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.
Lush thicket of staghorn coral in the Dry Tortugas National Park
City of Roanoke Virginia USGS Precipitation Network Map
Download a Topographic map from The National Map
Example of the National Map Viewer
The responses of pikas and marmots to weather and snowpack dynamics have been species-specific.
In 2018, USGS and partners completed an incredible feat against a harmful aquatic invasive species when over 240,000 pounds of invasive Silver Carp and Bighead Carp were removed from Creve Coeur Lake in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
A 3D Elevation Program lidar point cloud colored by RGB color from imagery from the National Agriculture Imagery Program and showing simulated flooding (in blue) of an area in Denver, Colorado.
This map shows the countries that supply mineral commodities for which the United States was more than 50 percent import reliant in 2017.
Cover of The HayWired Earthquake Scenario—We Can Outsmart Disaster, USGS Fact Sheet 2018-3016
Flyer to advertise the upcoming USGS Menlo Park Campus Free Public Lecture on April 26, 2018: "The Role of U.S. Coral Reefs in Coastal Protection: Rigorously valuing flood reduction benefits to inform coastal zone management decisions." To be given by Curt Storlazzi, USGS Research Geologist at Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
NWISMapper screenshot of Wyoming-Montana Stream Water-Quality Network Sites in 2018
Water-quality sampling sites in the upper Clark Fork Basin, Montana
Reston Stable Isotope Laboratory Solid Reference Materials
Wyoming-Montana Stream Water-Quality Network site map
Survey Analysis via Visual Exploration rock cores
Marshmallow-like formations were photographed on the Cannonball River at Regent, North Dakota (USGS streamgage 06350000) on April 3, 2018. Foam is produced naturally from organic material in the water in combination with turbulence resulting from water flowing over the weir. The cold temperatures allowed the foam to freeze into these unique marshmallow-like formations.
A stream type at the Boreal-Arctic transition of the Brooks Range, Noatak National Park and Preserve, Kobuk Valley National Park. The stream is part of the Agashashok River watershed. This is part of the Hydro-Ecoloy of Arctic Thawing (HEAT) project.
USGS storm-tide sensor bolted to a cement jetty on the Atlantic Ocean coast at Fire Island, New York. USGS scientists deployed over 50 sensors along the coast of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Delaware to study a Nor'easter that affected the Northeast in March of 2018.
USGS geomorphologist Pat Limber drives an all-terrain vehicle equipped with differential GPS, on Ellwood Beach in Goleta, California, collecting topographic, or elevation and contour, data. These data, accurate to about 1 inch (about 2 centimeters) both horizontally and vertically, are used to monitor seasonal beach changes.
USGS geomorphologist Pat Limber drives an all-terrain vehicle equipped with differential GPS, on San Buenaventura Beach south of Ventura Pier, Ventura California, collects topographic, or elevation and contour, data. These data, accurate to about 1 inch (about 2 centimeters) both horizontally and vertically, are used to monitor seasonal beach changes.
USGS volunteer Josh Brown on Santa Claus Beach, Carpinteria, at the start of a 14-mile walking survey of southern California beaches. The differential GPS equipment carried in the backpack collects elevation, or topographic, data of the beach, accurate to about 1 inch (2 centimeters) both horizontally and vertically. Data are used to monitor seasonal beach changes and are incorporated into...
Jackson Currie of the USGS Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center drives a personal watercraft (PWC) offshore of Butterfly Beach in Montecito, California. The equipment on the PWC collects bathymetry, or depth, data which is used to map the nearshore. USGS has been mapping this area twice yearly—every spring and fall—since 2005. The data collected is incorporated into models of future...