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Map of Hydrogeologic provinces of California and distribution of wells
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Statistical Evaluation of Factors Affecting Occurrence of Organic Constituents from Fuels in Public-Supply Wells in Southern California

Biofuels, including ethanol, are expected to provide a greater contribution to the fuel supply in the United States. Research in the past decade has shown that ethanol in gasoline can cause plumes of benzene in groundwater to be larger than they would otherwise be.

Contacts: Matthew Landon
Map showing Fort Irwin National Training Center boundary, drainage basin boundaries, and areas of interest.
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

Water-resources study of Fort Irwin National Training Center

The U.S. Army at Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC) obtains all of its potable water supply from Irwin, Langford, and Bicycle Basins within the base boundaries. Groundwater pumping, since as early as 1941, has resulted in water-level declines in all of these basins and the disposal of treated wastewater in the Irwin Basin has resulted in elevated nitrate concentrations in some wells in...

Map of California showing Army Corps of Engineer sites
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

San Joaquin-Sacramento Basin Rain Flood Duration Skew Study

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is conducting a hydrologic analysis of floodplain areas protected by the federal-state levee system within the San Joaquin-Sacramento drainage basins. 

USGS
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Modeling in support of development of biocriteria for wadeable California streams and rivers

The State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) of California has initiated a process to develop biological objectives for wadeable freshwater streams and rivers for the entire state.

Contacts: Larry Brown
Satellite image of Tidal Marsh Study Sites in San Francisco Bay-Delta Region, California.
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Completed

Ecology of selected tidal wetlands of the San Francisco Estuary, California

The CALFED Science Program funded a multi-party effort that worked from 2003-2005 to collect field data at six wetland sites spanning the estuarine salinity gradient from the western Delta to the North Bay. The project sought to address the question of how tidal marsh restoration efforts through the bay and delta affect ecosystem processes at different scales.

Contacts: Larry Brown
San Antonio Creek Groundwater Basin
Date Published: December 14, 2018
Status: Active

San Antonio Creek Water Availability

Located in Santa Barbara County, California, the San Antonio Creek Groundwater Basin is a rural agricultural area that is reliant on local water supplies, predominantly groundwater. Because of the growth of irrigated agriculture in the area, water demands have increased significantly, taxing local groundwater supplies. Groundwater resources are also used to supply local inhabitants, as well as...

Contacts: Geoff Cromwell
continuous GPS mounted on a tripod, located in a field, with a solar panel in the background
Date Published: December 13, 2018
Status: Active

Continuous Global Positioning System (CGPS) Stations

Measurements of elevations, aquifer-system compaction, and water levels are used to improve our understanding of the processes responsible for land-surface elevation changes. Elevation or elevation-change measurements are fundamental to monitoring land subsidence, and have been measured by using continuous GPS (CGPS) measurements and campaign global positioning system (GPS) surveying. ...

Contacts: Michelle Sneed
A photo of San Francisco Bay
Date Published: December 11, 2018
Status: Completed

Suspended-Solids Concentrations in San Francisco Bay, California

Suspended solids are an important component of San Francisco Bay, California (USA) because they transport adsorbed toxic substances, provide habitat for benthic organisms, limit light availability and photosynthesis, and deposit in ports and waterways which require dredging. The U.S. Geological Survey has established a network of eight sites in San Francisco Bay at which suspended-solids...

Map of San Francisco Bay
Date Published: December 11, 2018
Status: Completed

San Francisco Bay Wetlands Priority Ecosystem Studies

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's (USFWS) San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge manages wildlife at a number of salt ponds that the Cargill Corporation currently operates for salt production. A number of these ponds probably will be purchased by the USFWS. With acquisition, the USFWS will be responsible for maintenance or restoration of thousands of hectares of wetlands, an extremely...

