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Date published: August 2, 2019

Powell Expedition—Geologic Time. Then and Now.

One of the distinctive characteristics of geological thinking is the concept of deep time. Earth is 4.54 billion years old, a span of time that is hard for many people to grasp. What did John Wesley Powell know about geologic time, and what have we learned since?

Date published: July 11, 2019

Powell Expedition—What did the Powell expedition members eat? Then and Now.

Food can be a common thread between peoples of history and today and it often plays an important role in morale, celebration, hardship and bringing people together. How did food influence the original Powell expedition, and how does it factor into modern long-haul rafting trips, such as the one USGS scientists and science support staff are currently engaged in?

Date published: June 21, 2019

Powell Expedition—Women in Science. Then and Now.

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the historic journey that John Wesley Powell and his nine-man crew undertook to explore the Green and Colorado rivers in their epic journey to explore the great rivers of the West. But were any women involved in these efforts? Were there women doing field science? And how are women contributing to USGS science today?

Date published: May 24, 2019

Exploring the Grand Canyon – 150 Years Later

Today, the USGS and partnering organizations are embarking on a trip down the Green and Colorado rivers to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition.

Date published: May 23, 2019

Powell Expedition—Vision of the West Overview. Then and Now.

A Vision of the West from the 19th and 20th Century River Expeditions. Read all John Wesley Powell Expedition—...

Date published: December 6, 2018

STEP-UP Program Wins Award

The USGS was awarded the 2018 Workforce Development Partner of the Year by the Foundation for Fairfax County (VA) Public Schools (FCPS) at a luncheon attended by over 250 elected officials and local leaders, including Director Jim Reilly.  The USGS is the first federal entity to receive this award. 

Date published: September 30, 2015

Citizen Science: For Citizens, Science, and the Planet

Citizen science — scientific work undertaken by members of the general public, usually in collaboration with scientific institutions — is a grassroots approach to natural science. It educates and engages the public by encouraging ordinary citizens to use their interests and their talents in tackling a wide range of real-world problems.