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One of the major strengths of the Northeast Area is the enthusiasm and commitment of our scientists to produce the type of high quality science that the USGS is known for. Working together with our partners across the nation, we have the ability to provide complete, integrated and holistic environmental information that will produce the best results that we can achieve.

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Rufous Antpitta Grallaria rufula
Date Published: July 13, 2016

Biodiversity of Birds of the Americas

The Challenge: Accurate taxonomic delineation of species and subspecies provides the biological and legal foundation for effective conservation action, whether by domestic resource management agencies or by other countries throughout the hemisphere that may be involved through international treaties or common conservation threats. Although birds are among the most well-known groups of...

The Channel Islands
Date Published: July 13, 2016

Assisting Ecosystem Management on the Channel Islands

The Challenge: The Channel Islands, sometimes called “The Galapagos of North America,” consist of 8 islands off the coast of southern California. The islands are managed by a variety of agencies, including the National Park Service, the Nature Conservancy, and the US Navy, as well as private owners, and they have had a wide variety of uses through time, from occupancy by Native American hunter...

Female Summer Tanager
Date Published: July 12, 2016

Standardizing the Classification of North American Birds for Research and Conservation

The Challenge: Federal and state government agencies, NGOs, scientists, and authors of field guides and other literature need a standardized classification of birds to provide the taxonomic and nomenclatural foundation for bird research, conservation, and education in North America. These public agencies, private individuals, and organizations rely on the latest developments in systematics,  ...

USGS representatives have been working closely with the Tribes since Hurricane Sandy.
Date Published: June 2, 2016

Natural Resources Assessment of Tribal Lands Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

USGS is committed to meeting the science needs of four Native American Tribes impacted by Hurricane Sandy in New England and New York: the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head - Aquinnah on Martha’s Vineyard, MA; the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Cape Cod, MA; the Narragansett Indian Tribe near Charlestown, RI; and the Shinnecock Indian Nation on Long Island.

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
American oystercatcher on the North Carolina barrier islands
Date Published: June 1, 2016

Storm Impact Assessments on Coastal Bird Populations, Behavior, and Nesting along the Outer Banks Barrier Islands, North Carolina

Using historic maps and contemporary imagery, we will quantify and synthesize existing data on the distribution and abundance of shorebirds in North Carolina and changes in habitats related to storms, such as Hurricane Sandy; coastal development, such as the Intracoastal Waterway; inlet modifications; and shoreline erosion to give us a better understanding of historic trends for shorebirds and...

Contacts: Kathryn Spear
Wetlands on the Fort A.P. Hill reservation are all freshwater
Date Published: May 19, 2016

Mapping Fort A.P. Hill Military Training Center’s Vast Wetlands

Mapping of Fort A.P Hill utilizes 2-D interpretation of 2013, 1-foot Color Infrared orthorectified imagery, affording greater detail in wetland interpretation and classification.

Contacts: William Royce Jones, Jason Dugas, Irene Huber
Urban Landscapes Work Downtown
Date Published: May 17, 2016

Urban Landscapes- Northeast Region Capability Team

Urban landscapes commonly are impacted in many ways, including degraded water quality, fragmented habitats, invasive species, contaminant spills and transport, reduced groundwater recharge, increasing streamflow flashiness, and others. Urban development disrupts native biological communities, particularly the loss of sensitive biota...

Attribution: Northeast
Satellite view of Hurricane Sandy
Date Published: May 9, 2016

Promoting USGS Research on Environmental Impacts of a Major Storm – Hurricane Sandy

Support tasks performed by the WARC Advanced Applications Team for Hurricane Sandy-related projects include aerial imagery capture and processing, standards-compliant data formatting and transformation, metadata creation, and visualization of data in a spatial context.

White tanks used to hold the tracer injection solutions with tubing going to injection wells
Date Published: April 19, 2016

Sewage-Contaminated Ground Water

The USGS is investigating a wastewater plume in a shallow aquifer near Cape Cod, Massachusetts, to increase the understanding of the physical, chemical, and microbiological processes that affect the fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater.

