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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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Date published: July 16, 2018
Status: Completed

A New Map of Rodgers Creek Fault in Sonoma County, California

Release Date: JULY 16, 2018

A new more detailed and higher resolution map of the Rodgers Creek Fault in Sonoma County, California, has been produced using aerial photography and hillshade imagery derived from LiDAR data.

Date published: July 6, 2018
Status: Active

Pesticide Fate Research Group (PFRG)

Pesticides are applied in agricultural and urban areas to control weeds, insects, fungus, and other pests.  Applied pesticides and their degradates can be transported off-site through a variety of mechanisms; these pesticides can then be found in non-target areas. Pesticide transport can occur through the atmosphere, in the aqueous phase (surface and groundwater) and associated with soil/...

Date published: June 27, 2018
Status: Active

Low Intensity Chemical Dosing (LICD)

Rivers, wetlands, and agricultural operations supply natural organic material to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta) and the San Francisco Estuary. This natural organic matter provides many ecosystem benefits, but it also adversely affects drinking water. During drinking water treatment, chlorine added for purposes of pathogen control reacts with dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the...

Contacts: Tamara Kraus, Phil Bachand
Date published: June 19, 2018
Status: Active

California Water Use

The U.S. Geological Survey's National Water-Use Information Program compiles the nation's water-use data at the county, state, and national levels. USGS five-year reports on national and state water-use estimates between 1950-2015 are posted on the web at: http://water.usgs.gov/watuse/. USGS water-use data for states and counties for...

Contacts: Justin Brandt
Date published: June 14, 2018
Status: Active

Operational CoSMoS model: San Francisco Bay

The San Francisco Bay Coastal Flood Forecast pilot project is an operational CoSMoS model, part of a project funded by the California Department of Water Resources (CA-DWR) and NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL).

Date published: June 11, 2018
Status: Completed

Slow-Motion Landslides

Release Date: JUNE 11, 2018

Sluggishly-moving earthflows can help us learn what controls the starting and stopping of landslides.

Date published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California - Current Landslide Status

Status as of April 3, 2018

General

This slide moves in response to elevated ground-water pore pressures caused by infiltration from rainfall or melting snow. It typically moves during a wet winter and spring and is dormant during dry times. Continued downslope movement of this slide will likely occur in future wet seasons.

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Date published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California - Yearly Information

Yearly summaries of past precipitation, movement, and ground water pressures (for the water year beginning October 1). These can be viewed by opening each year's summary graph.

Date published: June 7, 2018
Status: Active

2013 Springs Fire, Ventura County, California

The Springs Fire burned many steep basins in the Santa Monica Mountains east of Oxnard, CA in May, 2013. The USGS has installed a telemetered rain gage to monitor the rainfall conditions in the Springs Fire burn area.

Contacts: Dennis Staley, Jason Kean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California - Report

Mark E. Reid, and Richard G. LaHusen, 1998, Real-time Monitoring of Active Landslides Along Highway 50, El Dorado County: adapted from: California Geology, v.51, n.3, p.17-20

Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

U.S. Highway 50, California

The Highway 50 landslide monitoring system uses data acquisition systems and radio telemetry developed by the USGS Volcano Hazards Program to operate in remote, hazardous sites with limited power. In many landslides, infiltration of rainfall or rapid snowmelt increases groundwater pressures. These elevated pressures can, in turn, trigger landslide movement.

 

Contacts: Mark Reid
Date published: June 6, 2018
Status: Active

2009 Station Fire, Dunsmore Canyon, Glendale, California

In 2009, the Station Fire burned 160,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountains. Vegetation has started to return, but it can take many years for a basin to fully recover from the effects of fire.

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Date published: January 1, 2019

Water quality and ancillary data for assessment of uranium concentrations in groundwater, San Joaquin Valley, CA

High concentrations of uranium were detected in samples from wells used for domestic drinking water supplies in the San Joaquin Valley. Of 163 domestic wells sampled by the California Groundwater Ambient Monitoring and Assessment Program Priority Basin Project (GAMA-PBP) and the National Water Quality Program (NWQP) in 2008-2015, 26 percent had uranium concentrations greater than the U.S....

