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Graphic map showing data collected by the RV Sharp during the 2014 North American Margin project
USGS Images Gas Hydrates with New Seismic Data on U.S. Mid-Atlantic Margin

Image from animated map showing changes in sediment at the mouth of the Elwha River from 2011-2016
Moving Mountains: Elwha River Still Changing Five Years After Dam Removal

Photo showing invasive water weeds covering the surface of the slough with trees in the background
Invasive Plants—Trapping Sediment that a Healthy Estuary Needs?

Photo of the research vessel in calm water in the foreground, with hills in the background
Imaging Israel's Dead Sea Fault to Understand How Continents Stretch and Rift

Computer screenshot of USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal showing Hurricane Irma
USGS Hurricane Response Met Challenges in 2017, Prepares for 2018

Photo of dark clouds of mineral-laden water emerging from a hydrothermal vent on the Niua underwater volcano
How Will Underwater Mining Affect the Deep Ocean?

Photo shows degraded coral reefs at Kahekili Beach Park, west Maui, Hawai
Polluted Groundwater Threatens Hawaiian Coral Reefs

3D computer image showing corrugations, or giant grooves, beneath the seafloor where the Cocos and Caribbean tectonic plates grind past each other
Giant Grooves Discovered on an Earthquake Fault Offshore Costa Rica

Photo of Research vessel (R/V) Ocean Starr against a dramatic sky.
New Expedition along the Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault in Alaska

USGS scientist Owen Brenner walks across the Fire Island wilderness breach carrying a GPS backpack that allows him to collect precise elevation data in the shallows
Evolution of a Hurricane-Generated Breach

Gerry Hatcher (left) and Shawn Harrison work on their video-camera station atop a hotel in Santa Cruz, California
Video Cameras Help Forecast Coastal Change

Wave-driven flooding and overwash on Roi-Namur Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Coastal Flooding Could Double in Decades

Coastal-Change Forecast for Hurricane Matthew on October 7, 2016
Scientists Prepare for Hurricane Season with New Tools and Data

Elkhorn corals on the seafloor along the northeastern coast of Buck Island, U.S. Virgin Islands, have died and collapsed into rubble
Severe Seafloor Erosion in Coral Reefs Leaves Coastal Communities at Risk

Large waves breaking on cliffs in Santa Cruz, California, February 13, 2016
Severe Erosion on U.S. West Coast during 2015-16 El Niño

Perspective view of multibeam bathymetry data acquired by the USGS aboard the R/V Medeia
New Seafloor Fault Imagery in the Gulf of Alaska

Low-altitude oblique photography taken before and after Hurricane Matthew shows the storm cut a new inlet between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River near St. Augustine, Florida
SE Beach Dunes Lost to Hurricane Matthew

deepwater vessel Chikyu
Potentially Producible Gas Hydrate Found in Indian Ocean

This screenshot of the USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal shows potential weather-induced coastal changes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts
Scientists Bring Wave Action into the Picture

Pacific Ocean temperature differences during this winter
Coral Reefs, El Nino, and Climate Change: An Interview with Lauren Toth

Scientists aboard  Alaska Department of Fish and Game research vessel collaborated in seafloor mapping for multiple projects
Mystery Solved: Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Alaskan Tsunami

Survey team on fantail of research vessel
Investigating the Offshore Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System in Southeastern Alaska

Northern U.S. Atlantic margin, showing major canyons that cut through the continental shelf, seeps, and piston cores
Sampling Atlantic Margin Methane Seeps and Plumes

Erosion of the coastal bluff on Barter Island, 2011.
Northern Alaska Coastal Erosion Threatens Habitat and Infrastructure

Map of Western Pacific Ocean, showing location of Mariana Trench and Kermadec Trench
Scientists Investigate the Virtually Unexplored Mariana Trench

Sea stars are suffering from a wasting disease epidemic in which they lose limbs and literally disintegrate in a matter of days
Virus Calculated as Culprit Killing Sea Stars

Science and technical crew aboard the research vessel (R/V) Marcus G. Langseth
Atlantic Margin Expedition Combines Landslide Studies with Mapping

Numerous distinct methane streams emanating from the seafloor at a cold-seep site on the upper slope
Natural Methane Seepage Is Widespread on the U.S. Atlantic Ocean Margin

Houses in Rodanthe, North Carolina, are left in the waves at the ocean
USGS Coastal Change Hazards Portal

USGS team on the exploration vessel (E/V) <i>Nautilus</i>
Earthquake, Landslide, and Tsunami Hazards in the Caribbean

