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Date published: August 4, 2016

Living Organisms Take Up Uranium from their Environment

To gain insights into the risks associated with uranium mining and processing, U.S. Geological Survey scientists are investigating how uranium moves into and up food chains.

Attribution: Water Resources
Date published: August 4, 2016

GeoGirls Dig Geology at Mount St. Helens


Twenty middle-school girls from Washington and Oregon are participating in the second annual “GeoGirls” outdoor volcano science program at Mount St. Helens, jointly organized by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Mount St. Helens Institute.

Date published: August 3, 2016

Claudia Regan Takes the Helm as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey's Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center in Bozeman

New Center Director to sustain NOROCK’s tradition of productivity and partnership in generating ground-breaking science relevant to resource managers in the Northern Rocky Mountains and beyond.

Date published: July 26, 2016

West Coast Fish Pathogen Now Found in the East

A fish pathogen similar to one previously found in the United States only in Pacific salmonids -- salmon and trout species -- has been identified for the first time in the eastern United States and in a non-salmon species, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: July 25, 2016

Big Thompson Canyon Floods of 1976 and 2013: A Tale of Two Deadly and Destructive Weather Events


Forty years ago on July 31, as Coloradoans and tourists celebrated the state’s centennial, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains below the resort town of Estes Park, killing 143 people. The 1976 Big Thompson flood stands as the worst natural disaster in Colorado’s recorded history.

Date published: July 18, 2016

Water Quality Nearly Unchanged by Artificial Recharge Activities in Wichita

Study shows water quality minimally affected in nearby streams and groundwater

Date published: July 13, 2016

Islands in Ice: Lake Huron Fish Spawning Habitat Created by Ancient Streams of Ice

Paleo-ice streams, or corridors within ice sheets that move more quickly than surrounding ice, may have formed much of the egg-laying habitat for critical fish species in Lake Huron during the last glacial period.

Date published: July 13, 2016

Young and Old Volcanoes East of the Sierra Nevada: New Map, Report and Public Events

A new geologic map of the Long Valley Caldera, Mammoth Mountain, and the Middle Fork canyon of the San Joaquin River including Devils Postpile National Monument, recounts the geologic and volcanic history of the area east of the Sierra Nevada in far greater detail than any previously published report.

Date published: July 12, 2016

Cape Cod susceptible to potential effects of sea-level rise

New USGS study highlights Cape Cod's risk to rising sea levels

Date published: June 28, 2016

New Groundwater-Flow Model for Idaho’s Wood River Valley

Resource managers can simulate how increased or decreased pumping from the aquifer system or changes in precipitation and climate would affect groundwater levels and area streams.