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.
Exploratory well drilling on Long Island to study the effective management of Long Island’s groundwater resources
The drilling will better define the aquifer system, track saltwater encroachment, and inform a new groundwater-flow model for the Island. Knowledge of the...
A decade of drought in California has eased after the first month of 2017 thanks to heavy rains and snow, a fact that Landsat images are helping to confirm.
Drilling exploratory wells on Long Island
Drill rig on Long Island, NY
Landsat 8 image of Erte Ale, Ethiopian volcano, erupting in late January 2017
This Indian Space Research Organization LISS-3 image of the Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay region, acquired on January 25, 2017, shows the landscape along the densely populated U.S. East coast. Ecosystems and sea-level rise are among the regional landscape changes that satellite imagery helps...
Analysis of shoreline changes at Bogoslof volcano due to eruptive activity between January 11 and 24, 2017. The base image is a Worldview-2 satellite image collected on January 24, 2017. The approximate location of the shoreline on January 11, 2017 is shown by the dashed orange line.
Hydrologist Ryan McCutcheon and student Aurelia Mitchell recently trekked up into the Sandia Mountains in Albuquerque, New Mexico to collect snow data as part of an ongoing hydrologic study in the East Mountains, conducted in cooperation with the Bernalillo County Public Works Division. They...
Student Aurelia Mitchell recently trekked up into the Sandia Mountains to collect snow data as part of an ongoing hydrologic study in the East Mountains, conducted in cooperation with the Bernalillo County Public Works Division. They measured the depth and density of the snow in several...
Heavy rains in late December 2016 and early January 2017 are affecting soybean production in Argentina's bread-basket provinces while impacting soy prices worldwide.
Hydrologic Technician, James Albrecht, from the North Platte Field Office making a measurement of discharge under ice using a Flowtracker acoustic velocity meter on a top-setting wading rod. The string going across the picture is a tagline, used for measuring distance across the channel so that...
The Molecular Ecology Lab at the Fort Collins Science Center
Annotated photograph of Bogoslof Island showing the cumulative effects of 2016-17 eruptive activity. A layer of fine muddy appearing ash drapes most of the landscape and covers pre-existing vegetation. The dashed line indicates the area excavated by explosive eruptive activity so far. A...
A U.S. Geological Survey field crew uses an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler to measure water velocity on the Truckee River in Reno, Nevada.
An atmospheric river, or narrow band of moisture moving from the tropics to the higher latitudes, hit California in early January and brought the first heavy rains of 2017. While these storms help a drought-stricken state, the onslaught of rain triggers floods and mudslides, and fills rising...
Since mid-December 2016, roughly two dozen wildfires in the Pampas region of Argentina have consumed almost 2.5 million acres while unleashing giant plumes of dense smoke above the rural landscapes.
Likely caused by thunderstorms that followed a stretch of severe drought in the winter and...
Morning snowfall at the Leetown Science Center's Administration building.
Landsat 8, Longyangxia solar farm, China, OLI
A new atlas named Landscapes of West Africa: A Window on a Changing World tells the story of transformations and trends across many lands in West Africa, including this look at the threat of human activities in the...
Woods Hole Core Lab Manager, Brian Buczkowski, giving a tour of the lab to local teachers participating in a professional development workshop
Swiftcurrent Glacier 2016 (port)
Grinnell Glacier, GNP - 2016 (terminus)
Grinnell Glacier, GNP - 2016
Grinnell Glacier, GNP - 2016
White-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon lepturus) flying.
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) flying.
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Phaethon rubricauda) and chick.
Coal is loaded into trucks at the Trapper Mine in northwest Colorado.
The upper part of the Tuul River Basin contains pristine water originating mostly from snowmelt.
Oil well being drilled into the Bakken Formation in North Dakota in 2015. (Photograph by Joanna Thamke, USGS)
Water is used for many direct aspects of unconventional oil and gas development including drilling, development, and maintenance of wells. (Photograph by Janet Carter, USGS)
Water truck in background is providing maintenance water to a producing well drilled in the Bakken Formation near Williston, North Dakota. (Photograph by Janet Carter, USGS)
Many flowing wells have been abandonded in the Ararat Valley.
This is an example of a USGS storm-tide sensor.
Bright orange salmon eggs.
Geogirls use computers in the field to track locations and annotate field photos.
GeoGirls hike onto the Pumice Plain to learn more about Mount St. Helens’ historical
GeoGirls learn about how the May 18, 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens impacted the ecology of the area.
USGS intern, James Willey (2016), making a discharge measurement
Mosquito larvae being reared to identify species. Samples collected at the Pu‘uhonua O Hōnaunau National Historical Park, Hawai‘i.
Dry coastal habitat at Kaloko Honokohau National Historical Park, Big Island, Hawai‘i.
Frosted flatwoods salamander, St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Frosted flatwoods salamander in St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Florida
Hampton Roads WQMP Image 1. Water flowing from a culvert.
Large moraines at the base of Logan Glacier (2016) mark the extent of the glacier before it began its retreat around 1850 AD.
Grinnell Glacier (J Scurlock, 09/15/16) has retreated to the mostly shaded, upper confines of the basin.
Midway Geyser Basin at Sunset, Yellowstone National Park