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The NAA Region has 15 Science Centers spanning 14 NE States and Washington, DC. The Centers conduct interdisciplinary biologic, geologic, hydrologic, and energy monitoring and research addressing natural resource issues facing our nation.

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February Photo Contest

Check out the winning photographs in the February 2020 Photo Contest! Categories include People, USGS at Work, Where We Work, and Honorable Mention

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Date published: April 18, 2003
Status: Completed

National Highway Runoff Water-Quality Data and Methodology Synthesis (NDAMS)

Knowledge of the characteristics of highway runoff (concentrations and loads of constituents and the physical and chemical processes that produce this runoff) is important for decisionmakers, planners, and highway engineers to assess and mitigate possible adverse impacts of highway runoff on the Nation's receiving waters. This project was done by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in...

Contacts: Gregory Granato
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The Carolina Sandhills: Quaternary eolian sand sheets and dunes along the updip margin of the Atlantic Coastal Plain province, southeastern United States

The Carolina Sandhills is a physiographic region of the Atlantic Coastal Plain province in the southeastern United States. In Chesterfield County (South Carolina), the surficial sand of this region is the Pinehurst Formation, which is interpreted as eolian sand derived from the underlying Cretaceous Middendorf Formation. This sand has yielded...

Swezey, Christopher S.; Fitzwater, Bradley A.; Whittecar, G. Richard; Mahan, Shannon A.; Garrity, Christopher P.; Aleman Gonzalez, Wilma B.; Dobbs, Kerby M.
Swezey, C.S., Fitzwater, B.A., Whittecar, G.R., Mahan, S.A., Garrity, C.P., Alemán González, W., and Dobbs, K.M., 2016, The Carolina Sandhills: Quaternary eolian sand sheets and dunes along the updip margin of the Atlantic Coastal Plain Province, southeastern United States: Quaternary Research, v. 86, p. 271-286.

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Byproduct metal requirements for U.S. wind and solar photovoltaic electricity generation up to the year 2040 under various Clean Power Plan scenarios

The United States has and will likely continue to obtain an increasing share of its electricity from solar photovoltaics (PV) and wind power, especially under the Clean Power Plan (CPP). The need for additional solar PV modules and wind turbines will, among other things, result in greater demand for a number of minor metals that are produced...

Nassar, Nedal T.; Wilburn, David R.; Goonan, Thomas G.

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Global stocks of selected mineral-based commodities

IntroductionThe U.S. Geological Survey, National Minerals Information Center, analyzes mineral and metal supply chains by identifying and describing major components of mineral and material flows from ore extraction, through intermediate forms, to a final product. This report focuses on an important component of the world’s supply chain: the...

Wilburn, David R.; Bleiwas, Donald I.; Karl, Nick A.
Wilburn, D.R., Bleiwas, D.I., and Karl, N.A., 2016, Global stocks of selected mineral-based commodities: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016–5152, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20165152.

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Hampton roads regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program

IntroductionHow much nitrogen, phosphorus, and suspended solids are contributed by the highly urbanized areas of the Hampton Roads region in Virginia to Chesapeake Bay? The answer to this complex question has major implications for policy decisions, resource allocations, and efforts aimed at restoring clean waters to Chesapeake Bay and its...

Porter, Aaron J.; Jastram, John D.
Porter, A.J., and Jastram, J.D., 2016, Hampton roads regional Water-Quality Monitoring Program: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2016–3095, 2 p., https://dx.doi.org/10.3133/fs20163095.

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Abiotic raw-materials in life cycle impact assessments: An emerging consensus across disciplines

This paper captures some of the emerging consensus points that came out of the workshop “Mineral Resources in Life Cycle Impact Assessment: Mapping the path forward”, held at the Natural History Museum London on 14 October 2015: that current practices rely in many instances on obsolete data, often confuse resource depletion with impacts on...

Drielsma, Johannes; Allington, Ruth; Brady, Thomas; Guinée, Jeroen; Hammarstrom, Jane M.; Hummen, Torsten; Russell-Vaccari, Andrea; Schneider, Laura; Sonnemann, Guido; Weihed, Pär
Drielsma, J., Allington, R., Brady, T., Guinée, J., Hammarstrom, J., Hummen, T., … Weihed, P. (2016). Abiotic Raw-Materials in Life Cycle Impact Assessments: An Emerging Consensus across Disciplines. Resources, 5(1), 12.

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Assessment of trace element accumulation by earthworms in an orchard soil remediation study using soil amendments

This study assessed potential bioaccumulation of various trace elements in grasses and earthworms as a consequence of soil incorporation of organic amendments for in situ remediation of an orchard field soil contaminated with organochlorine and Pb pesticide residues. In this experiment, four organic amendments of differing total organic carbon...

Centofantia, Tiziana; Chaney, Rufus L.; Beyer, W. Nelson; McConnell, Laura L.; Davis, A. P.; Jackson, Dana

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Complete genome sequence of a novel aquareovirus that infects the endangered fountain darter, Etheostoma fonticola

Here, we report the complete genome of a novel aquareovirus isolated from clinically normal fountain darters, Etheostoma fonticola, inhabiting the San Marcos River, Texas, USA. The complete genome consists of 23,958 bp consisting of 11 segments that range from 783 bp (S11) to 3,866 bp (S1).

Iwanowicz, Luke R. ; Iwanowicz, Deborah D.; Adams, Cynthia R.; Lewis, Teresa D.; Brandt, Thomas M.; Cornman, Robert S.; Sanders, Lakyn R.

