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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...

Image shows a detail shot of finchite
October 1, 2017

Everyone’s seen the news–scientists discover a new species of fly and name it for Beyonce; scientists discover a new species of monkey and auction its name off; etc. Hundreds of new species of animals, plants, and other organisms are discovered and named every year. But did you know that dozens of minerals are discovered every year too?

Waterfalls at Great Falls National Park, Virginia
September 28, 2017

To celebrate Earth Science Week and Geologic Map Day, the USGS, in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute, is pleased to announce a “Geologic Open House” on Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Great Falls Park, near McLean, Va.

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.