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Creatures of the Night: The Frightening Threats to Bats

Bats play important roles in ecosystems around the world, but bat populations are at risk from disease, development, and more. USGS scientists are...

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A Decade of Evolution

Ten years have passed since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the eastern seaboard, damaging 200,000 homes, cutting power to 8 million residents and causing...

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A Field Guide for Frights: Beware these Seven Wicked Wonders of the West

Looking for a spooky natural hazards travel guide this Halloween? You’ve come to the right place!

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Pecora Awards Honor Excellence in Earth Observation

Images of Earth are so common these days that it’s easy to forget that these illuminating visuals are actually grounded in remote sensing data that...

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ShakeOut 2022: Earthquake Awareness Enables Community Preparedness

Get ready to shake it like it’s real! ShakeOut 2022: Drop (or Lock), Cover, and Hold On!

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USGS post-Ian science continues

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision-makers before, during and after Hurricane Ian, visit

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Response and recovery, preparation and prediction

To learn more about USGS’s role in providing science to decision-makers before, during and after Hurricane Ian, visit

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USGS prepares for Hurricane Ian

As Hurricane Ian continues to move closer to the U.S., the U.S. Geological Survey is preparing for potential landfall. USGS crews are deploying...

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Revisiting a Marine Mammal Mystery, with the Help of New Data and Powerful Statistics

New techniques and a massive dataset have helped USGS scientists and partners determine why sea otter populations in southwest Alaska collapsed in the...

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Could You Be a Mendenhall Fellow?

The U.S. Geological Survey is seeking new Mendenhall Research Fellows! The USGS Mendenhall Research Fellowship Program provides an opportunity for...

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Earthquake Detected! Here’s How You Can Prepare

Over 50 million people in Washington, Oregon, and California can take protective actions prior to feeling shaking from an earthquake.  

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A Martian landscape right at home

USGS researchers are studying glacial features in Iceland to help reveal past climates on Mars as part of a larger effort to use terrestrial analogs...

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