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  • A graphic of mistletoe

    Not Just for Kissing

    Perhaps some of you have already experienced a sweet holiday smooch or two under the Christmas mistletoe, enjoying this fairly old kissing ritual for people. But mistletoe is important in other vital ways: it provides essential food, cover, and nesting sites for an amazing number of critters in the United States and elsewhere.

  • A sample of peacock coal

    Out of the Stocking and Powering the Holidays

    Although no one is quite sure where the coal for naughty kids custom came from, the truth is that coal has long been a very important part of our daily lives, let alone our holiday traditions. USGS has studied coal for much of our more than 130-year existence.

  • Collage of a marsh, girl drinking, and USGS employees using a stream gage.

    Water in the 21st Century: The National Water Census

    Over the next 10 years, the USGS plans to conduct a new assessment of water availability and use. This national Water Census will address critical aspects of recent Federal legislation, including the need to establish a national water assessment program.

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