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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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View from the sky of a landscape with a river running through it, and the river is winding back and forth.

Mokelumne River Bathymetry

A winding strip of rainbow colors shows the bathymetry (depth) of the bed of the Mokelumne River just above its confluence with the San Joaquin in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta east of San Francisco Bay. USGS scientists mapped the channel as part of a project to

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View from a building top looking down on a sandy beach with beachgoers, pier extending into water, amusement park in background.

Santa Cruz Main Beach video camera 1 snapshot

Video camera snapshot overlooking Main Beach in Santa Cruz, California, looking eastward. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change.

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Image of the front page of Sound Waves, Aug. 2011
March 22, 2019

Sound Waves, Aug. 2011

The stories in the Aug. 2011 issue of Sound Waves:

https://archive.usgs.gov/archive/sites/soundwaves.usgs.gov/2011/08/

USGS Arctic Ocean Research: A Polar Ocean Acidification Study

Three-Week Expedition Images Sediments Beneath the Gulf of Alaska

Image of ten minutes of video that highlights the brightest pixel values in the video, like the wave froth on the beach.

Sunset State Beach Video Camera 2 Bright Image

Bright image from video camera along Sunset State Beach in Watsonville, CA, looking north. This bright image shows the brightest pixel values throughout a 10-minute video sequence. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change

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Image: California Condor

California Condor

California condors are one of the most endangered birds in North America. In the early 1990s, captive-bred condors were reintroduced into the wild in California. As of January 2010, about 190 condors now live in the wild and more reintroductions are being considered. To facilitate this, USGS researchers are assisting Fish and Wildlife Service in its condor research program

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Attribution: Ecosystems

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Post-fire Recovery

A landscape at Whiskeytown National Recreation Area 2 months and 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 of the front page of Sound Waves, July 2011
March 22, 2019

Sound Waves, July 2011

The stories in the July 2011 issue of Sound Waves:

https://archive.usgs.gov/archive/sites/soundwaves.usgs.gov/2011/07/

Alaska Sea Otter Expedition Investigates Coastal Health

Field Journal: Pacific Nearshore Project Alaska Expedition, Day 7 

Image of ten minutes of video that highlights the changes in the darkest pixel values in the video.

Sunset State Beach Video Camera 1 Dark Image

Dark image from video camera along Sunset State Beach in Watsonville, CA, looking northwest. This dark image shows the darkest pixel values throughout a 10-minute video sequence. Learn more about the cameras and how we're using them to study coastal change

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Image: California Condor

California Condor

California condors are one of the most endangered birds in North America. In the early 1990s, captive-bred condors were reintroduced into the wild in California. As of January 2010, about 190 condors now live in the wild and more reintroductions are being considered. To facilitate this, USGS researchers are assisting Fish and Wildlife Service in its condor research program

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Attribution: Ecosystems
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USGS
April 15, 1997

Methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE) in the nation’s ground waters and surface waters will be the subject of papers and poster presentations by U.S. Geological Survey scientists at the American Chemical Society annual meeting, April 16-17, in San Francisco, Calif.

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April 10, 1997

U.S. Geological Survey scientists are encouraged because they now know that they have the capability to explain the blind thrust faults of the Los Angeles region with seismic reflection methods, according to USGS researcher Dr. Rufus Catchings. 

USGS
March 17, 1997

A cooperative agreement with the University of Southern California (USC) for the operation of the Southern California Earthquake Center has been renewed by the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS
February 18, 1997

LECTURE: -- "LIVING WITH GEOLOGIC HAZARDS IN SAN MATEO COUNTY" WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE NEXT U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY’S FREE PUBLIC LECTURE.

USGS
February 13, 1997

"There is mounting evidence that Mars is a water-rich planet that may have experienced warmer climates, and therefore, life, in the past,"according to Michael Carr, an astrogeologist with the U.S.Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

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January 19, 1997

LECTURE: -- "THE COLORADO RIVER IN THE GRAND CANYON" WILL BE THE SUBJECT OF THE NEXT U.S. GEOLOGICAL SURVEY’S FREE PUBLIC LECTURE.

USGS
January 8, 1997

Hydrologists and chemists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be on Mallard Island, near Pittsburg today, Jan. 8, collecting water and sediment samples from Bay-Delta waters to determine the amount of pesticides that are being washed into the Bay by this year’s floods on Bay-Delta rivers.

USGS
January 3, 1997

The floods have crested and are beginning to recede in most places in the Pacific Northwest. Nevertheless dozens of U.S. Geological Survey personnel, who were busy over the holidays measuring the high streamflows and keeping river stage monitors operating, are still busy in the field and in their offices. Field crews have been hampered by mudslides, road closures, and extremely dangerous condition

USGS
December 18, 1996

The good news is that sea water and wave action aren’t being too rough on some sections of the beach cliffs of the San Mateo County, Calif., coast; the bad news is that slumping caused by fresh water erosion is destroying some of the beach cliffs at rates of up to two meters per year, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.

USGS
December 16, 1996

A new method of assessing the danger of ground failure due to soil liquefaction during an earthquake made its debut in San Francisco, Tuesday afternoon, December 17.

USGS
December 13, 1996

"Secrets in Stone," a video that chronicles the series of scientific discoveries in the early 1960s that led to broad acceptance of the theory of plate tectonics, will be shown for the first time on Tuesday, December 17, 1996, at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) in San Francisco. The premiere showing will be held at 4:30 p.m., in Room 122 of the Moscone Center.

USGS
September 27, 1996

Dr. Crofton B. Farmer of Pasadena, California, and Dr. M. Patrick McCormick of Hampton, Virginia, have received the 1996 Pecora Award, one of the top federal awards for contributions in remote sensing.