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United States Geological Survey

United states geological survey

■ Introduction

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was established in the Interior Department by the Act of March 3, 1879, which provided for “the classification of the public lands and the examination of the geological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain.” Authorization was expanded in 1962 to include activities outside the limits of the United States.

With headquarters staff in Reston, Virginia, other offices include seven regional centers; water resources offices in fifty states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Guam; and various science and research centers. ...

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