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Illustration of part of Antarctica Image of the Week - Rifts & Rumples in Antarctica
Image of the Week - Rifts & Rumples in Antarctica
Image of the Week - Rifts & Rumples in Antarctica

Landsat satellites have watched the Brunt Ice Shelf for nearly five decades. And now, Landsat 9 has joined in observing the changing surface.

Landsat satellites have watched the Brunt Ice Shelf for nearly five decades. And now, Landsat 9 has joined in observing the changing surface.

Color photograph of lava lake with title text September 8, 2022 — Evening views of Halema‘uma‘u lava lake, Kīlauea
September 8, 2022 — Evening views of Halema‘uma‘u lava lake, Kīlauea
September 8, 2022 — Evening views of Halema‘uma‘u lava lake, Kīlauea

Evening views of the eruption within Halema‘uma‘u crater on September 8, 2022. Solidified crust founders and sinks at the lava lake margin, and the lava lake sloshes. Lava spatters along the margin of the lake. 

Evening views of the eruption within Halema‘uma‘u crater on September 8, 2022. Solidified crust founders and sinks at the lava lake margin, and the lava lake sloshes. Lava spatters along the margin of the lake. 

Text: "The U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center" over photo of two buildings, grass and trees USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center
USGS Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

This video provides an overview of the science and products produced by the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, as well as the use and value of the knowledge, data, and tools produced by the Center. It additionally highlights the Center’s location, where we conduct research, and collaborator/stakeholder types.

This video provides an overview of the science and products produced by the U.S. Geological Survey Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center, as well as the use and value of the knowledge, data, and tools produced by the Center. It additionally highlights the Center’s location, where we conduct research, and collaborator/stakeholder types.

Sapphire Pool, in the Biscuit Basin area of the Upper Geyser Basin, Yellowstone National Park Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for September 1, 2022
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for September 1, 2022
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for September 1, 2022

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone volcano in this monthly update for September 1, 2022.

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone volcano in this monthly update for September 1, 2022.

Colorful slide during speaker presentation for August Public Lecture. PubTalk-08/2022 - The National Geologic Map Database - A wealth of geologic information at your fingertips!
PubTalk-08/2022 - The National Geologic Map Database - A wealth of geologic information at your fingertips!
PubTalk-08/2022 - The National Geologic Map Database - A wealth of geologic information at your fingertips!

The National Geologic Map Database

A wealth of geologic information at your fingertips! 

By David Soller, USGS Geologist

transitioning to NextGen WaterAlert in 3 simple steps Transitioning to NextGen WaterAlert Webinar Recording
Transitioning to NextGen WaterAlert Webinar Recording
Transitioning to NextGen WaterAlert Webinar Recording

00:00 WDFN & Modernization

02:16 History of Legacy WaterAlert

03:26 NextGen WaterAlert

03:45 Transitioning to NextGen

06:43 Become a Usability Tester

07:38 Key Takeaways

10:18 Q&A

00:00 WDFN & Modernization

02:16 History of Legacy WaterAlert

03:26 NextGen WaterAlert

03:45 Transitioning to NextGen

06:43 Become a Usability Tester

07:38 Key Takeaways

10:18 Q&A

A pale lavender deep-sea octopus found at Escanaba Trough Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities
Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities
Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities

The familiar saying “good things come in small packages” holds especially true for deep-sea biological communities at hydrothermal vents, including those at Escanaba Trough, a seafloor spreading center located almost 200 miles off the northern California coast. 

The familiar saying “good things come in small packages” holds especially true for deep-sea biological communities at hydrothermal vents, including those at Escanaba Trough, a seafloor spreading center located almost 200 miles off the northern California coast. 

A pale lavender deep-sea octopus found at Escanaba Trough Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities (AD)
Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities (AD)
Escanaba Trough Expedition: Biological Communities (AD)

The familiar saying “good things come in small packages” holds especially true for deep-sea biological communities at hydrothermal vents, including those at Escanaba Trough, a seafloor spreading center located almost 200 miles off the northern California coast. 

