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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Image: Photographing Rock Fall Triggered by 2011 Virginia Earthquake
August 30, 2011

Photographing Rock Fall Triggered by 2011 Virginia Earthquake

USGS geologist Ed Harp photographing a small rock fall from a road cut along the Blue Ridge Parkway north of Roanoke, Virginia. This is part of a study documenting landslides triggered from the 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia. Green grass beneath the rock fragments indicates that the rock fall is fresh and probably was triggered by the earthquake.

Image: Damage from 2011 Virginia Earthquake
August 24, 2011

Damage from 2011 Virginia Earthquake

Photo of chimney damage at a house in Louisa County, Virginia. This was a result from a magnitude 5.8 earthquake in Virginia on August 23, 2011.

Image of Cypress trees during the dry season
October 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, October 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "dry" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

Image of cypress trees during the wet season
May 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, May 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "wet" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

Image of the sun shining through the tops of cypress trees
May 20, 2010

Cypress Bridge Preserve, May 2010

Scientists took a trip to Cypress Bridge Preserve during the "wet" season to collect sediment cores for further analysis.

Ferns In Appomattox State Forest In Virginia
December 31, 2009

Ferns In Appomattox State Forest In Virginia

Ferns In Appomattox State Forest In Virginia

March 22, 2007

PubTalk 3/2007 — Impact!

Piecing together the story of a giant meteorite crater beneath the Atlantic coast

By David S. Powars, Geologist, and R.D. Catchings, Geophysicist

  • Buried under Chesapeake Bay is a very well preserved impact structure 56 miles across and more than 2 miles deep
  • Following clues from drill holes and seismic imagery, careful
Crabtree Falls in Nelson County Virginia
January 31, 2007

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County Virginia

Crabtree Falls in Nelson County Virginia

Stream water flowing over a rural road.
June 30, 2006

A flooded road in Highland County, Virginia.

Streamwater flowing over a rural road in Highland County, Virginia, June, 2006.

Resource professionals in the rain beside a stream.
June 30, 2006

A day in the field

Resource professionals stand in the rain beside a mountain stream.

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USGS science for a changing world logo
May 29, 2003

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study shows above-normal levels of arsenic and copper in sediments found in Lake Anne in Reston, VA. The USGS study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that amounts of arsenic and copper exceeded what would be expected to occur naturally in this setting.

USGS
May 29, 2003

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study shows above-normal levels of arsenic and copper in sediments found in Lake Anne in Reston, VA. The USGS study, published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, found that amounts of arsenic and copper exceeded what would be expected to occur naturally in this setting.

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 5, 2003

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in central Virginia at 12:32 p.m on May 5, 2003. The epicenter was about 30 miles southeast of Charlottesville, about 35 miles north-northeast of Farmville, and about 35 miles west-northwest of Richmond.

USGS
May 5, 2003

A minor earthquake, preliminary magnitude 3.9 according to the U.S. Geological Survey, occurred in central Virginia at 12:32 p.m on May 5, 2003. The epicenter was about 30 miles southeast of Charlottesville, about 35 miles north-northeast of Farmville, and about 35 miles west-northwest of Richmond.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 20, 2003

The grand opening of the USGS Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be held Monday, March 24, in the USGS National Center auditorium in Reston, Virginia, at 2:00 p.m. The DRC features the only accessible science laboratory in the Federal government within the D.C. area.

USGS
April 20, 2003

The grand opening of the USGS Disability Resource Center (DRC) will be held Monday, March 24, in the USGS National Center auditorium in Reston, Virginia, at 2:00 p.m. The DRC features the only accessible science laboratory in the Federal government within the D.C. area.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 10, 2003

The USGS has just completed a geologically based assessment of the technically recoverable, undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Appalachian Basin Province. This area includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

USGS
April 10, 2003

The USGS has just completed a geologically based assessment of the technically recoverable, undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Appalachian Basin Province. This area includes parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama.

USGS science for a changing world logo
October 2, 2002

On September 23, pintail 17530’s backpack transmitter beamed a signal from the southwest coast of Alaska to a satellite. She was flying south, 272 days after USGS scientists equipped her with a PTT, or platform transmitter terminal, last winter in California’s Central Valley, where nearly half of North America’s pintails winter.

USGS
August 30, 2002

Mrs. Mary C. Rabbitt, retired geophysicist, administrator, and research historian with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in Reston, Virginia, died at her home in Washington, D.C., on August 8. Mrs. Rabbitt, a long-time resident of Washington, D.C., was 87.

USGS science for a changing world logo
August 8, 2002

Dr. George Phair, a retired research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Reston, Virginia, died of cancer at Suburban Hospital on August 5. Dr. Phair, a long-time resident of Potomac, Maryland, was 83.

USGS
July 31, 2002

A director at the Maryland Geological Survey, a professor at the University of Arizona, a pilot, and a television production company all have something in common. Their contributions to the advancement of the U.S. Geological Survey were recently recognized when they each received the John Wesley Powell Award for Achievement.

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