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Creating a Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) for science and conservation applications

The U.S. Geological Survey is creating the Coastal National Elevation Database, an expanding set of topobathymetric elevation models that extend seamlessly across coastal regions of high societal or ecological significance in the United States that are undergoing rapid change or are threatened by inundation hazards. Topobathymetric elevation...

Thatcher, Cindy A.; Brock, John C.; Danielson, Jeffrey J.; Poppenga, Sandra K.; Gesch, Dean B.; Palaseanu-Lovejoy, Monica; Barras, John; Evans, Gayla A.; Gibbs, Ann
Thatcher, C., Brock, J.C., Danielson, J.J., Poppenga, S.K., Gesch, D.B., Palaseanu-Lovejoy, M., Barras, J.A., Evans, G.A., and Gibbs, A.E., 2016, Creating a Coastal National Elevation Database (CoNED) for science and conservation applications, Journal of Coastal Research, Special Issue 76: 64–74.

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Geochemistry, Nd-Pb Isotopes, and Pb-Pb Ages of the Mesoproterozoic Pea Ridge Iron Oxide-Apatite–Rare Earth Element Deposit, Southeast Missouri

Iron oxide-apatite and iron oxide-copper-gold deposits occur within ~1.48 to 1.47 Ga volcanic rocks of the St. Francois Mountains terrane near a regional boundary separating crustal blocks having contrasting depleted-mantle Sm-Nd model ages (TDM). Major and trace element analyses and Nd and Pb isotope data were obtained to characterize the Pea...

Ayuso, Robert A.; Slack, John F.; Day, Warren C.; McCafferty, Anne E.
Ayuso, R. A., Slack, J. F., Day, W. C., & McCafferty, A. E. (2016). Geochemistry, Nd-Pb Isotopes, and Pb-Pb Ages of the Mesoproterozoic Pea Ridge Iron Oxide-Apatite–Rare Earth Element Deposit, Southeast Missouri. Economic Geology, 111(8), 1935–1962

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Geology of the eastern Piedmont in Virginia

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Bailey, Christopher M.; Sherwood, W. Cullen; Eaton, L. Scott; Powars, David S.; Horton, J. Wright; Owens, Brent E.; Hackley, Paul C.; Burton, William C.; Sacks, Paul E.; Hibbard, James P.
Horton, J.W., Jr., Owens, B.E., Hackley, P.C., Burton, W.C., Sacks, P.E., and Hibbard, J.P., 2016, Geology of the Eastern Piedmont in Virginia, in Bailey, C.M., Sherwood, W.C., Eaton, L.S., and Powars, D.S., eds., The Geology of Virginia: Martinsville, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Special Publication 18, p. 125-158, ISBN: 1-884549-40-3.

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Geology of the western Piedmont in Virginia

No abstract available.

Bailey, Christopher M.; Sherwood, W. Cullen; Eaton, L. Scott; Powars, David S.; Hibbard, James P.; Beard, James S.; Henika, William S.; Horton, J. Wright
Hibbard, J.P, Beard, J.S., Henika, W.S., and Horton, J.W., Jr., 2016, Geology of the Western Piedmont in Virginia, in Bailey, C.M., Sherwood, W.C., Eaton, L.S., and Powars, D.S., eds., The Geology of Virginia: Martinsville, Virginia Museum of Natural History, Special Publication 18, p. 87-124, ISBN: 1-884549-40-3.

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Managing climate change refugia for climate adaptation

Refugia have long been studied from paleontological and biogeographical perspectives to understand how populations persisted during past periods of unfavorable climate. Recently, researchers have applied the idea to contemporary landscapes to identify climate change refugia, here defined as areas relatively buffered from contemporary climate...

Morelli, Toni L.; Jackson, Stephen T.

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(grey-colored rock) Cherry Valley shale
March 5, 2015

Marcellus shale in central New York showing Cherry Valley limestone

Exposure of the Marcellus shale in central New York showing the Cherry Valley limestone (grey-colored rock) between the Union Springs and Oatka Creek shales of the Marcellus.

Image: Double Coverage
February 24, 2015

Double Coverage

Hydrologist Charlie Culbertson holds an acoustic velocity meter under the ice covered river while standing under the covered bridge over the Ellis River at South Andover, Maine. This meter is used to collect streamflow information through the ice during the winter period.

Image: Winter Morning Streamgaging
January 13, 2015

Winter Morning Streamgaging

On January 14, 2015, hydrologic technicians Jeff Kinsey (shown) and Nick Stasulis visited USGS gaging station 01030500 on the Mattawamkeag River. Jeff and Nick visited the gage to make a streamflow measurement through the ice, but found there wasn't nearly enough ice to conduct the measurement.

Measurements during periods of backwater from ice are one of the many

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A flow tripod (taller, right) and sonar tripod (smaller, left) at the dock
December 31, 2014

Oceanographic Tripods on the Dock

A flow tripod (taller, right) and sonar tripod (smaller, left) at the dock before being loaded onto a ship and taken to a site off Fire Island for deployment.

Map showing the distribution of physiographic zones within the Buzzards Bay study area
December 31, 2014

Map showing distribution of physiographic zones in Buzzards Bay, MA

Map showing the distribution of physiographic zones within the Buzzards Bay study area. The physiographic zone classification is adapted from Kelley and others (1998), and the zones are delineated on the basis of sea-floor morphology and the dominant texture of surficial material.