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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: 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

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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

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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.

David Scott and James Irwin operating Grover
November 1, 1970

Apollo Grover Historical Photo: B1

James Irwin(left) and David Scott(right) training in the Lunar Roving Vehicle training version known also known as the "Grover"

Image: San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 1964
June 4, 1964

San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 1964

Riparian vegetation has increased to the extent of blocking the downstream view. The channel appears to have shifted to the right, and the terrace is now occupied by cottonwood, black willow, and tamarisk. (Raymond M. Turner).

Attribution: Land Resources
Image: Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona  - 1941
September 1, 1941

Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona - 1941

Members of the 1930s burrowed and cholla eruptions were visible in 1941 as well as new mesquite plants that were already quite large. (Photographer unknown).

Attribution: Land Resources
Image: San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 1940
March 21, 1940

San Carlos River near Peridot, Southern Arizona - 1940

In 1940, the gaging station for the San Carlos River was on a railroad bridge south of the little town of Peridot. This downstream view from that bridge shows the gage house on the extreme left and a safety railing next to it. The channel is wide following a flood, and scattered Frémont cottonwood trees are along channel right. The dense shrubs on the low terrace on the

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Attribution: Land Resources
Image: Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona - 1902
April 1, 1902

Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona - 1902

Ground repeat photography location 233 looking west at Huérfano Butte, at 1,159-meter elevation. In 1902, photographer David Griffiths’ horse-drawn buggy was clearly visible in the open grassland, and scattered desert hackberry plants were behind and on either side of the buggy. (David Griffiths).

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