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December 31, 2015

Well House About 60 Kilometers East of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Well house (white building in center of photograph) in the Upper Resource well field about 60 kilometers east of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The Upper Resource supplies the best quality water to Ulaanbaatar because it is upstream from any major development.

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December 31, 2015

Groundwater Modeling Workshop Participants in Mongolia

Groundwater modeling workshop participants in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, with the
U.S. team. Training was delivered to 39 professional hydrogeologist and hydrologists during the Phase I
training. More information on this study is available at https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161096.

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December 31, 2015

Mongolian Hydrologist Showing a Monitoring Site

A Mongolian hydrologist showed a monitoring site where groundwater levels, precipitation, air temperature, soil moisture, and soil temperature data are collected. More information on this study is available at https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20161096.

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December 31, 2015

Oil Well being Drilled into the Bakken Formation

Oil well being drilled into the Bakken Formation in North Dakota in 2015.

Resolve low-level flight system
October 31, 2015

Resolve low-level flight system

In this image, a helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor makes low-level flights as part of a USGS remote geophysical survey, which collects data about underground geology. The scientific system, called Resolve, is operated by CGG Canada Services, Ltd. 

Remote geophysical sensor
October 6, 2015

Remote geophysical sensor

This sensor, called a bird, is tethered to a helicopter during USGS geophysical surveys. As the helicopter flies low over specific areas, the bird transmits electromagnetic waves deep into the ground to measure the below-surface physical properties. This scientific system is called Resolve and is operated by CGG Canada Servives, Ltd. The bird pictured here was used for a

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Image: Little White River near Martin SD
August 2, 2015

Little White River near Martin SD

USGS student trainee assists with the collection of a streamflow measurement on August 3, 2015, on the Little White River near Martin, SD (streamgage 06447500). Streamflow was about 16 cubic feet per second.

Image: White River near Interior, SD
June 23, 2015

White River near Interior, SD

USGS student trainee assists with the collection of a streamflow measurement on June 24, 2015, on the White River near Interior, SD (streamgage 06446500). Streamflow was about 2,500 cubic feet per second.

Image: Battle Creek Flooding May 2015, SD
May 23, 2015

Battle Creek Flooding May 2015, SD

Flooding occurred on May 24 on Battle Creek below Keystone, SD. Heavy rains in western South Dakota caused flash flooding in parts of the Black Hills on May 24-26.

Image: Battle Creek Flooding May 2015, SD
May 23, 2015

Battle Creek Flooding May 2015, SD

Following heavy rains, Battle Creek near Keystone (streamgage 06404000) peaked at about 1,500 cubic feet per second on May 24 and was about 1 foot below flood stage. This streamgage is operated in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Natural Resources, Water Rights Division. Heavy rains in western South Dakota caused flash flooding in parts of the Black Hills on

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Image: Grizzly Bear Creek Flooding May 2015, SD
May 23, 2015

Grizzly Bear Creek Flooding May 2015, SD

Grizzly Bear Creek in Keystone, SD, on May 24, 2015. USGS streamgage 06403850 (Grizzly Bear Creek near Keystone, SD) showed the creek was more than one-half foot above flood stage on May 24. This streamgage is operated in cooperation with the METWARN (Rapid City/Pennington County Emergency Management, City of Box Elder, City of Hill City, City of Keystone, and Rapid Valley

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Image: White River Flooding near Kadoka, SD
May 17, 2015

White River Flooding near Kadoka, SD

Flooding on the White River near Kadoka, SD, streamgage 06447000. The gage house is left of center near hay bales. Streamflow at this site was measured by USGS as about 26,000 cubic feet per second on May 18, 2015. Major flooding on the White River in South Dakota occurred in May 2015 following snow and rain events in western South Dakota.