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Status graphic of all land managers on the updated PAD-US map
July 9, 2019

A new version of the Protected Areas Database of the U.S., or PAD-US, has major federal, state and easement updates, an easier-to-use data structure, new web services, national-scale printable maps, and more.

Photo of Best Student Geologic Map Competition winners from 2018 posing with awards and competition judges
June 12, 2019

The USGS Announces Final Call for Abstracts: Best Student Geological Map Competition at GSA Phoenix.

Image shows a map of the United States with varying coverage of aeromagnetic surveys
June 10, 2019

Less than one percent of the United States is mapped by aeromagnetic data that fully meet modern standards and best practices, according to a recent evaluation by the U.S. Geological Survey. Less than five percent of the country has been mapped with data that can be considered adequate in meeting those same standards

USGS scientist Jon Thomas collecting time-domain electromagnetic sounding in the Texas southern high plains
March 22, 2019

An interactive viewer to visualize groundwater resources in Gaines, Terry and Yoakum Counties, Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District, Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District and South Plains Underground Water Conservation District. 

Status map depicting the habitat of the American Bittern
March 6, 2019

A new dataset of habitat distribution for terrestrial vertebrate species in the conterminous United States is now available from the USGS.

Lidar point cloud over Puerto Rico
February 7, 2019

The USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is excited to announce the availability of a new way to access and process lidar point cloud data from the 3DEP repository.

Drinking water from tap
December 20, 2018

Minnesota well drillers and landowners will now have new tools to help predict arsenic concentrations in drinking water when building domestic water wells, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Screen shot of the USGS Topo Base Map Shown in The National Map Viewer
October 30, 2018

The “USGS Topo Base Map” service named “USGS Topo” has been refreshed with new data and design changes. In addition, several of the “Data Availability”, or “Data Index” services have new cloud hosted URLs.

USGS scientists removes a Pankow sampler from Lincoln Creek, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
October 9, 2018

An online interactive tool for learning about pesticides, nutrients, and the overall health of Midwest streams is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey. This information can be used by the public and resource managers to better understand the relative effects of these stressors on aquatic organisms in streams.

3D Elevation Program status map, as of September 2018
September 25, 2018

Partnership opportunities for the acquisition of lidar data issued.

Photo of an EDMAP supported student conducting field work
September 11, 2018

Calling all geoscience faculty conducting research or teaching geologic mapping. The USGS EDMAP Program is accepting funding proposals focusing on geologic mapping to support upper-level undergraduate and graduate students at their colleges or universities.