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.
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.
Uncertain future for Joshua trees projected with climate change
Temperature increases resulting from climate change in the Southwest will likely eliminate Joshua trees from 90 percent of their current range in 60 to 90 years, according to a new study led by U.S. Geological Survey ecologist ...
Many coastal wetlands likely to disappear this century
Many coastal wetlands worldwide -- including several on the U.S. Atlantic coast -- may be more sensitive than previously thought to climate change and sea-level rise projections for the 21st century.