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Science Datasets

The data collected and the techniques used by USGS scientists should conform to or reference national and international standards and protocols if they exist and when they are relevant and appropriate. For datasets of a given type, and if national or international metadata standards exist, the data are indexed with metadata that facilitates access and integration.

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Date published: December 5, 2017

Female Faxonius (formerly Orconectes) quadruncus broodstock collected for toxicity testing

Broodstock individual Faxonius quadruncus were collected for culturing eggs until hatch.  Hatchling crayfish were used to be used in toxicity testing to assess hazards of metals mixtures to young Faxonius quadruncus.

Date published: December 1, 2017

Prospect- and Mine-Related Features from U.S. Geological Survey 7.5- and 15-Minute Topographic Quadrangle Maps of the United States

These data are part of a larger USGS project to develop an updated geospatial database of mines, mineral deposits and mineral regions in the United States. Mine and prospect-related symbols, such as those used to represent prospect pits, mines, adits, dumps, tailings, etc., are currently being digitized on a state-by-state basis from USGS Historical Topographic Maps.

Date published: December 1, 2017

Nitrogen and phosphorus, other water quality parameters, and sediment temperature data for Incline Creek and Marlette Creek stream-lake interface, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, September 2013

This data set contains the following parameters: sediment and water temperature, dissolved nitrate plus nitrite dissolved, ammonium, total Kjeldahl nitrogen, soluble orthophosphate, dissolved phosphorus, total phosphorus, and dissolved organic carbon.

Date published: November 30, 2017

Depth-to-water area polygons, isopleths showing mean annual runoff, 1912-1963, and water-level altitude contours for the Humboldt River Basin, Nevada

This data set consists of 1:500,000-scale isopleths showing mean annual runoff, 1912-1963, for the Humboldt River Basin, Nevada as published in the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Water Resources Bulletin 32 titled "Hydrologic reconnaissance of the Humboldt River basin, Nevada", 1966.

Date published: November 21, 2017

Annual California sea otter stranding data

The California Sea Otter Stranding Network is part of the USGS effort to monitor southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) and provide data to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Since 1985, stranded otters from throughout their California coastal range have been collected and analyzed to inform resource management on recovery and conservation of the species.

Date published: November 20, 2017

Soil chemistry adjacent to roads treated with dust control products at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge

In order to quantify the effect of dust suppressant treatment on roadside soils, we took replicated composite soil samples one year after treatment at 1m and 4m from the road’s edge, and analyzed samples for a suite of soil chemistry variables (pH, conductivity, NO3-N, P, K, Ca, Mg, Na and S). We also assessed dust suppressant product residues in the soil.

Date published: November 17, 2017

Amphibian acoustic data from the Arizona 1, Pinenut, and Canyon breccia pipe uranium mines in Arizona

The data consists of a summary of amphibian acoustic recordings at Canyon, Arizona 1, and Pinenut mines near the Grand Canyon.  Original raw acoustic recordings used to create this summary data table are archived at Columbia Environmental Research Center.

Date published: November 17, 2017

Sediment chemistry and sediment toxicity in wadable streams across the Midwestern United States, 2013.

Data presenting chemistry (PAHs, organochlorines, PCBs, trace elements, and current use pesticides) and toxicity results from freshwater stream sediments collected from 99 wadable stream sites across eleven states in the Midwestern United States. 

Date published: November 17, 2017

Chemistry, radiation and histopathology data in support of manuscript "Pre-mining trace element and radiation exposure to biota from a breccia pipe uranium mine in the Grand Canyon (Arizona, USA) watershed"

Data collected to characterize the pre-mining concentrations of total arsenic (As), cadmium (Cd), copper (Cu), lead (Pb), mercury (Hg), nickel (Ni), selenium (Se), thallium (Tl), U, and zinc (Zn); radiation levels; and histopathologies in biota (vegetation, invertebrates, amphibians, birds, and mammals) at the Canyon Mine.

Date published: November 17, 2017

A comparison of four pore water sampling methods for mixed metals and dissolved organic carbon, and implications for sediment toxicity evaluations-Data

Data representing comparison of four commonly-applied techniques for obtaining pore water samples for the quantification of nickel, copper, zinc, arsenic, cadmium, lead and dissolved organic carbon (DOC), including peepers, push points, centrifugation, and diffusive gradients in thin films (DGTs). 

Date published: November 16, 2017

Assessing Techniques to Enhance Barrier Characteristics of High-head Navigation Dams on the Upper Illinois River: Data

The dataset is comprised of river conditions at La Grange, Peoria, Starved Rock, Marseilles, and Dresden Island Locks and Dams, along the Illinois River. Data were recorded bihourly from 1985 – 2016. For each location, pool elevation (ft), tailwater elevation (ft), head height (ft), discharge (cfs), and total gate openess.

Date published: November 15, 2017

2016 Upper Missouri River dye-trace experiment data

Data collected in June 2016 as part of a dye-trace experiment in the Missouri River downstream from Fort Peck Dam, Montana, USA. Fluorometers were deployed at 8 measurement stations over a 135-km study reach.