Large swells from the north-northeast with heights up to 5 meters (16 feet) combined with unusually high tides to inundate much of the Republic of the Marshall Islands
Assessing Climate Change Vulnerability of Pacific Atolls

View looking east toward Fire Island lighthouse.
Decade of Fire Island Research Available

Large detached block of mudstone sitting at the base of the west wall of Heezen Canyon.
Exploring Undersea Terrain Off the Northern U.S. Atlantic Coast

USGS engineering technician Pete Dal Ferro checks the status of the hydraulic drill during the coring of a head of Porites lobata
Changing Coral Reef Ecosystems Along West Maui

High-resolution seismic-reflection image collected during a research cruise to study sites with high saturations of gas hydrate in the northern Gulf of Mexico in April and May 2013.
Deepwater Gas Hydrate Deposits in the Gulf of Mexico

BOBSled Underwater Camera Records HD Video of Seafloor

USGS crew pulling in nets
Juvenile Surf Smelt and Sand Lance in Central Puget Sound, Washington

Barnegat Inlet
Water-Quality Dynamics in Barnegat Bay-Little Egg Harbor Estuary

Hurricane Sandy
Scientists Predict, Measure Sandy's Impacts

rover Curiosity
USGS Scientists Exploring Mars

Southern Louisiana and the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil-spill incident.
Oil-Spill-Mitigation Sand Berm in the Chandeleur Islands

Methane hydrate
Gas Hydrates and Climate Warming

Survey aircraft
Seabird and Mammal Surveys Off U.S. West Coast

The Healy breaking ice in front of the Louis during multichannel seismic-reflection data acquisition.
Arctic Expedition Reaches 88.5 Degrees North Latitude

view of Glines Canyon Dam two weeks after removal began
Elwha Dam Removal Begins

Multibeam bathymetric data
Mapping Mid-Atlantic Canyons to Assess Tsunami Hazards

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent
Arctic Ocean Research: Polar Ocean Acidification Study

Researchers board the USGS research vessel Alaska Gyre
Alaska Sea Otter Expedition Investigates Coastal Health

Members of the May 2011 international tsunami survey team
International Team Studies Tsunami Deposits

Pete Dal Ferro, Jenny White, and Joanne Thede Ferreira deploy a platform
Tidal Marshes of San Francisco Bay

earthquake epicenter
Powerful Earthquake, Devastating Tsunami in Japan

Polar bear
Sea-ice Habitats Could Respond Positively to Curbed Greenhouse-Gas Emissions

Sea otter
Sea Otter Numbers Drop

Patrick Hart and Chuck Worley deploy the mini-sparker.
Subsea Permafrost and Gas Hydrates Offshore of Alaska

Scientists Map the Arctic Seafloor

Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo (LARC) vehicle
Coastal Erosion at Cape Hatteras, NC

extent of the oil slick on May 1
USGS Responds to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

corals, sponges, and feather duster worms
Secret Gardens in the Mangroves of St. John

Sea otter
New Study of Pacific Sea Otter Populations and Nearshore Ecosystems

Coast of Massachusetts in the region of Cape Cod
Measuring Tidal Flows in the Cape Cod Canal

Initial estimates of maximum tsunami-wave-height distribution for Tutuila
Surprises from the Samoa Tsunami

Degraded coral reef with dead A. palmata and poor water quality.
Impacts of Ocean Acidification on Coral Growth

seismic-reflection profile of lake-bottom depression at seep and methane bubbles in water column
Link Between Arctic Methane Seeps and Degassing Methane Hydrates

Fishing vessel Tiki XIV
Geophysical Survey Aids Virgin Islands Tsunami-Hazard Assessment

Scientists Cliff Buck and Lauren Kaupp prepare to lower a rosette of 12 Niskin bottles
Study Demonstrates How Methylmercury Forms in the Ocean

Chris Smith collects water samples at Indian River Lagoon
Submarine Groundwater Discharge Along the West Florida Shelf

Julie Cherry
CO2 May Help Wetlands Keep Pace with Sea-Level Rise

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent and U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy
Icebreaker Surveys in the Arctic Ocean

study area
Barrier Island Evolution: Ship and Horn Islands

Prehistoric Climate Can Help Forecast Future Changes

Kristen Hart releasing a juvenile green sea turtle after workup and tagging
Tracking Sea Turtles

Newly discovered Pacific iguana Brachylophus bulabula; male
Scientists Discover New Pacific Iguana

Hurricane Gustav making landfall
Coastal Impacts of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike

sea otters floating among the bull kelp
Sea Otter Population Recovery Continues at Slower Rate

