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A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06.
August 7, 2017

True or False:  Lightning that takes place during a volcanic eruption is the same as lightning that occurs during a thunderstorm?

The NHD represents the Nation’s inland water drainage network including rivers, streams, canals,
July 27, 2017

Interested in finding a good river to float down this hot summer? Or a favorite fishing hole? Ever wonder where those blue lines mapping the rivers, streams and lakes on the US Topo and other maps come from?

Screenshot of the 1915 Fairfax, Virginia quadrangle
July 26, 2017

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

photo of volunteer rjerrard with special patch
July 18, 2017

Citizen Scientists edit structures to improve US Topo Maps and along the way earn virtual badges.

A captive male scaup at a USGS seaduck colony
July 18, 2017

Due to the global threat to health and human safety posed by avian influenza monitoring has been conducted in the United States to determine the prevalence of such viruses in our wild waterfowl.

Image shows a map of the Mid-Continent of the United States
July 17, 2017

No, it’s not a title for a new reality-dating TV show, but it is real science! It also describes the ideal mineral deposit.

Photo of Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2016 posing with awards.
July 14, 2017

The USGS announces details for the 2017 Best Student Geological Map Competition

USGS supervisory geographer Kimberly Mantey (right) explains details of the USGS the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) to a conference
July 13, 2017

Recently, representatives from the USGS National Geospatial Program and National Geospatial Technical Operations Center participated in the 2017 International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC.

The National Map Corps volunteer “DilloParker8” looks at the next set of mountains to conquer.
July 12, 2017

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

“fconley” posing with his special edition International Year of Mapping badge from The National Map Corps
July 6, 2017

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

National Elevation Dataset
July 3, 2017

Everything happens at a place, the place matters, and the USGS has the science of place.

Image shows industrial piles of gray rock
June 29, 2017

Slag. Depending on where you’re from, it may be an insult, a term meaning trash, or, in our case, the waste left over from metal smelting or refining. Outside of the construction industry, it might seem that uses for slag are considered limited.