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.
Research bolsters importance of horseshoe crab spawning for migrating shorebirds
Speculation that the welfare of a small, at-risk shorebird is directly tied to horseshoe crab populations is in part supported by new scientific research, according to a U.S. Geological Survey- led study published this ...
Picky pollinators: Native bees are selective about where they live and feed
Native bees often small, stingless, solitary and unnoticed in the flashier world of stinging honeybees are quite discriminating about where they live, according to U.S. Geological Survey research.
New discoveries improve climate models
New discoveries on how underwater ridges impact the ocean's circulation system will help improve climate projections.
Acid soils in Slovakia tell somber tale
Increasing levels of nitrogen deposition associated with industry and agriculture can drive soils toward a toxic level of acidification, reducing plant growth and polluting surface waters, according to a new study published ...
Genetic evidence for avian influenza movement from Asia to North America via wild birds
Wild migratory birds may be more important carriers of avian influenza viruses from continent to continent than previously thought, according to new scientific research that has important implications for highly pathogenic ...
Oldest known wild bird in US returns to Midway to raise chick
The oldest known U.S. wild bird a coyly conservative 60 -- is a new mother.
How does groundwater pumping affect streamflow?
Groundwater provides drinking water for millions of Americans and is the primary source of water to irrigate cropland in many of the nations most productive agricultural settings. Although the benefits of groundwater development ...
Drier conditions projected to accelerate dust storms in the southwest
Drier conditions projected to result from climate change in the Southwest will likely reduce perennial vegetation cover and result in increased dust storm activity in the future, according to a new study by scientists with ...
68 percent of New England and Mid-Atlantic beaches eroding
An assessment of coastal change over the past 150 years has found 68 percent of beaches in the New England and Mid-Atlantic region are eroding, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report released today.
New research suggests wild birds may play a role in the spread of bird flu
Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1.