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We conduct impartial, multi- and interdisciplinary research and monitoring on a large range of natural-resource issues that impact the quality of life of citizens and landscapes of the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean region.

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Date published: July 19, 2018
Status: Active

Appalachian Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The USGS has conducted numerous assessments of undiscovered oil and gas in the Appalachian Basin, including studies of the Marcellus Shale. The region extends from Alabama to Maine. The following is an overview of the assessments.

    Date published: July 18, 2018
    Status: Active

    Flood-Inundation mapping in Georgia, North and South Carolina

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has created flood-inundation maps for selected streamgage sites in Georgia, North and South Carolina. These maps depict the approximate area that would be inundated at selected water levels, ranging from approximately top-of-bank to the maximum observed water level. The inundated areas depicted on these maps are approximate, and accuracy of the maps is a...

    Date published: July 12, 2018
    Status: Active

    River WebCams of the South Atlantic Water Science Center (Georgia, North and South Carolina)

    We have installed webcams at a number of locations in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina to allow you to view, in real time, the current river-stage conditions. The Georgia and South Carolina cameras allow users to temporarily control the tilt, pan, and zoom. During periods of flooding, the South Atlantic Water Science Center might take control of the camera.

    Date published: June 14, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Hurricane Matthew: Flood Resources and Tools

    During and after Hurricane Matthew, the USGS made flood-flow measurements, maintained streamgages, deployed over 390 instruments, and developed geospatial products to measure and communicate the extent of coastal and inland flooding.

    Date published: June 8, 2018
    Status: Active

    Poplar Cove, Nantahala National Forest, North Carolina

    The USGS and its cooperators have installed instruments in a steep hillside about 17.5 km southwest of Franklin, NC in the Nantahala National Forest.

    Contacts: Ben Mirus, Jonathan Godt, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, Coweeta Experimental Forest, Colorado School of Mines
    Date published: June 7, 2018
    Status: Active

    Mooney Gap, Coweeta Experimental Forest, North Carolina

    The USGS and its cooperators have installed instruments in a steep hillside about 16 km southeast of Otto, NC in the Coweeta Experimental Forest.

    Contacts: Ben Mirus, Jonathan Godt, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, The Coweeta Experimental Forest, Colorado School of Mines
    Date published: June 7, 2018
    Status: Active

    Bent Creek Experimental Forest, North Carolina

    The USGS and its cooperators have installed instruments in a steep hillside about 38.5 km south of Asheville, NC in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest.

    Contacts: Ben Mirus, Jonathan Godt, The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, The United States Forest Service, Colorado School of Mines
    Date published: May 1, 2018
    Status: Active

    Bird Banding Laboratory

    The Bird Banding Laboratory (BBL) is an integrated scientific program established in 1920 supporting the collection, archiving, management and dissemination of information from banded and marked birds in North America.  This information is used to monitor the status and trends of resident and migratory bird populations. Because birds are good indicators of the health of the environment, the...

    Date published: April 2, 2018
    Status: Completed

    Heavy-Mineral Sand Resources in the Southeastern U.S.

    We are assessing the extent of industrial mineral resources hosted by heavy-mineral sands in the coastal plain of the southeastern United States. “Heavy-mineral sands" (HMS) is a term commonly used in industry and geologic literature to describe layered sediments deposited in coastal environments that contain dense (“heavy") minerals of economic value. The heavy minerals extracted from these...

    Date published: January 29, 2018
    Status: Active

    Groundwater/Surface Water Interaction near Ellerbe Creek, Durham, NC

    Falls Lake has been included in the North Carolina Division of Water Quality’s 303(d) list of “impaired” waters, due to violations of the State chlorophyll-a standard caused by excessive nutrient inputs (North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality, 2010a).  The North Carolina Environmental Management Commission has adopted nutrient management...

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    Date published: January 3, 2017

    Flood Inundation Mapping

    USGS Flood Inundation Maps, along with Internet information regarding current stage from the USGS streamgage, provide emergency management personnel and residents with information that is critical for flood-response activities, such as evacuations and road closures, as well as for post-flood recovery efforts.

    Date published: January 1, 2017

    Data used for assessing relationships between fish assemblages and acid-base chemistry in streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 1993-2014

    Fish community richness, density, and biomass for entire communities, Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout, and minnows, including site characteristics, and water chemistry (acid neutralizing capacity, pH, nitrate, sulfate, ammonia, calcium, and total aluminum) collected at least once and as many as 13 times at each of 52 stream sites during the same years that fish were inve

    Date published: December 16, 2016

    North Carolina Monthly Summary Hydrologic Conditions Reports

    Monthly summaries are reported for precipitation, streamflow, and groundwater levels for representative sites in a number of regions in North Carolina. Reports are available back to October 2013.

