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Moose resting in the woods outside the USGS office.
Moose resting in the woods outside USGS Alaska Science Center
Moose resting in the woods outside USGS Alaska Science Center
Moose resting in the woods outside USGS Alaska Science Center

Moose is resting in the woods outside the USGS Alaska Science Center's Glenn Olds Hall.

Moose is resting in the woods outside the USGS Alaska Science Center's Glenn Olds Hall.

Black and white images show damage caused by the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in Valdez, Alaska
Black and white images show damage caused by the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in Valdez, Alaska
Black and white images show damage caused by the 1964 earthquake and tsunami in Valdez, Alaska
Argos Wildlife Tracking Long-billed Curlews animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Long-billed Curlews animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Long-billed Curlews animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Long-billed Curlews animation

Illustrates where Long-billed Curlews were tracked using Argos Wildlife Tracking.

Illustrates where Long-billed Curlews were tracked using Argos Wildlife Tracking.

Argos Wildlife Tracking Buff-breasted Sandpipers animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Buff-breasted Sandpipers animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Buff-breasted Sandpipers animation
Argos Wildlife Tracking Buff-breasted Sandpipers animation

Illustrates where Buff-breasted Sandpipers were tracked using Argos Wildlife Tracking

Illustrates where Buff-breasted Sandpipers were tracked using Argos Wildlife Tracking

Ric Wilson stands next to a portrait of himself during a presentation of "Black in Alaska" in Anchorage.
Ric Wilson at a "Black in Alaska" event
Ric Wilson at a "Black in Alaska" event
Ric Wilson at a "Black in Alaska" event

Ric Wilson, a doctorate in geology and USGS research geologist at the Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Ric Wilson, a doctorate in geology and USGS research geologist at the Alaska Science Center in Anchorage, Alaska. 

Female employee standing at exhibitor table with green USGS tablecloth, handout, publications, and posters on easels in back.
USGS booth at the Alaska Forum on the Environment Conference
USGS booth at the Alaska Forum on the Environment Conference
USGS booth at the Alaska Forum on the Environment Conference

The Alaska Forum on the Environment Forum is held each February in Anchorage, Alaska providing an opportunity for State, local, Federal, military, private, Native leaders and professionals to come together and discuss the latest projects, processes, and issues that affect Alaska.

The Alaska Forum on the Environment Forum is held each February in Anchorage, Alaska providing an opportunity for State, local, Federal, military, private, Native leaders and professionals to come together and discuss the latest projects, processes, and issues that affect Alaska.

Flyer with close up of capelin, small forage fish on top of image of spawning caplin on the beach above the shoreline.
Capelin flyer
Capelin flyer
Capelin flyer

Capelin, a small forage fish, are spawning on beaches around Alaska and your observations can contribute to our understanding of beach spawning behavior and the health of marine ecosystems.

Capelin, a small forage fish, are spawning on beaches around Alaska and your observations can contribute to our understanding of beach spawning behavior and the health of marine ecosystems.

Map of walrus cruise. Crosshatching connected to red line represents US-Russia boundary. Route starts Nome AK to Barrow.
Pacific walrus research cruise 2024
Pacific walrus research cruise 2024
Pacific walrus research cruise 2024

Map of area where USGS and USFWS may observe Pacific walrus during marine cruises of the RV Norseman II starting in summer of 2024. Crosshatching in the map shows the general area where the Norseman II may sail to observe walruses in the summer of 2024, as part of a USGS and USFWS project to study Pacific walrus population dynamics.

Map of area where USGS and USFWS may observe Pacific walrus during marine cruises of the RV Norseman II starting in summer of 2024. Crosshatching in the map shows the general area where the Norseman II may sail to observe walruses in the summer of 2024, as part of a USGS and USFWS project to study Pacific walrus population dynamics.

USGS Alaska Science Center legacy data

The term “legacy data” refers to project data that are complete, or may be resurrected in the future, that were previously stored in old or obsolete formats and thus, difficult to access. These data are an important record of past ecosystem status and part of the USGS commitment to deliver actionable information relevant to decision makers.

