Created by an act of Congress in
1879, the USGS (United States Geological Survey) has
evolved over the ensuing 120 years, matching its talent
and knowledge to the progress of science and technology.
Today, the USGS stands as the sole science agency for
the Department of the Interior. It is sought out by
thousands of partners and customers for its natural
science expertise and its vast earth and biological
data holdings. The USGS is the science provider of choice
in accessing the information and understanding to help
resolve complex natural resource problems across the
Nation and around the world.
the USGS website