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The Hidden Cost of Disease for Bighorn Sheep—Smaller Horns

Male bighorn sheep have spectacular horns, making them popular among hikers, photographers and hunters. However, disease threatens the magnificence of...

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The Case of the Misplaced Skunk

Curators’ Casebook is our ongoing series in which we look at some of the curious cases USGS curators at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural...

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Wetland Word: Blue Carbon

Coastal ecosystems, like wetlands, may be smaller in size when compared to say, a forest, but they have the ability to sequester more carbon per unit...

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Wetland Word: Sequestration

Scientifically speaking, sequestration refers to the capture and storage of an element, like carbon, in the environment.   

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Water Resources in Minnesota Significantly Improved by Land Restoration

Conversion of agricultural lands to wetland and native prairie greatly enhanced the quality of water resources, increased groundwater recharge and...

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Wetland Word: Hydrophyte

These water-dwelling plants are found in aquatic ecosystems, including wetlands.

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Wetland Word: Hydric Soil

Soil is more than just a substrate we walk on

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A Whale by Any Other Name

A new paper from the USGS and Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History documents some of the first scientific descriptions and names given to...

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New Patent Helps Coalbed Methane Research

Far underground, in a Wyoming well-bore drilled through rock and coal, exciting research is bubbling up. USGS researchers are studying how bacteria...

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Using Remote Sensing to Turn Trash into Treasure

There’s an old saying that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. At the USGS, we’re taking another look at old mine waste and tailings to see if...

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Bridging the Language Barrier During the Puerto Rico Earthquake

What happens when a 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes Puerto Rico and the public needs critical information? How does a mostly English-speaking science...

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Hurricane Laura Temporarily Reverses Neches River

As Hurricane Laura came ashore near the Texas and Louisiana borders, its strong winds pushed so much water ahead of it that the Neches River even...

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