The term “legacy data” refers to project data that are complete, or may be resurrected in the future, that were previously stored in old or obsolete formats and thus, difficult to access. These data are an important record of past ecosystem status and part of the USGS commitment to deliver actionable information relevant to decision makers.

Visual abstract: Orange title, 2 images below on left with circular arrows. Arrow in middle going to 2 images circular arrows
Visual Abstract for Fire Modeling Integration
Visual Abstract for Fire Modeling Integration
Visual Abstract for Fire Modeling Integration

Workflow for integrating fire behavior modeling into post-fire hazard risk models. QUIC-Fire is a fast, 3-D simulation tool for prescribed fire planning. It can help managers understand the complex and dynamic behavior of wildland fires.

Workflow for integrating fire behavior modeling into post-fire hazard risk models. QUIC-Fire is a fast, 3-D simulation tool for prescribed fire planning. It can help managers understand the complex and dynamic behavior of wildland fires.

Map of Alaska with nine black rectangular boxes for site locations of placer mines. Some have yellow stars and red crosses.
Alaska locations of placer tailings sampling sites
Alaska locations of placer tailings sampling sites
Alaska locations of placer tailings sampling sites

Map showing locations of placer mines in the Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF, red crosses), primary mineral districts that contain targeted critical minerals (black boxes) and locations that were sampled by the USGS in 2022 and 2023 (yellow stars).

Map showing locations of placer mines in the Alaska Resource Data File (ARDF, red crosses), primary mineral districts that contain targeted critical minerals (black boxes) and locations that were sampled by the USGS in 2022 and 2023 (yellow stars).

Simulated time lapse graph with yellow and green figures of approximated fuel conditions for a site in the Dixie Fire, CA.
3D QUIC-Fire Visualization
3D QUIC-Fire Visualization
3D QUIC-Fire Visualization

Example of a three-dimensional QUIC-Fire simulation. The example site is located in the Dixie Fire, CA. QUIC-Fire is a fast, 3-D simulation tool for prescribed fire planning. It can help managers understand the complex and dynamic behavior of wildland fires.

Example of a three-dimensional QUIC-Fire simulation. The example site is located in the Dixie Fire, CA. QUIC-Fire is a fast, 3-D simulation tool for prescribed fire planning. It can help managers understand the complex and dynamic behavior of wildland fires.

Two scientists next to 4x4 vehicle and buckets. Gravel-rock hill, tire tracks in mud, green trees, blue sky in background.
Uhler Creek
Uhler Creek
Uhler Creek

Scientist sieving a sample of gold placer tailings to analyze for critical mineral contents in Uhler Creek, a tributary to the South Fork of the Forty Mile River in east central Alaska.

Scientist sieving a sample of gold placer tailings to analyze for critical mineral contents in Uhler Creek, a tributary to the South Fork of the Forty Mile River in east central Alaska.

Gray with bits of white cylinder-shaped vein intersected in drill core. Silver pencil next to core for size.
Critical mineral veins
Critical mineral veins
Critical mineral veins

A fluorite-lepidolite-wolframite vein intersected in drill core from the Lost River Sn-W mine, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Lepidolite is a lithium-bearing mica, and wolframite an ore of tungsten. 

A fluorite-lepidolite-wolframite vein intersected in drill core from the Lost River Sn-W mine, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Lepidolite is a lithium-bearing mica, and wolframite an ore of tungsten. 

Gray with bits of white cylinder-shaped vein intersected in drill core. Silver pencil next to core for size.
Critical mineral veins
Critical mineral veins
Critical mineral veins

A fluorite-lepidolite-wolframite vein intersected in drill core from the Lost River Sn-W mine, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Lepidolite is a lithium-bearing mica, and wolframite an ore of tungsten.

A fluorite-lepidolite-wolframite vein intersected in drill core from the Lost River Sn-W mine, Seward Peninsula, Alaska. Lepidolite is a lithium-bearing mica, and wolframite an ore of tungsten.

