United States Geological Survey

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Group.png United States Geological Survey   WebsiteRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
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Parent organizationUS/Department of the Interior
HeadquartersReston, Virginia, United States
LeaderUSGS 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


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


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]