Unified Interior Regions

Virginia

Virginia has a total area of 42,774.2 square miles, including 3,180.13 square miles of water, making it the 35th-largest state by area. The Chesapeake Bay separates the contiguous portion of the Commonwealth from the two-county peninsula of its Eastern Shore. The geography and climate of the Commonwealth are shaped by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Chesapeake Bay.

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 261-2600
Fax: (804) 261-2657

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Date published: June 22, 2007

River Input Monitoring

The objective of this study is to provide concentrations and estimates of loads and trends of suspended solids, nitrogen, phosphorus, and other selected constituents at the James, Rappahannock, Appomattox, Pamunkey, and Mattaponi Rivers.

Contacts: Douglas L Moyer
Date published: September 30, 2006

The Chesapeke Bay Impact Crater

The International Continental Scientific Drilling Program and the U.S. Geological Survey drilled a 1,766-m-deep test hole near the center of the Chesapeake Bay impact structure in 2005 and 2006. Learn more here:

Contacts:
Date published: September 30, 2006

USGS-Chesapeake Bay Program Watershed Model

The USGS is collaborating with the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) to incorporate the USGS Potomac Watershed and Chesapeake Bay Virginia Watershed models into Phase 5 of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Model (CBWM)

Date published: February 22, 2006

Frederick County Carbonate Aquifer Appraisal

The objective of this study is to better characterize the carbonate aquifer system in the Northern Shenandoah Valley and provide relevant hydrogeologic information that can be used to guide the development and management of this important water resource.

Date published: November 15, 2001
Status: Archived

SAGEMAP

A GIS Database for Sage-grouse and Shrubsteppe Management in the Intermountain West

Contacts: Steven E Hanser
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cliff along Bull Run near Sudley Springs in Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia
August 24, 2014

Cliffs near Sudley Springs along Bull Run, Manassas Battlefield, VA

Vegetation grows on an east-facing cliff along Bull Run near Sudley Springs in Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia. The cliffs are islands of specialized habitat; they support plant species found nowhere else in the park, including locally uncommon or rare species.

Cliff along Bull Run, Virginia
August 22, 2014

Cliff along Bull Run in Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia

East-facing cliff approximately 30 meters downstream from Farm Ford along Bull Run in Manassas National Battlefield Park, Virginia.

USGS streamgage located on Little Back Creek, Bath, Virginia
August 18, 2014

USGS streamgage located on Little Back Creek, Bath, Virginia

USGS streamgage located below the upper reservoir at the pump-storage station on Little Back Creeek, in Bath, Virginia, located in George Washington National Forest.

Attribution: Water Resources
Rivanna River, VA
June 20, 2014

Rivanna River, VA

This view is looking upstream from the USGS gage 02034000 RIVANNA RIVER AT PALMYRA, VA . It is one of the 43 research sites in the Chespeake Synoptic Floodplain Network. 

Attribution: Water Resources
Image shows a sample of anthracite coal on a rock backdrop
December 31, 2013

Anthracite Coal

This is anthracite, the highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Anthracite is not as commonly mined as other ranks of coal. It played a significant role in Pennsylvania coal during the Industrial Revolution in the United

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Image shows a sample of bituminous coal on a rock backdrop
December 31, 2013

Bituminous Coal

This sample is of bituminous coal, a middle rank coal (between subbituminous and anthracite) formed by additional pressure and heat on lignite. Usually has a high Btu value and may be referred to as "soft coal." Read more about USGS coal research here: 

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Image shows a sample of anthracite coal on a rock backdrop
December 31, 2013

Anthracite Coal

This is anthracite, the highest rank of coal. It is a hard, brittle, and black lustrous coal, often referred to as hard coal, containing a high percentage of fixed carbon and a low percentage of volatile matter. Anthracite is not as commonly mined as other ranks of coal. It played a significant role in Pennsylvania coal during the Industrial Revolution in the United

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Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia
November 29, 2013

Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia

Water in a Mountain Stream in Nelson County Virginia

A bee fly that has landed on a flower.
August 30, 2013

Bombyliidae fly (Bee Fly)

Early, in the spring it is easy to see some furry insects flying and hovering just above ground. These are flies of the genus Bombylius, members of a large family of flies, Bombyliidae, known as bee flies. Bombylius flies are widely distributed in the northern hemisphere; they are found in North America as well as in Europe and Asia.