USGS scientist with equipment used to inject fluids for a bioaugmentation experiment
Date Published: April 19, 2016

Chlorinated Solvents in Fractured-Rock Aquifers

The USGS is investigating the hydrological, geochemical, and microbiological processes controlling contaminant fate in fractured-rock aquifers. Long-term field experiments are currently conducted at a former aircraft engine test facility in West Trenton, New Jersey, where high concentrations of trichloroethene persist in sedimentary rocks despite two decades of groundwater pumping and...

The National Map
Date Published: April 19, 2016

National Geospatial Program User Engagement Office

Would you like to learn more about USGS National Map products and services? Then welcome to the National Geospatial Program User Engagement office. We can help you leverage NGP products and services through The National Map and other venues. Connect with us through our network of National Map Liaisons. There's a liaison for every state!

Hurricane Sandy storm surge map
Date Published: April 18, 2016
Status: Active

Hurricane Sandy Surge and Marsh Dieback in the New Jersey Coastal Zone

Detection of storm surge impacts on coastal marshes requires regional or broader mapping of surge flooding above and below the wetland canopy and estimation of abnormal change in wetland condition.

Contacts: Amina Rangoonwala, Elijah Ramsey, III, Ph.D., Nicholas Enright
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Year Published: 2017

The precipitation of indium at elevated pH in a stream influenced by acid mine drainage

Indium is an increasingly important metal in semiconductors and electronics and has uses in important energy technologies such as photovoltaic cells and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). One significant flux of indium to the environment is from lead, zinc, copper, and tin mining and smelting, but little is known about its aqueous behavior after it is...

White, Sarah Jane O.; Hussain, Fatima A.; Hemond, Harold F.; Sacco, Sarah A.; Shine, James P.; Runkel, Robert L.; Walton-Day, Katherine; Kimball, Briant A.
White, S.J.O., Hussain, F.A., Hemond, H.F., Sacco, S.A., Shine, J.P., Runkel, R.L., Walton-Day, K., and Kimball, B.A., 2017, The precipitation of indium at elevated pH in a stream influenced by acid mine drainage: Science of The Total Environment, v. 574, p. 1484-1491 , http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.08.136

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Genetic and grade and tonnage models for sandstone-hosted roll-type uranium deposits, Texas Coastal Plain, USA

The coincidence of a number of geologic and climatic factors combined to create conditions favorable for the development of mineable concentrations of uranium hosted by Eocene through Pliocene sandstones in the Texas Coastal Plain. Here 254 uranium occurrences, including 169 deposits, 73 prospects, 6 showings and 4 anomalies, have been identified...

Hall, Susan M.; Mihalasky, Mark J.; Tureck, Kathleen; Hammarstrom, Jane M.; Hannon, Mark
Hall, S.M., Mihalaksy, M.J., Tureck, K.R., Hammarstrom, J., Hannon, Mark T.,, 2016, Genetic and grade and tonnage models for sandstone-hosted roll-type uranium deposits, Texas Coastal Plain, USA: Ore Geology Reviews, Volume 80, January 2017, Pages 716-753. Available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.oregeorev.2016.06.013

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Simple, efficient allocation of modelling runs on heterogeneous clusters with MPI

In scientific modelling and computation, the choice of an appropriate method for allocating tasks for parallel processing depends on the computational setting and on the nature of the computation. The allocation of independent but similar computational tasks, such as modelling runs or Monte Carlo trials, among the nodes of a heterogeneous...

Donato, David I.
Donato, D.I., 2017, Simple, efficient allocation of modelling runs on heterogeneous clusters with MPI: Environmental Modelling & Software, v. 88, p. 48-57.

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Ion-adsorption REEs in regolith of the Liberty Hill pluton, South Carolina, USA: An effect of hydrothermal alteration

Ion-adsorbed rare earth element (REE) deposits supply the majority of world heavy REE production and substantial light REE production, but relatively little is known of their occurrence outside Southeast Asia. We examined the distribution and forms of REEs on a North American pluton located in the highly weathered and slowly eroding South Carolina...

