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U.S. Geological Survey
FY 2003 Annual Financial Report

In FY2003, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) continued to serve the Nation by providing public science to support public health, public safety, and public prosperity.

The USGS was created in 1879, in recognition of the need for sound science about the national domain to ensure the Nation's development and prosperity. Over the ensuing 124 years, the USGS has evolved, matching its talent and knowledge to the progress of science and technology. USGS science is valued by thousands of partners and customers in Federal, State, and local government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector, who use it to help preserve and protect the future of our citizens.

We are committed to strengthening our research, monitoring, and assessments of natural resources and natural hazards, which provide solid dividends of progress in science and technology to the American public. The programs and activities described in this report demonstrate clearly that the USGS continues to be a good investment for taxpayer dollars. As we celebrate our past 124 years of service to the Nation, we look forward to continuing to provide the information and understanding needed to help resolve complex natural resource problems across the Nation and around the world.

  Photograph of Kilauea, the home of Hawaiian volcano goddess Pele, in eruption. Hawaiian chants and oral traditions tell in veiled form of many eruptions fomented by an angry Pele before the first European, the missionary Rev. William Ellis, saw the summit in 1823. The caldera was the site of nearly continuous activity during the 19th century and the early part of this century. Since 1952 there have been 34 eruptions, and since January 1983 eruptive activity has been continuous along the east rift zone. All told, Kilauea ranks among the world's most active volcanoes and may even top the list.

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