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Date published: July 12, 2017

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.

Date published: July 6, 2017

Volunteering for Science

The National Map Corps recognizes major volunteers to national mapping efforts

Date published: July 3, 2017

Mapping Month

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

Date published: June 29, 2017

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. Outside of the construction industry, it might seem that uses for slag are considered limited.

Date published: June 26, 2017

Peering into the Future of Agricultural Change

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

Date published: June 22, 2017

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.

Date published: June 9, 2017

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 creative problem-solving to help crystalize a solution to a complex issue.

Date published: June 8, 2017

Mapping Challenge: Illinois Post Offices

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

Date published: May 23, 2017

Searching to Study the Remaining Few

An extremely rare Mojave River western pond turtle was recently observed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and staff from The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in the Mojave Desert. Turtles of this population have rarely been seen since the late 1990s.

Date published: May 19, 2017

EarthWord–Strike-Slip Fault

This EarthWord isn’t a new dance-move; it’s been around since we’ve had tectonic plates...

Date published: May 18, 2017

EarthWord–Vog

Just like smog and fog, this EarthWord is not what you want to see while driving...

Date published: May 17, 2017

EarthWord–Phreatic Eruption

This EarthWord is straight up steampunk...