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Date published: June 20, 2018

EarthWord-Genomics

This EarthWord tells you who and what you are REALLY…

Date published: June 19, 2018

geo163 Takes Off

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

Date published: May 14, 2018

Announcing the Appalachian Geoscience GeoCamp at West Virginia University

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

Date published: May 1, 2018

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

Date published: March 1, 2018

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 make as much noise as possible.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: March 1, 2018

Waterbirds at Risk in the Chesapeake Bay

Scientists investigate the impacts of shoreline armoring

Date published: February 27, 2018

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.

Date published: February 1, 2018

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 predator.

Date published: January 25, 2018

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. Their goal: to uncover the great mineral wealth of the United States and learn about its earliest geologic history.

Date published: January 24, 2018

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 down the West Coast. Fortunately, the tsunami was only a few inches in height, but within an hour of the earthquake in Alaska, waves of a different sort were hitting far away in Florida. 

Date published: November 20, 2017

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

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