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: average conditions in San Francisco County

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. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 wave-hazard projections: 20-year storm in San Francisco County

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) scenar

Date published: January 1, 2019

Structure-from-motion point cloud of Mud Creek, Big Sur, California, 2017-03-08

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

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 20-year storm in San Luis Obispo County

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) scen

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 1-year storm in Santa Barbara County

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) scen

Date published: January 1, 2019

Transgressive Contours--Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California

This part of DS 781 presents data for the transgressive contours of the Punta Gorda to Point Arena, California, region. The vector data file is included in the "TransgressiveContours_PuntaGordaToPointArena.zip," which is accessible from https://doi.org/10.5066/P9PNNI9H.
As part of the USGS's California State Waters Mapping Project, a 50-m...

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: 1-year storm in San Francisco County

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. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 flood-hazard projections: 100-year storm in San Francisco County

This data contains geographic extents of projected coastal flooding, low-lying vulnerable areas, and maximum/minimum flood potential (flood uncertainty) associated with 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-ind

Date published: January 1, 2019

Hydrodynamic and sediment transport data from San Pablo Bay (northern San Francisco Bay), 2011-2012

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

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 water-level projections: 100-year storm in San Mateo County

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. Projecti

Date published: January 1, 2019

CoSMoS (Coastal Storm Modeling System) Central California v3.1 ocean-currents projections: 1-year storm in San Mateo County

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) scen

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Population Dynamics of Adult Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and Shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris) Suckers in Clear Lake Reservoir, California, 2006-08

We report results from ongoing research into the population dynamics of endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers in Clear Lake Reservoir, California. Results are included for sampling that occurred from fall 2006 to spring 2008. We summarize catches and passive integrated transponder tagging efforts from trammel net sampling in fall 2006 and...

Barry, Patrick M.; Janney, Eric C.; Hewitt, David A.; Hayes, Brian S.; Scott, Alta C.
Population Dynamics of Adult Lost River (Deltistes luxatus) and Shortnose (Chasmistes brevirostris) Suckers in Clear Lake Reservoir, California, 2006-08; 2009; OFR; 2009-1109; Barry, Patrick M.; Janney, Eric C.; Hewitt, David A.; Hayes, Brian S.; Scott, Alta C.

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Cone penetration test and soil boring at the Bayside Groundwater Project Site in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California

Aquifer-system deformation associated with ground-water-level changes is being investigated cooperatively by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) at the Bayside Groundwater Project (BGP) near the modern San Francisco Bay shore in San Lorenzo, California. As a part of this project, EBMUD has proposed...

Bennett, Michael J.; Sneed, Michelle; Noce, Thomas E.; Tinsley, John C.
Cone Penetration Test and Soil Boring at the Bayside Groundwater Project Site in San Lorenzo, Alameda County, California; 2009; OFR; 2009-1050; Bennett, Michael J.; Sneed, Michelle; Noce, Thomas E.; Tinsley, John C., III

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Summary of Migration and Survival Data from Radio-Tagged Juvenile Coho Salmon in the Trinity River, Northern California, 2008

The survival of hatchery-origin juvenile coho salmon from the Trinity River Hatchery was estimated as they migrated seaward through the Trinity and Klamath Rivers. The purpose of the study was to collect data for comparison to a similar study in the Klamath River and provide data to the Trinity River Restoration Program. A total of 200 fish fitted...

Beeman, John W.; Hansel, Hal; Juhnke, Steve; Stutzer, Greg
Summary of Migration and Survival Data from Radio-Tagged Juvenile Coho Salmon in the Trinity River, Northern California, 2008; 2009; OFR; 2009-1092; Beeman, John W.; Hansel, Hal; Juhnke, Steve; Stutzer, Greg

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Data files for ground-motion simulations of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and scenario earthquakes on the Northern San Andreas Fault

This data set contains results from ground-motion simulations of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, seven hypothetical earthquakes on the northern San Andreas Fault, and the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake. The bulk of the data consists of synthetic velocity time-histories. Peak ground velocity on a 1/60th degree grid and geodetic displacements from...

