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Major earthquake strikes Oukaïmedene, Morocco

Major earthquake strikes Oukaïmedene, Morocco

The shallow quake struck the Atlas Mountains of western Morocco September 8 at 11:11 pm local time.

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September is National Preparedness Month

September is National Preparedness Month

Natural hazards are unavoidable. But with proper preparedness, their impact can be reduced. The USGS and its partners work to prepare, monitor, assess...

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Slow, but Steady Improvement: 25 Years of Monitoring Reveals Impacts of the Northwest Forest Plan on Watersheds

Slow, but Steady Improvement: 25 Years of Monitoring Reveals Impacts of the Northwest Forest Plan on Watersheds

A team of U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Forest Service, and Oregon State University scientists published a report summarizing a quarter century of data...

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Plugging the Gaps: How the USGS is working to fill in data gaps for Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells

Plugging the Gaps: How the USGS is working to fill in data gaps for Orphaned Oil and Gas Wells

Ever wonder what happens to an oil and gas well when it runs dry? Believe it or not, that is a multi-billion-dollar question that occupies the...

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The USGS provides maps and imagery for hurricane response

The USGS provides maps and imagery for hurricane response

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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The USGS determines the extent of hurricane-induced flooding, which can help communities better prepare for future floods

The USGS determines the extent of hurricane-induced flooding, which can help communities better prepare for future floods

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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Coloring the Sky, Powering our Lives

Coloring the Sky, Powering our Lives

As the brilliant blooms burst overhead this Fourth of July, some might wonder how fireworks get those bright colors. 

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The USGS estimates potential spread of invasive species carried by hurricane-induced flooding

The USGS estimates potential spread of invasive species carried by hurricane-induced flooding

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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The USGS collects hurricane induced flood data along the coast and far inland

The USGS collects hurricane induced flood data along the coast and far inland

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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National Ocean Month

National Ocean Month

The ocean is a beautiful, dynamic, and sometimes dangerous place. Unsurprisingly, this is why a lot of USGS researchers spend their entire careers...

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USGS science can inform communities of the coastal change hurricanes may bring

USGS science can inform communities of the coastal change hurricanes may bring

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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It is easier than ever to view Mars landscapes in high resolution

It is easier than ever to view Mars landscapes in high resolution

U.S. Geological Survey releases huge amounts of Mars data in ready-to-use formats. This will allow scientists and the public to view Mars at high...

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