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Using Every Drop of Information: the Open Water Data Initiative

“Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink,” intoned the fictional Ancient Mariner as he looked hopelessly over an empty ocean.

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What’s on the Menu for Arctic Polar Bears?

Twenty years ago, biologists could pretty much describe a polar bear’s diet in two words: ringed seals.

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The Quality of the Nation’s Groundwater

About 115 million people—more than one-third of the Nation’s population—rely on groundwater for drinking water. As the Nation’s population grows, the...

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Landsat Seen as Stunning Return on Public Investment

Orbiting Earth more than 400 miles away in space, far from human view

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Natural Hazards of 2014

Going into the New Year, the USGS reflects on the natural hazards of 2014 as a reminder of the dangers we face and the need for preparedness to save...

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14 Eye-Opening USGS Images from 2014

As we wind down 2014, let’s refresh your science trivia knowledge and brighten your eyes and brain with a list of fun facts and gorgeous images from...

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Have you ever wondered...Top USGS FAQs for 2014

Did you ever wonder...

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Indian Ocean Tsunami Remembered — Scientists reflect on the 2004 Indian Ocean that killed thousands

In the early hours of Dec. 26, 2004, one of the world’s most powerful earthquakes triggered one of the largest tsunamis in 40 years.

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Winter is Coming! The Science of Ice and Fire

The HBO series, Game of Thrones, the television adaptation of the book series, A Song of Ice and Fire, has captured the imagination of over 24 million...

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The Other 364 Days of the Year: The Real Lives of Wild Reindeer

Caribou, North America’s wild reindeer, have lives apart from their famous role on Christmas Eve. Reindeer, of course, is another common name for...

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New USGS Map of Mars is Most Detailed One Yet

The U.S. Geological Survey released its highest-resolution geologic map of Mars today, and it is the most detailed representation of the Red Planet to...

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The Christmas Flood of 1964

The Christmas flood of 1964 encompassed about 200,000 square miles, or roughly the size of France, resulted in 47 deaths, left thousands homeless and...

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