Aagaard, Brad T.; Barall, Michael; Brocher, Thomas M.; Dolenc, David; Dreger, Douglas; Graves, Robert W.; Harmsen, Stephen; Hartzell, Stephen H.; Larsen, Shawn; McCandless, Kathleen; Nilsson, Stefan; Petersson, N. Anders; Rodgers, Arthur; Sjogreen, Bjorn; Zoback, Mary Lou
Data Files for Ground-Motion Simulations of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Scenario Earthquakes on the Northern San Andreas Fault; 2009; DS; 413; Aagaard, Brad; Barall, Michael; Brocher, Thomas M.; Dolenc, David; Dreger, Douglas; Graves, Robert W.; Harmsen, Stephen; Hartzell, Stephen; Larsen, Shawn; McCandless, Kathleen; Nilsson, Stefan; Petersson, N. Anders; Rodgers, Arthur; Sjogreen, Bjorn; Zoback, Mary Lou

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Total selenium and selenium species in irrigation drain inflows to the Salton Sea, California, April and July 2008

This report presents the results for two sampling periods (April 2008 and July 2008) during a 4-year monitoring program to characterize selenium concentrations in selected irrigation drains flowing into the Salton Sea, California. Total selenium, selenium species (dissolved selenite, selenate, organoselenium), and total suspended solids were...

May, Thomas W.; Walther, Michael J.; Saiki, Michael K.; Brumbaugh, William G.
Total Selenium and Selenium Species in Irrigation Drain Inflows to the Salton Sea, California, April and July 2008; 2009; OFR; 2009-1011; May, Thomas W.; Walther, Michael J.; Saiki, Michael K.; Brumbaugh, William G.

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Summary of Survival Data from Juvenile Coho Salmon in the Klamath River, Northern California, 2008

A study to estimate the effects of Iron Gate Dam discharge on ESA-listed juvenile coho salmon during their seaward migration to the ocean was begun in 2005. Estimates of survival through various reaches of river downstream from the dam were completed in 2006, 2007, and 2008 as part of this process. This report describes the estimates of survival...

Beeman, John W.; Juhnke, Steven; Hansel, Hal C.
Summary of Survival Data from Juvenile Coho Salmon in the Klamath River, Northern California, 2008; 2009; OFR; 2009-1019; Beeman, John W.; Juhnke, Steven; Hansel, Hal C.

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A search in strainmeter data for slow slip associated with triggered and ambient tremor near Parkfield, California

We test the hypothesis that, as in subduction zones, slow slip facilitates triggered and ambient tremor in the transform boundary setting of California. Our study builds on the study of Peng et al. (2009) of triggered and ambient tremor near Parkfield, California during time intervals surrounding 31, potentially triggering, M ≥ 7.5 teleseismic...

Smith, E.F.; Gomberg, J.
A search in strainmeter data for slow slip associated with triggered and ambient tremor near Parkfield, California; 2009; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth; Smith, E. F.; Gomberg, J.

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Habitat requirements of the endangered California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica) in lagunitas and Olema creeks, Marin County, California, USA

This study was conducted to better understand the habitat requirements and environmental limiting factors of Syncaris pacifica, the California freshwater shrimp. This federally listed endangered species is native to perennial lowland streams in a few watersheds in northern California. Field sampling occurred in Lagunitas and Olema creeks at...

Martin, Barbara A.; Saiki, Michael K.; Fong, Darren
Habitat requirements of the endangered California freshwater shrimp (Syncaris pacifica) in lagunitas and olema creeks, Marin County, California, USA; 2009; Article; Journal; Journal of Crustacean Biology; Martin, B. A.; Saiki, M. K.; Fong, D.

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Linking habitat quality with trophic performance of steelhead along forest gradients in the South Fork Trinity River Watershed, California

We examined invertebrate prey, fish diet, and energy assimilation in relation to habitat variation for steelhead Oncorhynchus mykiss (anadromous rainbow trout) and rainbow trout in nine low-order tributaries of the South Fork Trinity River, northern California. These streams spanned a range of environmental conditions, which allowed us to use...

McCarthy, Sarah G.; Duda, Jeffrey J.; Emlen, John M.; Hodgson, Garth R.; Beauchamp, David A.

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Moderate rates of late Quaternary slip along the northwestern margin of the Basin and Range Province, Surprise Valley fault, northeastern California

The 86-km-long Surprise Valley normal fault forms part of the active northwestern margin of the Basin and Range province in northeastern California. We use trench mapping and radiocarbon, luminescence, and tephra dating to estimate displacements and timing of the past five surface-rupturing earthquakes on the central part of the fault near...

