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Learn About the U.S. Geological Survey During Oct. 8 Presentation

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Shelley Silch, the geospatial liaison for the U.S. Geological Survey's Urbana office, will provide an introduction to the USGS at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in the Berg Instructional Center, Room 1516.

Editor's note: Shelley Silch's visit is pending on the reversal of the current national government shutdown.

As the nation's largest water, earth and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the USGS collects, monitors, analyzes and provides information on the health of ecosystems and the environment, natural resources and hazards, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and core science systems.

Silch will discuss such topics as the National Map, a collaborative effort between the USGS and other federal, state and local partners to improve and deliver topographic information. Uses range from recreation to scientific analysis to emergency response.

The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Geography Keith Yearman at (630) 942-2765 or email