Coral team braves the wind for a group shot on deck.
Corals, Habitats, and Paleoclimate in the Drake Passage

Joanne Ferreira is pleased to see the tripod she deployed on the Palos Verdes shelf 5 months earlier.
Palos Verdes Shelf Experiment: Contaminated Mud

Jay Hootch collects a water sample from the Andreafsky River
Water-Quality Monitoring

Installing a water-quality probe and global positioning system unit on a traditional canoe
Water Quality in the Salish Sea

Calibrating Proxies for Holocene Climate Study
Calibrating Proxies for Holocene Climate Study

Research vessel Thomas G. Thompson
Iron Biogeochemistry in the Gulf of Alaska

Scott Brandenberg and Brian Collins recording landslide-damage observations
Earthquake Damage Near Nuclear Power Plant

Inspection of ocean-bottom seismometers after recovery
Ocean-Bottom Seismometers Monitor Earthquake Swarms

deposit laid down by Hurricane Isabel
Distinguishing Tsunami from Storm Deposits

View of the Asan Unit of War-in-the-Pacific National Historical Park
Effects of Watershed Erosion on Coral Reefs in Guam

Research vessel Zephyr
Tar Seeps in the Santa Barbara Channel

Adrian Green and Laura Erban sampling groundwater sampling ground water beneath the Corsica River
Submarine Ground Water on Maryland's Eastern Shore Outreach

Well-preserved new species of fossil demosponge, Miamiamplia vasiforma
Newly-Discovered Fossil Sponges

stream gage
Real-Time Water Data via Satellite Telemetry

perspective view of the bathymetry of the Mona Passage
New Bathymetric Map of Mona Passage

Second-generation DART (Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunami) station
Tsunami-Forecasting System Tested by Recent Earthquakes

Study area west of San Francisco, California
Surveying Faults and Sediment Outside San Francisco Bay

Typical coral-reef community observed in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Effects of CO2 Levels on Marine Life and Global Climate

whooper swan
Satellites Help Scientists Track Migratory Birds

top of a tunicate colony of Didemnum species
Invasive Sea Squirts Persist on Georges Bank

Golden Gate area, showing positions of the merchant vessel Blue Harp and the tank barge Dottie after a hypothetical collision 11 nautical miles southwest of the Golden Gate.
Oil Spill Response Exercise

field crew sets up a global-positioning-system
Measuring Hurricane Impact Along the Louisiana Coastline

instrumented tripod
Scientists Study Sources of Nitrogen in Hood Canal

Adult California clapper rail.
Limited Reproductive Success for Endangered California Clapper Rail

Brian Collins oversees simultaneous laser-scanning and differential global-positioning-system surveys at the Orleans Avenue Canal pump station.
Scientists Revisit New Orleans Levee Breaks

Andrew Schwartz and Dan Hanes maneuver an Aquadopp current profiler and its frame in the surf.
Surf-Zone Hydrodynamics at Ocean Beach

Augustine Volcano
Monitoring Eruption of Augustine Volcano

Hurricane Wilma
Monitoring Hurricane Wilma's Storm Surge

Sites where Kayen and Collins surveyed levees in New Orleans.
USGS Scientists Investigate New Orleans Levees

research vessel Rafael
New Equipment Deployed to Map Sea-Floor Geology

Hurricane Rita
Measuring Hurricane Impacts

Scott Wilson, Clint Jeske, and Bob Keeland rescue a stranded woman from the New Orleans floodwaters
USGS Provides Aid in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

surf scoter nest
Locating Surf Scooter Nests in the Northern Boreal Forest

Don Hickey cores one of the large Montastraea faveolata coral heads as Chris Reich waits to help extract the core.
Coral Coring in Flower Garden Banks NMS

magnetic tape that contains the seismic data
USGS and AGI Receive Valuable Seismic Data from Chevron

Technical diver Lance Horn poses during a decompression stop.
Deep Diving at the Shelf Edge

Etienne Kingsley and Gegar Prasetya standing at what was the high-tide line before the March 28 earthquake
Second Tsunami Causes Damage in Indonesia

mosque is left standing amid the rubble in Banda Aceh
Tsunami Survey Finds Evidence of Astonishing Wave Heights

Photograph of damage at Kalmunai.
Tsunami Deposits

computer model of tsunami
Indian Ocean Tsunami

Sediment burying a coral reef.
Sediment Impacts on Reef Corals

destroyed house
Images and Information About Recent Hurricanes

Eelgrass in Puget Sound

Brian Andrews with the Mini SEABOSS ready for deployment from the research vessel Rafael.
Mapping the South Essex Ocean Sanctuary

