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Date published: June 8, 2012

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A Contest to Celebrate 40 Years of Landsat

Date published: May 24, 2012

Landsat Contest Offers View of Local Landscape Change from Space

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the United States' Landsat Earth-observing program, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are holding a contest that will offer winners customized satellite views of changing local landscapes.

Date published: May 1, 2012

New Water Quality Portal Provides Access to over 150 Million Records

The USGS and EPA teamed up with the National Water Quality Monitoring Council (NWQMC) to launch a brand new Water Quality Portal (Portal) for water quality data. The Portal brings together chemical, physical and microbiological data from USGS’s National Water Information System (NWIS) and EPA’s Storage and Retrieval Data Warehouse (STORET). 

Date published: April 30, 2012

From Decade to Decade: What’s the Status of our Groundwater Quality?

There was no change in concentrations of chloride, dissolved solids, or nitrate in groundwater for more than 50 percent of well networks sampled in a new analysis by the USGS that compared samples from 1988-2000 to samples from 2001-2010. For those networks that did have a change, seven times more networks saw increases as opposed to decreases.   

Date published: April 23, 2012

New Evidence Argues Against Prehistoric Extraterrestrial Impact Event

Younger Dryas "Impact Markers" are the Result of Natural Processes

Date published: April 19, 2012

Streamflow Models Evaluated for Reliability and Application to Predicting Fish Health

A new USGS study found that streamflow characteristics critical to fish in the Tennessee River basin were estimated more accurately and precisely by a statistical model than a simulated hydrograph produced by a rainfall-runoff model.

Date published: April 6, 2012

Polar Bears in Alaska Observed with Patchy Hair Loss and other Skin Lesions

ANCHORAGE — In the past two weeks, 9 polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were observed with alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions. The animals were otherwise healthy in appearance and behavior. The cause and significance of the observed lesions are unknown. 

Date published: March 8, 2012

Atrazine Not Likely to Exceed Drinking Water Standard in Agricultural Groundwater

A new model predicts that atrazine, plus its breakdown product deethylatrazine, has less than a 10 percent chance of exceeding the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for public drinking-water supplies in shallow groundwater in about 95 percent of the nation’s agricultural areas. Atrazine is a commonly used herbicide for weed control in corn and sorghum production. 

Date published: February 27, 2012

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Transmitted During Summer in California Wetlands

Waterfowl in California can spread low pathogenic avian influenza viruses during summertime when wetland temperatures are warm and waterfowl densities are low, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Date published: January 25, 2012

USGS Identifies Streamflow Characteristics Critical to Tennessee River Basin Fishes

Streamflow characteristics critical for fish communities in the Tennessee River basin have been identified, according to recently published U.S. Geological Survey research.  Of particular note are three which describe the stability of streamflow, frequency of moderate streamflow, and the rate at which streamflow recedes after rainfall events.

Date published: January 9, 2012

High Resolution OrbView — 3 Images Now Available from USGS

OrbView-3 satellite images collected around the world between 2003 and 2007 by Orbital Imaging Corporation (now GeoEye) at up to one-meter resolution can now be downloaded at no cost through USGS EarthExplorer. 

Date published: November 3, 2011

USGS Seeks Proposals to Advance the NSDI

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) formally announce request for proposals to support the 2012 National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP).