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USGS
March 29, 2018

Clarifying Latitude and Longitude for Planets besides Earth

Low-Flying Helicopter
March 6, 2018

Note to Editors: In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

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MCRTR GIS Lab Logo
Date Published: September 24, 2018
Status: Active

MRCTR GIS Lab

The USGS Astrogeology Mapping, Remote-sensing, Cartography, Technology, and Research (MRCTR, pronounced "Mercator") GIS Lab provides web-based resources aimed at the planetary research community. The lab supports Geographic Information Systems (GIS) graphical, statistical, and spatial tools for analyses of planetary data, including the distribution of planetary GIS tutorials,...

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Date Published: September 21, 2018
Status: Completed

RPIF Online Exhibits

The NASA/USGS RPIF is dedicated to providing online exhibits of archived materials. The RPIF houses a large collection of historical artifacts in relation to space exploration, map-making, and planetary geology.

PDS logo
Date Published: September 21, 2018
Status: Active

Cartography and Imaging Sciences Node of NASA Planetary Data System

The USGS Astrogeology Science Center is host to the lead science component of the Cartography and Imaging Sciences Node (IMG) of the NASA Planetary Data System (PDS). A partner facility at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) provides engineering support and technical management for the IMG. The IMG is a PDS science discipline node that archives over 500 TB in a growing...

NASA logo
Date Published: September 21, 2018
Status: Active

USGS/NASA Planetary Photogrammetry Guest Facility

-- ON HOLD -- Training Opportunity -- ON HOLD --

Photogrammetric Processing of Planetary Stereo Imagery using ISIS and SOCET GXP® TBD --  earliest 2019

 

Please note that we no longer have any scheduled SOCET SET® trainings at this time. We are currently transitioning to BAE's latest photogrammtry...

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Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

RPIF Pioneers of Astrogeology

Some of the pioneers in planetary geologic research include Eugene Shoemaker, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt, Don Wilhelms, Raymond Batson, David Roddy, and Gordon Swann.

Contacts: Kay Garsnett
Gordon Swann crab fishing
Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Gordan Alfred Swann

Gordon Alfred Swann was born in Palisade, CO, September 21, 1931. After serving in the U.S. Navy from 1952 to 1956, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in 1962 as one of the pioneers in a study of the Precambrian geology of the Front Range of Colorado. His career in the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) began in Denver in 1963 working on a Defense Department...

Dave Roddy
Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Dave Roddy

Dave Roddy was a world-renowned scientist at the forefront of investigators studying impact and explosion craters. His field mapping of Flynn Creek was the first mapping detailed enough to demonstrate the impact origin of an ancient structure in North America. David was an authority on the Meteor Crater impact structure, east of Flagstaff. Dave's work has assisted in the...

Ray Batson
Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Raymond Milner Batson

Ray Batson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, on 8 July 1931. His lifelong passion for flying surfaced early. In high school he worked at Stapleton Airfield in Denver refueling planes in order to pay for flying lessons, and obtained his private pilot’s license. After a year of study at Regis College, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served a two-year tour of duty as...

Don Wilhelms
Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Don Wilhelms

With his geologic mapping of the Moon, Don Wilhelms set the methods and standards for planetary mapping. He is author of Geologic History of the Moon (1987, USGS Professional Paper 1348) and To a Rocky Moon, A Geologist's History of Lunar Exploration (1993, University of Arizona Press), as well as many other science publications and planetary geologic maps. Don helped train...

Harrison Schmitt during Ceremony
Date Published: September 19, 2018
Status: Completed

Harrison H. Schmitt

Jack Schmitt joined the Astrogeology team as a geologist at the Flagstaff Science Center in 1964, having recently earned a doctorate degree from Harvard University. In addition to assisting in the geologic mapping of the Moon, he led the Lunar Field Geological Methods project. When NASA announced a special recruitment for scientist-astronauts in late 1964, Schmitt...

Gene Shoemaker
Date Published: September 17, 2018
Status: Completed

Gene Shoemaker - Founder of Astrogeology

He once said he considered himself a scientific historian, one whose mission in life is to relate geologic and planetary events in a perspective manner. A modest statement coming from a legend of a man who almost single-handedly created planetary science as a discipline distinct from astronomy. He brought together geologic principles to the mapping of planets, resulting in...

Moon Engineer Special Study Generalized Photogeologic Map
Date Published: September 17, 2018
Status: Completed

1961: USGS Astrogeology's First Published Map

The race to the moon began on August 17, 1958, and the Soviet Union won. This isn't the opening line of an alternate history story; rather, it is an acknowledgment that more than one moon race took place. The first, with the goal of launching a small automated spacecraft to the moon, began with the liftoff of the Able 1 lunar orbiter, a 38-kilogram U.S. Air Force (USAF) probe...

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Web Application
/data-tools/map-a-planet-2

Map a Planet 2

Map a Planet 2 logo
September 21, 2018

Welcome to the new Map-A-Planet 2

MAP2 allows users to select global image mosaics, which can then be map projected, clipped to extents, have algebra functions against the image bands, and then converted to the user’s desired file format. Quickly browse ALL available products

Web Application
/data-tools/2015-year-dwarf-planets

2015: The Year of the Dwarf Planets

RPIF Logo
September 19, 2018

Interactive web app that takes you through the history of Dwarf Planets in our Solar System from the 1700's to 2015.

Web Application
/data-tools/planetary-geologic-mapping-program

Planetary Geologic Mapping Program

USGS
September 10, 2018

The goals for this website are to catalog completed geologic maps and to help track the progress of currently funded maps. If you would like to propose for a mapping investigation, check the appropriate planetary body in the map index or refer to the various mapping pages (linked under Maps above) to see which geologic maps may have already been published or are currently in progress. Please also review our Mapping Handbook on the Guidelines page which contains general information on planetary geologic map processing from proposals to publication, suggested map content, and mapping program support personnel

Web Application
/data-tools/gazetteer-planetary-nomenclature

Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature

USGS
September 10, 2018

Planetary nomenclature, like terrestrial nomenclature, is used to uniquely identify a feature on the surface of a planet or satellite so that the feature can be easily located, described, and discussed. This gazetteer contains detailed information about all names of topographic and albedo features on planets and satellites (and some planetary ring and ring-gap systems) that the International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named and approved from its founding in 1919 through the present time.

Web Application
/data-tools/planetary-image-locator-tool-pilot

Planetary Image Locator Tool (PILOT)

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September 10, 2018

PILOT (Planetary Image Locator Tool) is an online data portal used by planetary scientists and cartographers to search through the raw archives of the PDS Cartography and Imaging Science Node. It searches through a large catalog of visual, infrared and spectrometer camera images taken of planetary bodies in our solar system. For information on specific missions, please visit the Data Portal

Science Datasets
/data-tools/radiochemical-analyses-small-rodent-whole-bodies-collected-breccia-pipe-uranium-mines-0

Radiochemical analyses of small rodent whole bodies collected from breccia pipe uranium mines and reference locations in the Grand Canyon watershed

Cliff Chipmunk held by field crew member
August 28, 2018

Measurements of gross alpha activity, gross beta activity, and radionuclide activities (isotopic U, isotopic Th, Ra-226) in small rodent bodies. Samples were collected at non-mining and U breccia pipe mining sites in various production stages, in the Grand Canyon watershed.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/chemical-analyses-and-histopathology-small-rodents-vegetation-and-soil-collected-kanab

Chemical analyses and histopathology of small rodents, vegetation, and soil collected from the Kanab North breccia pipe uranium mine in the Grand Canyon watershed

Enclosure for collecting mammal samples at Kanab North Breccia Pipe Mine
August 28, 2018

These data are comprised of measurements of aluminum, iron, cobalt, nickel, copper, zinc, arsenic, selenium, molybdenum, silver, cadmium, thallium, lead, bismuth, thorium, uranium, and mercury in soil, vegetation, and small rodents.

Web Application
/data-tools/land-treatment-planning-tool

Land Treatment Planning Tool

Screenshot of the Land Treatment Planning Tool with proposed treatment drawn on screen.
May 3, 2018

The Land Treatment Planning Tool is designed for resource managers to use when planning land treatments. The tool provides useful summaries of environmental characteristics of planned treatment areas and facilitates adaptive management practices by comparing those characteristics to other similar treatments within a specified distance or area of interest.  Provisional Software.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/edna-sampling-sites-grand-canyon-region-near-breccia-pipe-uranium-mines-2015-2016

eDNA sampling sites in the Grand Canyon region near breccia pipe uranium mines 2015-2016

Livestock watering tanks in Bureau of Land Management Arizona Strip sampled for environmental DNA
March 29, 2018

eDNA sampling sites in the Grand Canyon region near breccia pipe uranium mines_2015_2016

Science Datasets
/data-tools/metabarcoding-environmental-dna-samples-explore-use-uranium-mine-containment-ponds-a

Metabarcoding of environmental DNA samples to explore the use of uranium mine containment ponds as a water source for wildlife

Biologist collecting water samples for environment DNA analysis
March 29, 2018

Water samples tested for eDNA from various vertebrate taxa

Water
/data-tools/usgs-surface-water-data-arizona-nwis-web

USGS Surface-water data for Arizona (NWIS-Web)

Surface-Water Data For Arizona (NWIS Web)
February 6, 2018

Access to current conditions, historical observations, daily data, statistics, peak-flow data, and field measurements for streamflow gaging stations in Arizona.

Science Datasets
/data-tools/prospect-and-mine-related-features-us-geological-survey-75-and-15-minute-topographic

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

data location map
December 1, 2017

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.

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RPIF Logo
September 24, 2018

The Astrogeology RPIF maintains and distributes a stock of some 60,000 lunar and planetary maps generated since about 1960. The approximately 900 individual maps published since 1961 in the USGS lunar and planetary I-Map/SIM-map series are listed in an Excel spreadsheet (below). Many of these maps are available in hardcopy form at no cost to the requestor. 

I-Map Database (xls) 230 kB

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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Year Published: 2018

Bat community response to silvicultural treatments in bottomland hardwood forests managed for wildlife in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Silvicultural treatments (e.g., selective timber harvests) that are prescribed to promote wildlife habitat are intended to alter the physical structure of forests to achieve conditions deemed beneficial for wildlife. Such treatments have been advocated for management of bottomland hardwood forests on public conservation lands in the Mississippi...

Ketzler, Loraine P.; Comer, Christopher E.; Twedt, Daniel J.
Ketzler, L. P., Comer, C. E., and Twedt, D. J., 2018, Bat community response to silvicultural treatments in bottomland hardwood forests managed for wildlife in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley: Forest Ecology and Management, v. 417, p. 40-48. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2018.02.047

Year Published: 2017

Magnetic monitoring in Saguaro National Park

On a sandy, arid plain, near the Rincon Moun­tain Visitor Center of Saguaro National Park, tucked in among brittlebush, creosote, and other hardy desert plants, is an unusual type of observatory—a small unmanned station that is used for monitor­ing the Earth’s variable magnetic field. Named for the nearby city of Tucson, Arizona, the observatory...

Love, Jeffrey J.; Finn, Carol; Gamez Valdez, Yesenia C.; Swann, Don
Love, J.J., Finn, C.A., Gamez Valdez, Y.C., Swann, Don, 2017, Magnetic monitoring in Saguaro National Park: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017–3035, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173035.

Year Published: 2017

Geochemistry and hydrology of perched groundwater springs: assessing elevated uranium concentrations at Pigeon Spring relative to nearby Pigeon Mine, Arizona (USA)

The processes that affect water chemistry as the water flows from recharge areas through breccia-pipe uranium deposits in the Grand Canyon region of the southwestern United States are not well understood. Pigeon Spring had elevated uranium in 1982 (44 μg/L), compared to other perched springs (2.7–18 μg/L), prior to mining operations at the nearby...

Beisner, Kimberly R.; Paretti, Nicholas; Tillman, Fred; Naftz, David L.; Bills, Donald; Walton-Day, Katie; Gallegos, Tanya J.
Beisner, K.R., Paretti, N.V., Tillman, F.D., Naftz, D.L., Bills, D.J., Walton-Day, K., and Gallegos, T.J., 2017, Geochemistry and hydrology of perched groundwater springs: assessing elevated uranium concentrations at Pigeon Spring relative to nearby Pigeon Mine, Arizona (USA), Hydrogeology Journal, vol. 25, issue 2, p. 539-556.

Year Published: 2016

Element concentrations in surface soils of the Coconino Plateau, Grand Canyon region, Coconino County, Arizona

This report provides the geochemical analyses of a large set of background soils collected from the surface of the Coconino Plateau in northern Arizona. More than 700 soil samples were collected at 46 widespread areas, sampled from sites that appear unaffected by mineralization and (or) anthropogenic contamination. The soils were analyzed for 47...

Van Gosen, Bradley S.
Van Gosen, B.S., 2016, Element concentrations in surface soils of the Coconino Plateau, Grand Canyon region, Coconino County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2016–1160, 9 p. http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161160.

Year Published: 2016

Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974

The Defense Minerals Administration (DMA), Defense Minerals Exploration Administration (DMEA), and Office of Minerals Exploration (OME) mineral exploration programs were active over the period 1950–1974. Under these programs, the Federal Government contributed financial assistance in the exploration for certain strategic and critical minerals. The...

Frank, David G.
Frank, D.G., 2016, Historical files from Federal Government mineral exploration-assistance programs, 1950 to 1974: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1004, http://dx.doi.org/10.3133/ds1004.

Year Published: 2014

Mapping and monitoring Mount Graham red squirrel habitat with Lidar and Landsat imagery

The Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) is an endemic subspecies located in the Pinaleño Mountains of southeast Arizona. Living in a conifer forest on a sky-island surrounded by desert, the Mount Graham red squirrel is one of the rarest mammals in North America. Over the last two decades, drought, insect...

Hatten, James R.
Mapping and monitoring Mount Graham red squirrel habitat with Lidar and Landsat imagery; 2014; Article; Journal; Ecological Modelling; Hatten, James R.

Year Published: 2014

Riparian restoration framework for the Upper Gila River, Arizona

This technical report summarizes the methods and results of a comprehensive riparian restoration planning effort for the Gila Valley Restoration Planning Area, an approximately 53-mile portion of the upper Gila River in Arizona (Figure 1-1). This planning effort has developed a Restoration Framework intended to deliver science-based guidance on...

Orr, Bruce K.; Leverich, Glen L.; Diggory, Zooey E.; Dudley, Tom L.; Hatten, James R.; Hultine, Kevin R.; Johnson, Matthew P.; Orr, Devyn A.
Riparian restoration framework for the Upper Gila River, Arizona; 2014; Organization Series; Orr, Bruce K.; Leverich, Glen L.; Diggory, Zooey E.; Dudley, Tom L.; Hatten, James R.; Hultine, Kevin R.; Johnson, Matthew P.; Orr, Devyn A.

Year Published: 2011

Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Wallow burn area, eastern Arizona

This report presents a preliminary emergency assessment of the debris-flow hazards from drainage basins burned in 2011 by the Wallow wildfire in eastern Arizona. Empirical models derived from statistical evaluation of data collected from recently burned drainage basins throughout the intermountain western United States were used to estimate the...

Ruddy, Barbara C.
Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Wallow burn area, eastern Arizona; 2011; OFR; 2011-1214; Ruddy, Barbara C.

Year Published: 2011

Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Horseshoe II burn area, southeastern Arizona

This report presents a preliminary emergency assessment of the debris-flow hazards from drainage basins burned in 2011 by the Horseshoe II wildfire in southeastern Arizona. Empirical models derived from statistical evaluation of data collected from recently burned drainage basins throughout the intermountain western United States were used to...

Ruddy, Barbara C.
Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Horseshoe II burn area, southeastern Arizona; 2011; OFR; 2011-1197; Ruddy, Barbara C.

