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Color photograph of erupting lava Timelapse video of initial day of September 2023 Kīlauea eruption
Timelapse video of initial day of September 2023 Kīlauea eruption
Timelapse video of initial day of September 2023 Kīlauea eruption

This timelapse video shows the first two days of the recent eruption at Kīlauea summit, which was active September 10 to 16, 2023. Over this initial period, the fountaining at either end of the fissure system gradually shuts down as activity focuses on the central portion. 

This timelapse video shows the first two days of the recent eruption at Kīlauea summit, which was active September 10 to 16, 2023. Over this initial period, the fountaining at either end of the fissure system gradually shuts down as activity focuses on the central portion. 

August Public Lecture Thumbnail video slide image PubTalk-08/2023: Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation
PubTalk-08/2023: Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation
PubTalk-08/2023: Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation

Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation

By Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, USGS Physical Scientist,

Nicole Herman-Mercer, USGS Social Scientist

and Sheree Watson, USGS Ecologist

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Indigenous Communities in the United States: Leaders in Climate Adaptation

By Aparna Bamzai-Dodson, USGS Physical Scientist,

Nicole Herman-Mercer, USGS Social Scientist

and Sheree Watson, USGS Ecologist

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Planet Earth on black background with a few satellites, a logo and white lettering USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence
USGS EROS: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence

For 50 years, the people of EROS have overcome difficulties and celebrated triumphs together, always centered on providing a perspective of the Earth that helps us better understand its condition. This video, timed with the 50th anniversary celebration at EROS in August of 2023, explores the center's history.

For 50 years, the people of EROS have overcome difficulties and celebrated triumphs together, always centered on providing a perspective of the Earth that helps us better understand its condition. This video, timed with the 50th anniversary celebration at EROS in August of 2023, explores the center's history.

BIG EARTHQUAKE vs. BIG ERUPTION - Which is more likely at Yellowstone? Yellowstone Volcano Update — August 2023: MONUMENT TO A TRAGEDY. The origin of Hebgen Lake
Yellowstone Volcano Update — August 2023: MONUMENT TO A TRAGEDY. The origin of Hebgen Lake
color photograph of volcanic crater floor Lava sampling in Halemaʻumaʻu (June 22, 2023)
Lava sampling in Halemaʻumaʻu (June 22, 2023)
Lava sampling in Halemaʻumaʻu (June 22, 2023)

During a monitoring overflight of the Kīlauea summit on June 22, 2023, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists briefly stopped on the Halema‘uma‘u crater floor to collect a lava sample. Afterward, they departed via helicopter with a low-angle view of the recent eruption area from the east.

During a monitoring overflight of the Kīlauea summit on June 22, 2023, Hawaiian Volcano Observatory scientists briefly stopped on the Halema‘uma‘u crater floor to collect a lava sample. Afterward, they departed via helicopter with a low-angle view of the recent eruption area from the east.

Aerial image of surfers at sunset in Santa Cruz Science of Surfing
Science of Surfing
Science of Surfing

Join USGS Research Geologist and lifelong surfer Jon Warrick at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz as he discusses how coastal and ocean geoscience contributes to a better understanding of how waves form and behave as they approach the shore—critical information with a broad range of applications, not least of which is surfing!

Join USGS Research Geologist and lifelong surfer Jon Warrick at the Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center Santa Cruz as he discusses how coastal and ocean geoscience contributes to a better understanding of how waves form and behave as they approach the shore—critical information with a broad range of applications, not least of which is surfing!

A Saildrone, a long skinny orange surface vehicle with a sail-like structure sticking out of it, in the harbor on Lake Erie Saildrone Deployment on Lake Erie, July 2023
Saildrone Deployment on Lake Erie, July 2023
Saildrone Deployment on Lake Erie, July 2023

This video shows a Saildrone Explorer in the harbor and being towed out onto Lake Erie for the beginning of a mission to collect data to improve fishery surveys on July 14, 2023.

This video shows a Saildrone Explorer in the harbor and being towed out onto Lake Erie for the beginning of a mission to collect data to improve fishery surveys on July 14, 2023.

aerial view of Old Faithful erupting with new thermal features at yellowstone overlayed Yellowstone Volcano Update — July 2023 — NEW THERMAL FEATURES at Yellowstone!
Yellowstone Volcano Update — July 2023 — NEW THERMAL FEATURES at Yellowstone!
Yellowstone Volcano Update — July 2023 — NEW THERMAL FEATURES at Yellowstone!

