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Date published: March 24, 2010

USGS Offers $7 Million in Earthquake Research Grants

RESTON, Va. — The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) will award up to $7 million in grants and cooperative agreements for earthquake research in 2011.

Date published: March 8, 2010

Developing a Way to Monitor the Nation’s Groundwater Resources

Groundwater supplies a majority of the nation’s community water systems and almost half of its irrigation, but there is currently no system that can provide a nationwide assessment and evaluation of the conditions, availability or water-quality trends of the country’s groundwater resources. To respond to the need for better knowledge of this valuable resource, five pilot projects have

Date published: February 25, 2010

Product Announcement: Report Says New National Center for Climate Change and Wildlife Should Help Agencies Manage Climate Change Effects on Fish and Wildlife

The new U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center should be a conduit between climate science and fish and wildlife management, according to a preliminary report released today from a group of nearly 200 representatives from state and federal agencies, academia and nongovernmental organizations.

Date published: February 16, 2010

U.S. Minerals Sector Declined in 2009

U.S. also Increasingly Dependent on Foreign Sources for Minerals

Date published: January 28, 2010

New One-Stop Source for Scientific Information about U.S. Oceans and Waters

A one-stop source for biogeographic information collected from U.S. waters and oceanic regions is now available from the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) Program.

Date published: January 28, 2010

USGS and Partners to Help Scientists Deal with Data Deluge

A new global data access program will help scientists deal with the ever-increasing amount of information they must access to understand Earth’s living and nonliving systems.

Date published: January 27, 2010

A Different Delta Force - USGS and U.S. Department of State Assist in Mekong Delta

The U.S. Geological Survey is bringing its broad scientific understanding of the Mississippi Delta to bear on a similar river delta a half a world away, the Mekong River Delta of southeast Asia. 

Date published: January 22, 2010

Venezuela Holds One of the Largest Oil Accumulations

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

Date published: January 14, 2010

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and U.S. Geological Survey Strengthen and Expand Science-Management Relationship

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.

Date published: January 7, 2010

Landsat 5 Anomaly

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.

Date published: December 11, 2009

A New Album of Global Earth Imagery

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

Date published: December 11, 2009

A New Album of Global Earth Imagery

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.