Unified Interior Regions

Missouri

Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our Region includes 19 Science Centers in 12 states from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our stream gage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the Region. Other research includes fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, mid-continental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Columbia Environmental Research Center

Columbia Environmental Research Center
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Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri

Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri
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Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our Region includes 19 Science Centers in 12 states from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our stream gage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the Region. Other research includes fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, mid-continental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

News

Date published: January 14, 2021

FINISHED!! TNMCorps Mapping Challenge for Schools in MO

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

Date published: January 7, 2021

Mapping Challenge Update (01/07/21): Schools in MO

This challenge is approaching the finish line with 100 edits since our last update. 

Date published: January 6, 2021

Low-flying Airplane to Map Geology of Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.  

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Date published: October 13, 2020
Status: Active

LCMAP Change Stories: Outfitting the Ozarks

The meandering shoreline is the claim to fame for the Midwestern tourist oasis that is Lake of the Ozarks in Central Missouri.

The Missouri Division of Tourism’s website leads its page on the state’s most popular visitor destination by noting that the lake’s 1,100 miles of freshwater coast are more than even California has to offer.

Date published: August 29, 2020
Status: Active

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory

The Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory develops behavioral methods in aquatic toxicology. These assays are used to characterize and quantify effects of contaminants on aquatic organisms. They have utilized these methods with a variety of organisms including larval and juvenile fish and amphibians.

Date published: June 4, 2020
Status: Active

Geophysical Mapping of Geologic Systems Host to Critical Mineral Deposits, Southern Midcontinent, US

The objective of this project is to use high-resolution state-of-the-art airborne and regional ground geophysical methods to map an underexplored region of the southern Midcontinent that is important to economic and critical mineral deposits.

Date published: January 22, 2020
Status: Active

Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Capabilities to Help Identify Giant Salvinia (Salvinia molesta) and the effects of Salvinia weevil (Cyrtogagous salviniae)

USGS is collecting remotely sensed data to classify Salvinia molesta, a non-native aquatic species that reduces light and oxygen levels in water, making it unsuitable for fish and other aquatic plant life.

Date published: February 26, 2019
Status: Completed

2017 Midwest Spring Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2017 Midwest Spring Floods that occurred across large portions of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Arkansas in late April and early May, 2017.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

May-June 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the May-June 2013 Midwest Floods.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

Summer 2011 Missouri River Basin flood

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the 2011 Missouri River Basin Flood resulting from higher-than-average snowmelt runoff combined with heavy spring rains.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

April-May 2013 Midwest Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the April-May 2013 Midwest Floods caused by heavy rainfall and late snow-melt in six states.

Date published: February 25, 2019
Status: Completed

Spring/Summer 2011 Mississippi River Basin Floods

Learn more about USGS flood activities related to the Spring/Summer 2011 floods throughout the Mississippi River Basin.

Date published: February 24, 2019
Status: Active

Urban Waters Federal Partnership—Middle Blue River Basin (Kansas City, Mo.)

Reconnecting people and water is an increasingly important goal in many urban areas. Parks, urban trails, boat ramps, and urban agriculture all are ways that an urban population can interact with nature and improve quality of life.  USGS is participating in gathering the information that will make these projects possible.

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Date published: June 23, 2020

Global Geochemical Database for Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples

The Critical Minerals in Archived Mine Samples Database (CMDB) contains chemistry and geologic information for historic ore and ore-related rock samples from mineral deposits in the United States. In addition, the database contains samples from archetypal deposits from 27 other countries in North America, South America, Asia, Africa and Europe. Samples were obtained from archived ore

Date published: April 23, 2020

Domestic Wells in the United States

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Date published: January 29, 2020

Bathymetry and Velocity Data from Surveys at Highway Bridges Crossing the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, January 2010 through May 2017

These data are high-resolution bathymetry (riverbed elevation) and depth-averaged velocities in ASCII format, generated from hydrographic and velocimetric surveys near highway bridge structures over the Missouri River between Kansas City and St. Louis, Missouri, for dates ranging from 2010 to 2017. Hydrographic data were collected using a high-resolution multibeam echosounder mapping sy

Date published: November 18, 2019

Airborne magnetic and radiometric survey, southeast Missouri and western Illinois, 2018-2019

