Unified Interior Regions

Massachusetts

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the eastern United States. Several large bays distinctly shape its coast. Boston is the largest city at the innermost point of Massachusetts Bay and the mouth of the Charles River. There are 50 cities and 301 towns in Massachusetts, grouped into 14 counties.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water

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Photograph of USGS scientist setting a target in Great Marsh, Sandy Neck, Beach, Cape Cod, MA
August 8, 2018

Setting Targets in the Great Marsh, Cape Cod, MA

USGS Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilot, Elizabeth Pendleton, setting a target in Great Marsh, Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Photograph of USGS drone pilots standing on a sand dune at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, MA
August 8, 2018

Dunes and Drone Pilots

Sandy Brosnahan (left) and Ellizabeth Pendleton (right), Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots flying drones at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, MA.  

Photograph of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center UAS pilots walking on Great Marsh, Cape Cod, MA
August 8, 2018

Great Marsh, Cape Cod, MA

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Aerial Imaging and Mapping (AIM) group on Great Marsh, Cape Cod, MA

Photograph of USGS drone pilots standing on a dune at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod
August 7, 2018

Drone flight at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) pilots Sandy Brosnahan (left) and Elizabeth Pendleton conduct a drone flight from atop a dune at Sandy Neck (Cape Cod).

Photograph of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center drone pilots on Sandy Neck, Beach, Cape Cod, MA
August 6, 2018

UAS pilots in the field

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center unmanned aerial systems (uas) pilots conduct drone flights at Sandy Neck Beach, Cape Cod, MA

Core splitter mounted on the layout table
June 28, 2018

Core Splitter

The Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center’s Samples Repository provides space and services for processing and sampling of materials and collections.

Cores can be split in-house using a custom-made sediment core splitter, which utilizes two Bosch1 oscillating tools with flush cut blade attachments mounted to a sliding carriage that moves over a

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Connecticut River in Northfield MA
June 19, 2018

Connecticut River in Northfield MA outreach event

Connecticut River in Northfield MA outreach event

Aquifer testing
June 12, 2018

Aquifer testing

In this photo, we are performing a Groundwater Integrity Test by pumping the well with a Grundfos Submersible Pump. Shown in the photo on the "left" is James Caldwell checking the pump rate in 5 gallon buckets, while Dale Tom shown on the "right" is checking the water level and rate drop off in the well with an electric tape. The location of this photo is at Groundwater

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Collecting a water-quality sample
May 4, 2018

Collecting a water-quality sample

New England WSC hydrologic technician Kim Campo collecting a water-quality sample at Maple Meadow Brook, Wilmington, MA.

Aerial image of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Quissett Campus
May 1, 2018

Bird's eye view of Woods Hole's Quissett Campus, MA

View from a drone!  Aerial view of Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center's Quissett Campus.

Deploying ground control targets
April 24, 2018

Ground control targets

Rob Thieler, Sandy Brosnahan and Alex Nichols deploying ground control targets for a UAS study on Coast Guard National Seashore in Eastham, MA.  

 

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USGS science for a changing world logo
July 23, 2003

 

New England’s historic long, harsh winters are often the stuff of legends from long-time residents who swear the weather was worse when they were young. It turns out they may well be right. Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have found evidence in the region’s rivers that lends credence to the notion that the winters were once longer.

USGS science for a changing world logo
July 23, 2003

Modern wastewater treatment, environmental protection laws, road de-icing salts, and the shift from an agricultural to an urban-based society have resulted in significant changes during the past hundred years in the water quality of three major rivers in New England, according to a report released by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 8, 2003

A study by the U.S. Geological Survey has found that potentially more than 103,000 people who use private wells for drinking water in parts of eastern New England could have water supplies with arsenic levels that are higher than federal standards.

USGS science for a changing world logo
January 30, 2003

Water quality in the Charles River is no worse than other urban cities and in some cases may be better, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

USGS
January 30, 2003

Water quality in the Charles River is no worse than other urban cities and in some cases may be better, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 7, 2002

Normal rainfall during April helped alleviate some of Massachusetts and Rhode Islands’ low-water conditions. But the states’ streamflows and ground-water levels still haven’t completely recovered from the small amounts of precipitation that fell this past fall and winter.

USGS
May 7, 2002

Normal rainfall during April helped alleviate some of Massachusetts and Rhode Islands’ low-water conditions. But the states’ streamflows and ground-water levels still haven’t completely recovered from the small amounts of precipitation that fell this past fall and winter.

USGS
April 26, 2002

Unexploded shells. Contaminated soils. Polluted groundwater. Military bases across the country are working to restore and protect the environment.

USGS science for a changing world logo
February 12, 2002

 

Since 1911, activities by numerous occupants at what is now known as the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) have contaminated billions of gallons of ground water in the Cape Cod aquifer with fuels, solvents, treated sewage, landfill leachate, and explosive compounds from ordinance. 

USGS
February 12, 2002

Since 1911, activities by numerous occupants at what is now known as the Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) have contaminated billions of gallons of ground water in the Cape Cod aquifer with fuels, solvents, treated sewage, landfill leachate, and explosive compounds from ordinance.

USGS
November 8, 2001

Evidence recently obtained by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) indicates that an ancient sand delta in South Florida, discovered in 1999 by scientists from the USGS and the University of South Florida, rivals the size of deltaic lobes of the modern-day Mississippi River.

USGS science for a changing world logo
November 6, 2001

 

What happens when a rock from space that’s more than a mile wide slams into the Earth at supersonic speed? Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and its partners are learning as they analyze evidence they are recovering from cores drilled during the past two summers into the Chesapeake Bay impact crater and surrounding structures.

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center

384 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Phone: 508-548-8700
Fax: 508-457-2310

Woods Hole Center

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

New England Water Science Center - Massachusetts

10 Bearfoot Road
Northborough, MA 01532

Phone: (508) 490-5000
Fax: (508) 490-5068

New England Water