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02/16/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 5.5 - 52km W of Bandar 'Abbas, Iran: PAGER - YELLOW ShakeMap - VII , DYFI? - IV, Time - 2020-02-16 12:30:47 UTC (2020-02-16 16:00:47 +03:30 at epicenter), Location: 27.142°N 55.749°E, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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The #USGS recently released the 43rd annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report, which contains information on more than ...
02/14/2020

The #USGS recently released the 43rd annual Mineral Commodity Summaries report, which contains information on more than 90 mineral commodities that are important to the U.S. economy and national security. http://ow.ly/oYxE50ymQbx.

02/13/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 6.9 - 92km ENE of Kuril'sk, Russia: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI , DYFI? - III , Time - 2020-02-13 10:33:44 UTC (2020-02-13 21:33:44 +11:00 at epicenter), Location: 45.668°N 148.893°E, Depth: 142.58 km (88.60 mi)

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Hello geospatial professionals and others attending this year’s Esri Federal GIS Conference. While getting your fill of ...
02/11/2020

Hello geospatial professionals and others attending this year’s Esri Federal GIS Conference. While getting your fill of great geography-based information and inspiration, don’t forget the check out the USGS booths in the Expo. Find out the latest on the National Geospatial Program to include the 3D Elevation Program (3DEP), the National Hydrography Data set (NHD), the US Topo mapping program, The National Map Corps, the Historical Topographic Mapping Collection, the Protected Areas Database (PAD-US) and so much more: http://ow.ly/Ou8Q50yjM2p #FedGIS

Today, President Trump proposed a $971.2 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the U.S. Geological Survey that prioritizes...
02/10/2020

Today, President Trump proposed a $971.2 million Fiscal Year 2021 budget for the U.S. Geological Survey that prioritizes scientific inquiry for effective stewardship of America’s natural resources and natural hazard monitoring and assessments: http://ow.ly/dn1K50yiAMq

U.S. mines produced an estimated $86.3 billion in raw mineral materials in 2019 according to the 43rd annual Mineral Com...
02/07/2020

U.S. mines produced an estimated $86.3 billion in raw mineral materials in 2019 according to the 43rd annual Mineral Commodity Summaries, released February 6 by the #USGS National Minerals Information Center.

The report has statistical information for more than 90 mineral commodities important to the U.S. economy and national security and is used by the public and private sectors to make business and national policy decisions.

To read the full report, visit: http://ow.ly/l8fg50ygQxX

Photo: This infographic contains information from the report, as well as a map that shows the countries that supply mineral commodities for which the U.S. was more than 50 percent import reliant in 2019. USGS graphic with background farm image courtesy of John Deere. #USGS #Science #Minerals #Data

A new landslide guidebook released February 5 is now available in English and Spanish for Puerto Rico residents to learn...
02/07/2020

A new landslide guidebook released February 5 is now available in English and Spanish for Puerto Rico residents to learn more about the landslide hazards that can impact the island. This educational resource was created to explain the causes, signs and consequences of landslides and describes practical steps that can be taken to enhance preparedness and help mitigate impacts.

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado Boulder partnered with the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez to develop a landslide guidebook intended to help residents of Puerto Rico understand and reduce landslide risk.

For more information, visit http://ow.ly/LaRK50ygtqR.

Photo: A road in Puerto Rico damaged by a landslide. Photo by Lindsay Davis, USGS.

02/04/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 5.0 - 22km SSE of Guanica, Puerto Rico: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI , DYFI? - VI, Time - 2020-02-04 14:45:55 UTC (2020-02-04 10:45:55 -04:00 at epicenter), Location: 17.839°N 66.875°W, Depth: 7.00 km (4.35 mi)

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Relationships can be complicated. Think prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, and fleas. Prairie dogs (charismatic burrowi...
02/03/2020

Relationships can be complicated.

Think prairie dogs, black-footed ferrets, and fleas.

Prairie dogs (charismatic burrowing rodents that live in colonies west of the Mississippi River) are being wiped-out by plague. This poses a threat to the black-footed ferret, an endangered species that eats prairies dogs. How are the prairies dogs and ferrets getting plague? The same way humans get it--fleas!

Because fleas are how the plague is spread, a team of USGS scientists at Fort Collins Science Center and their partners decided to see if prairie dog fleas were resistant to a widely used agricultural insecticide called deltamethrin in prairie dog fleas. Their theory was that fleas on prairie dogs of the Conata-Badlands of the Dakotas were developing resistance to the insecticide that was annually dusted into prairie dog burrows to treat for fleas. They found in field and lab tests that fleas did develop a resistance to the treatment after about 8 consecutive years of applications.

What does this mean? Flea resistance hampers efforts to manage plague and conserve prairie dogs and ferrets. USGS scientists at Fort are evaluating new approaches for avoiding flea resistance to practical disease-management tools and, in doing so, effectively battling the spread of plague. USGS scientists at the National Wildlife Health Center and partners developed a plague vaccine, which is under evaluation (http://ow.ly/Uqsy50yckUQ). This integrated approach will help to conserve black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, and associated grassland ecosystems.