This publication provides digital flight line data for a high-resolution horizontal magnetic gradient and radiometric survey over an area of southeast Missouri and western Illinois. The survey represents the first airborne geophysical survey conducted as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Mapping Resource Initiative (Earth MRI) effort (Day, 2019). Earth MRI is a coopera

Date published: November 5, 2019

Geochemical data supporting a comparison of apatite between regional magmatism and the Pea Ridge Iron Oxide-Apatite-Rare Earth Element (IOA-REE) and Boss Iron Oxide-Copper-Cobalt-Gold-REE Deposits (IOCG) deposits, southeastern Missouri, USA

This data release presents high-spatial resolution geochemical analyses collected from Mesoproterozoic apatite crystals in igneous rocks from the St. Francois Mountains terrane and coeval ore rocks from the Pea Ridge iron oxide-apatite-rare earth element (IOA-REE) and Boss iron oxide-copper-gold (IOCG) deposits. These deposits are located in the southeast Missouri iron metallogenic provin

Date published: July 12, 2019

Crustal Architecture Beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) -- Data Grids and 3D Geophysical Models

Regional grid files and 3D voxel models were used to study crustal architecture beneath the Southern Midcontinent (USA) by McCafferty and others (2019). The study covered a rectangular, multi-state area of 924 by 924 kilometers centered on Missouri, and a corresponding volume extending from the topographic surface to a depth of 50 kilometers below sea level. The grid files consist of

Date published: July 1, 2019

Ground-based time-domain electromagnetic data and resistivity models for the Mississippi Alluvial Plain Project

The Mississippi Alluvial Plain (MAP) Project contains several geologic units which act as important aquifers. We collected several sets of time-domain electromagnetic (TEM) data consisting of two higher-density surveys and six regional-scale transects. The higher density surveys were collected to compare and contrast to other geophysical data not included in this data release, such as a

Date published: March 7, 2019

Lidar derived shoreline for Sugar Creek Lake near Moberly, Missouri, 2018

Sugar Creek Lake is located approximately 4 miles northwest of Moberly, Missouri, in Randolph County, and has a full-pool surface area of approximately 330 acres. The lake primarily is used for recreation and drinking-water supply for the town of Moberly, Missouri. An earthen dam approximately 38-feet high and 1,125-feet long was constructed across the Sugar Creek valley in 1922. The el

Date published: December 6, 2018

Downloadable Data for Forest City Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Forest City Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

Date published: December 6, 2018

Downloadable Data for Ozark Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

GIS Data for Ozark Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

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Black and grey map of the contiguous 48 states shaded by the number of people using domestic wells per square kilometer (2010)
April 23, 2020

Domestic wells provide drinking water supply for approximately 40 million people in the United States. Knowing the location of these wells, and the populations they serve, is important for identifying heavily used aquifers, locations susceptible to contamination, and populations potentially impacted by poor-quality groundwater. 

Digital Elevation Model in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA
April 19, 2016

The 3DEP products and services available through The National Map consist of standard digital elevation models (DEMs) at various horizontal resolutions, elevation source and associated datasets, an elevation point query service and bulk point query service. All 3DEP products are available, free of charge and without use restrictions.

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Where was the 31 October 1895, Charleston, Missouri Earthquake?

We revisit the magnitude and location of the 31 October 1895 Charleston, Missouri earthquake, which is widely regarded to be the last MW6 or greater earthquake in the central United States. Although a recent study (Bakun et al., 2003) concluded that this earthquake was located in southern Illinois, over 100 km north of the traditionally inferred...

Martin, Stacey S.; Hough, Susan E.

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Geochemistry of hematite veins in IOA-IOCG deposits of SE Missouri, USA: Relation to felsic magmatism and caldera lakes

The paragenesis, textures, and chemical compositions of secondary hematite in regional potassic altered rhyolites, four IOA deposits, the sedimentary iron deposit at Pilot Knob and the Boss IOCG deposit in SE Missouri were determined and compared to primary magnetite from the IOA and IOCG deposits. Magnetite is composed of elements characteristics...

Meighan, Corey J.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Marsh, Erin E.; Lowers, Heather A.; Koenig, Alan

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Year Published: 2019

Absence of magnetite microlites, geochemistry of magnetite veins and replacements in IOA deposits, SE Missouri, USA: Relations to intermediate intrusions

The paragenesis, textures, and chemical compositions of magnetite in two mafic to intermediate intrusions and four IOA deposits in SE Missouri were studied to discriminate between igneous and hydrothermal sources. In this study, we found that replacement magnetite with mineral inclusion-rich cores yields erroneously high Ti, Al, Si, Mg, and Mn...