Bern, Carleton R.; Yesavage, Tiffany; Foley, Nora K.

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Mercury and trace element distribution in density separates of a South African Highveld (#4) coal: Implications for mercury reduction and preparation of export coal

Eight density separates of Permian Highveld (#4) coal were investigated for partitioning of Hg and trace elements. The separates include float fractions obtained in heavy media having densities of 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, and 2.0 g/cm3, and the sink fraction for 2.0 g/cm3. Bulk analysis of the separates shows strong (R2 ≥...

Kolker, Allan; Senior, Connie L.; van Alphen, Chris; Koenig, Alan E.; Geboy, Nicholas J.

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Elevated bladder cancer in northern New England: The role of drinking water and arsenic

Background: Bladder cancer mortality rates have been elevated in northern New England for at least five decades. Incidence rates in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont are about 20% higher than the United States overall. We explored reasons for this excess, focusing on arsenic in drinking water from private wells, which are particularly prevalent in...

Baris, Dalsu; Wadell, Richard; Freeman, Laura; Schwenn, Molly; Colt, Joanne; Ayotte, Joseph D.; Ward, Mary; Nuckols, John; Schned, Alan; Jackson, Brian; Clerkin, Castine; Rothman, Nathanial; Moore, Lee; Taylor, Anne; Robinson, Gilpin; Hosain, Monawar G.; Armenti, Carla; McCoy, Richard; Samanic, Claudine; Hoover, Robert; Fraumeni, Joseph; Johnson, Alison; Karagas, Margaret; Silverman, Debra
Elevated Bladder Cancer in Northern New England: The Role of Drinking Water and Arsenic Dalsu Baris Richard Waddell Laura E. Beane Freeman Molly Schwenn Joanne S. Colt Joseph D. Ayotte Mary H. Ward John Nuckols Alan Schned Brian Jackson ... Show more J Natl Cancer Inst (2016) 108 (9): djw099.

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A special issue devoted to proterozoic iron oxide-apatite (±REE) and iron oxide copper-gold and affiliated deposits of Southeast Missouri, USA, and the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, Northwest Territories, Canada: Preface

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Slack, John F.; Corriveau, L.; Hitzman, M.W.
Slack, J. F., Corriveau, L., & Hitzman, M. W. (2016). A Special Issue Devoted to Proterozoic Iron Oxide-Apatite (±REE) and Iron Oxide Copper-Gold and Affiliated Deposits of Southeast Missouri, USA, and the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, Northwest Territories, Canada: Preface. Economic Geology, 111(8), 1803–1814

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Regional geologic and petrologic framework for iron oxide ± apatite ± rare earth element and iron oxide copper-gold deposits of the Mesoproterozoic St. Francois Mountains terrane, southeast Missouri, USA

This paper provides an overview on the genesis of Mesoproterozoic igneous rocks and associated iron oxide ± apatite (IOA) ± rare earth element, iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG), and iron-rich sedimentary deposits in the St. Francois Mountains terrane of southeast Missouri, USA. The St. Francois Mountains terrane lies along the southeastern margin of...

Day, Warren C.; Slack, John F.; Ayuso, Robert A.; Seeger, Cheryl M.

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Quantifying chemical weathering rates along a precipitation gradient on Basse-Terre Island, French Guadeloupe: new insight from U-series isotopes in weathering rinds

Inside soil and saprolite, rock fragments can form weathering clasts (alteration rinds surrounding an unweathered core) and these weathering rinds provide an excellent field system for investigating the initiation of weathering and long term weathering rates. Recently, uranium-series (U-series) disequilibria have shown great potential for...

Engel, Jacqueline M.; May, Linda; Sak, Peter B.; Gaillardet, Jerome; Ren, Minghua; Engle, Mark A.; Brantley, Susan L.

