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Date published: February 24, 2016

Modeling the Mouse: Future Flood Risk for the Souris River

The Souris, or Mouse, River Basin is currently in a wet climate period and will be at high flood risk for some time, according to a scientific model published today by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: February 10, 2016

New California Fog Maps Reveal Pictures for Planning

A new series of maps of fog and low clouds covering the northern and central California coasts reveals daytime and nighttime patterns with a level of detail never previously mapped. U.S. Geological Survey scientists used new analyses of satellite images to understand the dynamics of fog. 

Date published: February 10, 2016

New Study Examines Naturally Occurring Asbestos Carried in Sumas River Sediment

The Sumas River, in northwest Washington, contains sediment that carries naturally occurring asbestos. 

Date published: February 1, 2016

50-Year-Old Mystery Solved: Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Tsunami that Destroyed Alaskan Village

Minutes after the 1964 magnitude-9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake began shaking, a series of tsunami waves swept through the village of Chenega in Prince William Sound, destroying all but two of the buildings and killing 23 of the 75 inhabitants. 

Date published: January 20, 2016

Mesilla Basin Microgravity Survey to Measure Aquifer Changes

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources will determine changes in the amount of groundwater stored in the Mesilla Basin aquifer in and around Las Cruces by precisely measuring differences in the acceleration of gravity at several locations the week of January 18.

Date published: January 15, 2016

Arkansas Christmas Flooding Most Extensive in 25 Years on Some Rivers

Significant flood peaks occurred across the Arkansas, White and Red River Basins in Arkansas beginning on Dec. 26 and the rivers are still high, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Date published: January 13, 2016

Visualize Your Water: A Citizen Science Challenge for High School Students

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announce Visualize Your Water, a citizen science challenge for high school students who live in the Great Lakes basin and Chesapeake Bay watershed. 

Date published: January 12, 2016

New Geological Evidence Aids Tsunami Hazard Assessments from Alaska to Hawaii

New evidence for frequent large tsunamis at a remote island near Dutch Harbor, Alaska provides geological data to aid tsunami hazard preparedness efforts around the Pacific Rim. 

Date published: January 11, 2016

Decreasing Streamflows in Southwest Kansas Likely Caused by Groundwater Withdrawals

Streamflow in southwestern Kansas has decreased substantially since the 1950s, most likely due to groundwater withdrawals, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Date published: January 4, 2016

To Help Endangered Fish, Scientists “Listen” to River Sediment

Scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey are applying acoustic technology to better estimate the types and amounts of sediment in northern Idaho's Kootenai River. An improved understanding of how the river transports sediment is critical to ongoing efforts by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho to restore river habitat.

Date published: December 31, 2015

USGS Records Historic Christmas Flooding in Arkansas

Heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches in northern and western Arkansas that fell during the Christmas weekend is still causing major flooding in some areas.

Date published: December 30, 2015

USGS Measures Record Flooding in Missouri

U.S. Geological Survey field crews are measuring record flooding on rivers and streams across southern Missouri and northeast into the St. Louis area. Widespread flooding has caused 13 fatalities, hundreds of road closures and more than 1,000 power outages across the state.