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USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program

USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP)

Eyes on the CoastSeafloor mineral deposits record Arctic Ocean's unique historyWhere Technology meets ScienceEvolution of a BreachMultinational research investigating earthquake hazardsCoral reef decline may have worsened flooding by Hurricane IrmaStory about Elwha River after dam removal features USGS scientistAnimations of tsunami generated by earthquake off coast of MexicoHurricane Irma

Eyes on the Coast

Video Cameras Help Forecast Coastal Change

Seafloor mineral deposits record Arctic Ocean's unique history

Deposits show unusual enrichment in rare metal scandium, which is in great demand to amalgamate with aluminum to make light, fuel-efficient aircraft

Where Technology meets Science

USGS tracks piping plover patterns of habitat selection from Maine to North Carolina using an iPlover smartphone application!

Evolution of a Breach

USGS tracks evolution of a Fire Island hurricane-made breach

Multinational research investigating earthquake hazards

Scientists collecting data to understand the hazards an offshore fault poses to adjacent coastal communities in southeast Alaska and western Canada.

Coral reef decline may have worsened flooding by Hurricane Irma

USGS geologist Curt Storlazzi spoke to the Washington Post about the role of coral reefs in protecting coastlines from storms like Hurricane Irma.

Story about Elwha River after dam removal features USGS scientist

USGS geologist Andy Ritchie tours the upper dam site and river mouth, pointing out how freed river is sculpting new channels and building up beaches

Animations of tsunami generated by earthquake off coast of Mexico

First of two destructive earthquakes to hit Mexico in September also triggered a tsunami. View USGS animations of the tsunami.

Hurricane Irma

Pre- and post-storm photos show coastal change caused by Hurricane Irma

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