U.S. Geological Survey

11 Geographic Markers That Are Totally Inaccurate

These cartographic frauds are proof that mapping the globe is no simple task.<p>There’s something exciting about being at a special geographic spot, …

Maps

Humanity Needs Science To Survive And Thrive

Hi there, world. It’s been a long time since you’ve had a heart-to-heart with science, but there’s no better opportunity than right now. There are a whole slew of problems facing our nation and the world today, and I’m afraid you’re going to need it for all of them if you want to get through them …

Earthquakes

The Trump administration snubs Mark Zuckerberg — and ordinary parkgoers

The July 21 news article “Interior Dept. pulled climate experts from Zuckerberg’s park tour” reported that Interior Department officials instructed the superintendent of Glacier National Park and a U.S. Geological Survey expert on the park’s glaciers not to participate in Facebook chief executive …

Opinion

The Rivers of the U.S., Collected Into a Nifty Subway Map

A designer who spent his youth floating on rafts has conjured up a delightful transit guide to America’s waterways.<p>If any modern-day Huckleberry Finns and Jims wanted to navigate the mighty rivers of America, they’d do well to take along this delightfully crafted guide to waterways that looks like …

Maps

Massive Milkweed Restoration Could Help Save the Monarch Butterfly

New analysis shows that to save the monarch, we need to restore agriculture land<p>Common milkweed isn’t a particularly finicky plant—it has “weed” in …

Flowers

Opening the Flow of Water Data

By Joshua Zaffos<p>Four decades ago, water managers and utility employees didn’t have much in the way of data. Water metering to measure homes’ and …

Big Data

A timeline map of the massive increase in human-caused earthquakes in Oklahoma

In just the past 10 years, the number of earthquakes in the central US (and particularly Oklahoma) has risen dramatically. In the 7-year period …

Earthquakes

Cool the Planet? Geoengineering Is Easier Said Than Done

Planet Earth is feeling the heat.<p>With the world facing increased warming, melting ice caps, rising sea levels, intense weather events and other …

Climate Change

How cloud can take open data to new heights

Comment<p>According to IDC, the volume of data being produced each day is growing at an explosive rate, and is now estimated at 2.5 exabytes. That’s …

Big Data

Essential California: What did USC know about its former med school dean?

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s <b>Monday, July 24,</b> and here’s what’s happening across California:<p><b>TOP STORIES</b><p><b>What they knew and when they knew</b><p>The <b>University of Southern California is taking steps to fire Dr. Carmen A. Puliafito,</b> who served as dean of its medical …

California

Robot reveals first images of melted nuclear fuel in Fukushima reactor

After three days of exploration inside reactors at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant, a robot has offered the first images of what appears to be …

Earthquakes

No talking climate change to Zuckerberg, White House tells scientist

Interior Department doesn't want to talk to the Facebook founder about climate change<p>As part of his “not running for president” cross-country tour, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took a trip to Montana’s rapidly melting Glacier National Park last weekend.<p>But a few days before his visit, …

Climate Change

OMSI exhibit shows volcanic destruction of Pompeii 2,000 years ago

PORTLAND — The body casts of people who were killed 1,938 years ago testify to the deadly history of volcanoes.Those human forms represent the final …

Geology

Residents, tourists in Greece sleep outdoors after quake

KOS, Greece (AP) — Hundreds of residents and tourists on the eastern Greek island of Kos have spent the night sleeping outdoors in parks, olive groves or in their cars, a night after a powerful earthquake killed two tourists and injured nearly 500 others across the Aegean Sea region, in Greece and …

Greece

Mammoth Lakes area hit by swarm of hundreds of tiny earthquakes

Hundreds of tiny earthquakes have hit the Mammoth Lakes area in California’s Eastern Sierra in recent days, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.<p>Most of the quakes were less than magnitude 1.0 — and it’s likely that none were felt by residents.<p>There were several dozen quakes in just the last 24 …

Earthquakes

Mystery surrounds only oil well drilled in ANWR

With oil development advocates again emboldened by the prospects of cracking open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, a big secret that could add to …

Oil

Strong aftershocks test nerves on Greek island after quake

KOS, Greece (AP) — Crews of experts began examining the damage to cultural monuments and infrastructure on the eastern Greek island of Kos on …

Earthquakes

Cuba seeks to revive mining sector with new lead and zinc mine

MINAS DE MATAHAMBRE, Cuba (Reuters) - A new lead and zinc mine in northwestern Cuba is on track to start production in October as part of the Caribbean island's attempt to breathe fresh life in its mining sector, the joint venture Emincar overseeing the project said this week.<p>While nickel exports …

Cuba

World digest: July 22, 2017

SYRIA<p>Airstrikes occur near<p>U.S.-backed forces<p>Syrian warplanes carried out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in the countryside east of Raqqa and close to where U.S.-backed forces operate, Syrian state TV reported.<p>The attacks in the town of Maadan and village of Bir al-Sabkhawi, near the …

Earthquakes

Here's an incredible view of North Carolina's new (and growing) island, thanks to satellite

A mile-long island recently formed off the coast of North Carolina's Outer Banks, and thanks to newly released satellite images from NASA, we now have a crystal-clear view of this piece of land.<p>Shelly Island — which was first registered back in November 2016 and reported about in June — lies just …

Earthquakes

Here's The Science Behind That Neverending Earthquake Swarm At Yellowstone

That earthquake swarm that’s rocking Yellowstone National Park has reached at least 1,284 individual tremors. If this continues any longer, then the …

Earthquakes

Interior Department prevents glacier expert from accompanying Mark Zuckerberg on tour

<b>HELENA, Mont.</b> -- President Donald Trump's Interior Department prevented Glacier National Park's superintendent from accompanying Facebook founder …

Glacier National Park

Images show devastating aftermath of powerful earthquake near Greece and Turkey

A strong earthquake in the Aegean Sea overnight leveled buildings and injured hundreds of people in Greece and Turkey.<p>The 6.7 magnitude quake's …

Earthquakes

Powerful Earthquake Causes Panic at Popular Turkey Resorts

<b>Story Highlights</b><p>An earthquake that shook Turkey has received a preliminary rating of 6.7.<p>Computer models suggest as many as 34 million people felt …

Earthquakes

Opinion: Untold story is rural America keeps rejecting Big Wind

The backlash against Big Wind continues. Indeed, entire states are now restricting or rejecting wind projects.<p>In April, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin …

Earthquakes

6.7-magnitude quake kills two in Greece: report

Deprem sonrası Bodrum sokakları.. #deprem pic.twitter.com/9ii8tFKJjQ<p>— Çağan (@CaganErkan) July 20, 2017<p>Two people were killed on the Greek island of …

Earthquakes

"Let's get the hell out of here" - quake off Greece and Turkey kills two

A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 killed two people when it struck near major Turkish and Greek tourist destinations in the Aegean Sea early on …

Earthquakes

This unlikely CEO is urging Americans to learn more about fracking

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is urging people to educate themselves about the shale revolution after a recent trip to North Dakota. He visited the Bakken shale formation and posted about his experience on his own Facebook wall. Jacki Daily shared some of the stories he told there on …

Earthquakes

California Extends Its Cap-and-Trade Program

In a 28–12 vote on Monday night, California’s Senate approved AB 398 to extend the state’s landmark cap-and-trade program to 2030. Hours later, the …

Climate

Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits northeast of Tokyo

An earthquake with an initial magnitude of 5.8 hit northeast of Tokyo on Japan's main island of Honshu on Thursday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning …

Earthquakes