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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), established in 1879, is the principal natural science and information agency in the United States. It is the government's largest water, earth, and biological science agency and serves as the nation's civilian mapping agency. USGS conducts research, monitoring, and assessments to contribute to the understanding of the natural world. The USGS provides reliable, impartial information to citizens of the country and the global community in the form of maps, data, and reports containing analyses and interpretations of water, energy, mineral and biological resources, land surfaces, marine environments, geologic structures, natural hazards, and dynamic processes of the earth. A diversity of scientific expertise enables USGS to carry out large-scale, multidisciplinary investigations and provide impartial scientific information to resource managers, planners, and ...

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