Science Snippets

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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.

Image shows a road split due to earthquake damage
June 22, 2017

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses according to an updated report published today by FEMA.

Image shows remnants of an abandoned mine in a hilly, forested area
June 9, 2017

At USGS, although the rocks we study are millions of years old, our scientific methods are cutting edge! Here's just one example of how we use creative problem-solving to help crystalize a solution to a complex issue.

Status graphic of Post Offices in Illinois showing structures that have been checked, reviewed, and finished
June 8, 2017

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify Post Office information in Illinois

An extremely rare Mojave River western pond turtle was recently observed in the Mojave Desert.
May 23, 2017

An extremely rare Mojave River western pond turtle was recently observed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and staff from The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in the Mojave Desert. Turtles of this population have rarely been seen since the late 1990s.

Image shows an aerial view of the San Andreas Fault
May 19, 2017

This EarthWord isn’t a new dance-move; it’s been around since we’ve had tectonic plates...

Side-by-side comparison of the northwest wall of Kīlauea Caldera on a clear day (left) and a day with thick vog (right).
May 18, 2017

Just like smog and fog, this EarthWord is not what you want to see while driving...