 8.3 Earthquake Struck Chile on Sept 16, 2015

Magnitude 8.3 Earthquake Struck Chile on Sept 16, 2015

A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck in Chile on Sept 16, 2015 at 7:54 p.m. Chile time. (6:54 p.m. EDT)

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Old Name Officially Returns to Nation's Highest Peak

Old Name Officially Returns to Nation's Highest Peak

The story of America is told by the names on the land. When you hear names like Kentucky and Kennesaw, Klamath and Kodiak, your mind immediately...

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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month, a time to focus on the threats posed by natural hazards and the importance for individuals and communities...

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10 Years Later: Hurricane Science that Weathers the Storm

10 Years Later: Hurricane Science that Weathers the Storm

On August 29, 2005, the only thing that USGS scientists in Louisiana and Mississippi could focus on was going to the aid of the thousands trapped in...

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Recalling the Storm, Preparing for the Future

Recalling the Storm, Preparing for the Future

Ten years ago today, what was to become the costliest hurricane ever to strike the United States gave a preview of its destructive power as it blew...

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Celebrating a Century of Partnerships in Parks: USGS, NPS, and 100 Years of Science.

Celebrating a Century of Partnerships in Parks: USGS, NPS, and 100 Years of Science.

From the grand waterfalls in Yosemite to past presidents sculpted into stone at Mount Rushmore, American history is continuously preserved throughout...

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South Napa Earthquake – One Year Later

South Napa Earthquake – One Year Later

One year ago, the largest earthquake in over 25 years hit the San Francisco Bay Area, causing significant damage in California’s famous Napa Valley...

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