USGS is a leader in wildlife disease research & surveillance in the U.S. Learn more about USGS zoonotic & wildlife disease research at: http://ow.ly/pAdK50yckUR

Photo: Adult female black-footed ferret with her prey, a juvenile prairie dog, in Conata Basin, South Dakota, 2009. Credit: David Eads, USGS.

02/01/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 5.3 - 2km NW of Ushiku, Japan: , DYFI? - VI, Time - 2020-01-31 17:07:47 UTC (2020-02-01 02:07:47 +09:00 at epicenter), Location: 35.980°N 140.113°E, Depth: 70.01 km (43.50 mi)

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We have released our long-term forecast for the potential duration of aftershocks due to the 2020 southwestern #PuertoRi...
01/29/2020

We have released our long-term forecast for the potential duration of aftershocks due to the 2020 southwestern #PuertoRico earthquake. http://ow.ly/LUmH50y7VFs @redsismica

Hemos publicado nuestro pronóstico de largo-plazo sobre la duración potencial de las réplicas del terremoto en el suroes...
01/29/2020

Hemos publicado nuestro pronóstico de largo-plazo sobre la duración potencial de las réplicas del terremoto en el suroeste de #PuertoRico el 7 de enero. http://ow.ly/jusQ50y7Vsg @redsismica

01/29/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 6.1 - 57km SE of East End, Cayman Islands: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - V , DYFI? - VI , Time - 2020-01-28 21:55:16 UTC (2020-01-28 16:55:16 -05:00 at epicenter), Location: 18.946°N 80.714°W, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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01/28/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 6.5 - 53km SE of East End, Cayman Islands: , DYFI? - V , Time - 2020-01-28 21:55:14 UTC (2020-01-28 16:55:14 -05:00 at epicenter), Location: 18.923°N 80.803°W, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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01/28/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 7.7 - 125km NNW of Lucea, Jamaica: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI , DYFI? - VIII, Time - 2020-01-28 19:10:25 UTC (2020-01-28 14:10:25 -05:00 at epicenter), Location: 19.440°N 78.755°W, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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01/28/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 7.3 - 117km NW of Lucea, Jamaica: , Time - 2020-01-28 19:10:23 UTC (2020-01-28 14:10:23 -05:00 at epicenter), Location: 19.315°N 78.814°W, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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Back in 2015, we participated in a research cruise in the Indian Ocean with the governments of India and Japan. That cru...
01/27/2020

Back in 2015, we participated in a research cruise in the Indian Ocean with the governments of India and Japan. That cruise was ground-breaking because we confirmed the existence of several deposits that may have the potential to produce enough natural gas to be relevant for additional energy resource studies.

Now, the Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology has a special edition devoted entirely to the results of that research cruise: http://ow.ly/8sJt50y61AR

For more of our ocean science, why not take a look at our USGS Coastal and Ocean Science page? We've got neat #gashydrate, #ecosystems, #coral, and #naturalhazard science in our oceans there.

01/27/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 6.3 - 105km WNW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI , DYFI? - V, Time - 2020-01-27 05:02:01 UTC (2020-01-27 16:02:01 +11:00 at epicenter), Location: 10.106°S 161.024°E, Depth: 17.68 km (10.99 mi)

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01/25/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 5.0 - 16km S of Indios, Puerto Rico: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - V , DYFI? - VI, Time - 2020-01-25 20:20:38 UTC (2020-01-25 16:20:38 -04:00 at epicenter), Location: 18.011°N 66.819°W, Depth: 13.00 km (8.08 mi)

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01/25/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 4.6 - 23km NNE of Barstow, CA: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VII , DYFI? - V , Time - 2020-01-25 03:03:35 UTC (2020-01-24 19:03:35 -08:00 at epicenter), Location: 35.098°N 116.970°W, Depth: 3.77 km (2.34 mi)

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01/24/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 6.7 - 4km ENE of Doganyol, Turkey: , DYFI? - VII, Time - 2020-01-24 17:55:14 UTC (2020-01-24 19:55:14 +02:00 at epicenter), Location: 38.330°N 39.084°E, Depth: 10.00 km (6.21 mi)

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01/23/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 5.6 - 15km E of Kirkagac, Turkey: PAGER - YELLOW ShakeMap - VII , DYFI? - VI, Time - 2020-01-22 19:22:16 UTC (2020-01-22 21:22:16 +02:00 at epicenter), Location: 39.082°N 27.849°E, Depth: 8.60 km (5.34 mi)

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We’ve got the next phase of our reassessments of oil and gas in Alaska’s North Slope ready! This time, we’re looking at ...
01/23/2020

We’ve got the next phase of our reassessments of oil and gas in Alaska’s North Slope ready! This time, we’re looking at the State and Tribal lands of the Central North Slope. We estimate 3.6 billion barrels of oil and 8.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas resources: http://ow.ly/KUtW50y37wb

This follows on from our 2017 reassessment of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, which lies just to the west of the Central North Slope. There, we estimated a mean of about 8.7 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of gas.

