Unified Interior Regions

California

The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Image: California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
May 1, 2004

California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)

Squirrel stepping out from it's ground burrow.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
May 1, 2004

California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)

Squirrel stepping out from it's ground burrow.

Attribution: Ecosystems
April 22, 2004

PubTalk 4/2004 — Science, Society, and the Survey

50 Years of the USGS in Menlo Park

By David G. Howell, Geologist

Hear about some of the scientific highlights from 1954 to 2004 --

  • The search for strategic minerals
  • Exploring the high seas
  • The birth of astrogeology
  • Advancing the theory of plate tectonics
  • From topo maps to digital GIS
March 4, 2004

PubTalk 3/2004 — Mapping the American West

Clarence King and the 40th Parallel Survey

By James G. Moore, Geologist

  • After completing a geology degree at Yale and coming West in a wagon train, Clarence King worked with the California Geological Survey and was in the field party that discovered Mount Whitney
  • King led the United States Geological Exploration of the
February 26, 2004

PubTalk 2/2004 — Life and Death of Hawaiian Coral Reefs

New Studies Track the Life Cycle of Maui's Changing Reefs

By Michael E. Field, Marine Geologist & Curt D. Storlazzi, Coastal Oceanographer

  • How are coral reefs changing, and why is it a concern?
  • Agents of change on Maui's reefs have both natural and human causes
  • Coral eggs and sperm released during
Image: California Red-legged Frog
February 18, 2004

California Red-legged Frog

California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii) surfaces in a pond in Point Reyes National Seashore, CA.

January 22, 2004

PubTalk 1/2004 — Roving Around Mars

Adventures in Exploring the Red Planet

By Devon M. Burr & Michael H. Carr, Planetary Geologists

 

  • January 2004 will see two NASA rovers land on Mars to analyze rock and soil and measure environmental conditions
  • By January, a European Mars probe and a Japanese orbiter should also be studying the planet's
rocks, boulder, broken furniture, fallen trees, and other debris surround trees and cover the ground in Cable Canyon
January 9, 2004

Post-fire Debris Flow

Debris Flow in Cable Canyon following the 2003 Old Fire in the San Bernardino Mountains, California.

Map of study areas and key geographic features in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.
December 31, 2003

Map of study areas in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

Map of study areas and key geographic features in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

Water quality sampling using a Niskin sampler from the Research Vessel Polaris at sunset on San Francisco Bay.
December 31, 2003

Water quality sampling on San Francisco Bay

USGS conducts water quality sampling to describe changes in water quality along the deep channel of the San Francisco Bay-Delta system. Sampling includes continuious sampling and discrete sampling. Here a water discrete water sample is collected using a Niskin sampler at sunset in north San Francisco Bay.

Attribution: Water Resources
southern California neighborhood scarred by fire
December 15, 2003

Southern California Neighborhood Scarred by Wildfire

Southern California neighborhood scarred by wildfire.

December 11, 2003

PubTalk 12/2003 — What's Happening to Alaska's Glaciers?

Their Dynamic Response to Changing Climate and Other Factors

by Bruce F. Molnia, Research Geologist 

 

  • Although the oceans contain more than 95% of the Earth.s water, glaciers hold 75% of the fresh water
  • If all the world's glaciers melted, sea level would rise more than 250 feet
  • Of Alaska.s 2,000 or so
Attribution: Region 11: Alaska
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USGS
December 10, 1997

The ability to learn the magnitude and location of an earthquake almost as it’s happening and track rising flood waters are examples of the kind of "real-time" monitoring that enables anyone with a personal computer and access to the Internet to obtain information about natural hazards as they occur.

USGS
December 10, 1997

They don’t have bells and whistles, and you’ll probably never see one on "Baywatch," but the U.S. Geological Survey’s real-time, telemetered stream-gauges are proving their worth when it comes to saving lives and lessening flood damage

USGS
December 8, 1997

"Heavy breathing" at Yellowstone and heavy metals in the nation’s surface and ground-water are two subjects of more than 100 oral and poster presentations by scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco, Dec. 8-12.

USGS
December 7, 1997

Otis Redding may have waxed eloquently about "Sitting By the Dock of the Bay," but its flying over the floor of San Francisco Bay that has scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey humming a happy tune these days.

USGS
December 7, 1997

The Hayward Fault is still the most dangerous earthquake fault in the San Francisco Bay area, according to U.S. Geological Survey scientists who will present the results from their latest research on that fault at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union, in San Francisco this week.

USGS
December 3, 1997

Free public lecture: U.S. Geological Survey Geologist Henry Moore presents the latest "dirt" on Mars; viewing Mars from Sojourner at 7 P.M. in the City Council Chambers, 701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, Calif.

USGS
November 25, 1997

All offices of the U.S. Geological Survey will be closed Thursday, of course, to observe the Thanksgiving holiday, but will be open as usual on Friday, November 28.

USGS
October 29, 1997

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) today joined forces with other federal and state agencies to announce specific efforts to implement recommendations of this summer’s Lake Tahoe Presidential Forum, including creation of an Internet-based clearinghouse of scientific information for the Lake Tahoe area.

USGS
October 21, 1997

The presence of 125,000-year-old microfossils in the muds of San Francisco Bay may help engineers decide where and how to rebuild the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, according to a U.S. Geological Survey(USGS)scientist in Menlo Park, Calif.

USGS
September 2, 1997

The effects of ground-water development on ground-water levels and ground-water quality in the town of Atherton, Calif., is the focus of a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey , Department of the Interior.

USGS
August 8, 1997

More than 200 exhibits dealing with topics from ocean floor photography to the geology of Mars will be highlighted at the U.S. Geological Survey’s open house at its Western Region Center in Menlo Park, Calif., September 13 and 14. 

USGS
August 8, 1997

The U.S. Geological Survey needs help to prepare for and assist at its big open house, September 12, 13 and 14, at the USGS Western Region Center in Menlo Park.