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Land Cover for the Conterminous U.S. Shown as 16 Thematic Classes
May 20, 2019

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the latest edition of the National Land Cover Database (NLCD) for the U.S. – the most comprehensive land cover database that the USGS has ever produced. The NLCD 2016 documents land cover change in the Lower 48 states from 2001 to 2016. During this 15-year period, 7.6 percent of the conterminous U.S. changed land cover at least once.

Low-Level Flights in Charleston to Image Buried Faults and Ancient Lava Flows
May 17, 2019

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

USGS Studies HABs and Water Quality in New York
May 15, 2019

Monitoring Effort Supports State’s Initiative to Combat Potentially Toxic Blooms

Rio Grande at Alameda (Albuquerque, NM)
May 13, 2019

Groundwater levels in the Albuquerque area are on the rise according to newly published research from the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: Big Sioux River at Akron, Iowa, 2010
May 10, 2019

Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS field crew as they inspect high-water marks? Please contact Marisa Lubeck or Paul Rydlund. 

Image: Bat with White-nose Syndrome
May 1, 2019

A new study shows that vaccination may reduce the impact of white-nose syndrome in bats, marking a milestone in the international fight against one of the most destructive wildlife diseases in modern times.

Image: Coral reefs, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
April 30, 2019

Today, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) released the findings of a new, in-depth study titled “Rigorously Valuing the Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Hazard Risk Reduction,” – funded in part by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) Office of Insular Affairs

This is a photo of one of the large fissures in the Southwest Rift Zone.
April 13, 2019

Magnitude-5.3 earthquake east of Kalaoa, Island of Hawai‘i

A huge canyon surrounded by deep-set cliffs opens to reveal a sunny gorge and part of the Colorado River.
April 11, 2019

A new study shows that mysterious cycles in salinity in the lower Colorado River are a result of precipitation patterns in the headwaters of the upper basin more than a thousand river miles away. The salinity levels generally repeat about every 10 years.

Water Science
April 8, 2019

News media and the public are invited to a free meeting about critical South Dakota-area water issues on Thursday, April 11, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

A USGS technician measures the overflow of water on a flooded roadway
April 5, 2019

Reporters: Do you want to interview USGS scientists as they measure flooding in and near Fargo, North Dakota? Please contact Dave Ozman, Marisa Lubeck or Chris Laveau.