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An aerial shot of Surprise Creek winding its way past exposed rock formations and grass-covered rolling hills
September 16, 2013

Surprise Creek, Western North Slope of Alaska

Faulted and folded Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous rocks along Surprise Creek in southern part of Western North Slope. The Triassic and Jurassic rocks include petroleum source rocks from which oil was generated. Geologists in orange vests for scale.

Image shows a woman sitting on a rock in a stream
December 31, 2012

Panning for Rare Earths

A field assistant pans for monazite and rare earth minerals in Wolf Creek, which cuts through the Melozitna granite. This area is part of the Bureau of Land Management's Central Yukon Planning Area, where USGS did a critical mineral assessment in 2015.

video thumbnail: Diamonds and Dusty Pages
December 17, 2012

Diamonds and Dusty Pages

Four previously undiscovered photos of undocumented Russian Crown Jewels were recently discovered in the USGS library. The photos appear in a 1922 album called ‘Russian Diamond Fund ’ that was uncovered in the rare book room of the library.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
video thumbnail: USGS Gas Hydrates Lab
April 30, 2012

USGS Gas Hydrates Lab

Gas hydrates are a significant potential energy source occurring in ocean-floor sediments at water depths greater than 500 meters and beneath Arctic permafrost. The USGS operates a gas hydrates laboratory on its Menlo Park campus. This video features USGS geophysicists Laura Stern and Steve Kirby who relate details on how they study and create gas hydrates in their super-

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
Image: Tallgrass Prairie
March 20, 2012

Tallgrass Prairie

Productive tallgrass prairie with potential for growing biofuel crops.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
Image: Drill Rig in Karnes County
January 25, 2012

Drill Rig in Karnes County

A drill rig on a drill pad in Karnes County, Texas.


video thumbnail: Unconventional Oil and Gas—Fueling the Future
June 23, 2011

Unconventional Oil and Gas—Fueling the Future

The Nation relies on oil and gas to power its economy, and unconventional gas is the fastest-growing energy resource in the United States. The U.S. Geological Survey is the authoritative, unbiased source for assessments of the world's oil and gas endowment. Come learn how these exciting new energy resources may contribute to the energy mix.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
December 31, 2009

Bats at Wind Turbines

Bats at Turbines (B-roll): Surveillance video (B-roll) from a temperature-imaging camera showing a bat interacting with a wind turbine at about 3 a.m. on a brightly moonlit night in late August.[video resolution 614 by 454 pixels, limited by imaging device]

Image: Geothermal Plant
November 24, 2009

Geothermal Plant

A geothermal power plant at The Geysers near Santa Rosa, California. The USGS researches and assesses geothermal resources.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
Image: Small-scale Commercial Windmill
April 17, 2009

Small-scale Commercial Windmill

USGS researchers used a small-scale commercial windmill as an essential part of its new device to measure snowfall in remote areas.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals
Area in northern Alaska where subsurface temperature and pressure conditions are conducive to the occurrence of gas hydrates
December 31, 2008

Northern Alaska and potential gas hydrate occurences


Area in northern Alaska where subsurface temperature and pressure conditions are conducive to the occurrence of gas hydrates (red outline), compiled by Timothy Collett as part of USGS Fact Sheet 2008-3073. Note that gas hydrate could occur in sediments both onshore and at shallow water depths

Image: Wind Turbines on a Farm
July 1, 2008

Wind Turbines on a Farm

Scientists have found that wind turbines are causing fatalities of certain species of migratory insect-eating bats, although a March 2011 study in Science suggests that solutions to reduce the impacts of wind turbines on bats may be possible.

Attribution: Energy and Minerals