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Date published: November 16, 2020

Mississippi Alluvial Plain: Shellmound, MS Geophysical Survey

A high-resolution airborne and ground-based geophysical survey was conducted near Shellmound, Mississippi as part of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP) Regional Water Availability Study. This geonarrative showcases the geophysical data used in support of this effort, compiles complementary datasets, and provides additional resources to the user.

Date published: September 28, 2020

New England Water Use, 2015

The New England Water Science Center has collected, reviewed, and aggregated water-withdrawal data in each of the six States every 5 years since 1950. The most recent water-use compilation was completed in 2015, and its summary is presented in this geonarrative.

Date published: September 25, 2020

LCMAP Assessment: Florida Phosphate Mining

Florida's Bone Valley is the source for about 60 percent of the phosphate mined in the U.S. for the production of chemical fertilizer. LCMAP data offers insight on the frequent land cover changes that accompany the mining process.

Date published: September 14, 2020

Freeport McMoRan-Safford Mine Groundwater Monitoring

In December of 2007, Freeport-McMoRan Safford Inc. (FMSI) (formerly Phelps Dodge Safford, Inc.) began production at the Safford Mine in southeastern Arizona, about 8 miles north of the town of Safford in Graham County. The long-term role of the USGS at the Safford Mine is to help ensure that the effects of mine-related pumpage on the regional aquifer are known and quantified.

Date published: September 14, 2020

Changes in Gravity used to Quantify Groundwater-Storage Change in the Tucson AMA

The Tucson Active Management Area (AMA) is a semi-arid region in southern Arizona. Historically, groundwater pumping in the Tucson AMA exceeded recharge for many decades. Gravity-based methods developed by the USGS can be used to directly measure groundwater-storage changes, providing an estimate of total storage change that does not rely on uncertain estimates of inflows and outflows.

Date published: August 25, 2020

Landsat 9 Road to Launch

Launching in 2021, Landsat 9 is a partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey. Learn about the process of building Landsat 9 and how it will extend Landsat's unbroken record of our planet to over half a century.

Attribution: Land Resources
Date published: July 22, 2020

The Dragonfly Mercury Project

Dragonflies were sampled from 100 U.S. national parks, including very remote areas.

Date published: June 17, 2020

The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection

U.S. Geological Survey research on flood protection provided by coral reefs. This is a story map that introduces research to understand the role of US coral reefs in coastal protection.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Coastal Storms

U.S. Geological Survey scientists study our coasts to understand how they respond to storms today. But rising sea levels and a changing climate will alter these natural cycles in the future. This geonarrative features research used to predict flooding now and into the future. 

Date published: June 17, 2020

National Shoreline Change

Exploring Shoreline Positions of the United States From the 1800s To The Present. Beach erosion is a chronic problem for many coastal areas of the United States. This geonarrative explains how the USGS derives shorelines from various data
sources, and how shoreline change rates are generated from these data.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Real-Time Forecasts of Coastal Change

U.S. Geological Survey researchers develop tools to forecast coastal change hazards. This geonarrative features research and tools developed to forecast real-time coastal change.

Date published: June 17, 2020

Barrier Islands

U.S. Geological Survey Researchers Monitor Barrier Islands.  This geonarrative features research used to monitor Barrier islands which are narrow stretches of sand deposited parallel to the shoreline, are inherently valuable ecosystems. They protect estuaries and lagoons that help reduce coastal erosion, purify the water, and provide habitat for fish and birds.