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Volunteering for Science

Citizen Scientists edit structures to improve US Topo Maps and along the way earn virtual badges.

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Rich, Attractive, and Extremely Shallow

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.

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Searching for Great Geological Maps

The USGS announces details for the 2017 Best Student Geological Map Competition

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USGS represented at the International Cartographic Conference

Recently, representatives from the USGS National Geospatial Program and National Geospatial Technical Operations Center participated in the 2017...

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Mapping Volunteers in the Spotlight

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

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Volunteering for Science

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

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Mapping Month

Everything happens at a place, the place matters, and the USGS has the science of place.

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Slag-What is it Good for?

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...

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Peering into the Future of Agricultural Change

What would it take to produce a billion tons of biomass for fuel production? 

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USGS Collaborates with FEMA on National Earthquake Loss Estimate

Earthquakes are estimated to cost the nation $6.1 billion annually in building stock losses according to an updated report published today by FEMA.

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Bringing Science to Bear at the Cinnabar Mine

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...

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Mapping Challenge: Illinois Post Offices

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify Post Office information in Illinois

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