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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. 
This color photograph shows a view of the red and cream-colored, flat-lying sedimentary rocks in the Grand Canyon and the blue s
November 15, 2018

Grand Canyon Near Sunset, Looking North

Grand Canyon National Park from the South Rim. The Permian Kaibab Limestone is the uppermost and youngest sedimentary unit in this location, extending horizontally across the skyline ~1000 feet higher than the same unit in the
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.

View of Crater Lake in Winter
June 30, 2011

A photo of Crater lake in winter, snow blanketing the banks.


Cliffs along north rim of the caldera rise about 1,000 feet above the lake surface (elevation 6,173 feet). Wizard Island is visible from this vantagepoint. The deep blue color of the lake is a reflection of the clear sky above and the great depth of the water (not from any mineral content in the water!).

Attribution: Science Support
image of student intern on a ridge with geographic equipment
June 17, 2009

Student intern in the field.


View of the crater on Mt. St. Helens, two years after the eruption.
May 19, 1982

Aerial view of Mount St. Helens

View of Mt. St. Helens during minor eruption, two years after the major eruption on May 18, 1980.