Year Published: 2011

Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Monument burn area, southeastern Arizona

This report presents a preliminary emergency assessment of the debris-flow hazards from drainage basins burned by the Monument wildfire in southeastern Arizona, in 2011. Empirical models derived from statistical evaluation of data collected from recently burned drainage basins throughout the intermountain Western United States were used to...

Ruddy, Barbara C.; Verdin, Kristine L.
Probability and volume of potential postwildfire debris flows in the 2011 Monument burn area, southeastern Arizona; 2011; OFR; 2011-1181; Ruddy, Barbara C. ; Verdin, Kristine L.

Year Published: 2010

Hydrological, geological, and biological site characterization of breccia pipe uranium deposits in Northern Arizona

On July 21, 2009, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar proposed a two-year withdrawal of about 1 million acres of Federal land near the Grand Canyon from future mineral entry. These lands are contained in three parcels: two parcels on U.S. Bureau of Land Management land to the north of the Grand Canyon (North and East Segregation Areas) and...

Alpine, Andrea E.
Hydrological, Geological, and Biological Site Characterization of Breccia Pipe Uranium Deposits in Northern Arizona; 2010; SIR; 2010-5025; Alpine, Andrea E., ed.

Year Published: 2008

Ground-Water, Surface-Water, and Water-Chemistry Data, Black Mesa Area, Northeastern Arizona - 2006-07

The N aquifer is the major source of water in the 5,400 square-mile Black Mesa area in northeastern Arizona. Availability of water is an important issue in northeastern Arizona because of continued water requirements for industrial and municipal use and the needs of a growing population. Precipitation in the Black Mesa area is typically about 6 to...

Truini, Margot; Macy, J.P.
Ground-Water, Surface-Water, and Water-Chemistry Data, Black Mesa Area, Northeastern Arizona - 2006-07; 2008; OFR; 2008-1324; Truini, Margot; Macy, J. P.

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USGS
September 10, 2018

This is the home page for ISIS, a digital image processing software package. The focus of the software is to manipulate imagery collected by current and past NASA and International planetary missions sent throughout our Solar System.

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December 31, 2018

Regional Planetary Image Facility Logo

Logo for the Regional Planetary Image Facility.

David Scott(right) and James Irwin(left) in the Lunar Roving Vehicle trainer
September 5, 2018

David Scott and James Irwin in the Lunar Roving Vehicle "Grover"

In preperation for Apollo 15, David Scott and James Irwin trained with a training version of the Lunar Rover known as the "Grover". Apollo 15 was the first mission to bring a rover. This allowed the astronauts to cover a larger distance and explore a larger area. 

A restoration field trial site on red soils, adjacent to buttes.
August 16, 2018

Overview of restoration field trial location

A completed restoration field trial site just after installation. Half of the site is seeded, and the other half had plants and weed cloth (white fabric) installed. RAMPS will be collecting data on this site for

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A group of field workers installs an experimental garden.
August 16, 2018

Installing a restoration field trial site

These workers are planting seedlings as part of the restoration field trial network. Each garden in the network is examining seedlings and seeds in conjunction with restoration treatments to better understand how

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Bare ground with 2x2 meter square plots of various restoration treatments.
August 16, 2018

Seeding treatment experiment

View of a recently installed Restoration Field Trial Network site in the rangelands of Northern Arizona. This part of the site contains the seeding treatments: mulch, ConMods (metal crosses), pits, and two

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June 30, 2018

Understanding Floods | Long-term Streamflow Data Collection (AD)

The USGS is developing methods to improve data collection during floods to gain new insight into the rise and fall of flood waters. In the past, the only data left behind after a flood was how high the water got, or the peak of the flood. This video presents the methodology that hydrologists are using to set up a Continuous Slope-area Reach in remote areas that are

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June 30, 2018

Understanding Floods | Long-term Streamflow Data Collection

The USGS is developing methods to improve data collection during floods to gain new insight into the rise and fall of flood waters. In the past, the only data left behind after a flood was how high the water got, or the peak of the flood. This video presents the methodology that hydrologists are using to set up a Continuous Slope-area Reach in remote areas that are

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May 11, 2018

Image of the Week - Rattlesnake Fire, AZ

Landsat and Sentinel sensors capture the Rattlesnake Fire as it burns in Arizona.