The familiar saying “good things come in small packages” holds especially true for deep-sea biological communities at hydrothermal vents, including those at Escanaba Trough, a seafloor spreading center located almost 200 miles off the northern California coast. 

Color photograph of lava lake August 18, 2022 — Timelapse of lava lake motion in Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea
August 18, 2022 — Timelapse of lava lake motion in Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea
August 18, 2022 — Timelapse of lava lake motion in Halema‘uma‘u, Kīlauea

This time-lapse sequence is shown at 100x speed and shows the motion of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. Lava enters the lake at the west end (bottom of image) and flow steadily towards the east end, where the crust is consumed along the lake margins. 

This time-lapse sequence is shown at 100x speed and shows the motion of the lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea. Lava enters the lake at the west end (bottom of image) and flow steadily towards the east end, where the crust is consumed along the lake margins. 

Color photograph of crater floor Timelapse showing rise of Halema‘uma‘u crater floor
Timelapse showing rise of Halema‘uma‘u crater floor
Timelapse showing rise of Halema‘uma‘u crater floor

This timelapse sequence shows activity in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea, from March to August. The video shows the rise of the crater floor due to lava supplied beneath the surface crust, lifting the crater floor in an "endogenous" process. In addition, lava flows erupt sporadically and resurface portions of the crater floor.

This timelapse sequence shows activity in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea, from March to August. The video shows the rise of the crater floor due to lava supplied beneath the surface crust, lifting the crater floor in an "endogenous" process. In addition, lava flows erupt sporadically and resurface portions of the crater floor.

Angel Terrace, Mammoth Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park. Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for August 1, 2022 from Mammoth Hot Springs
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for August 1, 2022 from Mammoth Hot Springs
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for August 1, 2022 from Mammoth Hot Springs

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone in this monthly update for August 1, 2022. 

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone in this monthly update for August 1, 2022. 

July Public Lecture Thumbnail video intro image PubTalk-07/2022 - Mapping the World from Satellites
PubTalk-07/2022 - Mapping the World from Satellites
PubTalk-07/2022 - Mapping the World from Satellites

Mapping the World from Satellites Helping us understand Global Food & Water Security in the 21st Century

by USGS Research Geographer Prasad Thenkabail

Mapping the World from Satellites Helping us understand Global Food & Water Security in the 21st Century

by USGS Research Geographer Prasad Thenkabail

Aerial image of storm waves along a Florida coastline Reducción de los riesgos de inundación mediante la restauración de los arrecifes de coral
Reducción de los riesgos de inundación mediante la restauración de los arrecifes de coral
Reducción de los riesgos de inundación mediante la restauración de los arrecifes de coral

El aumento de riesgos por inundaciones a lo largo de nuestras costas está causado por el cambio climático, el desarrollo urbano y la pérdida de hábitat.

El aumento de riesgos por inundaciones a lo largo de nuestras costas está causado por el cambio climático, el desarrollo urbano y la pérdida de hábitat.

Three USGS scientists sit on the back of a research vessel and prepare for a dive. Seafloor Erosion in the Florida Keys
Seafloor Erosion in the Florida Keys
Seafloor Erosion in the Florida Keys

Coral reefs are important for supporting biodiversity, fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection, but are in decline worldwide, primarily due to extreme heat waves and subsequent coral bleaching, in addition to other stressors.

Coral reefs are important for supporting biodiversity, fisheries, tourism, and coastal protection, but are in decline worldwide, primarily due to extreme heat waves and subsequent coral bleaching, in addition to other stressors.

Scuba divers underwater on sea floor working with equipment. Lauren Toth - Coral Restoration
Lauren Toth - Coral Restoration
Lauren Toth - Coral Restoration

The complex, three-dimensional reefs built by corals over hundreds to thousands of years provide invaluable ecosystem services to society—contributing billions of dollars per year to the global economy through shoreline protection, tourism, and habitat for biodiversity and fisheries.