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Building unified geospatial data for land-change modeling—A case study in the area of Richmond, Virginia

An effort to build a unified collection of geospatial data for use in land-change modeling (LCM) led to new insights into the requirements and challenges of building an LCM data infrastructure. A case study of data compilation and unification for the Richmond, Va., Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) delineated the problems of combining and...

Donato, David I.; Shapiro, Jason L.
Donato, D.I., and Shapiro, J.L., 2016, Building unified geospatial data for land-change modeling—A case study in the area of Richmond, Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016‒1176, 84 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161176.

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Bitumen prices and structural changes in North American crude oil markets

In an earlier report, changes in bitumen prices at Hardesty, Alberta, Canada, were modeled as the responses to changes in monthly prices of Hardesty light/medium crude oil for the period 2000–2006 with a simple error correction econometric model. This note re-examines that price relationship for the period 2009–2014. Over the period 2006–2014,...

Attanasi, Emil D.

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view across Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, with sampling grid markers in forground
June 30, 2014

Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod with sample grid markers

Sunset view looking northwest from Fishermans Cove, across Ashumet Pond, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The small sticks and flags in the lake are a sampling grid. 

Image shows a sample of lignite on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Lignite Coal

A sample of lignite, the lowest rank of coal. It is primarily mined for burning in steam-generation power plants. Read more about our coal research here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/cersc/science/us-coal-resources-and-reserves-assessment

Image shows a sample of lignite on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Lignite Coal

A sample of lignite, the lowest rank of coal. It is primarily mined for burning in steam-generation power plants. Read more about our coal research here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/cersc/science/us-coal-resources-and-reserves-assessment

Image shows a sample of peat against a rock background
December 31, 2013

Peat

Peat is the precursor to coal. It's made up of decayed plant materials or other organic matter that, over time, can undergo heat and pressure to become lignite. Read more about our coal resources here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/cersc/science/us-coal-

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Image shows a sample of peacock coal against a rock background
December 31, 2013

Peacock Coal

This sample is of peacock coal. Peacock coal is not a specific class of coal, but rather the name for an effect in which oxidizing materials in the coal create a dazzling array of colors on the surface of the coal. Usually it is short-lived, as the material fully oxidizes away shortly after exposed to air. Read more about our coal research here: 

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Image shows a sample of anthracite coal on a rock backdrop
December 31, 2013

Anthracite Coal

This is anthracite, the highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Anthracite is not as commonly mined as other ranks of coal. It played a significant role in Pennsylvania coal during the Industrial Revolution in the United

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Image shows a sample of anthracite coal on a rock backdrop
December 31, 2013

Anthracite Coal

This is anthracite, the highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Anthracite is not as commonly mined as other ranks of coal. It played a significant role in Pennsylvania coal during the Industrial Revolution in the United

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Image shows a sample of clinker on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Clinker Coal

Clinker coal is the result of a seam of coal catching fire and burning so hot that it baked surrounding rock layers into brick-like formations. Some of the most famous clinker formations in the United States can be seen at the Theodore Roosevel National Park in North Dakota. Read more about our

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Image shows a sample of cannel coal on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Cannel Coal

Cannel coal is a type of bituminous coal that is also sometimes referred to as a type of oil shale. It's name likely came from the word "candle." Cannel coal was once used as a source for kerosene. Read more about our coal research here: 

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Image shows a sample of clinker on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Clinker Coal

Clinker coal is the result of a seam of coal catching fire and burning so hot that it baked surrounding rock layers into brick-like formations. Some of the most famous clinker formations in the United States can be seen at the Theodore Roosevel National Park in North Dakota. Read more about our

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Image shows a sample of lignite on a rock background
December 31, 2013

Lignite Coal

A sample of lignite, the lowest rank of coal. It is primarily mined for burning in steam-generation power plants. Read more about our coal research here: https://www.usgs.gov/centers/cersc/science/us-coal-resources-and-reserves-assessment

Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia
November 29, 2013

Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia

Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia

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