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Thursday, December 19th, 2013

A Modern Compass Improves Oil Production

By using the Earth’s magnetic field, combined with new innovative technology, oil and gas drilling companies are increasing oilfield productivity while reducing development costs and environmental impacts.An article in the fall 2013 issue of Oilfield Review highlights this technology and its applications across the world. It also discusses the public-private collaboration between the U.S. Geological

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Methane is Common in Groundwater from Valleys in South-Central New York State

A new USGS study found that 15 percent of groundwater samples from 66 household wells across south-central New York contained methane at levels high enough to warrant monitoring or mitigation.  Methane was more common and had higher concentrations in wells located in valleys rather than wells located in uplands. Valley wells that tap confined bedrock

Friday, December 13th, 2013

AmericaView Wins Major Competitive Grant from USGS

AmericaView, a university-led, state-based consortium designed to promote remote sensing science and technology, was awarded a nearly $1 million National Land Remote Sensing Education Outreach and Research Activity grant by the U.S. Geological Survey this week through a competitive process. Administered by the USGS Land Remote Sensing Program, the grant has renewable options for up

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Thin Skin Beneath Streams Can Power Large Improvements in Water Quality

Recent U.S. Geological Survey research has found that natural biochemical processes in water moving back and forth between a stream and its underlying sediment were significant in removing nitrate from streams in the Illinois River basin, one of the world’s most intensively farmed regions.

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

What are Future Climate Projections for Precipitation and Temperature for Your County?

For the first time, maps and summaries of historical and projected temperature and precipitation changes for the 21st century for the continental U.S. are accessible at a county-by-county level on a website developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in collaboration with the College of Earth, Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences at Oregon State University.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

USGS Science at American Geophysical Union Conference, San Francisco, December 8-13, 2013

The U.S. Geological Survey participates in the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting with hundreds of technical presentations.  Below are some highlights of USGS science at AGU this year. Highlights about the technical sessions are presented in chronological order with session numbers, and room numbers in San Francisco’s Moscone Convention Center (either Moscone South, MS, or

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Study Evaluates Elevated Nitrate Levels in Carson Valley Groundwater

A recent study in Nevada’s Carson Valley by the U.S. Geological Survey confirms that septic tanks are contaminating groundwater in the region with concentrations of nitrates, posing human health risks from contaminated drinking water. Conducted on a larger scale than previous investigations, the study showed that the amount of nitrate contamination is two times greater

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Landsat Users Confirm Its Unique Value

Since 1972, the Landsat program has allowed scientists and analysts to observe the world beyond the power of human sight, monitor changes to the land, and detect critical trends in the conditions of natural resources.

Monday, November 25th, 2013

Landsat Public Meeting Notice: Sustainable Land Imaging Users Forum, Dec. 4

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA will host a public meeting on December 4 in which both agencies will provide details about how user needs will be assessed to help inform NASA’s Sustainable Land Imaging Program. User requirements will be a key consideration in the design and implementation of future space-borne systems that are

Monday, November 25th, 2013

USGS Reports on Water Used for Production of Thermoelectric Electric Energy Production

For the first time since 1995 the U.S. Geological Survey will reinstate reporting the amount of water consumed in the production of thermoelectric power.

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