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United States Geological Survey



As the Nation`s largest earth science research and information agency, the USGS maintains a long tradition ofproviding "Earth Science in the Public Service."
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U.S. Geological Survey, MS804 National Center, Reston, VA 22092, USA
USA
E-Mail: webmaster@www.usgs.gov
Website: http://info.er.usgs.gov/
   


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As the Nation`s largest earth science research and information agency, the USGS maintains a long tradition ofproviding "Earth Science in the Public Service." The USGS, a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior, was established to provide a permanent Federalagency to conduct the systematic and scientific "classification of the public lands and examination of thegeological structure, mineral resources, and products of the national domain." As a Nation we face serious questions concerning our global environment. How can we ensure an adequatesupply of critical water, energy, and mineral resources in the future? In what ways are we irreversibly alteringour natural environment when we use these resources? How has the global environment changed over geologictime, and what can the past tell us about the future? Will we have adequate supplies of quality water availablefor national needs? How can we predict, prevent, and mitigate the effects of natural hazards? Collecting, analyzing, and disseminating the scientific information needed to answer these questions are theprimary mission of the USGS. This information is provided to the public in many forms, such as reports,maps, and data bases, that provide descriptions and analyses of the water, energy, and mineral resources, theland surface, the underlying geologic structure, and the dynamic processes of the Earth.


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