Hurricane Sandy left her mark on the coastal areas, from New York to North Carolina. The USGS interactive report, Coastal Topography–Northeast Atlantic Coast, Post-Hurricane Sandy, 2012 includes dune elevations along with other data gathered from lidar surveys.
Our thoughts and prayers are for the family in Florida that recently lost a loved one due to a sinkhole that began in their home. How do sinkholes develop? Is there a way to prevent them? We found some answers from this article on Sinkholes from the USGS Water Science School.
Addition: Here’s an audio recording of What’s up with Sinkholes? from the USGS that answers more of your sinkhole questions.
And now this topic is a Science Feature: The Science of Sinkholes including a video clip & images.
Our most popular post is about water so we knew we had to share this USGS water-quality site. It’s actually a portal that will answer just about any water quality question you might have. Scroll down a bit & look for the map of the US on the right. You can check your local water quality from your state Water Science Center. (Auburn fans – the featured project for Alabama is Toomer’s Oaks.)
We’re going to write about USGS Disease Maps today. The diseases are West Nile Virus, different forms of encephalitis, Powassan Virus, & Dengue Fever. These maps show current & historical outbreak levels for those of you that like to monitor diseases. Each map has links to more information should you wish to do a little bit of research.
It’s easy to find local scientific data & maps about water, earthquakes, & state facts by using Science in Your Backyard from USGS.
Need a break from your day? Take a few minutes and watch this fly-through of the Grand Canyon.
Let’s move on from student financial aid to highlighting a job. We couldn’t resist this peep inside of a biologist’s diary that studies snakes in Guam.
Did you hear about the State of the Climate report on drought for June 2012? Scroll down to see the contents of the report. The website is also useful for monthly reports on wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes and more for both national and international audiences.
Here’s the Water Watch map from the USGS which allows you to look at your state. It compares the current 7 day average with historical streamflow.
You might wish to add the weekly State Crop Progress and Condition from the USDA to your list of drought resources.
From avian flu to antibiotics and on to the beach, this issue of GeoHealth newsletter has something for everyone.
View photos from specific earthquakes in the Earthquake Photo Collections by USGS. Use The Karl V. Steinbrugge Slide and Photograph Collection (listed under Non-USGS Collections) to find photos from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.