US Geological Survey

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About the US Geological Survey (USGS)


The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.

As an unbiased, multi-disciplinary science organization that focuses on biology, geography, geology, geospatial information, and water, we are dedicated to the timely, relevant, and impartial study of the landscape, our natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten us.

Access the Main Website


LIDAR data: USGS Center for LIDAR

Seamless Server: USGS Seamless Server

Historical Elevation Data: USGS Historical Elevation Data

Geology Data: USGS Geology

National Geospatial Program: USGS National Geospatial Program

USGS Water Program: USGS Water

Contents of the Databases

Topics of interest on the USGS website include:

  • Avian Influenza
  • Climate Change
  • Contaminants
  • Droughts
  • Earthquakes
  • Energy and Minerals
  • Floods
  • Geospatial Analysis
  • Ground and Surface Water
  • Human Health
  • Invasive Species
  • Map Servers
  • Maps and Atlases
  • Real-time data
  • Remote Sensing
  • Volcanoes
  • Water Quality
  • Wildfires