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Animated GIF of polar bears interacting on the ice
February 1, 2018

In June of 2014, the USGS released the first-ever polar bear point-of-view footage, offering a never-seen-before perspective from the top Arctic predator.

Image shows a screenshot of the Mid-Continent Rift Story Map
January 25, 2018

The first great geologic expeditions of the United States set off in the mid-1800s, equipped with mules, rifles, and early scientific instruments. Their goal: to uncover the great mineral wealth of the United States and learn about its earliest geologic history.

Image shows a map of Florida with USGS groundwater monitoring stations
January 24, 2018

At 12:32 am Alaska time on January 23, 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook Alaska residents out of their beds and set off fears of a tsunami all down the West Coast. Fortunately, the tsunami was only a few inches in height, but within an hour of the earthquake in Alaska, waves of a different sort were hitting far away in Florida. 

GEOS-13 Image of Hurricane Maria and Tropical Storm Jose
November 20, 2017

Free and rapid imagery was provided through the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System.

The 2017 Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at the GSA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
November 16, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA.

Image shows two scientists in hard hats collecting a research core aboard a drill rig
October 11, 2017

Eureka often accompanies this EarthWord.

Image shows an excavator in front of a coal seam
October 6, 2017

No, this EarthWord isn’t a trait of adult petroleum basins, but it is related to how old they are...

Hurricane Irma satellite image
October 5, 2017

Scientists looked back 10 to 13 thousand years to gain real-world insight into the environmental factors that influence hurricanes near Florida and, by extension, the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Image shows an oil refinery with mountains in the background
October 4, 2017

This EarthWord is probably what you’ve been doing thanks to our fantastic puns...

Image shows a graph with continuous resources and conventional resources
October 3, 2017

This EarthWord may sound infinite, but it actually refers to a type of finite resource...