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Girls standing in a large circle around a volcano monitoring station
August 5, 2019

The GeoGirls Visit a Volcano Monitoring Station at Mount St. Helens

The GeoGirls visit a volcano monitoring station on the east side of Mount St. Helens, finding out how scientists use different monitoring methods (seismic, GPS, tiltmeter) to understand more about the volcano.

Girls stand in circle with one pointing a paper on the ground
August 5, 2019

The GeoGirls Create Field Drawings

The GeoGirls create field drawings of 1980 pyroclastic flow deposits on Mount St. Helens’ Pumice Plain.

An invasive Cuban treefrog in New Orleans, LA.
August 23, 2019

Outstanding in the Field (Ep 4): Amphibian Surveys – Call of the Frog

The USGS Ecosystems Mission Area brings you Outstanding in the Field, a series of stories about our science, our adventures, and our efforts to better understand our fish and wildlife and the ecosystems that support them. In this episode we describe the USGS’s efforts to track frog populations in the southeast United States. 

Two wooden river boats made several decades after Powells expedition.
May 19, 2019

Grand Canyon National Park Historic River Boat Collection

The Edith (left), in Grand Canyon National Park’s historic river boat collection, is an example of a wooden river boat, though it was made from several decades after Powell’s expedition.  Brothers Emery and Ellsworth Kolb paddled it down the Colorado River in 1911-12.

Remnants of historical wooden boat
May 19, 2019

Nellie Powell - Powell Boat 1871

In 1938, after a brush fire, a rancher found remnants of the Nellie Powell, a boat from Powell’s second expedition in 1871, which had been left at Lees Ferry.  Grand Canyon National Park now stores this piece in its collections. (Annie Scott/USGS)

18-foot, infaltable, self-bailing rafts
May 31, 2019

Powell Expedition 2019 - Self-bailing Rafts with Rigging

USGS personnel are taking part in this year’s modern expedition that follows Powell’s 1869 journey; they are using 18-foot, inflatable, self-bailing rafts with rigging.

May 24, 2019

Sign of SCREE Expedition on the back of a boad

Photo of the scree sign with sponsors, U of Wyoming and USGS.

Three scientists in boat with drone flying above.
May 31, 2019

LIDAR sensors to unmanned aerial vehicles

Observations and measurements may now be made by attaching imaging and LIDAR sensors to unmanned aerial vehicles; pictured is a drone being used by the modern-day expedition to document their journey

This color photograph shows twelve members of the Powell 150 expedition and a John Wesley Powell impersonator on the bank of the
May 24, 2019

The Powell 150 Expedition prepares to launch from Green River, Wyoming

The Powell 150 expedition prepares to launch from Green River, Wyoming, on May 24, 2019. A John Wesley Powell impersonator poses with the group to send them off on their ~1000 mile journey.
This color photograph shows a view of the red and cream-colored, flat-lying sedimentary rocks in the Grand Canyon. On the left,
May 19, 2019

Grand Canyon from South Rim near Powell Point

Grand Canyon National Park from Powell Point on the South Rim. Photo taken during a ceremony commemorating the 150th anniversary of the John Wesley Powell expedition. 
Mt. St. Helens at sunset
June 30, 2011

Mt. St. Helens viewed at sunset

View of Mt. St. Helens at sunset, taken sometime after the crater forming eruption in 1980.