United States Geological Survey

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Parent organization US/Department of the Interior
Headquarters Reston, Virginia, United States
Leader USGS Director
Subgroups • USGS Hydrologic Instrumentation Facility
• Earthquake Hazards Program
• National Volcano Early Warning System
• National Geomagnetism Program
• Astrogeology Research Program
• USGS-Stanford Ion Microprobe Laboratory
• National Streamflow Information Program
• National Water-Quality Assessment Program
• National Wildlife Health Center
Staff 8,670

Fracking

The USGS has declared that "fracking causes small earthquakes", but claims that "they are almost always too small to be a safety concern." [1]

Afghanistan

A 2007 USGS survey reported nearly $1 trillion in mineral deposits in Afghanistan[2], but as Global Research notes, "the matter of Afghanistan’s mineral riches, however, was not considered newsworthy at the time."[3] It was widely reported in Summer 2010. Some commentators have suggested that this is a large underestimate of the true wealth of the available minerals[4] while Global research dismisses it as "a useful smokescreen... more a trumped up number rather than an estimate".[3]



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