Explore our planet through photography and imagery, including climate change and water all the way back to the 1800s when the USGS was surveying the country by horse and buggy.
The South Platte River at 104th Street bridge in Denver, CO. Photo by Lindsay Reynolds, USGS.
The South Platte River at the 52 Bridge. Photo by Laura Perry, USGS.
Black and white Tegu lizard in the Florida Everglades grass.
USGS research geologist Jon Warrick explains how his team applied structure-from-motion analysis to photos from the California Coastal Records Project to measure coastal change. Jon Warrick explains a “difference map” constructed from structure-in-motion data. Red areas indicate loss of material...
Framework banner for MAP. Image by Alexe Dacurro
Inline water-use flow meter being installed by Lower Mississippi-Gulf and Arkansas Natural Resources Commission staff
Waterborne resistivity survey in progress on the Tallahatchie River, Leflore County, Mississippi. GPS unit and depth sounder are visible attached to the front of the boat. Photo by James R. Rigby, 2016
View of the Ohmmapper system electrodes being pulled behind a small truck in order to map the near surface geology of Sunflower County, Mississippi near the town of Shellmound. Photo by Ben Miller, 2016
Jason Payne driving an ATV pulling an array of electrodes for mapping the near surface geology in the vicinity of Steiner, Mississippi.
Waterborne resistivity crew conducting a resistivity survey of the Quiver River, Sunflower County, Mississippi. Electrodes on a floating cable are visible behind the boat, which is travelling upstream. Photo by Ben Miller, 2016
A Chinese firebelly newt (Cynops orientalis), the salamander species recently found to be infected with the spring viraemia of carp virus, or SVCV.
A Chinese firebelly newt (Cynops orientalis), the first salamander species found to be infected with the spring viraemia of carp virus.
Erika Lozano, Marcie Cruz, and Emma Hanslowe (L-R), prepare an Argentine black-and-white tegu (Tupinambis merianae) for surgery as part of a study on cold-weather behavior on the lizards.
Sarah Moy conducts radio telemetry on Argentine black-and-white tegus (Tupinambis merianae) in the Florida Everglades. USGS photo.
Jillian Josimovich stands in front of a snake rack she built to house 60 hatchling Burmese pythons (Python molurus bivittatus). Josimovich carried out a research project to examine how these snakes optimize growth. USGS photo.
Molly Conway uses a burrow camera to visualize a Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) in a burrow in Everglades National Park. USGS photo.
Alejandro Grajal-Puche shows an Argentine black-and-white tegu (Tupinambis merianae) with a radio-transmitter backpack over its pelvis. USGS photo.
This image is of a perfect row in a field with a USGS Gage in the background. The image was taken by Shane Stocks out of the LMG Jackson, MS office.
JJ Thordsen (USGS) and a wireline operator retrieving downhole vacuum sampler from a characterization well near a CO2 injection well at Citronelle oil field, Alabama.
A sunset in western Loveland, Colorado.
A view of the highway going over Loveland Pass in Colorado.
A landscape view of the "Devil's Backbone" near Loveland, CO.
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, New Mexico.
Alaska Interior mountain range shot with snow capped mountains.
Example of a closed canopy plantation logged 60 years ago at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon, old growth forests have bigger trees and a more complex understory.
Sarah Frey, a Northwest Climate Science Center graduate fellow at Oregon State University, records information during a point count at the H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest in Oregon.
Student volunteers are trained to scan historic library materials. The materials can be complex, consisting of multiple parts.
Don Bonville, Physical Scientist Technician, weighs soils into crucibles for the determination of percent dry and loss-on-ignition. These soil samples are part of the Hydrologic Benchmark Network Program.
Tufted Puffin, the species most affected by a recent seabird die-off in the Pribilof Islands, AK. Near Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska
The Volcano Distater Assistance Program (VDAP) maintains an equipment cache located at the USGSS Cascades Volcano Observatory. The volcano monitoring equipment can be rapidly deployed worldwide when needed.
Seismometers (instruments for recording earthquakes) are tested and fitted at the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory before going out into the field.
At the USGS Cascades Volcano Observatory Electronics Lab, technicians build, test, and prepare scientific instruments to be deployed for monitoring volcanoes worldwide.
A Burmese python stretched out in the grass in the Everglades.
A Burmese python coiled in the grass in the Everglades.
Pio XI flows from the SPI toward the west then splits into two fronts. From 1998 to 2014, the southern front advanced 593 meters. The northern front, which flows into Lake Greve, advanced 107 meters in the same time period. This pair of Landsat images shows that all of the other glaciers that...
A beautiful capture of a streamgage at Bunnell Brook near Burlington, CT.
A weir structure controls the height of the water, so a stable relation between stream stage and flow can be maintained. The gage house is the concrete structure in the photo, and has been used to collect streamflow...
Low-altitude oblique photography before Hurricane Matthew (Sept. 6, 2014) and after (Oct. 14, 2016) shows storm surge and wave runup washed away a 5-meter (16-foot) sand dune, destroying boardwalks and decks and exposing an old seawall.
Vilano Beach, FL: Low altitude oblique aerial photographs taken before Hurricane Matthew (Sept. 6, 2014) and after (Oct. 14, 2016) show that storm waves and currents eroded a 16-foot-high san dune, exposing old seawalls and washing away boardwalks and decks.
Low-altitude oblique photography taken before Hurricane Matthew (Sept. 6, 2014) and after (Oct. 13, 2016) shows the storm cut a new inlet between the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, stripping away a 3.7 meter (12-foot) dune and carrying sand into the estuary.
Low-altitude oblique photography taken before Hurricane Matthew (Sept. 6, 2014) and after (Oct. 13, 2016) in Flagler Beach, FL, shows that waves washed away part of Highway A1A and obliterated a 5.2-meter (17-foot) dune.
A week after Hurricane Matthew slammed through southwestern Haiti on October 4, 2016, Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager sensor provided dramatic documentation of the scope of destruction in the Caribbean country.
This was an early morning capture as the sun was rising at Schwabacher's Landing, Wyoming. The heavy cloud cover shielded the Grand Tetons from full view, but as we sat there, a small sliver of the mountains peeked through the clouds just long enough to take a few shots. In this shot, you can...
Waterborne resistivity profiling in progress on the Tallahatchie River, Leflore County, Mississippi. GPS unit and depth sounder are visible attached to the front of the boat and the cable with electrodes can be seen just behind the outboard motor. Photo by Shane Stocks, 2016
A shot taken from the walkway behind the Jackson Lake Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.
(From NPS site) Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929; Jackson Hole National Monument was created in 1943. The two units were combined to become the present Grand Teton National...
MODIS, South Shetland Island volcanic plumes, acquired 9.29.16
Images from Landsat 8's Operational Land Imager sensor show the dramatic transformation of the river as it flows toward Cedar Rapids. On July 8, 2016, the shallow river meanders into the city, surrounded by green crops in the heart of the growing season. The September 26 image shows the...
Looking West To Old Rag Mountain in Madison County Virginia