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ScienceBase implements the basic requirements for OpenSearch, allowing the responses to be used in syndication formats such as RSS and ATOM.  ScienceBase Catalog can also be set as a search engine in the browser.  For more information, see 


The OpenSearchDescription document can be retrieved by navigating to

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<OpenSearchDescription xmlns=''>
     <ShortName>USGS ScienceBase</ShortName>
     <Description>USGS ScienceBase Search -</Description>
     <Tags>USGS ScienceBase</Tags>
     <Url type='application/atom+xml' template='{searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;format=atom'/>
     <Url type='application/json' template='{searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;format=json'/>
     <Url type='text/html' template='{searchTerms}&amp;pw={startPage}&amp;'/>
     <Image height='72' width='178' type='image/jpeg'></Image>
     <Image height='16' width='16' type='image/'></Image>
     <Image height='16' width='16' type='image/jpeg'></Image>
     <Query role='example' searchTerms='water'/>
     <Developer>ScienceBase Development Team</Developer>

Google Maps Example and enter any atom response in the search box.  For example:

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