Line drawing of California showing wolverine habitat
Date Published: December 10, 2018
Status: Completed

Impact of Climate Change on Future Suitability of the Sierra Nevada for Wolverines

The endeavor to ensure a viable population of the threatened wolverine to the mountains of the requires the characterization of suitable habitat.

Multiple graphs showing water level, salinity, streamflow over 12 months
Date Published: December 10, 2018
Status: Completed

Sources of Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Nutrients to Malibu Lagoon and Near-Shore Ocean Water, Malibu, California

Malibu Lagoon and near-shore ocean water in Malibu, Calif. have concentrations of fecal indicator bacteria (FIB) that occasionally exceed public health standards for recreational water.

Contacts: John Izbicki
Map showing San Bernardino Valley Municipal Area
Date Published: December 10, 2018
Status: Completed

Source, distribution, and management of perchlorate in water from wells in the upper Santa Ana River basin, California

Perchlorate (ClO4-), a commercially produced oxidizer used in solid propellants, has contaminated public-supply wells in parts of the upper Santa Ana River basin. Both industrial and agricultural sources of perchlorate are present within the basin. 

Contacts: John Izbicki
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USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum model-derived ocean currents (in meters per second) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projections for CoS

USGS
January 1, 2019

This dataset consists of 65 magnetotelluric (MT) stations collected in 2015 near Mountain Pass, California. The U.S. Geological Survey acquired these data to create a regional conductivity model near the Mountain Pass mine. This work is in support of characterizing mineral deposits.

USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projections for CoSMoS v3.1 in Cen

Satellite view of a bay with islands, with markers plotted to show sample locations and instrument placement.
January 1, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center collected data to investigate sediment dynamics in the shallows of San Pablo Bay in two deployments: February to March 2011 (ITX11) and May to June 2012 (ITX12). This data release includes time-series data and grain-size distributions from sediment grabs collected during the deployments. During each deployment, time series of cu

Long thin colorful shape, a map of a strip of coastline whose colors correspond to varying offshore sediment thicknesses.
January 1, 2019

This part of DS 781 presents data for the sediment-thickness map of the Point Sur to Point Arguello, California, region. The raster data file is included in the “SedimentThickness_PointSurToPointArguello.zip,” which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P97CZ0T7.
As part of the USGS's California State Waters Mapping Project, a 50-m grid of sediment thickness for the seafloor within the 3

USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum model-derived significant wave height (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projections for CoSMo

USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains model-derived total water levels (in meters) for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenarios. Projections for CoSMoS v3.1 in Cen

USGS
January 1, 2019

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the California State Water Resources Control Board and Bureau of Land Management compiled and analyzed data for mapping groundwater salinity in selected oil and gas fields in California. The data for the South Cuyama oil field includes well construction data, digitized borehole geophysical data, geochemical analyses of water samples from oil a

USGS
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum depth of flooding (cm) in the region landward of the present-day shoreline for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenari

USGS
January 1, 2019

Presented here is a point cloud collected by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) using an oblique plane-mounted camera system, covering the area of the Mud Creek landslide on California State Route 1 (SR1), Mud Creek, Big Sur, California. The point cloud is referenced to previously published lidar data and contains RGB information as well as XYZ. Point Cloud Coordinates are in NAD83 UTM Zone 10 me

Long thin colorful shape, a map of a strip of coastline whose colors correspond to varying offshore sediment thicknesses.
January 1, 2019

This part of DS 781 presents data for the transgressive contours of the Point Sur to Point Arguello, California, region. The vector data file is included in the “TransgressiveContours_PointSurToPointArguello.zip,” which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P97CZ0T7.
As part of the USGS's California State Waters Mapping Project, a 50-m grid of sediment thickness for the seafloor within t

Map of a coastline with an outline drawn around a portion of the coast land to show where the study area is.
January 1, 2019

This data contains maximum depth of flooding (cm) in the region landward of the present-day shoreline for the sea-level rise (SLR) and storm condition indicated.
The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) makes detailed predictions (meter-scale) over large geographic scales (100s of kilometers) of storm-induced coastal flooding and erosion for both current and future sea-level rise (SLR) scenari

