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U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)


USGS Mission

Earth Science Resources.

The footer image. 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.
  • Enhance and protect our quality of life.

The mission is accomplished through data collection, research, comprehensive studies, and information services in the broad disciplines of hydrology, geology, biology, geography, and cartography.

The National Mapping Program of the USGS provides geographic and cartographic data, information, and related research to meet the broad requirements of the resource managers and Earth scientists in solving national challenges such as disaster response and mitigation, land and resource development, pollution abatement, transportation planning, urban development, and recreational use.

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USGS Maps and Data

The USGS continues to provide the leadership to develop and maintain the national standard for map production. The footer image. Western Geographic Science Center (WGSC) located in Menlo Park, CA is part of the National Mapping Discipline within the USGS. The WGSC strives to:

  1. Provide Earth science data and maps.
  2. Make data accessible to worldwide users.
  3. Help the public understand and use our data.

The USGS is making available a number of its digital geographic data products to aid in the study, management, and enjoyment of the Lake Tahoe Basin.


Digital Data


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