    • Go to the Month End Conditions Report Archive

    Date published: October 7, 2016

    Hurricane and Flood Response Map Viewer

    The USGS Flood Event Viewer (FEV) is the public data discovery component of the Short-Term Network (STN) database. Data viewable and downloadable from this page are from the STN database. This application integrates with the USGS National Water Information System (NWIS) database  for display of time-series water data.

    Date published: April 20, 2016

    Structures Data

    USGS data portray selected structures data, including the location and characteristics of manmade facilities. Characteristics consist of a structure's physical form (footprint), function, name, location, and detailed information about the structure. The types of structures collected are largely determined by the needs of the disaster planning and response and homeland security organizations....

    Date published: April 19, 2016

    The United States Interagency Elevation Inventory (USIEI)

    The USIEI is a comprehensive, nationwide listing of known high-accuracy topographic and bathymetric data for the United States and its territories. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS and NOAA with contributions from other federal agencies. The inventory supports the 3D Elevation Program and the Integrated Ocean and Coastal Mapping effort. This resource is updated in Spring and...

    Date published: April 19, 2016

    Elevation Data

    The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of lidar point clouds (LPC), 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.

    Date published: April 18, 2016

    Coastal and Marine Geology Video and Photography Portal

    This portal contains U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) video and photography of the seafloor off of coastal California and Massachusetts, and aerial imagery of the coastline along segments of the Gulf of Mexico and mid-Atlantic coasts. These data were collected as part of several USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program Seafloor Mapping projects and Hurricane and Extreme Storm research.

    Date published: April 12, 2016

    Orthoimagery Data

    Orthoimagery data typically are high resolution aerial images that combine the visual attributes of an aerial photograph with the spatial accuracy and reliability of a planimetric map. The National Map offers public domain, 1-meter orthoimagery for the conterminous United States with many urban areas and other locations at 2-foot or finer resolution.

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    Year Published: 2010

    Compilation of Water-Resources Data and Hydrogeologic Setting for the Allison Woods Research Station in Iredell County, North Carolina, 2005-2008

    Water-resources data were collected to describe the hydrologic conditions at the Allison Woods research station near Statesville, North Carolina, in the Piedmont Physiographic Province of North Carolina. Data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality,...

    Huffman, Brad A.; Abraham, Joju
    Compilation of Water-Resources Data and Hydrogeologic Setting for the Allison Woods Research Station in Iredell County, North Carolina, 2005-2008; 2010; OFR; 2010-1015; Huffman, Brad A.; Abraham, Joju.

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    Data Used in Analyses of Trends, and Nutrient and Suspended-Sediment Loads for Streams in the Southeastern United States, 1973-2005

    Water-quality data from selected surface-water monitoring sites in the Southeastern United States were assessed for trends in concentrations of nutrients, suspended sediment, and major constituents and for in-stream nutrient and suspended-sediment loads for the period 1973-2005. The area of interest includes river basins draining into the southern...

    Staub, Erik L.; Peak, Kelly L.; Tighe, Kirsten C.; Sadorf, Eric M.; Harned, Douglas A.
    Data Used in Analyses of Trends, and Nutrient and Suspended-Sediment Loads for Streams in the Southeastern United States, 1973-2005; 2010; DS; 488; Staub, Erik L.; Peak, Kelly L.; Tighe, Kirsten C.; Sadorf, Eric M.; Harned, Douglas A.

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    Year Published: 2009

    Characterization of Groundwater Quality Based on Regional Geologic Setting in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Physiographic Provinces, North Carolina

    A compilation of groundwater-quality data collected as part of two U.S. Geological Survey studies provides a basis for understanding the ambient geochemistry related to geologic setting in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Physiographic Provinces (hereafter referred to as Piedmont and Mountains Provinces) of North Carolina. Although the geology is...

    Harden, Stephen L.; Chapman, Melinda J.; Harned, Douglas A.
    Characterization of Groundwater Quality Based on Regional Geologic Setting in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Physiographic Provinces, North Carolina; 2009; SIR; 2009-5149; Harden, Stephen L.; Chapman, Melinda J.; Harned, Douglas A.

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    Geomorphology, stability and mobility of the Currituck slide

    Over the last 100,000??years, the U.S. Atlantic continental margin has experienced various types of mass movements some of which are believed to have taken place at times of low sea level. At one of these times of low sea level a significant trigger caused a major submarine mass movement off the coast of Virginia: the Currituck slide which is...

    Locat, J.; Lee, H.; ten Brink, Uri S.; Twichell, D.; Geist, E.; Sansoucy, M.
    Geomorphology, stability and mobility of the Currituck slide; 2009; Article; Journal; Marine Geology; Locat, J.; Lee, H.; ten, Brink, U. S.; Twichell, D.; Geist, E.; Sansoucy, M.

