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White Bear Lake thumbnail
September 6, 2017

Both precipitation and groundwater withdrawals, among other factors, influence lake-water levels in the northeast Twin Cities metropolitan area, and the extent of these changes vary among lakes, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

lidar point cloud, Pittsburgh PA
August 22, 2017

Call for elevation project funding proposals and requests issued.

Major road in Southern Louisiana underwater during the August 2016 flooding
August 16, 2017

To illustrate the USGS and FEMA working together in the 2016 Louisiana flood response, the agency has released an interactive Story Map.

USGS science for a changing world
August 14, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system into a production system.

Status graphic displaying the current number and location of Illinois education support structures that need to be checked, are
August 9, 2017

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify geographic information related to education structures in Illinois.

Status graphic displaying the current number and location of Illinois education support structures that need to be checked, are
August 9, 2017

The National Map Corps is requesting volunteer assistance to verify geographic information related to education structures in Illinois.

Image shows a map of Eastern Europe with the assessed basins shown in colored polygons
August 3, 2017

The Dnieper-Donets Basin of Ukraine could contain an estimated 4.3 billion tons of undiscovered potassium-bearing salt according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey assessment. In addition, previous estimates show that the nearby Pripyat Basin of Belarus could contain 80–200 billion metric tons of undiscovered potash resources.

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