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Paleoseismologic evidence for large-magnitude (Mw 7.5-8.0) earthquakes on the Ventura blind thrust fault: Implications for multifault ruptures in the Transverse Ranges of southern California

Detailed analysis of continuously cored boreholes and cone penetrometer tests (CPTs), high-resolution seismic-reflection data, and luminescence and 14C dates from Holocene strata folded above the tip of the Ventura blind thrust fault constrain the ages and displacements of the two (or more) most recent earthquakes. These two earthquakes, which are...

McAuliffe, Lee J.; Dolan, James F.; Rhodes, Edward J.; Hubbard, Judith; Shaw, John H.; Pratt, Thomas L.
McAuliffe, L.J., Dolan, J.F., Rhodes, E.J., Hubbard, J., Shaw, J.H., and Pratt, T.L., 2015, Paleoseismologic evidence for large-magnitude (Mw≥7.5) earthquakes on the Ventura blind thrust fault: Implications for multi-fault ruptures in the Transverse Ranges of southern California, Geosphere, v. 11, no. 5, p. 1629-1650. doi:10.1130/GES01123.1

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Empirical models for predicting volumes of sediment deposited by debris flows and sediment-laden floods in the transverse ranges of southern California

Debris flows and sediment-laden floods in the Transverse Ranges of southern California pose severe hazards to nearby communities and infrastructure. Frequent wildfires denude hillslopes and increase the likelihood of these hazardous events. Debris-retention basins protect communities and infrastructure from the impacts of debris flows and sediment...

Gartner, Joseph E.; Cannon, Susan H.; Santi, Paul M
Gartner, J.E., Cannon, S.H., and Santi, P.M. (2014), Empirical models for predicting volumes of sediment deposited by debris flows and sediment-laden floods in the transverse ranges of southern California, Engineering Geology, 176, 24, Pages 45-56, 10.1016/j.enggeo.2014.04.008.

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Geodetic constraints on the 2014 M 6.0 South Napa earthquake

On 24 August 2014, the M 6.0 South Napa earthquake shook much of the San Francisco Bay area, leading to significant damage in the Napa Valley. The earthquake occurred in the vicinity of the West Napa fault (122.313° W, 38.22° N, 11.3 km), a mapped structure located between the Rodger’s Creek and Green Valley...

Barnhart, William D.; Murray, Jessica R.; Yun, S H; Svarc, Jerry L.; Samsonov, SV; Fielding, EJ; Brooks, Benjamin A.; Milillo, Pietro

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A VS30 map for California with geologic and topographic constraints

For many earthquake engineering applications, site response is estimated through empirical correlations with the time‐averaged shear‐wave velocity to 30 m depth (VS30). These applications therefore depend on the availability of either site‐specific VS30 measurements or VS30 maps at local, regional, and global scales....

Thompson, Eric; Wald, David J.; Worden, Charles
E. M. Thompson, D. J. Wald, and C. B. Worden (2014). A VS30 Map for California with Geologic and Topographic Constraints Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America 104, 2313-2321.

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Quantitative rock-fall hazard and risk assessment for Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California

Rock falls are common in Yosemite Valley, California, posing substantial hazard and risk to the approximately four million annual visitors to Yosemite National Park. Rock falls in Yosemite Valley over the past few decades have damaged structures and caused injuries within developed regions located on or adjacent to talus slopes highlighting the...

Stock, Greg M.; Luco, Nicolas; Collins, Brian D.; Harp, Edwin L.; Reichenbach, Paola; Frankel, Kurt L.
Quantitative rock-fall hazard and risk assessment for Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California; 2014; SIR; 2014-5129; Stock, Greg M.; Luco, Nicolas; Collins, Brian D.; Harp, Edwin L.; Reichenbach, Paola; Frankel, Kurt L.