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    Year Published: 2006

    Compilation of water-resources data and hydrogeologic setting for four research stations in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge physiographic provinces of North Carolina, 2000-2004

    Water-resources data were collected to describe the hydrologic conditions at four research stations in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge Physiographic Provinces of North Carolina. Data collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Water Quality, from September 2000 through...

    Huffman, Brad A.; Pfeifle, Cassandra A.; Chapman, Melinda J.; Bolich, Richard E.; Campbell, Ted R.; Geddes, Donald J.; Pippin, Charles G.
    Compilation of water-resources data and hydrogeologic setting for four research stations in the Piedmont and Blue Ridge physiographic provinces of North Carolina, 2000-2004; 2006; OFR; 2006-1168; Huffman, Brad A.; Pfeifle, Cassandra A.; Chapman, Melinda J.; Bolich, Richard E.; Campbell, Ted R.; Geddes, Donald J., Jr.; Pippin, Charles G.

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    Year Published: 1997

    Estimated water use in North Carolina, 1995

    Walters, Douglas A.
    Estimated water use in North Carolina, 1995; 1997; FS; 087-97; Walters, Douglas A.

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    Year Published: 1994

    Estimated water use, by county, in North Carolina, 1990

    Data on water use in North Carolina were compiled for 1990 as part of a cooperative agreement between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Division of Water Resources of the North Carolina Department of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources. Data were compiled from a number of Federal, State, and private sources for the offstream water-use...

    Terziotti, Silvia; Schrader, Tony P.; Treece, M.W.
    Estimated water use, by county, in North Carolina, 1990; 1994; OFR; 94-522; Terziotti, Silvia; Schrader, Tony P.; Treece, M. W.

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    Year Published: 1990

    National water summary 1987: Hydrologic events and water supply and use

    Water use in the United States, as measured by freshwater withdrawals in 1985, averaged 338,000 Mgal/d (million gallons per day), which is enough water to cover the 48 conterminous States to a depth of about 2.4 inches. Only 92,300 Mgal/d, or 27.3 percent of the water withdrawn, was consumptive use and thus lost to immediate further use; the...

    Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.
    National water summary 1987: hydrologic events and water supply and use; 1990; WSP; 2350; Carr, Jerry E.; Chase, Edith B.; Paulson, Richard W.; Moody, David W.

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    Water withdrawals in the Roanoke-Chowan Subregion of North Carolina and Virginia, 1983

    The Chowan-Roanoke Subregion of North Carolina and Virginia comprises an area of about 18,300 sq mi, of which 7,600 sq mi are in North Carolina and 10,700 sq mi are in Virginia. Precipitation in the region is relatively high, and therefore water supplies appear to be plentiful. However, projected increases in water withdrawals, proposed interbasin...

    Treece, M.W.
    Water withdrawals in the Roanoke-Chowan Subregion of North Carolina and Virginia, 1983; 1990; WRI; 90-4007; Treece, M. W., Jr.

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    Image shows a sample of rutile against a black background
    December 31, 2016

    Rutile

    This is a sample of rutile, one of the primary mineral sources of titanium. While as a metal, titanium is well known for corrosion resistance and for its high strength-to-weight ratio, approximately 95% of titanium is consumed in the form of titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment used in paints, paper, and plastics. Read more about titanium

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    Using an acoustic monitor (ADCP) to measure a flood on the French Broad River, Blantyre, NC
    December 14, 2016

    Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) to measure streamflow

    The use of acoustic Doppler current profilers (ADCPs) from a moving boat is now a commonly used method for measuring streamflow. The technology and methods for making ADCP-based discharge measurements are different from the technology and methods used to make traditional discharge measurements with mechanical meters.

    The ADCP measures water currents with sound,

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    Jessica Cain and Ryan Rasmussen, Hydrologic Technicians, measure water quality at Jordan Lake, 2016.
    October 18, 2016

    Jessica Cain and Ryan Rasmussen, Hydrologic Technicians, 2016.

    Jessica Cain and Ryan Rasmussen, Hydrologic Technicians, measure water quality at Jordan Lake, 2016. 

     Beach erosion at Rodanthe, NC, along the coast on August 30, 2011, three days after landfall of Hurricane Irene
    April 14, 2016

    Beach erosion, North Carolina, 2011, caused by Hurricane Irene.

