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Image shows a satellite image of California with a wildfire shown in red
August 26, 2016

Landsat 8 shows the progression of one of the biggest wildfire in California yet this year...

Image shows gray ash covering cars and a house
August 22, 2016

Look! In the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! Wait, run, it’s this week’s EarthWord!

Image shows flooded houses and vehicles
August 19, 2016

Wonder what Backwater Flooding is? We've got your answer here...

Image shows a flooded street with a USGS truck nearby
August 19, 2016

All affected USGS scientists are alive and well, and our flood work continues...

Screen shot of US Topo Story Map
August 18, 2016

The USGS National Geospatial Program has released an interactive Story Map giving viewers an overview of the US Topo map program

Image shows a man suspended over a brown river with red cliffs in the background
August 15, 2016

Feeling salty over our bad jokes? Then this EarthWord’s for you!

A gas plume arising from Augustine Volcano during it's eruptive phase 2005-06.
August 9, 2016

During what months is hurricane season typically recognized along the Atlantic Coast?

Image shows a USGS scientist standing in brown water with red and brown cliffs in the background
August 8, 2016

This EarthWord is clear as mud...

Image shows a pencil sketch of a big-eared mouse
August 3, 2016

Featuring fake fishes, made-up mammals, and taxonomic tomfoolery