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USGS
September 16, 2010

Raptor, the new search engine of the USGS-National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), has just been recognized and honored as one of ten 2010 Honorable Mention Winners in the 23rd Annual Government Computer News Awards for Outstanding Information Technology Achievement in Government.
 

USGS
August 9, 2010

Identifying watersheds with naturally occurring geologic sources of phosphorus will be easier with the release of a new map by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
July 14, 2010

A draft methodology to assess the potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) in ecosystems, as well as the reduction of greenhouse gas fluxes from ecosystems, has been proposed and is open for public comments.

USGS
July 6, 2010

A new methodology to assess the nation's potential to store carbon dioxide (CO2) is available.

USGS
July 6, 2010

In response to the need for updated topographic maps, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed and made available a new national map series called the US Topo. Production of these maps began in earnest in June 2009. In a little over a year, the USGS National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC) has published more than 25,000 7.5-minute cells. 

USGS
June 29, 2010

After a major disaster, a satellite image or a collection of aerial photographs is frequently the fastest, most effective way to determine the scope and severity of the event. With that goal, the USGS operates the Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) to process and deliver satellite and aerial imagery in near-real time during natural or human-caused disasters.

USGS
June 21, 2010

A recent U.S. Geological Survey study examined a compilation of state and federal fish-monitoring data for trends in mercury levels in fish from 1969 to 2005 in U.S. rivers and lakes.

USGS
June 11, 2010

The most detailed national vegetation U.S. land-cover map to date was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The map will enable conservation professionals to identify places in the country with sufficient habitat to support wildlife.

USGS
June 7, 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey will receive nearly unlimited access to imagery collected by Spot Image satellites over the continental United States under a major data purchase agreement announced today. The mid-resolution earth observation data from SPOT 4 and 5 satellites are similar to imagery acquired by aging U.S. Landsat satellites.

USGS
June 4, 2010

The presence of the invasive diatom Didymosphenia geminata, or didymo, has been confirmed in remote Chilean rivers near Esquel, Argentina, by a U.S. Geological Survey scientist and diatom expert.

USGS
May 28, 2010

To assist in responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Geological Survey has developed a new tool to rapidly distribute the latest USGS topographic maps of the Gulf Coast region.

USGS
May 18, 2010

An estimated 223 trillion cubic feet (tcf) (mean estimate) of undiscovered, technically recoverable natural gas are in the Nile Delta Basin Province, located in the Eastern Mediterranean region.