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USGS Unlocks New Discoveries to Help Protect Endangered and At-Risk Species open in new window new icon
Released: 1/12/2009 9:46:57 AM (Share)
Scientists are using new and creative ways to help protect endangered and at-risk species and the ecosystems they — and humans — depend on for survival.

No Yellowstone Evacuation Warning Issued open in new window
Released: 1/8/2009 11:39:14 AM (Share)
The USGS is not affiliated with a web site that recommends evacuation of Yellowstone National Park and bears the USGS logo. The USGS is not recommending the evacuation of the Park.

Swarm of Earthquake Activity Over For Now at Yellowstone National Park open in new window podcast icon
Released: 1/7/2009 6:16:45 AM (Share)
The notable swarm of earthquakes that started December 26, 2008, beneath Yellowstone Lake in Yellowstone National Park has stopped for now and may have ceased entirely.

Earthquake Fatalities High in 2008 open in new window
Released: 1/6/2009 4:41:02 PM (Share)
The number of earthquake-related fatalities across the world was much higher in 2008 than in recent years.

Mixed News on Mercury in Indiana's Water open in new window
Released: 1/5/2009 12:39:55 PM (Share)
Rain and snow falling in Indiana contains less mercury than it did in years past. Yet some of the state's major waterways have mercury levels that could be harmful to humans and wildlife.

Results Are In: Great Southern California ShakeOut Successful, Sets U.S. Record! open in new window
Released: 12/19/2008 3:02:12 PM (Share)
Los Angeles - It's working! On November 13, 2008 more than 5.47 million people in southern California participated in The Great Southern California ShakeOut, now officially the largest earthquake drill in the Nation's history - and according to some community leaders, a success that should be practiced every year.

Presidential Rank Awards -- Top Federal Honor -- Given to Two USGS Scientists and Deputy Director open in new window
Released: 12/18/2008 12:58:13 PM (Share)
Deputy Director Doyle Recognized as Distinguished Executive;Scientists Betancourt, Goldhaber Win Meritorious Laurels

Abrupt Climate Change: Will It Happen this Century? open in new window
Released: 12/16/2008 12:00:00 PM (Share)
The United States faces the potential for abrupt climate change in the 21st century that could pose clear risks to society in terms of our ability to adapt.

Some Pollutants Declining in Willamette and Columbia Rivers open in new window
Released: 12/16/2008 11:37:51 AM (Share)
The Willamette, a large river associated with 70 percent of the population of Oregon, is getting cleaner in regard to some persistent toxic pollutants that are a legacy of past management practices. A 257-mile portion of the Columbia River between Umatilla, Oregon, and Skamokawa, Washington, is also showing a similar trend.


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