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Featured photo. Photograph of the Coastal and Marine Geology Program web development team. Photograph of methanotrophic mussels with rockling fish. Image Credit, Atlantic Canyons--Pathways to the Abyss, BOEM, NOAA-OER, USGS. 3-D perspective view of shaded relief abthymetry offshore Chenega village. Photograph of survey team on fantail of research vessel Solstice posing between the multichannel seismic-reflection streamer and multibeam bathymetry sonar. Left, Cordell Johnson drilling and coring the interior of the bluff to ground-truth geophysical methods. Right, a core section filled mostly with ice. Photograph of Bruce Richmond operating a drill to take a sample of permafrost. Pete Dal Ferro deploying the bubbler system from an inflatable vessel.

Chillin’ in Monterey Bay

Tim Elfers, waiting for a tow.

Coastal and Marine Geology Program website wins award

The USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program website ( has won the USGS 2015 Shoemaker Award for Communication Product Excellence in the Internet Product category.

“Excellence in Partnering” Award

Interagency team of USGS, BOEM, and NOAA is recognized for the “Atlantic Canyons: Pathways to the Abyss” project.

50-Year-Old Mystery Solved

Seafloor Mapping Reveals Cause of 1964 Tsunami that Destroyed Alaskan Village: USGS Newsroom

Investigating the Offshore Queen Charlotte-Fairweather Fault System in Southeastern Alaska

... and its Potential to Produce Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Submarine Landslides.

An Inside Look at Eroding Coastal Bluffs on Alaska’s North Slope

Scientists surveyed rapidly eroding permafrost bluffs on Barter Island, a remnant of low-elevation tundra on Alaska’s Arctic coast.

Drilling into permafrost on Alaska’s Arctic coast

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Artificial-Gas-Seep Test Produces 3D Images of Bubble Plumes in the Ocean

Scientists from the USGS conducted an experiment using in-house equipment to image artificially created gas plumes offshore of Santa Cruz, California.

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We conduct multidisciplinary scientific research in the coastal and offshore areas of California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, and other US Pacific Islands; and in other waterways of the United States.

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Chillin’ in Monterey Bay

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PCMSC Seminar Series

Please join us for scientific talks and presentations given by local scientists and researchers.

See a list of all Seminars previously presented.

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