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

VA WV Water

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December 31, 2012

2012 Landsat Top Ten Loop

A "Top Ten" video of locations featuring land change, as captured by USGS Landsat
 

A flower in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia
December 31, 2012

A flower in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia

A flower in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia

Concord mine
November 8, 2012

Concord Heavy-Mineral Sands Mine

The Concord heavy-mineral-sands mine of Iluka Resources in south-central Virginia. The mine excavates sand-silt deposits that contain about 4 percent heavy minerals, which were deposited along a shoreline that existed here between 3.5 and 3.0 million years ago. These

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Panoramic view of the Blue Ridge (Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee)
October 3, 2012

Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee

Panoramic view (~270 degrees) looking across the Blue Ridge of Virginia, North Carolina and Tennessee (from left to right).  The Valley and Ridge is in the distance (gap between mountains). 

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. Blue Ridge

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USGS CoreCast
August 19, 2012

A Year After the 2011 Virginia Earthquake: What More Do We Know?

A year after the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, USGS geologist Dr. Mike Blanpied discusses USGS efforts currently underway to learn more about the cause of the event. Dr. Blanpied discusses how scientists are using the August 23 earthquake to inform estimates of the region's seismic hazard.

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August 19, 2012

A Year After the 2011 Virginia Earthquake: Will Shaking Continue?

A year after the August 23, 2011 Virginia earthquake, USGS geologist Dr. Mike Blanpied discusses whether a similar event could occur again in the region in the near future, and in an earthquake, what you can do to stay stay safe.

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Mattaponi river near bowling green
June 22, 2012

Mattaponi river near bowling green

River ecosystem at Mattaponi river near bowling green

Rocky overlook in Shenandoah National Park
December 31, 2011

Rocky overlook in Shenandoah National Park

Rocky overlook in Shenandoah National Park

Grasses in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia
December 31, 2011

Grasses in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia

Grasses in Big Meadows in Shenandoah National Park Virginia

Shenandoah forest, agriculture and developed land use percentages
December 31, 2011

Shenandoah forest, agriculture and developed land use percentages

Shenandoah forest, agriculture and developed land use percentages 

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November 1, 2011

November Public Lecture: Did You Feel It? The Virginia Earthquake of August 23, 2011

The magnitude 5.8 earthquake that struck Louisa County was among the largest to occur along the eastern seaboard of the United States. It caused extensive damage in central Virginia and was likely felt by more people than any other earthquake in U.S. history. Join USGS scientists Mike Blanpied and Mark Carter on November 2nd to discuss the seismology of the earthquake, its

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June 24, 2004

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) Annual Judged Photography Exhibition will be featured at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center, Reston, Va., during the month of July. The exhibition includes the work of photographers from around the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

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June 24, 2004

The League of Reston Artists (LRA) Annual Judged Photography Exhibition will be featured at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Center, Reston, Va., during the month of July. The exhibition includes the work of photographers from around the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.

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May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

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May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

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February 18, 2004

Slow-moving ground water slows down water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay Ground water supplies about half of the water and nitrogen to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is therefore an important pathway for nitrogen to reach the bay, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. Too many nutrients, most of all nitrogen, are the principal cause for poor water-quality.

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February 18, 2004

Slow-moving ground water slows down water-quality improvements in Chesapeake Bay Ground water supplies about half of the water and nitrogen to streams in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and is therefore an important pathway for nitrogen to reach the bay, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study. 

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February 3, 2004

 

Because of an increasing awareness of the critical role of ground water in sustaining coastal populations, economies, and ecosystems, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has recently published a report that describes ground water conditions in freshwater and saltwater environments along the Atlantic coast. 

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October 6, 2003

The U.S. Geological Survey presented the 2003 John Wesley Powell Award to governmental, educational and organizational partners who have worked with the USGS to provide mapping data to the public, to develop new methods in stream monitoring, and to unite public policy to science. The USGS recognized the three recipients at its annual awards ceremony in Reston, Va., Sept. 25.

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September 18, 2003

The U.S. Geological Survey today warned state and federal agencies about the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York due to rainfall from Hurricane Isabel.

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September 18, 2003

The U.S. Geological Survey today warned state and federal agencies about the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York due to rainfall from Hurricane Isabel.

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September 18, 2003

The U.S. Geological Survey today warned state and federal agencies about the increased potential for landslides in the mountainous regions of Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and New York due to rainfall from Hurricane Isabel.

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July 23, 2003

Modern wastewater treatment, environmental protection laws, road de-icing salts, and the shift from an agricultural to an urban-based society have resulted in significant changes during the past hundred years in the water quality of three major rivers in New England, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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