United States Geological Survey

The United States Geographical Survey, (USGS) was formed in 1879 and is headquartered in Reston, Virginia with regional offices throughout the U.S. The primary responsibilities of the USGS is to conduct scientific inquiry and study of wild life, plant life, geological studies and mapping, earthquake and volcanic activity, geomagnetic field, and hydrology. USGS has no enforcement authority and reports to the Department of Interior. In recent years USGS has taken charge of studying planetary rocks, minerals and water.

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Las Vegas holds key to abrupt climate change

According to new U.S. Geological Survey research published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, springs and marshes in the desert outside Las Vegas expanded and contracted dramatically in response ...

dateNov 10, 2015 in Earth Sciences
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Dam removal study reveals river resiliency

More than 1000 dams have been removed across the United States because of safety concerns, sediment buildup, inefficiency or having otherwise outlived usefulness. A paper published today in Science finds that rivers are resilient ...

dateApr 30, 2015 in Environment
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