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.
USGS scientist Carlos Rodriguez, deploying a sensor at Newmarket Creek at Mercury Boulevard in Hampton, VA.
Alaska Unit master's student Julie Morse bands a black oystercatcher.
Scott Becker, a Wyoming Unit master's student, attaches a radio collar to a moose cow as part of a study of moose movement, habitat use, and mortality rates in the area near Jackson Hole, Wyoming
An American alligator and a Burmese python locked in a struggle to prevail in Everglades National Park. This python appears to be losing, but snakes in similar situations have apparently escaped unharmed, and in other situations pythons have eaten alligators.
Bullet jacket fragment from bald eagle stomach.
Fishing weights and line from a trumpeter swan gizzard.
Brown pelican stomach with ingested jig head, hooks, and line.
Lead shot in the fall zone at the Broadkiln Sportsman's Club (quarter-coin for scale).
Radiograph of immature bald eagle containing numerous lead shot in its digestive tract (Jacobson et al. 1977).
USGS videographer Steve Wessells interviews USGS scientist Dr. Robert Fisher about the ecological effects of the Harris Fire. Dulzura Creek.
After the photo of the coyote on the run, the next photo on the camera shows high-intensity flames at 9:00 a.m. PST on Oct. 22, 2007. Photo credit: USGS.
At 4:50 a.m. PST on Oct. 22, 2007, a coyote runs into the wash, presumably fleeing from the fires. Photo credit: USGS.
A coyote walking in dry creek bed of streamside scrub vegetation dominated by the native plant, mule fat (Baccharis salidifolia), about 20 days before the fire. In their wildlife research, USGS scientists position camera traps along trails and dry creek beds, places that are likely to be travel...
The next photo on the camera at 11:12 p.m. PST on Oct. 23, 2007, shows a coyote walking out of the wash at night, a day and a half after the fire, heading back in the direction from which the coyote was running on the early morning of Oct. 22, 2007. Photo credit: USGS
This black-bellied salamander (Desmognathus...
This map detail, of the Anchorage area, shows the city spread out on a plain of loose glacial deposits shown in yellow, and the bedrock making up the hillsides of...
This map displays the IGBST's most commonly used ecological and land management units. Click on each layer for more information. Use the Legend to compare overlapping boundaries.