Science Snippets

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

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Date published: May 2, 2016

EarthWord – Young Ice

This week's EarthWord is what Vanilla Ice might've called a follow-up to his most famous song...

Date published: April 29, 2016

EarthView – Chernobyl 30 Years Later

After 30 years, it's still a hot topic...

Date published: April 28, 2016

Copper Plates Gone (Sort of)

The General Services Administration has completed the donation or sale of nearlly 4,000 excess sets of historic USGS engraved copper map plates.

Date published: April 27, 2016

Glacial Pace? Anything But!

Think glaciers are always slow? Think again!

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: April 18, 2016

Gifts from the Sea

The USGS has completed the second phase of releasing thousands of photos and videos of the seafloor and coastline through their Coastal and Marine Video and Photography Portal.

Date published: April 18, 2016

EarthWord – Watershed

This week’s EarthWord sounds like what the British might call an outhouse...

Date published: April 11, 2016

EarthWord – Viscosity

Viscosity refers to a fluid’s resistance to flowing. Ever heard the phrase “slower than molasses?” Viscosity is what it’s referring to, since molasses has a fairly high viscosity and so doesn’t flow very quickly.

Date published: April 4, 2016

USGS EarthWord of the Week

The unsaturated zone is the area below the surface of the ground but above the groundwater table. In other words, it’s the area that is comparatively drier than aquifers, with both water and air in the pore space between rock and soil.

Date published: March 28, 2016

EarthWord – Induced Seismicity

The occurrence or frequency of earthquakes for which the origin is attributable to human activities.

Date published: March 21, 2016

EarthWord – Tertiary

The Tertiary is a system of rocks, above the Cretaceous and below the Quaternary, that defines the Tertiary Period of geologic time. T