The complex, three-dimensional reefs built by corals over hundreds to thousands of years provide invaluable ecosystem services to society—contributing billions of dollars per year to the global economy through shoreline protection, tourism, and habitat for biodiversity and fisheries.

Damage to Yellowstone National Park north entrance road due to June 2022 flooding Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for July 2022
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for July 2022
Monthly update of activity at Yellowstone Volcano for July 2022

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone volcano in this monthly update for July 1, 2022. 

Mike Poland, scientist-in-charge of the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory, describes activity at Yellowstone volcano in this monthly update for July 1, 2022. 

Opening slide of speaker presentation. PubTalk-06/2022 - Keeping Tabs on the Volcanoes of the Last Frontier
PubTalk-06/2022 - Keeping Tabs on the Volcanoes of the Last Frontier
PubTalk-06/2022 - Keeping Tabs on the Volcanoes of the Last Frontier

Keeping Tabs on the Volcanoes of the Last Frontier

An Update from the Alaska Volcano Observatory

By Michelle Coombs, USGS Research Geologist 

Scientist-in-Charge, Alaska Volcano Observatory 

Keeping Tabs on the Volcanoes of the Last Frontier

An Update from the Alaska Volcano Observatory

By Michelle Coombs, USGS Research Geologist 

Scientist-in-Charge, Alaska Volcano Observatory 

a scientist sits on the edge of a boat on the ocean with an instrument submerged in a sample tube of water Gulf of Mexico Groundwater Wells
Gulf of Mexico Groundwater Wells
Gulf of Mexico Groundwater Wells

A team from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center heads out into the Gulf of Mexico to check on a set of recently installed groundwater wells. These types of wells allow scientists to monitor submarine groundwater through time and quantify the flux of groundwater from Florida’s aquifer into the coastal waters of the west Florida Shelf.

A team from the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center heads out into the Gulf of Mexico to check on a set of recently installed groundwater wells. These types of wells allow scientists to monitor submarine groundwater through time and quantify the flux of groundwater from Florida’s aquifer into the coastal waters of the west Florida Shelf.

Close up of running water with the text, "Soaking Up Stormwater". Soaking Up Stormwater
Soaking Up Stormwater
Soaking Up Stormwater

This video acts as a “visual abstract” for a recent publication analyzing the stormwater management practices in Clarksburg, MD. The video features interviews with the team of USGS scientists as well as a water specialist from Montgomery County.

This video acts as a “visual abstract” for a recent publication analyzing the stormwater management practices in Clarksburg, MD. The video features interviews with the team of USGS scientists as well as a water specialist from Montgomery County.

Illustration of Landsat satellite generations over 50 years Landsat: Celebrating 50 Years (Extended Edition)
Landsat: Celebrating 50 Years (Extended Edition)
Landsat: Celebrating 50 Years (Extended Edition)

50 years of teamwork. 50 years of innovation. 50 years of resilience. In 1966, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced his vision to create a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the Earth from Earth orbiting satellites. It was a bold proclamation. It was also an idea that worked and continues to work 50 years on.

50 years of teamwork. 50 years of innovation. 50 years of resilience. In 1966, Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall announced his vision to create a program aimed at gathering facts about the natural resources of the Earth from Earth orbiting satellites. It was a bold proclamation. It was also an idea that worked and continues to work 50 years on.

Color photograph of lava lake June 15 — Small collapse into lava lake at Kīlauea summit
June 15 — Small collapse into lava lake at Kīlauea summit
June 15 — Small collapse into lava lake at Kīlauea summit

The lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea, remains active. On Wednesday, June 15, a small collapse of a portion of the lake rim created a dusty plume and lake agitation, including waves that traveled across the lake surface. 

The lava lake in Halema‘uma‘u, at the summit of Kīlauea, remains active. On Wednesday, June 15, a small collapse of a portion of the lake rim created a dusty plume and lake agitation, including waves that traveled across the lake surface.