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January 25, 2010

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) sponsored a workshop on volunteered geographic information January 12-13, 2010 in Herndon, Va. The workshop explored how citizen mapmakers might contribute to The National Map, the USGS source for topographic information for the nation.

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January 22, 2010

An estimated 513 billion barrels of technically recoverable heavy oil are in Venezuela’s Orinoco Oil Belt.

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January 14, 2010

In the face of global climate change and other 21st-century resource threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are taking steps to strengthen and expand their science-management relationship to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

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January 7, 2010

On December 18, 2009, the transmitter on Landsat 5 that sends image data to the ground encountered technical difficulties. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Flight Operations Team has extensive experience with this type of anomaly and is currently investigating the problem.

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December 11, 2009

A new collection of selected Landsat earth images worldwide, Global Land Survey 2005 (GLS2005), is now available for free download to any user around the globe. Under a long-term partnership, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) periodically select and process thousands of the best-available Landsat satellite ima

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December 11, 2009

A new collection of selected Landsat earth images worldwide, Global Land Survey 2005 (GLS2005), is now available for free download to any user around the globe.

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December 11, 2009

A new collection of selected Landsat earth images worldwide, Global Land Survey 2005 (GLS2005), is now available for free download to any user around the globe. Under a long-term partnership, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) periodically select and process thousands of the best-available Landsat satellite ima

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December 8, 2009

Robin O'Malley joined the U.S. Geological Survey this week to serve as the policy and partnership coordinator for the USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center. O'Malley comes to the USGS from the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economic and the Environment, where he was the Director of Program Development.

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December 3, 2009

Groundwater tested from selected community water systems in 14 states contains low levels of man-made organic chemicals, according to studies conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 13, 2009

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in partnership with Spot Image Corporation, has begun to distribute, over the Internet, SPOT (Satellite Pour l'Observation de la Terre) satellite data collected over parts of North America between 1986 and 1998.

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October 30, 2009

American kestrels are extremely susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza, indicating that other endangered and threatened raptors may also be at risk if the virus reaches North America.
In a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study, all kestrels inoculated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 died within seven days of inoculation, regardless of the virus dose.

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October 19, 2009

USGS and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formally announced their request for proposals to support the 2010 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP). With over $1.3 million spread across seven categories, the 2010 NSDI CAP will award an estimated 31 innovative projects in the geospatial data community.