They are among

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Attribution: Ecosystems
Field visit at Paul Spring Branch, Fairfax County, Virginia
June 19, 2013

Field visit at Paul Spring Branch, Fairfax County, Virginia

Field visit for data collection at Paul Spring Branch, Fairfax County, Virginia

View looking east from the Virginia Blue Ridge across the Rock Castle Creek gorge to the rolling hills of the Piedmont
May 14, 2013

Rock Castle, VA

View looking east from the Virginia Blue Ridge across the Rock Castle Creek gorge to the rolling hills of the Piedmont.

The Piedmont and Blue Ridge provinces extend from southeastern New York to Alabama and include parts of eleven states in the Eastern U.S. and part of Washington, D.C (Figure 1).Blue Ridge physiography is characterized by the highest topography east

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USGS science for a changing world logo
October 25, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2004 John Wesley Powell Award to governmental, educational and organizational partners who have worked with the USGS to strengthen The National Map, to teach the importance of remote sensing data, to communicate USGS science, and to provide information to water managers about floods.

USGS
October 25, 2004

Recognizing Achievements in Geography, Water, and Journalism

USGS
October 7, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is inviting the public to an open house where scientists will discuss everything from recent volcano activity at Mount St. Helens to snakeheads in the Potomac river to earthquakes in California. There will be more than 60 exhibits and hands-on activities for visitors.

USGS science for a changing world logo
September 30, 2004

What happens when a comet or asteroid more than a mile wide slams into the Earth at supersonic speed? U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, with help from students and professors from Virginia Tech, are about to find out as they begin a seismic survey of the 35-million-year old Chesapeake Bay impact crater.

USGS
September 30, 2004

What happens when a comet or asteroid more than a mile wide slams into the Earth at supersonic speed? U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists, with help from students and professors from Virginia Tech University, are about to find out as they begin a seismic survey of the 35-million-year old Chesapeake Bay impact crater.

USGS science for a changing world logo
September 16, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey alerted state and federal agencies today to the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ivan.

USGS
September 16, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey alerted state and federal agencies today to the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland due to anticipated heavy rainfall from Hurricane Ivan.

USGS
September 13, 2004

Take a trek through time and view visions from Space! Learn what minerals are in everyday products and how the USGS tracks the effects of severe storms on coastal environments.

USGS science for a changing world logo
September 9, 2004

Streamgages continue to measure new daily record high flows on waterways along the U.S. eastern seaboard as yet another hurricane promises to deliver more rain to parts of the already soggy region. Although flooding in the immediate Richmond area receded quickly earlier this week, the city may receive additional heavy rainfall from Frances in coming days. 

USGS
September 3, 2004

Streamgages continue to measure new daily record high flows on waterways along the U.S. eastern seaboard as yet another hurricane promises to deliver more rain to parts of the already soggy region.

USGS science for a changing world logo
July 14, 2004

Did you know that from your desk you can monitor the effect of this week’s heavy rains throughout the already saturated mid-Atlantic region? The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) WaterWatch Web site can show you what’s happening to streams in your local area and show you the places most affected by heavy rains expected from these storms.

USGS
July 14, 2004

Did you know that from your desk you can monitor the effect of this week’s heavy rains throughout the already saturated mid-Atlantic region? The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) WaterWatch Web site can show you what’s happening to streams in your local area and show you the places most affected by heavy rains expected from these storms.

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

Virginia - West Virginia Water Science Center

1730 East Parham Road
Richmond, VA 23228

Phone: (804) 261-2600
Fax: (804) 261-2657

VA WV Water