Personius, Stephen F.; Crone, Anthony J.; Machette, Michael N.; Mahan, Shannon; Lidke, David J.
Moderate rates of late Quaternary slip along the northwestern margin of the Basin and Range Province, Surprise Valley fault, northeastern California; 2009; Article; Journal; Journal of Geophysical Research B: Solid Earth; Personius, Stephen F.; Crone, Anthony J.; Machette, Michael N.; Mahan, Shannon A.; Lidke, David J.

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Pilot study to access the role of Ceratomyxa shasta infection in mortality of fall-run Chinook smolts migrating through the lower Klamath River in 2008

Apparent survival and migration rate of radio-tagged hatchery subyearling Chinook salmon released at Iron Gate Hatchery was monitored in the Klamath River to see if the timing of mortality coincided with observations of ceratomyxosis in re-captured coded wire tag cohorts. Despite rapid emigration, these relatively large (mean fork length 92 mm)...

Foott, Scott; Stutzer, Greg; Fogerty, R.; Hansel, Hal; Juhnke, Steven; Beeman, John W.

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Trophic relationships of small nonnative fishes in a natural creek and several agricultural drains flowing into the Salton Sea, and their potential, effects on the endangered desert pupfish

This study was conducted to characterize trophic relationships of small nonnative fishes and to determine if predation by these fishes contributes to the decline of desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius), an endangered cyprinodont on the verge of extinction. We sampled 403 hybrid Mozambique tilapias (Oreochromis mossambica by O. urolepis), 107...

Martin, Barbara A.; Saiki, Michael K.
Trophic relationships of small nonnative fishes in a natural creek and several agricultural drains flowing into the salton sea, and their potential, effects on the endangered desert pupfish; 2009; Article; Journal; Southwestern Naturalist; Martin, B. A.; Saiki, M. K.

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Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018
August 2, 2018

Figure 1 from Miller, et al, 2018

Map highlighting sampling locations of 339 Northern Spotted Owls used in Miller, et al, 2018

July 26, 2018

PubTalk 7/2018— Extreme acid mine drainage at Iron Mountain California

Title: Iron Mountain, California: An Extreme Acid Mine Drainage Environment

  • "The world's most acid water" — explaining negative pH
  • Colorful mineral salts that store metals and acidity in underground mine workings
  • Microbial iron oxidation and formation of pipe scale in the water treatment system
  • Challenges and successes of
View from the sky of a jagged coastline with many roads, houses, a park, and other buildings nearby.
July 25, 2018

Natural Bridges

Natural Bridges State Beach, shown here in the middle of the photo, is nestled amongst coastal neighborhoods in the southwestern part of Santa Cruz, California. View is looking south. The offices of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center are just a few hundred feet north, outside the bottom portion of the photograph.

View from the sky of a large estuary with large and small waterways surrounded by villages and agriculture, hills in background.
July 25, 2018

Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is a tidal river delta, salt marsh, and estuary in Monterey County, California. It is near the community of Moss Landing and is fed by Carneros Creek.

Photographs looking at a coastal cliff with a road covered by a landslide, then debris is cleared and road is repaired.
July 18, 2018

Mud Creek landslide changes March 2017-June 2018

USGS scientists produced an animated GIF in coordination with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) re-opening of State Highway 1 through Big Sur on July 18, 2018. In 2017, the massive Mud Creek landslide buried a quarter-mile of the famous coastal route with rocks and dirt more than 65 feet deep. As part of a new research project to monitor erosion along

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adult male harrier
July 13, 2018

Adult Male Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

An adult male Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) surveys Suisun Marsh, CA. Males are known for their beautiful, steel-gray plumage.

Salt marsh harvest mouse
July 13, 2018

Endangered Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris)

A Federally endangered salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris) climbs a branch.

Female northern harrier
July 13, 2018

Adult Female Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus)

An adult, female northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) flies overhead in Suisun Marsh, CA. Before habitat loss drove declines in the bird's populations, Suisun Marsh hosted the state's largest population of northern harriers.

Northern harrier nestlings
July 13, 2018

Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) Nestlings

Northern harrier (Circus cyaneus) nestlings in Suisun Marsh, CA. Northern harriers are considered a "species of concern" by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, due to their declining populations.

