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Date published: August 8, 2019

New YouTube Lessons on Using 3DEP Data and NHD Topics

Users of The National Map can get more assistance on using products and services with the release of new online, instructional videos.

Date published: August 8, 2019

Ten Years of Icy Data Show the Flow of Heat from the Arctic Seafloor

In addition to 10 years of data on the flow of heat in the Arctic ocean seafloor, the USGS and Geological Survey of Canada have published an analysis of that data using modern seismic data.

Date published: August 6, 2019

2019 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award Nominations Open

Calling for nominations to honor outstanding accomplishments to the spatial data infrastructure mission of the Department of Interior.

Date published: August 1, 2019

2018 Doug D. Nebert NSDI Champion of the Year Award Recipients Announced

The Federal Geographic Data Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Doug D. Nebert National Spatial Data Infrastructure Champion of the Year Award.

Date published: July 9, 2019

Major Update for America’s Inventory of Parks and Other Protected Areas: Protected Areas Database of the United States

A new version of the Protected Areas Database of the U.S., or PAD-US, has major federal, state and easement updates, an easier-to-use data structure, new web services, national-scale printable maps, and more.

Date published: June 12, 2019

Searching for Great Geologic Maps

The USGS Announces Final Call for Abstracts: Best Student Geological Map Competition at GSA Phoenix.

Date published: June 10, 2019

Less than One Percent of the United States Covered by Aeromagnetic Data that Meet Modern Standards

Less than one percent of the United States is mapped by aeromagnetic data that fully meet modern standards and best practices, according to a recent evaluation by the U.S. Geological Survey. Less than five percent of the country has been mapped with data that can be considered adequate in meeting those same standards

Date published: March 25, 2019

USGS Seeks Earthquake Hazards Research Proposals

Applications due May 29, 2019

Date published: March 22, 2019

Online Tool Illustrates Groundwater Resources in Texas Panhandle

An interactive viewer to visualize groundwater resources in Gaines, Terry and Yoakum Counties, Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Llano Estacado Underground Water Conservation District, Sandy Land Underground Water Conservation District and South Plains Underground Water Conservation District. 

Date published: March 6, 2019

New Species Habitat Distribution Maps Now Support Conservation Planning at a National Scale

A new dataset of habitat distribution for terrestrial vertebrate species in the conterminous United States is now available from the USGS.

Date published: February 7, 2019

USGS 3DEP Lidar Point Cloud Now Available as Amazon Public Dataset

The USGS 3D Elevation Program (3DEP) is excited to announce the availability of a new way to access and process lidar point cloud data from the 3DEP repository.

Date published: December 20, 2018

Design of Private Wells Can Lead to Safer Drinking Water in Minnesota

Minnesota well drillers and landowners will now have new tools to help predict arsenic concentrations in drinking water when building domestic water wells, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.