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ShakeAlert goes galactic!

Even space travelers need earthquake early warning

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Historic changes in water quality or lake surface elevation and their impact on endangered adult suckers in the Klamath Basin

Managing the Upper Klamath Basin to meet its many desired uses requires a delicate balance. The shortnose sucker (Koptu) and both lake-spawning and...

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Rocks in unusual positions hold secrets to northeastern U.S. earthquakes

USGS scientists are studying precariously balanced rocks, or rocks that seem on the brink of falling over (but haven’t yet), to estimate the strongest...

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Loma Prieta Earthquake 33rd Anniversary Compilation

A collection of information and resources to help you understand the significance of the Loma Prieta earthquake, the earthquake hazards in the San...

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Redwood Tree Stumps Offer Clues to Past Earthquakes

Researchers are studying slices of tree stumps to study past earthquakes.

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In Blue Water: Tracking Animals in the Open Ocean

Scientists are attaching tracking tags to marine animals at Palmyra Atoll to learn how marine protected areas can best serve diverse species. 

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Volcanic eruption? Earthquake? Stay calm and laugh on.

New research demonstrates how laughter can be an effective way to help agencies connect with the people they serve during natural hazard events, like...

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Ancient methods of preventing desertification and recovering from drought

Around the world, land degradation causes significant loss of biodiversity, impacts food security and water purification. Unsustainable land-use...

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Marine Biodiversity Data: How USGS and NOAA are collaborating to make data more accessible now and into the future

USGS and NOAA have partnered through the Ocean Biodiversity Information System-USA and National Centers for Environmental Information to streamline...

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Everything Old is New Again

“Everything old is new again” is a truism in fashion, but it can also be true in minerals science. Areas that were once mined for certain mineral...

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Bird Mortality at Renewable Energy Facilities have Population-Level Effects

A recent study shows nearly half of bird species studied were vulnerable to population-level effects from fatalities at renewable energy facilities. 

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History of Lake Powell Written in Sediment

Declining water levels in Lake Powell since 2000 provide a unique opportunity to study the sediments along previous shorelines. Researchers from the...

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