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

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EarthWord–Gas Hydrate

No, this EarthWord isn’t how natural gas quenches its thirst-it just sounds like it...

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EarthWord–Discovery

Eureka often accompanies this EarthWord.

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EarthWord–Thermal Maturity

No, this EarthWord isn’t a trait of adult petroleum basins, but it is related to how old they are...

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Scientists Ground Truth What Influences Hurricanes

Scientists looked back 10 to 13 thousand years to gain real-world insight into the environmental factors that influence hurricanes near Florida and...

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EarthWord–Cracking

This EarthWord is probably what you’ve been doing thanks to our fantastic puns...

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EarthWord–Continuous Resources

This EarthWord may sound infinite, but it actually refers to a type of finite resource...

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New Uranium Mineral Named for USGS Scientist

Everyone’s seen the news–scientists discover a new species of fly and name it for Beyonce; scientists discover a new species of monkey and auction its...

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“Geologic Open House” at Great Falls Park Announced

To celebrate Earth Science Week and Geologic Map Day, the USGS, in collaboration with the American Geosciences Institute, is pleased to announce a...

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Hazard a Guess? The riskiest science quiz you will ever take!

True or False:  Lightning that takes place during a volcanic eruption is the same as lightning that occurs during a thunderstorm?

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Exploring the Nation's waterways through the National Hydrography Dataset Plus

Interested in finding a good river to float down this hot summer? Or a favorite fishing hole? Ever wonder where those blue lines mapping the rivers...

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Volunteering to Map the Nation

As the USGS continues to celebrate “Mapping Month”, we again promote noteworthy contributors to The National Map Corps “crowdsourcing” project.

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Unusual Suspects: Diving Ducks and Avian influenza

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...

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