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3D elevation data for El Paso, Texas, in the form of a lidar point cloud.
July 28, 2017

The USGS is seeing a dramatic increase in the use of 3D geospatial data for infrastructure planning, modeling and construction

This image demonstrates how the USGS Search API can be used to show the suggested locations appearing in the menu on the map
July 26, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey Search API is a custom JavaScript library useful for creating a location search widget in a webpage, typically in conjunction with a web map. The widget connects to a database created for the API, or Application-Programming Interface, to quickly find and suggest locations as the user enters text to navigate to areas of interest. 

Geologic map, Holy Cross quad, Colorado
July 25, 2017

As part of the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program, EDMAP is supporting upcoming geologic mappers by providing invalubable experience and matching-funds grants.

Alaska mapping status map showing 84% statewide IfSAR coverage available
July 24, 2017

The USGS continues to collect high resolution elevation data, contributing to greatly improved Alaska map data

Graphic showing more than edited 1,200 Post Offices locationsin Illions
July 21, 2017

USGS crowd-sourcing project volunteers have updated more than 1,200 Post Office locations and data in Illinois

Satellite image showing the Las Vegas, Lake Mead, Grand Canyon area
July 20, 2017

Resourcesat data that are important for understanding changes associated with agriculture, forestry, phenology, and other applications are now available in the USGS archive.

Aerial graphic of Oso landslide
July 20, 2017

The USGS uses cutting edge technologies to investigate and forecast landslides and other natural hazards.

Greater White-fronted Goose on the North Slope of Alaska
July 17, 2017

Direct encounters with humans can increase the likelihood that nesting geese will lose their eggs to predators, according to a recent study released Monday, July 17.

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July 17, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has evaluated three methods for estimating how much oil and gas could be produced by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into petroleum reservoirs.

Soybeans showing the effects of drought near Navasota, TX
July 12, 2017

Agricultural crops can wither in a flash when the days turn hot, the air dries, the rain stops and moisture evaporates quickly from the soil. A new early warning system can help alert managers and others as drought begins to happen.

Improved Topo Base map of the Glacier Peak WA area
July 11, 2017

An updated “USGS Topo Base Map” service named “USGS Topo” includes some new design changes and refreshed data content.

Image shows varying pigment levels from a satellite perspective of lakes in the United States
June 19, 2017

A joint collaboration between EPA, NOAA, NASA, and USGS scientists has demonstrated that satellite imagery can be used to track the frequency of harmful algal blooms.  The satellites can accomplish this by measuring certain algal pigments in the water.