Meighan, Corey J.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Adams, David; Marsh, Erin E.; Lowers, Heather A.; Koenig, Alan

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Year Published: 2018

State transportation agencies partner to deploy and enhance ShakeCast

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is organizing and leading a three-year Transportation Pooled Fund (TPF) project, Connecting the Dots: Implementing ShakeCast Across Multiple State Departments of Transportation for Rapid Post-Earthquake Response. Ten state Departments of Transportation (DOT)—CA, ID, MO, MS, OK, OR, SC, TX, UT...

Turner, L.; Wald, David J.; Lin, Kuo-wan; Chiou, Brian; Slosky, Daniel

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Year Published: 2018

Quality of surface water in Missouri, Water Year 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, designed and operates a series of monitoring stations on streams and springs throughout Missouri known as the Ambient Water-Quality Monitoring Network. During water year 2016 (October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016), data presented in this report...

Barr, Miya N.; Bartels, Katherine A.
Barr, M.N., and Bartels, K.A., 2018, Quality of surface water in Missouri, water year 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1086, 25 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1086.

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Bathymetric contour map, surface area and capacity table, and bathymetric difference map for Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, Missouri, 2017

Clearwater Lake, on the Black River near Piedmont in Reynolds County, Missouri, was constructed in 1948 and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood-risk reduction, recreation, and fish and wildlife habitat. The lake area is about 1,800 acres with about 34 miles of shoreline at the conservation pool elevation of 498 feet. Since...

Richards, Joseph M.; Huizinga, Richard J.
Richards, J.M., and Huizinga, R.J., 2018, Bathymetric contour map, surface area and capacity table, and bathymetric difference map for Clearwater Lake near Piedmont, Missouri, 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3409, 1 sheet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3409.

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Flooding in the southern Midwestern United States, April–May 2017

Excessive rainfall resulted in flooding on numerous rivers throughout the southern Midwestern United States (southern Midwest) in late April and early May of 2017. The heaviest rainfall, between April 28 and 30, resulted in extensive flooding from eastern Oklahoma to southern Indiana including parts of Missouri, Arkansas, and Illinois.Peak-of-...

Heimann, David C.; Holmes, Robert R.; Harris, Thomas E.
Heimann, D.C., Holmes, R.R., Jr., and Harris, T.E., 2018, Flooding in the southern Midwestern United States, April–May 2017: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1004, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181004.

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Missouri StreamStats—A water-resources web application

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) maintains and operates more than 8,200 continuous streamgages nationwide. Types of data that may be collected, computed, and stored for streamgages include streamgage height (water-surface elevation), streamflow, and water quality. The streamflow data allow scientists and engineers to calculate...

Ellis, Jarrett T.
Ellis, J.T., 2018, Missouri StreamStats—A water-resources web application: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3003, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183003.

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Year Published: 2017

Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016

Bathymetric and velocimetric data were collected by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation, near 13 bridges at 8 highway crossings of the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers in the greater St. Louis, Missouri, area from May 23 to 27, 2016. A multibeam echosounder mapping system was used to obtain...

Huizinga, Richard J.
Huizinga, R.J., 2017, Bathymetric and velocimetric surveys at highway bridges crossing the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers near St. Louis, Missouri, May 23–27, 2016: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5076, 102 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175076.

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Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015

A study was done by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to develop regression models to estimate peak streamflows of annual exceedance probabilities of 50, 20, 10, 4, 2, 1, 0.5, and 0.2 percent at ungaged locations in Kansas. Peak streamflow frequency...

Painter, Colin C.; Heimann, David C.; Lanning-Rush, Jennifer L.
Painter, C.C., Heimann, D.C., and Lanning-Rush, J.L., 2017, Methods for estimating annual exceedance-probability streamflows for streams in Kansas based on data through water year 2015 (ver. 1.1, September 2017): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017–5063, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175063.

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Continuity of the Reelfoot fault across the Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely faults of the New Madrid Seismic Zone

Previous investigators have argued that the northwest-striking Reelfoot fault of northwest Tennessee and southeastern Missouri is segmented. One segment boundary is at the intersection of the northeast-striking Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely strike-slip faults with the Reelfoot fault. We use seismic reflection and geologic mapping to locate and...

