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geo163 Takes Off

A prolific map editor and longtime volunteer with The National Map Corps has reached the top program award.

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Announcing the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp at West Virginia University

Program coordinators are now accepting applications for the 2018 Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp.

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Aquatic Critters Can Tell Us a Lot About How to Improve Stream Health

A trio of recently released studies shows how fish, macroinvertebrates, and algae are affected by chemical and physical stressors

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Illuminating the Past to Guide the Future

On a humid August morning in south-central Alaska, a group of scientists hiked for four miles along a horse trail armed with rifles and an order to...

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Waterbirds at Risk in the Chesapeake Bay

Scientists investigate the impacts of shoreline armoring

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Making your Mark on a Map: Volunteer map editors contribute more than 300,000 map points

The USGS citizen science project, The National Map Corps, has reached another major milestone.

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Polar Bears Film Their Own Sea Ice World

In June of 2014, the USGS released the first-ever polar bear point-of-view footage, offering a never-seen-before perspective from the top Arctic...

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Understanding the Mineral Resources of the Midcontinent Rift

The first great geologic expeditions of the United States set off in the mid-1800s, equipped with mules, rifles, and early scientific instruments...

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Alaska Earthquake Rattles Florida’s Groundwater Plumbing

At 12:32 am Alaska time on January 23, 2018, a magnitude 7.9 earthquake shook Alaska residents out of their beds and set off fears of a tsunami all...

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EarthWord–Zoonotic

Sharing isn’t always polite, judging by this EarthWord. 

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Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria

Free and rapid imagery was provided through the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System.

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Best Student Geological Map Competition Winners Announced

Congratulations to the winners of the 5th Annual Best Student Geologic Map Competition, held at the Geological Society of America's recent Annual...

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