#USGS #Science #Alaska #Energy #Oil #NaturalGas

With snow in the northern U.S. often comes an abundance of salt on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. Perhaps you’ve ev...
01/23/2020

With snow in the northern U.S. often comes an abundance of salt on roads, sidewalks, and parking lots. Perhaps you’ve even heard about the problems this road salt can cause for plants and animals: http://ow.ly/ybeW50y2sJe. Managers looking for alternatives are considering organic deicers similar to those used on planes and runways. Airports give us a great place to study the effects of these organic deicers as they start becoming more popular for roadways.

If you’ve ever flown in an airplane on a snowy winter day, you probably know the drill: A brief delay on the runway before takeoff to deice the plane. Ice removal is a critical safety step in your airborne journey, but have you ever wondered what happens to that deicing material after it does its job?

Some of it degrades on the airfield surface, and #airports often clean up much of it, but some can still run off into water. #USGS research conducted in #Milwaukee, #Wisconsin, shows that #deicers, which are rich in organic compounds, can enter nearby streams and promote biofilm growth: http://ow.ly/pzvk50y2sJg.

#Biofilm is the slime found on rocks and plants in streams and rivers. You’ve probably seen it before – it occurs almost everywhere. Stream biofilms are generally healthy for aquatic ecosystems, but too much of the slick scum can hurt fish reproduction, degrade stream health, and be just plain icky.

USGS #science determined what kinds of biofilm #bacteria feed off the deicers as well as their abundance in streams near the Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport. This information can help cities understand the potential consequences of using organic deicers for roadway and walkway deicing. http://ow.ly/OKeF50y2sJf

Image: Slime! Biofilms are normal in streams, but too much of it can be a bad thing. (Credit: Austin Baldwin, USGS

The USGS is a leader in wildlife disease research and surveillance in the U.S. During #OneHealth Awareness Month, we’re ...
01/22/2020
Fish & Wildlife Disease

The USGS is a leader in wildlife disease research and surveillance in the U.S. During #OneHealth Awareness Month, we’re highlighting our work on wildlife diseases that are zoonotic—spread between animals and humans—such as Lyme disease and plague.

There are approximately 300,000 cases of Lyme disease in North America each year. The disease is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected tick. Most cases occur in the Northeast and North Central U.S., with relatively few in the South, even though the tick that transmits the disease is present in all these regions.

Why is the disease more common in the northern U.S.? USGS scientists are part of a team of researchers actively looking to answer that question and ultimately help understand the risk to humans and wildlife.

One clue may be found in scientists’ recent observation that deer ticks in the North seek hosts for feeding on leaf tops and twigs and thus can frequently encounter humans. Ticks in the South, however, tend to stay below the leaf litter surface, so fewer ticks encounter humans. Research suggests that this pattern might be due to warmer temperatures in the South, causing ticks to stay in the moist area below the surface and heat.

Another difference is the type of wild animal species on which the ticks feed. Animal species vary in their ability to maintain #Lymedisease pathogens and transmit them to uninfected ticks, so a current focus of the research is to evaluate tick-host associations at northern and southern sites to assess their effects on #pathogen transmission.

Additional research includes investigating the roles of genetics, environmental conditions and the seasonal activity of #ticks, known as #phenology.

Read more: http://ow.ly/hTfG50y0WYX

This is a collaborative effort between the USGS, the Public Health Agency of Canada and several universities.

Learn more about USGS #science on zoonotic and #wildlife diseases at: http://ow.ly/rKcN50y0WYW

#Health #Environment #HumanHealth

USGS is the lead Federal agency for wildlife disease research and surveillance. Our wildlife health capabilities provide research, information, and technical assistance needed to manage wildlife through disease events. Congress and our partners rely on our science to make informed decisions about fi...

01/22/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 3.6 - 4km NNE of Granada Hills, CA: ShakeMap - IV , DYFI? - V, Time - 2020-01-22 07:41:10 UTC (2020-01-21 23:41:10 -08:00 at epicenter), Location: 34.303°N 118.486°W, Depth: 6.97 km (4.33 mi)

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01/20/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 3.8 - 1km E of Fincastle, Tennessee: ShakeMap - IV , DYFI? - V, Time - 2020-01-20 19:12:11 UTC (2020-01-20 14:12:11 -05:00 at epicenter), Location: 36.435°N 84.032°W, Depth: 35.42 km (22.01 mi)

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01/19/2020
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Preliminary Event: M 4.4 - 2km WSW of South Hutchinson, Kansas: PAGER - GREEN ShakeMap - VI , DYFI? - VI, Time - 2020-01-19 19:08:41 UTC (2020-01-19 13:08:41 -06:00 at epicenter), Location: 38.020°N 97.970°W, Depth: 4.63 km (2.88 mi)

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