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Ice Age Fossils Discovery Will Provide Glimpse into Colorado’s Past

Written on July 9, 2011 at 10:27 am, by

Now that field work has wrapped up at the Ice Age “Snowmastodon” fossil site near Snowmass Village, Colo., USGS and other scientists will begin work on unraveling the climate and environmental history of the area.

Earth History of the National Capital Region

Written on April 18, 2011 at 3:21 pm, by

For over 120 years, USGS has studied and mapped the National Capital region revealing a rich and diverse geologic past. Join us July 6 in Reston, Va., and learn the story of the formation and destruction of continents and oceans, the eruption of ancient volcanoes, climatic and sea level changes, as well as the hazards of modern landslides, earthquakes and karst.

Magnetic Storms:

Written on March 27, 2011 at 10:39 am, by

Magnetic storms can cause loss of radio communication, affect global-positioning systems, damage satellite electronics and cause electrical blackouts. USGS scientists are constantly collecting geomagnetic data, and you can view new updates in near-real time.

Waves Rippling Through Groundwater

Written on March 26, 2011 at 1:46 pm, by

The most recent earthquake in Japan affected water levels in groundwater wells all over the country. Water level fluctuations were recorded as far away as Illinois, Virginia, Missouri and Florida.

Caves, Sinkholes and Springs

Written on March 15, 2011 at 11:00 am, by

Soluble rock layers called “Karst” exist throughout the nation. While Karst aquifers produce half the nation’s drinking water, rock layers underneath karst dissolve easily sometimes creating sinkholes that threaten life and property. Join us May 4th to learn more about this unseen world beneath our feet.

Treasures of the USGS Library

Written on March 12, 2011 at 7:26 am, by

Early maps of America, documents establishing the provenance of the Hope Diamond and documentation of explorations of the American West– Join us in discovering the many treasures of the USGS Library.

Science Smarts for the Classroom

Written on November 9, 2010 at 10:57 am, by

Looking for information on natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, and more? The USGS Education site provides great resources, including lessons, data, maps, and more, to support teaching, learning, K-12 education, and university-level inquiry and research.

PAGER System to include more Information

Written on September 30, 2010 at 8:10 am, by

The USGS PAGER system (Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response) will now include estimated economic loss and casualty information. This system is used by emergency responders, government and aid officials, and the public to understand the scope of the disaster to develop the best response.

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