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Pop quiz on hurricanes!

As the nation enters hurricane season, test your knowledge on coastal storms with this short quiz!

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The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season is here

The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season runs from June 1 through November 30. Throughout the season, the U.S. Geological Survey will be providing science...

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Announcing Mike Grimm as Associate Director for Natural Hazards

Michael M. Grimm is the new Associate Director of USGS Natural Hazards Mission Area.

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10 Ways Mount St. Helens Changed Our World

The 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens had a profound impact on how we live with active volcanoes. Looking back over the last four decades, we have...

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At the USGS, Amphibians are Out of Sight but Top of Mind

Whether you find them cute or not, amphibians are important. Although they’re often out of sight, that doesn’t mean they should be out of mind.

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USGS looks back 2,000 years to study the relationship between hurricanes and climate

In recognition of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, which is April 30 to May 6 this year, learn how scientists are looking back thousands of years...

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The Potential for Geologic Hydrogen for Next-Generation Energy

A previously overlooked, potential geologic source of energy could increase the renewability and lower the carbon footprint of our nation’s energy...

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The Past, Present and Future of USGS Streamgages

U.S. Geological Survey streamgages provide vital information to the public and decision-makers for a diverse set of needs.

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Earthquake in Southern California 90 Years Ago Changed the Way We Build

The story of the damaging Long Beach earthquake on March 10, 1933.

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Building maps to help geothermal energy and greater sage-grouse coexist in Nevada’s sagebrush country

A U.S. Geological Survey study finds that geothermal energy development contributes to population declines of greater sage-grouse.  A new tool can...

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Climate Warming is Likely to Cause Large Increases in Wetland Methane Emissions

A new USGS study has big implications for climate change mitigation plans to reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

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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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