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Repeat photography helps document glacier change
December 31, 2019

Repeat photography helps document glacier change

USGS scientists at the Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center use repeat photography to document glacier change and as a communication tool. 

Lassiter Swamp, North Carolina
August 14, 2019

Lassiter Swamp at Merchants Millpond State Park, NC

Tree-ring analyses from Lassiter Swamp, located along a tributary of the Chowan River, indicate that cypress trees have occupied the site for at least 500 years. To extend the record even farther back in time, scientists from USGS, Duke University and East Carolina University are working together with students at C.S. Brown High School STEM in Winton, NC to study sediment

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A woman wraps a tape measure around a tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a red fir tree in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a red fir and trying to navigate the tape through the branches.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for

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A woman wraps a measuring tape around a very large tree in the forest
July 17, 2019

Measuring a Giant sequoia in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project.  She is measuring the diameter of a Giant Sequoia.  All of the trees in the Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics plots are measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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A woman prepares to cut into a dead tree with a hatchet
July 17, 2019

Beginning a 'tree autopsy' in the Sierra Nevada

This is Teodora Rautu. She is a Biological Science Technician on the field crew for USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project. The tree she is getting read to cut into has recently died. Teo is going to remove bark to look for signs of insects or pathogens than may have been involved in the tree's death--the first step in a 'tree

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Two women work together to measure the base of an enormous tree
July 17, 2019

It takes two to measure this Giant Sequoia

Teodora Rautu and Eva Lopez, Biological Science Technicians on the field crew for the USGS Western Ecological Research Center's Sierra Nevada Forest Dynamics project, work together to measure the diameter of a Giant Sequoia. Every tree in the project's long-term study plots are re-measured every 5 years, not only for determining the size of the trees but also for tracking

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Two researchers boat into a lake to collect samples
July 16, 2019

Are mountain lakes on a trajectory of increasing eutrophication?

Amanda Jayo, USGS NAGT Intern, and Caitlin Charlton, Colorado State University graduate student, setting forth to collect chlorophyll from The Loch, Rocky Mountain National Park. This summer research in Loch Vale Watershed’s long-term ecological research and monitoring watershed, is gathering field data to validate remote sensing of mountain lake productivity. If

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USGS scientist samples an ocean sediment core
June 19, 2019

Sediment Cores Reveal the History of the Pacific Ocean

USGS scientist Summer Praetorius collects samples from an ocean sediment core in the Pacific Ocean Paleoclimatology Lab at Menlo Park, CA. The sediment core is from Tanner Basin, located about 200 miles due west of San Diego in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This area is the southern-most extension of the California Current upwelling system, which brings cold nutrient-rich

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Six grains of fossilized pollen viewed under a microscope.
June 13, 2019

Secrets of the Past Unlocked by Fossil Pollen

Did you know fossil pollen and spores can help us understand past climate variability?

You are looking at microscopic images of ~55-million-year old pollen grains and spores that were isolated from a geologic unit known as the Marlboro Clay in Maryland. The presence of plant groups now found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate areas indicate that climates were

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Partners discuss seasonal drought experiments.
March 5, 2019

Partners discuss seasonal drought experiments.

Partners discuss seasonal drought experiments.

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence
December 31, 2018

Map of AK showing probability of change occurrence

Map of Alaska showing probability (%) of change occurrence. Insets show fire boundaries from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Large Fire Database and Landsat 8 imagery (bottom right; 2016) north of Fairbanks, Alaska.

USGS scientists collecting fossils from a Calvert Formation sample site
October 22, 2018

Geologists Sampling at Scientists Cliffs

Photo shows USGS geologists obtaining microfossil and biomarker samples from the Calvert Formation at Scientists Cliffs.