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Coral collected from reef near polluted groundwater seeps, A, shows more erosion than coral collected away from seeps, B, in these CT scans and photographs. cm = centimeter. Photo shows two polar bears rummaging around the eroding coastal bluffs of Barter Island in northern Alaska in July of 2016. The bears triggered a motion-activated camera. Photo courtesy of Bruce Richmond, USGS. 3D point cloud images looking at the Mud Creek slide, first image from airplane photo and second from drone. Gerry Hatcher, left, and Shawn Harrison work on their video camera station atop a hotel in Santa Cruz, California. Photo by Shawn Harrison, USGS Bathymetry of the Arctic Ocean, with black rectangle delineating study area. White star marks site where sample in photograph was collected. Its cut surfaces show layers in Fe-Mn crust. Each square in scale beneath sample is 1 centimeter. Patrick Barnard and field trip participants above Pacifica State Beach, where future large storms combined with sea-level rise could flood parts of the highway and other infrastructure. 3D map of Mud Creek slide derived from video footage collected by drone on October 12, 2017. Susan Russell-Robinson receives the Department of the Interior's Distinguished Service Award from USGS Acting Associate Director John Haines. Field trip participants beside the Carmel River at the former site of the San Clemente Dam. USGS geologist Amy East is seventh from right. Credit: Tommy Williams, NOAA.

Polluted groundwater threatens coral reefs

ABC News speaks to USGS researchers about Arctic coastal change

LA Times story about Big Sur landslide features quotes, imagery from USGS

Eyes on the Coast—Video Cameras Help Forecast Coastal Change

Seafloor mineral deposits record unique history of the Arctic Ocean, show unusual enrichment in rare metal scandium

Visiting journalists view rapidly eroding coast in and near San Francisco

Video shot from drones yields details about changing landslide on California’s Big Sur coast

Susan Russell-Robinson Receives Interior’s Highest Award

Students view evidence of Carmel River recovery after California’s first large dam removal

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