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Florence Bascom, Trailblazer of the U.S. Geological Survey

Florence Bascom, Trailblazer of the U.S. Geological Survey

Each March, Women’s History Month commemorates the trailblazers, visionaries and notable women who have forever changed the world.

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Celebrating Black History Month: USGS Wildlife Disease Coordinator Camille Hopkins

Celebrating Black History Month: USGS Wildlife Disease Coordinator Camille Hopkins

Meet Camille Hopkins, the Wildlife Disease Coordinator for the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area. Learn how she became a leader in her field and her advice...

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A Silver Lining for Invasive Species

A Silver Lining for Invasive Species

Dealing with invasive species can be a real drag. Fortunately, there's a silver lining—it’s invasive species scientists!

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M7.8 and M7.5 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Sequence near Nurdağı, Turkey (Türkiye)

M7.8 and M7.5 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Sequence near Nurdağı, Turkey (Türkiye)

The M7.8 and M7.5 Kahramanmaraş Earthquake Sequence struck near Nurdağı, Turkey (Türkiye) on February 6, 2023.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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