• The Colorado River near Page, Arizona (Credit: Adrille, via Wikimedia Commons)
    USGS study traces carbon fluxes through Colorado and Missouri rivers

    A USGS study of two western river basins found that climate and human activity impact carbon movement throughout the basins. The study examined the Colorado and Missouri Rivers, each of which exhibits a different carbon transport pattern....

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    Video shows 33 years of changing Arctic ice

    A video created by the National Snow and Ice Data Center shows changes in Arctic ice over 33 years. It details losses of ice cover in the region from 1979 to 2012. Changes in ice cover appear...

  • Greenland Ice Sheet (Credit: Christine Zenino, Wikimedia Commons)
    Researchers take new approach to studying Greenland ice

    Greenland is losing lots of ice to the oceans, which makes significant contributions to global sea level rise, according to The Guardian. New research published in the journal Nature takes a novel approach to calculating its losses....

  • Redondo Beach in California (Credit: Britt Reints)
    California beach water quality up thanks to drought

    Ninety-five percent of California beaches earned grades of A or B for water quality during the summer of 2013, according to the Los Angeles Times. The grades went up from 2012. Heal the Bay, an environmental group,...

  • USGS orthophoto of Salina Municipal Airport, formerly Schilling Air Force Base (Credit: USGS, via Wikimedia Commons)
    Soil sampling to begin near closed Schilling Air Force Base

    Workers will begin taking soil samples around the closed Schilling Air Force Base in Kansas this April, according to the Associated Press. Officials say pollution in groundwater is threatening the drinking water supply in nearby Salina. Surveyors...

  • A section of the USGS map of soil lead levels (Credit: USGS)
    USGS releases chemical, mineral maps of U.S. soils

    The U.S. Geological Survey has published a set of maps depicting the distribution of selected chemical elements and minerals in soils throughout the United States, according to a release. Officials at the agency say specialists in agriculture...

  • A view of Antarctica’s ice sheet and mountains seen from a U.S. Air National Guard LC-130 aircraft during a flight to the South Pole in December 2012. (Credit: NASA/Christy Hansen)
    Australian, Dutch scientists complete Antarctic ice-drilling mission

    Dutch and Australian Scientists have completed an ice-drilling expedition in Antarctica, according to The Guardian. They’ve collected ice cores some 2,000 years old that will be analyzed at the Australian Antarctic Division. As well as providing a...

  • The entire state of California is under drought conditions (Credit: National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
    California drought expands to 100 percent of state

    For the first time, the U.S. Drought Monitor shows 100 percent of California is in drought, according to a release from the University of California – Santa Barbara. It shows that most of the state is experiencing...

  • Image: Hydraulic fracturing drill rig in Pennsylvania (Credit: Environmental Protection Agency)
    Officials investigate fracking’s role in 56 Kansas earthquakes

    In the past seven months, there have been 56 recorded earthquakes in Kansas, according to the Wichita Eagle. Though monitoring data for past years is inconsistent, most agree that’s not normal. Geologists in other states have identified...

  • The Cascade Mountains, where spring storms swung snowpack levels from dry to average (Credit: puuikibeach, via Wikimedia Commons)
    USDA predicts above-average water supply for Northwest, below-average for Southwest

    A recent U.S. Department of Agriculture forecast predicts above-average water supplies for much of the Northwest, but below-average supplies for the southwestern states, according to a release from agency. Data gathered by the USDA’s National Water and Climate...

  • Image: Hydraulic fracturing drill rig in Pennsylvania (Credit: Environmental Protection Agency)
    Ohio earthquakes linked to fracking by state geologists

    State geologists in Ohio have linked earthquakes that occurred in March near Youngstown with hydraulic fracturing, according to CBS News. They say high-pressure injections of sand and water that goes with the practice contributed to small tremors...

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    Model predicts effects of climate change on biodiversity

    Researchers from Northern Arizona University and the Canadian Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations have developed a model to predict changes to biodiversity due to climate change, according to The Guardian. A summary of their...

  • Aerial survey of the Washington mudslide aftermath (Credit: King County Sheriff's Office)
    Washington mudslide not caused by earthquake, according to USGS data

    Data from the University of Washington Pacific Northwest Seismic Network show no earthquake occurred before a landslide in Washington state, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The slide occurred March 22. Instead of pinpointing a causal link,...

  • Map of fertilizer and fixation nitrogen load for Chesapeake Bay (Credit: USGS)
    USGS maps show nutrient inputs to U.S. estuaries

    The U.S. Geological Survey is providing new interactive maps and tables online to show nutrient inputs to estuaries nationwide, according to Water World. The resources cover 115 estuaries and 160 watersheds. Much of the data is part...

  • Soil profile (Credit: NRCS)
    Virginia high school student soil sampling tests for contaminants

    A few Virginia High School students got first-hand experience in soil sampling after a local environmental company donated equipment for their class, according to the Daily Press. The sampling was part of a lesson on groundwater. Pollard...