Liquid CO2 bubbles
Marianas Submarine Hydrothermal Systems

Jodi Harney, Paul Carlson, Guy Cochrane, and Hank Chezar
Benthic Habitats in Glacier Bay

Rick Gmirkin, Tom Reiss, and Cheryl Hapke
Geologic Resources of Hawai'i

USGS Scientist Reviews NASA Mars Findings

The ROV Ventana being deployed from the research vessel Point Lobos.
Search for Instruments Yields New Data

Jonathan Borden and Steve Ruane reach for the floats at the top of a mooring to start the recovery process.
Turbidity Flows Recorded in Monterey Canyon

western snowy plover chick
Snowy Plover Population Recovery

piston core
Southern California Gas Hydrate Discovered

harbor seal
North Pacific Marine Mammal Populations Collapsing

Surveying the beach with ground-penetrating radar
Ancient Landscapes Beneath South Carolina Beaches

Josh Logan and Curt Storlazzi deploy an instrument package.
West Maui Coastal Circulation Experiment

star coral
Scientists Explore What Could Be the Deepest Coral Reef in the Continental United States

bathymetric-surveying waverunners
North Carolina's Outer Banks

Retrieval of the SeaBED Autonomous Undersea Vehicle
Autonomous Vehicle Studies the Sea Floor

Microphotograph of bottom sediment at 9-meter depth off the Chienti River in the Adriatic Sea
Adriatic Sea Instrument Redeployment

European green crab
Competitive Edge of Invasive Species

U.S. Geological Survey researchers in collaboration with National Park Service archeologists
Monitoring USS Arizona

The SHARQ chamber is designed to isolate water and underlying sea floor for study
Seagrass Restoration in Tampa Bay

scientists examine sediment in a push core from Okarito Lagoon, New Zealand
Tsunami Deposits in the Geologic Record

chunks of gas hydrate recovered from beneath the floor of the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf of Mexico Gas Hydrate

seismic-reflection mapping off Southern California
Southern California Offshore Hazards

California sea otters
California Sea Otter Numbers Slide for Second Straight Year

Mapping Lake Mohave

Dann Blackwood prepares a small van Veen grab
Contaminants Cruise off San Francisco

Gas hyrate research well in northern Canada during logging and coring operations
Canadian Arctic Gas-Hydrate Wells

view from St. John during African dust event
African Sahel Dust

a western snowy plover chick
Protecting Shorebirds in Santa Barbara

a diver photographs Honduran coral reefs
Coral Reef Health in Honduras

Janet Buckland from the FCSC holds a baby crocodile for the delight of the fourth grade students.

Coastal Vulnerability Index (CVI) for Cape Cod National Seashore.

Securing the underwater camera package to the seabed in April 2001.

Katie Ciembronowicz in the one-person submersible on board the NOAA vessel Gordon Gunter.

Oblique, shaded-relief views of Puyallup delta.

Aerial view of the 400-ft-deep oceanic blue hole (Lighthouse Reef Atoll Blue Hole) located east of Belize.

California Pacific Blacktail doe browsing in the rich vegetation supported by water and oil seepage.

EARRL laser points

Beach near Katalla, Alaska

Gulf of Mexico Integrated Science

MRIB Information Circle

Gene Shinn has the whole world in his hands while explaining about the growth of corals.

Rich Signell, Mike Bothner, Debbie Hutchinson, and Marinna Martini

The H.L. Hunley in the lifting sling.

Submersible Habitat for Analyzing Reef Quality

Marine Ecology Workshop story

Jim Flocks (helped by Jack Kindinger, right, and Dave Bennett) is cutting a vibracore from the ebb-tide delta of Barataria Pass.

Dave Walsh, John Borden, and Rick Rendigs begin the grappling-hook attempt on tripod B.

Hovey Clifford on the dock, describing equipment configuration aboard WHOI

Project head Andrea Ogston and the reef instrument package.

Mike Field, Brad Butman, Bob Morton, Mike Carr, and Jeff Williams

Map showing location of moorings deployed in the Hudson Shelf Valley and adjacent shelf.

Sidescan-sonar mosaic of the study area

Bob Halley talks about corals

Hatteras Island, NC, on September 8, 1999, looking south toward Cape Hatteras after Hurricane Dennis.

Shrimp arrange themselves (nearly) symmetrically around a burrowing cerianthid anemone on Stellwagen Bank.

John Haines

inflatable boat (snout rig) used for the sidescan-sonar operation along the Colorado River

Lisa Robbins

Rio Grande

Continental Borderland

St. Petersburg office

Windley Key geologic model

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