View from the sky looking at mouth of river with lots of sediment deposited at a beach.
July 8, 2018

Estero de San Antonio

Aerial view of Estero de San Antonio on Bodega Bay, near Dillon Beach, California.

A metal boat sits on a towing trailer in a parking lot.
July 3, 2018

PCMSC vessel Jewell on its towing trailer

USGS PCMSC vessel Jewell, shown on its towing trailer in the wareyard of MarFac in Santa Cruz, CA.

Tidal marsh or wetland area with little rivulets winding their way through the marshland.
June 26, 2018

Tidal marsh near San Pablo Bay

Lower Tubbs Island is a tidal marsh near Midshipman Point in northern San Pablo Bay, California, and is part of the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Historically, Tubbs Island was used as a club for duck hunters, protected by levees that could be opened with the tides to release salt water into the sloughs. In 1969, it was purchased by the Nature Conservancy, and in

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Image: Moon over Half Dome
September 7, 2015

Despite sounding like something out of Harry Potter, a batholith is a type of igneous rock that forms when magma rises into the earth’s crust, but does not erupt onto the surface. The magma cools beneath the earth’s surface, forming a rock structure that extends at least one hundred square kilometers across (40 square miles), and extends to an unknown depth.

2015 Chile-US Bi-national Exchange participants work together on vo...
September 3, 2015

Scientists, civil authorities, and emergency managers from Chile and the U.S. met in California to discuss the challenges of effective volcanic hazard education, response planning, hazard mitigation, and risk reduction, as part of the second Bi-national Exchange program for Volcanic Risk Reduction in the Americas.

imaging from Mars
September 2, 2015

A new analysis of the largest known deposit of carbonate minerals on Mars helps limit the range of possible answers about how and why Mars changed from a world with watery environments billions of years ago to the arid Red Planet of today.

Image: Drakes Peak
August 24, 2015

SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON, Calif. — A new paper published today in Science magazine has synthesized existing studies on the health of temperate forests across the globe and found a sobering diagnosis. Longer, more severe, and hotter droughts and a myriad of other threats, including diseases and more extensive and severe wildfires, are threatening some of these forests with transformation.

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August 24, 2015

The earthquake rate has dramatically increased in the central United States in the last six years. Oklahoma had more magnitude 3 or greater earthquakes in 2014 than California.

Image: Baby Spider Monkey Snacking While Clinging to Mom
August 20, 2015

In a paper released today in Science, a new model presents a common mathematical structure that underlies the full range of feeding strategies of plants and animals: from familiar parasites, predators, and scavengers to more obscure parasitic castrators and decomposers. Now ecologists can view all food-web interactions through the same lens using a common language to understand the natural world.

Image: Elevation Field Work at Bandon Marsh
August 14, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey and Oregon State University released a report this week examining Pacific Northwest tidal wetland vulnerability to sea level rise. Scientists found that, while vulnerability varies from marsh to marsh, most wetlands would likely be resilient to rising sea levels over the next 50-70 years.

Image: Nearshore Algae
August 12, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Nevada, Reno, will study the cause of eutrophication, or increased algae growth, along the nearshore of Lake Tahoe. Supported by California’s Lahontan Water Quality Control Board, the investigation is in response to widespread concerns with water quality and ecological degradation of the lake’s nearshore environment.

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August 4, 2015

A new study now underway by the U.S. Geological Survey is exploring the groundwater resources and geothermal energy potential in drought-stricken areas of eastern Oregon and nearby parts of California, Idaho and Nevada.

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July 30, 2015

RESTON, Va.— The U.S. Geological Survey has awarded approximately $4 million this week to four universities – California Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Washington and University of Oregon – to support transitioning the “ShakeAlert” earthquake early warning system toward a production stage.

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July 27, 2015

One winter's night in the year 1700, a mysterious tsunami flooded fields and washed away houses in Japan. It arrived without the warning that a nearby earthquake usually provides.

Image: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Vessel Seen Through Bird Flock
July 16, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey today released the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database — a massive online resource compiling the results of 40 years of surveys by biologists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia. The database documents the abundance and distribution of 160 seabird and 41 marine mammal species over a 10 million-square-mile region of the North Pacific.