Unified Interior Regions


The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Image of Ring around Uranus
July 11, 2004

Uranus's Ring

Infrared composite image of Uranus taken by the Keck Telescope. 

View of Colorado River confluence with the Little Colorado River
February 2, 2004

View of Colorado River confluence with the Little Colorado River

View of Colorado River confluence with the Little Colorado River taken from the rim of Marble Canyon

Map of Mars made with Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter
March 31, 2003

MGS MOLA Global Colorized Hillshade

This map is based on data from the Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA; Smith and others, 2001), an instrument on NASA’s Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft (Albee and others, 2001). The image used for the base of this map represents more than 600 million measurements gathered between 1999 and 2001, adjusted for consistency (Neumann and others, 2001, 2003) and converted

map of western U.S.showing sagebrush-dominated ecoregions
March 15, 2003

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions

Sagebrush-dominated ecoregions in the western United States (sagebrush cover types shown in various shades of yellow, pink, and blue-grey).

Image: San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 2000
October 6, 2000

San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 2000

The gaging station has been removed, but the approximate position of the original camera can be established from the background mountains. The channel has shifted back to the left, eliminating the cottonwood trees present in 1964, but black willow is obvious in the foreground, cottonwood seedlings and mature trees appear throughout the view, and non-native tamarisk is

Attribution: Land Resources
Image: A Red-Faced Warbler in Arizona
May 1, 1998

A Red-Faced Warbler in Arizona

Red-faced warblers are one of the species affected by climate change in the form of reduced snowpack in the Arizona Mountains, according to a USGS Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit study.

Attribution: Ecosystems
Image: Boundary Monument 75E, Southeastern Arizona - 1994
August 21, 1994

Boundary Monument 75E, Southeastern Arizona - 1994

During the past century, the grassland has continued to become more shrubby with increases in such plants as broom snakeweed and velvet mesquite. The mesquite, occurring here near the upper limits of its range, has remained short, probably as the result of catastrophic freezes that have visited the area. Bush muhly is found beneath some of the mesquites. (Raymond M  Turner

Attribution: Land Resources
Colorized topography (GEDR) over the C3-MIDR mosaic.
June 23, 1993

Magellan Global C3-MDIR Colorized Topographic Mosaic

The original Magellan Compressed Mosaicked Image Data Record (C3-MIDR) archive contains three times compressed mosaics of image swaths (C-BIDRs) at a resolution of 2025 m/pixel. C3-MIDRs consist of mosaics generated by computing 3x3 pixel arithmetic moving averages from the C2-MIDRs. C3-MIDRs, with their 2.025 km pixel widths, are designed to cover the planet at reasonably

February 19, 1993

Verde-Tangle Severe Flood 1993

This video documents two USGS employees taking a flood measurement during the most severe flood Arizona has seen in 100 years.

February 19, 1993

Flash Floods: USGS Against the Water

A glimpse at the often dangerous task USGS employees make every year to obtain stream flow measurements from flood events.

Image: Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 1987
December 27, 1987

Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 1987

This image was taken above the Santa Catalina Highway near mile 2.8 a few months after a fire burned across a south-facing slope. The saguaros are showing the effects of being scorched but are still standing. (Raymond M. Turner).

Attribution: Land Resources
Harrison Schmitt posing with the American Flag during the Apollo 17 mission
December 31, 1972

Harrison 'Jack' Schmitt with the American Flag and Earth (Apollo 17)

Harrison H. Schmitt during the Apollo 17 mission.

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February 11, 2000

Following a competitive nation-wide search, Dr. Barry D. Gold has been named to head the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center of the U.S. Department of the Interior, by Dr. Charles R. Groat, director of the U.S. Geological Survey.

November 5, 1999

Weather forecasts and the Southwestern environment will be highlighted Wednesday afternoon, November 10, as The U.S. Geological Survey and the National Weather Service (NWS) host an open house at their facilities in the Dennis DeConcini Environment and Natural Resources Building on the University of Arizona campus.

March 18, 1997

Following the official dedication Friday morning, March 21, 1997, of the University of Arizona’s new Environment and Natural Resources Building, the public is invited to tour the facility on the campus at the northeast corner of Sixth Street and Park Avenue.

March 18, 1997

You no doubt are already aware of the March 21, 1997 dedication ceremony for the University of Arizona’s new Environmental and Natural Resources building at 520 North Park Avenue in Tucson. The building will be occupied by the U.S. Geological Survey, the U.S. Weather Service, and U of A students.

March 18, 1997

The presence of the U.S. Geological Survey in the University of Arizona’s Environment and Natural Resources Building marks the latest chapter in the USGS’s long association with the University and the study of earth sciences in Arizona.

November 21, 1996

The gasoline additive MTBE (methyl tert-butyl ether) was detected in some urban stormwater samples collected in 16 cities and metropolitan areas by the U.S. Geological Survey, but all detections of MTBE were less than the lower limit of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s draft lifetime health advisory for drinking water.

March 25, 1996

About 2200 pounds of nontoxic red dye will be dumped into the Colorado River Wednesday (Mar. 27, 1996) as part of a controlled flood experiment in the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon, according to hydrologists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

March 22, 1996

Call the U.S. Geological Survey scientists listed below for information about the water science aspects of the controlled flood experiment in the Colorado River, Mar. 22-April 7, 1996. Mark Anderson is the key information scientist for the USGS on-site, and other scientists are working on-site and are available on a limited basis. Still others will be in the USGS office in Tucson throughout the ex

March 22, 1996

Follow the Colorado River Controlled Flood onthe World Wide Web

March 21, 1996

It’s spring and some people are busy cleaning house and rearranging the furniture.

Spring cleaning and rearranging of a different kind will take place in the Grand Canyon next week, as the Colorado River scours its bed and rearranges sandbars that have built up in the river’s winding channel.