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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.

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

Image: Vegetation Drought
June 5, 2017

The U. S. Geological Survey is poised to bring a dynamic array of science and tools to help decision-makers manage and offset effects of increased drought across the United States, according to a drought plan report released today.

Graphic of a seismometer reading
May 25, 2017

The USGS Earthquake Hazards Program recently released a new strategic plan for earthquake monitoring entitled the “Advanced National Seismic System – Current Status, Development Opportunities, Priorities, 2017-2027.”

NHDPlus HR Hydrologic Regions Map
May 4, 2017

Great strides made toward a national hydrography framework with release of the initial USGS NHDPlus High Resolution datasets.

Image shows an Alaskan Mountain viewed through hyperspectral imaging
April 20, 2017

We've got a library full of spectral signatures, like a police fingerprint library for minerals and other substances!

Snapshot of Water Boundary Dataset status graphic
April 20, 2017

As part of an ongoing effort to improve the suite of hydrography web-based map services, the USGS will separate the services for the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD).

Image shows a male white-tailed deer facing to the left of the image.
April 18, 2017

A new tool, which predicted the recent, rapid growth and continued spread of chronic wasting disease in deer, can help forecast and manage other costly biological threats to humans, animals and the environment, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study.

Hydrologic Regions of Alaska
April 14, 2017

While freshwater ecosystems cover only a small amount of the land surface in Alaska, they transport and emit a significant amount of carbon, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. An invited feature article for Ecological Applications provides the first-ever major aquatic carbon flux assessment for the entire state. Carbon flux refers to the rate of carbon transfer between pools.

Screen shot, example of The National Map YouTube Video: The US Interagency Elevation Inventory.
March 30, 2017

More than two dozen short videos on mastering USGS geospatial tools now available