At the USGS EROS Center, we study land change, operate the Landsat satellites, and maintain the longest, continuously acquired collection of images of the Earth's land surface.

USGS EROS Center (https://eros.usgs.gov/)

May 8, 2018

Advances in Streamgaging | Reach-Scale Monitoring Experiment (2 of 2)

In this second installment of a two part series, The Arizona Water Science Center, in partnership with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, reviews the results of an experiment to verify remote methods that measure flood flows at the Walnut Gulch Experimental Watershed. What makes this experiment unique are the super-critical runoff flumes that precisely measure

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Satellite image of the fire in Arizona.
May 1, 2018

Rattlesnake Fire, Arizona

The 2018 fire season is already active in the western United States. One of the larger wildfires so far is the Rattlesnake Fire. 

Sonoran desert scene showing invasion by red brome grass and fire scars on a saguaro cactus.
April 30, 2018

Red Brome Carries Fire and Burns Saguaros

Bromus Rubens (red brome) is an invasive annual grass that grows in warmer deserts of the Southwest U.S. It can carry fires in systems that aren't fire adapted, causing lasting damage to desert flora, as shown here in the Sonoran desert north of Phoenix, AZ. The

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Two men stand in a grassland beneath a sky filled with fluffy cumulus clouds and a blue sky.
March 31, 2018

Standing in the field with mangers

Touring public lands, guided by the people who manage the lands, is a important to RAMPS. On these tours we get to meet the passionate people, understand their challenges and aspirations, and help make steps towards innovative science-based solutions. In this photo staff from BLM's Aqua Fria National Monument stand with USGS scientist, Seth Munson and discuss how to

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USGS
March 29, 2018

Clarifying Latitude and Longitude for Planets besides Earth

Low-Flying Helicopter
March 6, 2018

Note to Editors: In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
January 25, 2018

Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

Lake Powell
December 12, 2017

Develop a new bathymetry map of Lake Powell, UT-AZ, and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers. Bathymetric data, acoustic backscatter imagery, and limited CHIRP sub-bottom data were collected by the USGS Utah Water Science Center (UTWSC) and Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center (WHCMSC) within Lake Powell, October - November, 2017.

This HiRISE image cutout shows Recurring Slope Lineae in Tivat crater on Mars in enhanced color.
November 20, 2017

Dark features previously proposed as evidence for significant liquid water flowing on Mars have now been identified as granular flows, where sand and dust move rather than liquid water, according to a new article published in Nature Geoscience by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Dryland agriculture in the Northwestern Great Plains ecoregion.
October 17, 2017

Future high temperature extremes and soil moisture conditions may cause some regions to become more suitable for rainfed, or non-irrigated, agriculture, while causing other areas to lose suitable farmland, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.  

Map showing decline of a potential human carcinogen, 1,4-dioxane, in the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site
September 27, 2017

Levels of a potential human carcinogen, 1,4-dioxane, have mostly declined in wells in the commercial and residential areas of the Tucson International Airport Area Superfund Site during 2002-2017, according to a new map published by the U.S. Geological Survey.

A wildfire in a forest
September 7, 2017

A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

Image: Burning Sagebrush
September 6, 2017

An examination of long-term data for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management finds that land treatments in the southwestern United States are increasingly large, expensive and related to fire and invasive species control.

Image shows a geologic map of the Lower 48
August 21, 2017

A carbonatite here, a glacial moraine there, a zig-zagging fault or two, even a behemoth of a batholith. The geology of the 50 States is an enormous patchwork of varied forms, beautiful in their variance but challenging to present as a single map.

Full-Circle Vista from Naukluft Plateau on Mars
July 3, 2017

Billions of dollars and a decade worth of research are on the line in the instant that a spacecraft touches down on Mars. When deciding where to land on the planet’s rocky surface, it is essential to analyze potential landing sites and their surface characteristics.