Nine scientists standing on rocky land. Stream below with ice covered mountains and iceberg lake to right.
Panorama of Iceberg Lake
Panorama of Iceberg Lake
Panorama of Iceberg Lake

Research scientists overlooking Iceberg Lake in Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska.

Research scientists overlooking Iceberg Lake in Wrangell - St Elias National Park & Preserve, Alaska.

Male geologist in orange and yellow vest on mountain ridge with vegetative mountain in the background with cloudy skies.
Sample Collection, Kanuti, Alaska
Sample Collection, Kanuti, Alaska
Sample Collection, Kanuti, Alaska

USGS researcher collecting samples in Kanuti, Alaska. The samples collected in this location were more resistant to weathering than the surrounding rock indicating a change in lithology.

USGS researcher collecting samples in Kanuti, Alaska. The samples collected in this location were more resistant to weathering than the surrounding rock indicating a change in lithology.

Male standing on rocky ridge of mountain looking down. Green baseball cap on backwards, orange and yellow USGS vest.
Recording observations on the outcrop of the Kanuti Ophiolite
Recording observations on the outcrop of the Kanuti Ophiolite
Recording observations on the outcrop of the Kanuti Ophiolite

USGS researcher making observations and recording information on the outcrop of the Kanuti Ophiolite in Alaska. The Kanuti ophiolite is a mafic-ultramafic thrust sheet of probable Jurassic age, formerly considered to be the upper part of the Yukon-Koyukuk ophiolite (Angayucham terrane).

USGS researcher making observations and recording information on the outcrop of the Kanuti Ophiolite in Alaska. The Kanuti ophiolite is a mafic-ultramafic thrust sheet of probable Jurassic age, formerly considered to be the upper part of the Yukon-Koyukuk ophiolite (Angayucham terrane).

Male geologist, kneeling with hand on rock with rifle on ground, and helicopter and evergreen trees in background.
Leave no stone unturned
Leave no stone unturned
Leave no stone unturned

USGS researcher collecting one more sample while waiting for the helicopter in Kanuti, Alaska. The Kanuti ophiolite is a mafic-ultramafic thrust sheet of probable Jurassic age, formerly considered to be the upper part of the Yukon-Koyukuk ophiolite (Angayucham terrane).

USGS researcher collecting one more sample while waiting for the helicopter in Kanuti, Alaska. The Kanuti ophiolite is a mafic-ultramafic thrust sheet of probable Jurassic age, formerly considered to be the upper part of the Yukon-Koyukuk ophiolite (Angayucham terrane).

Demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology, Knik River near Palmer, Alaska
Demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology, Knik River near Palmer, Alaska
Demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology, Knik River near Palmer, Alaska
Demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology, Knik River near Palmer, Alaska

Mike Knapp, hydraulic engineer with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (far right) introduces USGS hydrologist Taylor Dudunake (back to camera) for a demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology on the Knik River near Palmer, Alaska, July 27, 2023.

Mike Knapp, hydraulic engineer with the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (far right) introduces USGS hydrologist Taylor Dudunake (back to camera) for a demonstration of multibeam echosounder technology on the Knik River near Palmer, Alaska, July 27, 2023.

Animated image showing glacier changes on Wolverine Glacier from 2012 to 2022
Timelapse imagery from Wolverine Glacier, Alaska (2012 - 2022)
Timelapse imagery from Wolverine Glacier, Alaska (2012 - 2022)
Timelapse imagery from Wolverine Glacier, Alaska (2012 - 2022)

The timelapse imagery provided here shows the lower half of Wolverine Glacier from 2012 to 2022. This imagery gives an intuitive view of the scale of change happening at glaciers across Alaska.

The timelapse imagery provided here shows the lower half of Wolverine Glacier from 2012 to 2022. This imagery gives an intuitive view of the scale of change happening at glaciers across Alaska.