    Oblique aerial photograph near Rodanthe, NC, along the coast on August 30, 2011, three days after landfall of Hurricane Irene. A breach was carved through the barrier island, severing NC Highway 12. The storm surge was approximately 2 m high on the sound-side and was less on the ocean-side. Flow from the sound to the ocean may have played a role in cutting

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    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Topsail, North Carolina. 
    December 31, 2015

    Aerial photographs of Topsail, North Carolina

    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Topsail, North Carolina. View looking northwest along the North Carolina shore. Elevated storm-induced water levels overtopped the low dunes here causing the dune to overwash. Sand was transported landward, burying the marsh (green arrow). The yellow arrows in each image point to the same

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    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. 
    December 31, 2015

    Aerial photographs of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina

    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Oregon Inlet, North Carolina. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. High waves and storm surge from Hurricane Joaquin eroded the beach and inundated the low area in the backshore at Oregon Inlet (A, green box, blue arrows). Waves and surge also eroded the base of

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    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Rodanthe, North Carolina.
    December 31, 2015

    Aerial photographs of Rodanthe, North Carolina

    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Rodanthe, North Carolina. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. High waves and storm surge from Hurricane Joaquin eroded the beach, exposing the pilings of the homes to wave attack (green and orange arrows). The yellow box delineates the view of the low angel

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    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Salvo, North Carolina. 
    December 31, 2015

    Aerial photographs of Salvo, North Carolina

    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Salvo, North Carolina. View looking west along the North Carolina shore. Waves and surge from Hurricane Joaquin eroded the beach, causing significant shoreline retreat and a narrower beach, leaving deposits of darker sand at the base of the dune (green arrow). The yellow arrows in each image

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    aerial photographs of Hatteras, North Carolina.
    December 31, 2015

    Aerial photographs of Hatteras, North Carolina

    Near vertical (top, middle) and low angle oblique (bottom) aerial photographs of Hatteras, North Carolina. View looking north along the North Carolina shore. Waves and surge from Hurricane Joaquin eroded the beach, causing significant shoreline retreat and a narrower beach at the location of the Hurricane Isabel breach in 2003 (green arrow). The yellow

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    Map shows 10.3.18 flood event viewer data for Hurricane Florence
    October 3, 2018

    To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after #Florence, visit the #USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence

    Photograph of a sonobuoy launch
    September 20, 2018

    Data acquired by the U.S. Geological Survey on the U.S. Atlantic Margin in August 2018 reveal new information about the distribution of gas hydrates in the sector stretching from the upper continental slope to deep water areas offshore New Jersey to North Carolina.

    This USGS storm-tide sensor was installed Sept. 9 in Dare County, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
    September 10, 2018

    To learn more about USGS’ role providing science to decision makers before, during and after Hurricane Florence, visit the USGS Hurricane Florence page at https://www.usgs.gov/florence.

    This USGS storm-tide sensor was installed Sept. 9 in Dare County, North Carolina, in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
    September 10, 2018

    Reporters: Do you want to accompany a USGS crew as they work in the field to install storm-tide sensors before Hurricane Florence’s arrival?

    If so, please contact John Shelton for NC and SC at 803-750-6112 or jmshelto@usgs.gov

    South Atlantic Water Withdrawals by County, 2015
    June 29, 2018

    Estimated 2015 water-use data is now available in a variety of formats.
    USGS News Release |  USGS Publications (Circular , Fact Sheet
    USGS ScienceBase-Catalog  |  National Water Information System (NWIS)
    Maps: Freshwater Use 1950 - 2015  |  Water Use by Category/State/County 

    Distant view of sandy yellow beach stretching from bottom left to upper right of photo.
    November 8, 2017

    Coastal communities count on beaches for recreation and for protection from large waves, but beaches are vulnerable to threats such as erosion by storms and flooding. Whether beaches grow, shrink, or even disappear depends in part on what happens just offshore. How do features like shifting sandbars affect waves, currents, and the movement of sand from the beach to offshore and back?

    Video - When rivers rise: warning you before the next flood (WCET TV, N.C.)
    February 9, 2017

    When Rivers Rise: Warning You Before the Next Flood - A video by WECT TV, N.C., produced after Hurricane Matthew, showing USGS scientists demonstrating streamflow measuring techniques and showing "how a USGS streamgage works" and emphasizing the importance of streamgages and the need for measuring streamflow.

    Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
    January 19, 2017

    A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Northern Atlantic Coastal Plain aquifer system in the eastern United States is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

    Hydrologic technician Samantha Kephart.points out a high water mark
    October 21, 2016

    The heavy rains and storm surge Hurricane Matthew produced caused severe flooding in many parts of the south east, resulting in almost 40 peak flood records. As the flood waters continue to recede from some affected areas, the U. S. Geological Survey will continue its efforts to record this historic flooding. Click here to learn more about the work the USGS has completed for Hurricane Matthew.

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