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Sediment concentrations, flow conditions, and downstream evolution of two turbidity currents, Monterey Canyon, USA

The capacity of turbidity currents to carry sand and coarser sediment from shallow to deep regions in the submarine environment has attracted the attention of researchers from different disciplines. Yet not only are field measurements of oceanic turbidity currents a rare achievement, but also the data that have been collected consist mostly of...

Xu, Jingping; Octavio E. Sequeiros; Noble, Marlene A.
Xu, J.P., Sequeiros, O.E., Noble, M.A., 2014, Sediment concentrations, flow conditions, and downstream evolution of two turbidity currents, Monterey Canyon, USA: Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers, v. 89, pp. 11–34, doi: 10.1016/j.dsr.2014.04.001.

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Characterizing the primary material sources and dominant erosional processes for post-fire debris-flow initiation in a headwater basin using multi-temporal terrestrial laser scanning data

Wildfire dramatically alters the hydrologic response of a watershed such that even modest rainstorms can produce hazardous debris flows. Relative to shallow landslides, the primary sources of material and dominant erosional processes that contribute to post-fire debris-flow initiation are poorly constrained. Improving our understanding of how and...

Staley, Dennis M.; Waslewicz, Thad A.; Kean, Jason W.
Characterizing the primary material sources and dominant erosional processes for post-fire debris-flow initiation in a headwater basin using multi-temporal terrestrial laser scanning data; 2014; Article; Journal; Geomorphology; Staley, Dennis M.; Waslewicz, Thad A; Kean, Jason W.

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Logs and data from trenches across the Berryessa Fault at the Jerd Creek site, northeastern Napa County, California, 2011-2012

The primary purpose of this report is to provide drafted field logs of exploratory trenches excavated across the Berryessa Fault section of the northern Green Valley Fault (Lienkaemper, 2012; Lienkaemper and others, 2013) in 2011 and 2012 that show evidence for at least one surface-rupturing earthquake in the past few centuries. The site location...

Lienkaemper, James J.; Rosa, Carla M.; Cappelle, Ian J.; Wolf, Evan M.; Knepprath, Nichole E.; Piety, Lucille A.; Derouin, Sarah A.; Reidy, Liam M.; Redwine, Joanna L.; Sickler, Robert R.
Logs and data from trenches across the Berryessa Fault at the Jerd Creek site, northeastern Napa County, California, 2011-2012; 2014; OFR; 2014-1033; Lienkaemper, James J.; Rosa, Carla M.; Cappelle, Ian J.; Wolf, Evan M.; Knepprath, Nichole E.; Piety, Lucille A.; Derouin, Sarah A.; Reidy, Liam M.; Redwine, Joanna L.; Sickler, Robert R.

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Emergency assessment of post-fire debris-flow hazards for the 2013 Springs Fire, Ventura County, California

Wildfire can significantly alter the hydrologic response of a watershed to the extent that even modest rainstorms can produce dangerous flash floods and debris flows. In this report, empirical models are used to predict the probability and magnitude of debris-flow occurrence in response to a 10-year rainstorm for the 2013 Springs fire in Ventura...

Staley, Dennis M.
Emergency assessment of post-fire debris-flow hazards for the 2013 Springs Fire, Ventura County, California; 2014; OFR; 2014-1001; Staley, Dennis M.

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Latest Quaternary paleoseismology and evidence of distributed dextral shear along the Mohawk Valley fault zone, northern Walker Lane, California

The dextral-slip Mohawk Valley fault zone (MVFZ) strikes northwestward along the eastern margin of the Sierra Nevada in the northern Walker Lane. Geodetic block modeling indicates that the MVFZ may accommodate ~3 mm/yr of regional dextral strain, implying that it is the highest slip-rate strike-slip fault in the region; however, only limited...

Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Personius, Stephen; Crone, Anthony J.; Mahan, Shannon A.; Angster, Stephen
Gold, R. D., R. W. Briggs, S. F. Personius, A. J. Crone, S. A. Mahan, and S. J. Angster (2014), Latest Quaternary paleoseismology and evidence of distributed dextral shear along the Mohawk Valley fault zone, northern Walker Lane, California, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 119, 5014–5032, doi:10.1002/2014JB010987.

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Triggered aseismic slip adjacent to the 6 February 2013 Mw 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands megathrust earthquake

Aseismic or slow slip events have been observed in many subduction zones, but whether they affect the occurrence of earthquakes or result from stress changes caused by nearby events is unclear. In an area lacking direct geodetic observations, inferences can be made from seismological studies of co-seismic slip, associated stress changes and the...

Hayes, Gavin P.; Furlong, Kevin P.; Benz, Harley M.; Herman, Matthew W.
Triggered aseismic slip adjacent to the 6 February 2013 Mw 8.0 Santa Cruz Islands megathrust earthquake; 2014; Article; Journal; Earth and Planetary Science Letters; Hayes, Gavin P.; Furlong, Kevin P.; Benz, Harley M.; Herman, Matthew W.

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Monitoring of adult Lost River and shortnose suckers in Clear Lake Reservoir, California, 2008–2010

Executive Summary In collaboration with the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Geological Survey began a consistent monitoring program for endangered Lost River suckers (Deltistes luxatus) and shortnose suckers (Chasmistes brevirostris) in Clear Lake Reservoir, California, in the fall of 2004. The program was intended to develop a more complete...

Hewitt, David A.; Hayes, Brian S.

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Sample being analyzed in a sealed quartz cuvette on the Aqualog.
June 19, 2019

Samples being analyzed on the Aqualog spectrometer

Samples being analyzed in a sealed quartz cuvette on the Aqualog spectrophotometer

USGS scientist samples an ocean sediment core
June 19, 2019

Sediment Cores Reveal the History of the Pacific Ocean

USGS scientist Summer Praetorius collects samples from an ocean sediment core in the Pacific Ocean Paleoclimatology Lab at Menlo Park, CA. The sediment core is from Tanner Basin, located about 200 miles due west of San Diego in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This area is the southern-most extension of the California Current upwelling system, which brings cold nutrient-rich

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A woman kneels in a grassy area while taking a mud sample from the ground and placing it in a bag.
June 19, 2019

Wildfire history in the mud

Marine geochemist Renee Takesue collects a sample of exposed mud in a marsh near Sonoma Creek, California. She will look here and in nearby San Pablo Bay for chemicals from the 2017 Nuns Wildfire that can harm wildlife. The stormy winter of 2018 may have transported these contaminants from the Sonoma Creek watershed into San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This

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A boat carrying lots of equipment motors out of a yacht harbor, waters are calm, engines churn up the water at the stern.
June 11, 2019

R/V Parke Snavely departs for deployment

The USGS research vessel Parke Snavely heads out of the Vallejo Marina on June 11, 2019 to deploy instrument frames in Grizzly Bay for the ERO19 study.

A man wearing a straw hat checks the equipment mounted on a tripod frame.
June 10, 2019

Tripod preparation for ERO19

Lukas Winkler-Prins checks on the frame setup on June 10, 2019.  This tripod has an RBR CTD, an RBR bursting pressure sensor, an RBR optical backscatter sensor, a LISST-200X, an altimeter, and two Nortek ADVs + Seapoint optical backscatter sensors, which will reveal information about water temperature and salinity, wave height and period, total suspended sediment

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May 30, 2019

PubTalk 5/2019 - Rodgers Creek Fault

Title: New Mapping of the Rodgers Creek Fault: It's longer and more complex than we thought

  • Remote sensing technology reveals surface traces of the fault covered by trees and buildings.
  • Greater fault length and linkages to neighboring faults make larger earthquakes possible. 
  • Fault complexity has implications for hazards from ground shaking
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maps of the 5 coastal drainage basins in San Diego County
May 16, 2019