Geysers and hot springs are some of the most dynamic geologic features on the planet. They are always changing and sometimes that change happens in places where we can see and appreciate it. This has been the case on Geyser Hill, near Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park.

Geysers and hot springs are some of the most dynamic geologic features on the planet. They are always changing and sometimes that change happens in places where we can see and appreciate it. This has been the case on Geyser Hill, near Old Faithful, in Yellowstone National Park.

Image of the planet with "Fires in Canada May 2023" written across the top Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023
Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023
Image of the Week: Fires in Canada, May 2023

Smoke filled the skies over western Canada and even much of the United States in May 2023. The source was several wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.

Near the end of May, rain and cooler temperatures finally brought some relief for the out-of-control fires.

Smoke filled the skies over western Canada and even much of the United States in May 2023. The source was several wildfires in Alberta and British Columbia.

Near the end of May, rain and cooler temperatures finally brought some relief for the out-of-control fires.

color photograph of volcanic eruptive vent June 18, 2023 — Video of southwest wall vent in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 18, 2023 — Video of southwest wall vent in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 18, 2023 — Video of southwest wall vent in Halemaʻumaʻu

This video was captured from the western rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea on June 18, 2023. The video shows fountaining at the southwest wall eruptive vent, and lava pouring into a channel at the base of the spatter cone to spread onto the crater floor.

This video was captured from the western rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea on June 18, 2023. The video shows fountaining at the southwest wall eruptive vent, and lava pouring into a channel at the base of the spatter cone to spread onto the crater floor.

color photograph of erupting volcanic crater June 16, 2023 — Video from Kīlauea summit overflight
June 16, 2023 — Video from Kīlauea summit overflight
June 16, 2023 — Video from Kīlauea summit overflight

This video was captured during a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory helicopter overflight at the Kīlauea summit eruption on June 16, 2023. Activity is focused at the eruptive vent on the southwest wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater, with lava fountaining visible at the top of the spatter cone.

This video was captured during a Hawaiian Volcano Observatory helicopter overflight at the Kīlauea summit eruption on June 16, 2023. Activity is focused at the eruptive vent on the southwest wall of Halemaʻumaʻu crater, with lava fountaining visible at the top of the spatter cone.

color photograph of volcanic eruptive vent June 16, 2023 — Video of recent fountaining in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 16, 2023 — Video of recent fountaining in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 16, 2023 — Video of recent fountaining in Halemaʻumaʻu

This video was captured June 16, 2023 from the western rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Lava fountaining can be seen at the top of the spatter cone built around the southwest wall eruptive vent, with lava erupting from the base of the cone as well.

This video was captured June 16, 2023 from the western rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea. Lava fountaining can be seen at the top of the spatter cone built around the southwest wall eruptive vent, with lava erupting from the base of the cone as well.

thumbnail ocean month video National Ocean Month: 10 Ocean Field Sites You’ve Got to “Sea” to Believe
National Ocean Month: 10 Ocean Field Sites You’ve Got to “Sea” to Believe
National Ocean Month: 10 Ocean Field Sites You’ve Got to “Sea” to Believe

The ocean is a beautiful, dynamic, and sometimes dangerous place. Unsurprisingly, this is probably why a lot of USGS researchers spend their entire careers studying it. In celebration of National Ocean Month, we thought it would be a good time to dive in and feature ten ocean field sites you’ve got to “sea” to believe.

The ocean is a beautiful, dynamic, and sometimes dangerous place. Unsurprisingly, this is probably why a lot of USGS researchers spend their entire careers studying it. In celebration of National Ocean Month, we thought it would be a good time to dive in and feature ten ocean field sites you’ve got to “sea” to believe.

Simulated view of Valles Marineris, Mars showing areas with CTX topography Flying Over Valles Marineris, Mars with Analysis-Ready Data
Flying Over Valles Marineris, Mars with Analysis-Ready Data
Flying Over Valles Marineris, Mars with Analysis-Ready Data

Flyover of Valles Marineris, the "Grand Canyon" of Mars, highlighting two analysis-ready datasets provided by USGS. The canyon is more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles) long and up to 7 km (23,000 ft) deep.

Flyover of Valles Marineris, the "Grand Canyon" of Mars, highlighting two analysis-ready datasets provided by USGS. The canyon is more than 4,000 km (2,500 miles) long and up to 7 km (23,000 ft) deep.

Color photograph of helicopter with lava in background HVO moves B1cam away from eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023
HVO moves B1cam away from eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023
HVO moves B1cam away from eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's B1cam was located on the east rim of the down-dropped block within Kīlauea’s summit caldera, overlooking Halema‘uma‘u crater to the west. The eruption that began within Halema‘uma‘u crater in the early morning of June 7, 2023, flooded the crater floor with lava and the B1cam was exposed to intense heat.

