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.
An animated GIF showing a Pacific Walrus scratching/rubbing themselves on their side with their "eye" rolling. The animation repeats in a reverse-motion.
Lick Run Watershed and Land Cover Map
A series of images from various sources of shaded-relief topography show the progression of the Mud Creek landslide area, from 2010 through October 12, 2017.
- lidar data from 2010
- lidar data from 2016
- structure-from-motion (SfM), March 8, 2017 ...
Animated GIF of a scientist at Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park looking back and forth using a range finder. Footage found in the USGS video: Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to...
Animated GIF of lava bubbling up from Kīlauea Volcano in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. The source of the GIF comes from footage found within the USGS video: Kīlauea Summit Eruption | Lava Returns to...
Big Sur Landslide fly around from May 27, 2017, a preliminary computer animation. The slide created roughly 13 acres of new California land.
An animated GIF of a ground squirrel appearing to eat repeatedly, really fast. The animated GIF was created from a clip within a USGS video entitled, "USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring."
Can you do the Charleston? This animated GIF takes frames from a USGS video on the gila monster and reverses them to make this Southwestern lizard shake his tail...or perhaps dancing the Charleston.
Gila monsters are one of only two venomous lizard species in the world. They live in the...
These photos show various edge-of-field monitoring surface and subsurface monitoring sites, installation efforts, and runoff events across the Great Lakes basin.
This animated GIF shows a group of monarch butterflies flying among the oyamel fir tree forest at an overwintering site in the Piedra Herrada Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary, Mexico. Extracted from this...
This is an animated GIF, taken from a longer video, showing the moment that this geologist from the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO) scoops up lava from an active flow and drops it into a bucket of water to cool it down.