Coastal Drainage Basins, San Diego County, California

Coastal drainage basins and locations of realtime sites in San Diego County, California.  Local features include the San Dieguito River Basin, San Diego River Basin, Sweetwater River Basin, and Otay River Basin.

map of San Diego county depicting the area studied by the San Diego Hydrogeology project
May 16, 2019

San Diego Hydrogeology | Project Study Area

Location of the study area for the San Diego Hydrogeology project, and location of the major coastal river basins in San Diego County (San Dieguito River, San Diego River, Sweetwater River, Otay River, and Tijuana River).

Satellite view of a bay with islands, with markers plotted to show sample locations and instrument placement.
May 13, 2019

San Pablo Bay study area

The USGS Pacific and Coastal Marine Science Center collected data to investigate sediment dynamics in the shallows of San Pablo Bay in two deployments: February to March 2011 (ITX11) and May to June 2012 (ITX12). This data release includes time-series data and grain-size distributions from sediment grabs collected during the deployments. During each deployment, time series

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Roadside landscape with newly grown grass and green trees.
May 11, 2019

Landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 Months After Fire

Vegetation has begun to regrow in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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Burned forest with plants growing between burned trees.
May 11, 2019

Hillside at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 Months After Fire

Vegetation has begun to regrow in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 9 months after summer 2018's Carr Fire near Redding, California, where USGS WERC researchers are studying fire impacts, post-fire vegetation recovery, and post-fire erosion and debris flows.

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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.

USGS science for a changing world
August 14, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey awarded approximately $4.9 million this week to six universities and a university-governed non-profit, to support transitioning the west coast “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system into a production system.

Image: USGS Logo
July 31, 2017

A new U.S. Geological Survey-led study suggests that earthquake-related deformation just below the Earth's surface can be quite different from how it is expressed at the surface.

Photo of the Mud Creed landslide near Big Sur, California
July 14, 2017

Scientists from the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center mapped the offshore extent of the Mud Creek landslide on California’s Big Sur coast on July 11, 2017.

4D Photogrammetry of Mud Creek Landslide
June 15, 2017

USGS analysis of air photos collected June 13 shows that new land created by a May 20 landslide on California’s Big Sur coast is eroding. 

Cutout view of Mud Creek landslide area
June 1, 2017

USGS scientists analyzing before-and-after air photos have calculated the size of the May 20 landslide on California’s Big Sur coast, about 140 miles south of San Francisco. 

Mud Creek topographic point cloud Oblique Perspective
May 27, 2017

USGS is collecting and analyzing air photos to help monitor a huge landslide that occurred May 20 on California’s Big Sur coast.

An extremely rare Mojave River western pond turtle was recently observed in the Mojave Desert.
May 23, 2017

An extremely rare Mojave River western pond turtle was recently observed by U.S. Geological Survey scientists and staff from The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens in the Mojave Desert. Turtles of this population have rarely been seen since the late 1990s.

USGS
May 18, 2017

Members of the news media are invited to attend the next Earthquake Country Alliance - Bay Area Regional Workshop to be held at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park on May 23. ECA workshops are educational and informational opportunities to learn more about the latest in earthquake science, preparedness, and mitigation, as well as to arrange interviews with subject matter experts.

2014 South Napa Earthquake in California
May 15, 2017

Early on the morning of August 24, 2014, Loren Turner was awoken by clattering window blinds, a moving bed, and the sound of water splashing out of his backyard pool. He experienced what is now named the “South Napa Earthquake.” 

A radio-tracked adult desert tortoise basks in the sun among the wind turbines at a wind energy facility
May 3, 2017

How a wind energy facility is designed can influence the behavior of animal predators and their prey, according to a recent study published in The Journal of Wildlife Management by researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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