The Hawaiian Volcano Observatory's B1cam was located on the east rim of the down-dropped block within Kīlauea’s summit caldera, overlooking Halema‘uma‘u crater to the west. The eruption that began within Halema‘uma‘u crater in the early morning of June 7, 2023, flooded the crater floor with lava and the B1cam was exposed to intense heat.

Color photograph of eruption at summit of volcano Kīlauea summit eruption overflight — June 8, 2023
Kīlauea summit eruption overflight — June 8, 2023
Kīlauea summit eruption overflight — June 8, 2023

The eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, continues, as shown in this aerial video taken on June 8, 2023. Several lava fountains were active, with lava covering much of the western portion of the crater. The area of active lava on the surface has diminished over the past day, with lower lava fountains compared to yesterday. 

The eruption in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, continues, as shown in this aerial video taken on June 8, 2023. Several lava fountains were active, with lava covering much of the western portion of the crater. The area of active lava on the surface has diminished over the past day, with lower lava fountains compared to yesterday. 

Color photograph of lava fountaining Low lava fountaining continues in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023
Low lava fountaining continues in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023
Low lava fountaining continues in Halema‘uma‘u crater, Kīlauea volcano — June 8, 2023

Low fountaining has been active where lava upwells into Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea. This video shows a series of small fountains in the southern portion of the crater floor. Camera shake is due to high winds at the time.

Low fountaining has been active where lava upwells into Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea. This video shows a series of small fountains in the southern portion of the crater floor. Camera shake is due to high winds at the time.

Aerial view of Halema‘uma‘u crater showing active vent sources and lava flooding the crater floor Aerial video of Kīlauea summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023
Aerial video of Kīlauea summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023
Aerial video of Kīlauea summit eruption in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023

HVO scientists conducted an overflight of the new eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea volcano, within began the morning of June 7, 2023. This aerial video shows that multiple vent sources are active on the crater floor, much of which has been covered with new lava over the past several hours.

HVO scientists conducted an overflight of the new eruption within Halemaʻumaʻu crater at the summit of Kīlauea volcano, within began the morning of June 7, 2023. This aerial video shows that multiple vent sources are active on the crater floor, much of which has been covered with new lava over the past several hours.

lava in Halemaʻumaʻu crater June 7, 2023 — Video of eruption onset in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 7, 2023 — Video of eruption onset in Halemaʻumaʻu
June 7, 2023 — Video of eruption onset in Halemaʻumaʻu

The B1cam webcam on the east rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater captured the opening of the eastern eruptive vent in the first hour of the new Kīlauea summit eruption on June 7, 2023. The video shows a brief pulse of gas before lava blasts apart a section of the crater floor when fountaining begins.

The B1cam webcam on the east rim of Halemaʻumaʻu crater captured the opening of the eastern eruptive vent in the first hour of the new Kīlauea summit eruption on June 7, 2023. The video shows a brief pulse of gas before lava blasts apart a section of the crater floor when fountaining begins.

Aerial view of Halema‘uma‘u crater showing active vent sources and lava flooding the crater floor Kīlauea eruption overflight video - June 7, 2023
Kīlauea eruption overflight video - June 7, 2023
Kīlauea eruption overflight video - June 7, 2023

A new eruption began in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, on the morning of June 7. This overflight occurred about two hours after the eruption onset and shows extensive lava fountaining supplying a rising lava lake within the crater. All lava is contained within the summit caldera. USGS video by M. Patrick.

A new eruption began in Halema‘uma‘u crater, at the summit of Kīlauea, on the morning of June 7. This overflight occurred about two hours after the eruption onset and shows extensive lava fountaining supplying a rising lava lake within the crater. All lava is contained within the summit caldera. USGS video by M. Patrick.

Color photograph showing wind vortex at eruption Kīlauea summit whirlwind in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023
Kīlauea summit whirlwind in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023
Kīlauea summit whirlwind in Halema‘uma‘u - June 7, 2023

This video, taken from the south rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater, shows a wind vortex or whirlwind above the eruption site at the summit of Kīlauea. These features have been observed during eruptions and form due to the extreme heat. 

This video, taken from the south rim of Halema‘uma‘u crater, shows a wind vortex or whirlwind above the eruption site at the summit of Kīlauea. These features have been observed during eruptions and form due to the extreme heat.