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Browse a selection of videos, audio clips, images, and more from a wide range of science topics covered by USGS!

"Science for a Changing World" - watch the short film here!

Documentary on walruses here!

Watch the first-ever footage of a polar bear on Arctic sea ice!

Join USGS geologists as they collect lava samples from Kilauea Volcano.

Watch researchers in the Arctic!

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January 1, 2014

Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake

Magnitude 9.2: The 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake is a short video relating how the largest quake in U.S. history had profound and lasting impacts on our lives. The video features USGS geologist George Plafker who, in the 1960's, correctly interpreted the quake as a subduction zone event. This was a great leap forward in resolving key mechanisms of the developing theory of

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Attribution: Alaska
Scientist collecting samples in the Arctic Coastal Plain
September 25, 2013

Forage sampling

Lindsay VanSomeren (graduate student at University of Alaska Fairbanks) collects forage samples in the foothills of the Brooks Range off the Dalton Highway, North Slope of Alaska.

Walrus bellowing while hauled out on land in the eastern Chukchi Sea
September 19, 2013

Walrus bellowing while hauled out on land in the eastern Chukchi Sea

Walrus bellowing while on shore in 2013 in the Eastern Chukchi Sea.

Gaging station on the Tanana River at Nenana, Alaska
August 26, 2013

Gaging station on the Tanana River at Nenana, Alaska.

Gaging station on the Tanana River at Nenana, Alaska.

Aerial view toward the southwest of the actively erupting cone within Veniaminof caldera
August 18, 2013

Aerial view toward the southwest of the actively erupting cone within Veniaminof caldera

Aerial view toward the southwest of the actively erupting cone within Veniaminof caldera. The white steam plume is produced where a lava flow is descending the side of the cone and melting snow and ice. The darker colored, ashy plume is rising in bursts from the active vent. Nearly continuous eruption from this vent since early June has built a new small tephra cone and an

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Yellow-billed Loon on a lake in the northern area of Alaska.
August 12, 2013

Yellow-billed Loon on a lake in the northern area of Alaska

Yellow-billed Loon on a lake in the northern area of Alaska.

Degrading ice wedges on the Ikpikpuk River Delta on the North Slope of Alaska.
August 7, 2013

Degrading ice wedges, Ikpikpuk River Delta on North Slope of Alaska

Degrading ice wedges on the Ikpikpuk River Delta on the North Slope of Alaska.

Ice bergs in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska
July 20, 2013

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska

Sea ice in the Chukchi Sea in 2013.

Greater White-fronted Goose on the North Slope of Alaska
June 19, 2013

Greater White-fronted Goose on the North Slope of Alaska

Greater White-fronted Goose on the North Slope of Alaska, in the Chipp South area.

April 24, 2013

From Icefield to Ocean: Impacts of Glacier Change in Alaska

Rapidly changing glaciers in Alaska demonstrate tight physical and ecological linkages with downstream ecosystems that bridge the icefield-to-ocean continuum. This talk will highlight recent efforts of an Alaska Climate Science Center supported research project to better understand these linkages, including how glaciers influence hydrology and oceanography as well as the

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Attribution: Land Resources, Alaska
July 21, 2012

Tracking Pacific Walrus Trailer

This fast paced, one minute trailer, promotes the award winning USGS video ‘Tracking Pacific Walrus’

Attribution: Ecosystems, Alaska
Mount Hood with Portland, Oregon in the foreground.
May 23, 2012

Mount Hood dominates the skyline outside of Portland, Oregon

A major eruption of Mount Hood would pose a great hazard to the regional economy.

Browse a collection of stories about prominent USGS scientists and projects in Alaska news.

2019 USGS Alaska Annual Science Report - Draft

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January 20, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska Melting glaciers are not just impacting sea level, they are also affecting the flow of organic carbon to the world’s oceans, according to new research that provides the first ever global-scale estimates for the storage and release of organic carbon from glaciers.

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January 6, 2015

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from around the Arctic have shown that recent generations of polar bears are moving towards areas with more persistent year-round sea ice.

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December 18, 2014

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced today that Interior’s Alaska Climate Science Center is awarding more than $500,000 to universities and other partners for research to guide managers of parks, refuges and other cultural and natural resources in planning how to help species and ecosystems adapt to climate change.

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December 15, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A polar bear capture and release-based research program had no adverse long-term effects on feeding behavior, body condition, and reproduction, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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November 17, 2014

In a new polar bear study published today, scientists from the United States and Canada found that during the first decade of the 21st century, the number of polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea experienced a sharp decline of approximately 40 percent. 

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September 8, 2014

The Pacific walrus population roughly halved between 1981 and 1999, the last year for which demographic data are available. A recent study by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey quantifies this historic population decline.

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August 19, 2014

As of Wednesday afternoon, August 13, all power issues were resolved and the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory resumed monitoring volcanoes and earthquakes.

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July 24, 2014

Alaska — Due to climate change, some communities in rural Alaska and the Yukon Territory of Canada may face a future with fewer caribou according to new research published by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Alaska, Fairbanks in the recent issue of PLoS ONE.

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July 3, 2014

Starting on July 5 (weather permitting), U.S. Geological Survey scientists will conduct a high-resolution airborne survey over the next 30 days to study the distribution of minerals exposed at the surface in various parts of Alaska.

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June 6, 2014

The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. 

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May 28, 2014

The U.S. Geological Survey is reducing its footprint on the Alaska Pacific University campus by closing the Map Store @ USGS to lower rent costs. The store will remain open through Oct. 31, 2014.

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March 27, 2014

Ever since the great magnitude 9.2 earthquake shook Alaska 50 years ago today, scientists have suspected that the quake's rupture halted at the southwestern tip of Kodiak Island due to a natural barrier.

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