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 Director Marcia McNutt and FWS Service Director Sam Hamilton sign a strategic habitat conservation MOU
In the face of global climate change and other 21st-century resource threats, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Geological Survey are taking steps to strengthen and expand their science-management relationship to conserve fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
USGS biologist Randy Bennett and volunteers sample a stream using electro-fishing gear.
Block of ice on Vitus Lake, from Bering Glacier, Alaska
A mosaic of the surface of Mercury made from hundreds of images taken by the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft.
Small cyanobacteria colony with smaller bacterial "hitchhikers." Sample from St. Johns River, Jacksonville, Florida. Microscope in Orlando, Florida.
Colony of Microcystis, round cells, with smaller rods of another cyanobacteria along for the ride. Sample from St. Johns River, Jacksonville, FL
A toxin-producing cyanobacteria with natural chlorophyll fluorescence (red) and DNA stain (green).
This cyanobacteria has radiating filaments and basal heterocysts. Green is DNA stain.
Self-portrait of hydrologic technician. Streamgaging is an important facet of the USGS.
Ash Falls on the Niobrara River showcases the Niobrara's uniqueness. Photo was taken to capture falls' legacy.
The sand hills of Nebraska are a unique ecosystem. The photo was taken to capture the overwhelming vastness of the sand hills. Hecla/Whitman, Nebraska.
Prairie Creek nr. Silver Creek is a tributary of the Platte River. The photo was taken to capture Autumn's colors amplified by water.
Mike Sabatino working on a weather station in Shenadoah national Park, Virginia.
Stream flowing into the Potomac River in Whites Ferry, Virginia.
Jesse Osborne and Christian Bongard working on a weatherstation in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Trail to Abrams Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
View of Gatlinburg, TN, in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Virginia.
John Jones and Jasper look from the overlook for changes in vegetation in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Bear digging for food in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Alligator in Everglades Park, Florida.
Frog in the woods in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Fisheye view of tree canopy in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
View from Mary's Rock in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
View from Stony Man in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
John Jones and Jesse Osborne working on a weather station in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia.
Sand Dune Cape Henlopen, Delaware.
Bear in apple tree in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. Taken during field work.
Beach Sampling for Forage Fish Spawn on Whidbey Island in Puget Sound.
USGS employees release radio-tagged salmon smolts into the Columbia River below the sluiceway outfall at The Dalles Dam.
USGS employee Lisa Gee holds a spiny dogfish that she caught while hook and line sampling.
USGS employees attempt to capture forage fish with the use of a Lampara net in Skagit Bay.
Coast Salish Canoe Journey 2009, preparation in Neah Bay. The journey pulled a water quality probe to measure salinity, temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
Coast Salish canoe journey preparing to launch; sunrise at Pillar Point. The canoe journey pulled a water quality probe, which measured salinity, temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
Coast Salish Canoe Journey 2009 landing in Pillar Point.
The journey pulled a water quality probe to measure salinity, temperature, pH, and dissolved oxygen.
A fire burning over the wetlands in Duson, Louisiana
Panoramic (~180 degree) view of landscape in Denali National Park, Alaska. Photographed on July 27, 2009, during fieldwork on Dall sheep habitat by members of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team.
Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team collecting water samples during field work for a study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska.
Ed Pfeifer of the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team recording field notes in alpine tundra during a field study of Dall sheep habitat in Denali National Park, Alaska, on July 29, 2009
Retreating glacier south of Mt. Pendleton in Denali National Park, Alaska, with runoff from glacial melt seen in the foreground.
A LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) instrument measures the 3-D structure of a ponderosa pine forest stand in Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, on July 13, 2009. The LiDAR observations support research on remote sensing of forest biomass and carbon sequestration by the USGS Southwest Geographic Science Team in collaboration with scientists at Northern...
Matanuska Glacier, Alaska
False Bay, South Africa
Sunset over Camps Bay, South Africa