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Researcher evaluates vegetation during a GLORIA alpine plant survey near the summit of Dancing Lady Mountain in Glacier NP
June 16, 2020

Researcher evaluates vegetation during a GLORIA alpine plant survey

Researcher evaluates vegetation during a GLORIA alpine plant survey near the summit of Dancing Lady Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana.

A botanist collects vegetation data near the summit Pitamakin Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana.
June 16, 2020

A botanist collects vegetation data near the summit of Pitamakin Mt

A botanist collects vegetation data near the summit Pitamakin Mountain in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Scientists collect alpine plant species on the summit of Seward Mountain, Glacier NP
June 16, 2020

Scientists collect alpine plant species in Glacier NP

Scientists collect alpine plant species and distribution data to complete a GLORIA site inventory on the summit of Seward Mountain, Glacier National Park, Montana.

Alpine summits often support a great variety of vegetation species despite harsh environmental conditions. Glacier NP
June 16, 2020

Alpine summits often support a great variety of vegetation species

Alpine summits often support a great variety of vegetation species despite harsh environmental conditions. Bison Mountain GLORIA plot, Glacier National Park, Montana.

scientists collect field data at Gulkana Glacier
May 5, 2020

Collecting Field Data at Gulkana Glacier

USGS scientists collect field data at Gulkana Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range. The checkerboard sampling pattern in the foreground indicates where snow pit density measurements were collected. A series of snow cores (one is laying on top of the black tool box) collected by drilling into the seasonal snowpack will be used to measure the density at even deeper depths. If

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March 10, 2020

Importance of Cattails in Wetlands

Cattail (Typha) is an iconic emergent wetland plant found worldwide. By producing an abundance of wind-dispersed seeds, cattail can colonize wetlands across great distances, and its rapid growth rate, large size, and aggressive expansion results in dense stands in a variety of aquatic ecosystems such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and riparian areas. These dense stands impact

March 10, 2020

Importance of Cattails in Wetlands (Audio Described)

Cattail (Typha) is an iconic emergent wetland plant found worldwide. By producing an abundance of wind-dispersed seeds, cattail can colonize wetlands across great distances, and its rapid growth rate, large size, and aggressive expansion results in dense stands in a variety of aquatic ecosystems such as marshes, ponds, lakes, and riparian areas. These dense stands impact

Scientific equipment mounted on two yellow pontoons being towed behind a research vessel over clear blue tropical water
February 13, 2020

SQUID-5 - Structure-from-Motion Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device

The SQUID-5, or a Structure-from-Motion (SfM) Quantitative Underwater Imaging Device with 5 cameras is a towed surface vehicle with an onboard Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and 5 downward-looking cameras with overlapping views of the seafloor. This advanced underwater imaging system is specifically designed to allow the construction of high resolution (sub-

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Three people on board a large research vessel using machinery to retrieve a large piece of equipment from the water
February 8, 2020

Retrieving a sediment trap in the Gulf of Mexico

A large winch on the stern of R/V Pelican is used to retrieve two sediment traps from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Sediment and foraminifera (forams) are caught in the large area at the top of the funnel, then collected in a jar at the bottom of the funnel. Foram shells incorporate information about their environment such as ocean chemistry, temperature, and

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A scientist stands next to a large funnel-shaped piece of scientific equipment
February 8, 2020

Caitlin Reynolds with a sediment trap in the Gulf of Mexico

Caitlin Reynolds of the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center secures a sediment trap, retrieved from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on board the R/V Pelican. Sediment and foraminifera (forams) are caught in the large area at the top of the funnel, then collected in a jar at the bottom of the

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