Science Snippets

Want some fun facts and interesting snippets of science? Then you came to the right place.

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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.

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