Greenwood, M.L.; Woolery, Edward W; Van Arsdale, R. B.; Stephenson, William J.; Patterson, Gary L.
Greenwood, M.L., Woolery, E.W., Van Arsdale, R.B., Stephenson, W.J., and Patterson, G.L., 2016, Continuity of the Reelfoot Fault Across the Cottonwood Grove and Ridgely Faults of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, Bulletin Seismological Society of America, v. 106, n. 6, p. 2674–2685, doi: 10.1785/0120150290.

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A special issue devoted to proterozoic iron oxide-apatite (±REE) and iron oxide copper-gold and affiliated deposits of Southeast Missouri, USA, and the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, Northwest Territories, Canada: Preface

No abstract available.

Slack, John F.; Corriveau, L.; Hitzman, M.W.
Slack, J. F., Corriveau, L., & Hitzman, M. W. (2016). A Special Issue Devoted to Proterozoic Iron Oxide-Apatite (±REE) and Iron Oxide Copper-Gold and Affiliated Deposits of Southeast Missouri, USA, and the Great Bear Magmatic Zone, Northwest Territories, Canada: Preface. Economic Geology, 111(8), 1803–1814

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO (IncPl StLouis)
November 5, 2020

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO (IncPl StLouis)

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: The labeled communities on this map represent incorporated places in the St. Louis metropolitan area (i.e., IL and MO) that have a population greater than 1,000 but do not yet have a city/town hall within their corporate boundaries. 

Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
October 13, 2020

Ecomapper Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV)

The Ecomapper is an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) that is a specialized submersibile device that operates by propelling through a water body between points along a constant depth.

March 27, 2019

Testing New Drone Technology to Measure Floodwaters

A USGS crew used new drone technology to test and evaluate new technology to measure water speed from the air without touching the water. This drone footage was taken on the Missouri River at Hermann, Missouri on March 27, 2019. Scientists compared these new method results to the conventional way of taking measurements from a boat. 

This work is a part of a national

Image from an application that navigates users through USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces
November 14, 2018

National Oil and Gas Assessment Provinces

This is a graphic from the USGS National Oil and Gas Assessment Explorer application, which allows user to drill into 70 oil and gas assessment provinces throughout the United States.

Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested in each well
September 24, 2018

Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested

Using the 384-well plate format, a single zebrafish embryo is tested in each well. This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under a fluorescein isothiocyanate (FITC) filter.

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System
September 24, 2018

Molecular Devices ImageXpress† High-Content Imaging System

Molecular Devices ImageXpress High-Content Imaging System that can generate more than 25,000 images in less than 5 hours of automated image acquisition.

September 20, 2018

Habitat Connectivity: Assessing Threats and IDing Conservation Actions

An important conservation strategy for climate change is to enhance and maintain regional habitat connectivity for the long-term viability of wildlife populations. Modeling habitat connectivity for wildlife species often results in a mapped network of linkages between habitat patches. A critical next step is to determine which of those linkages are priorities for

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under transmitted light
April 17, 2018

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization

This is an example of a 72 hour post fertilization fli1:egfp zebrafish (3 millimeters long) imaged under transmitted light. The same imaging system with was used.

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri
April 16, 2018

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory -- Columbia, Missouri. Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish

Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish demonstrate changes in swimming behavior
April 16, 2018

Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish

Behavioral Toxicology Laboratory — Columbia, Missouri. Swimming paths of control (left) and copper (right) exposed fish demonstrate changes in swimming behavior detected following exposure to metals. Such changes can impact ability of fish to survive.

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TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO FINISHED
January 14, 2021

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
January 7, 2021

This challenge is approaching the finish line with 100 edits since our last update. 

Piper Navajo modified with a tail stinger and wingtip pods
January 6, 2021

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.  

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
December 17, 2020

This challenge is nearing completion with only 500 schools remaining - we can do this! 

THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of Cemeteries in Southeast MO
December 10, 2020

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

THUMBNAIL: Timelapse of City/Town Halls in IL & MO
December 10, 2020

Summary statistics are now available for this challenge. Thanks again to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
December 10, 2020

Calling all Peer Reviewers! There are several Missouri schools with a green border that need to be reviewed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
December 3, 2020

This challenge is moving along steadily with almost 250 edits since last week! This includes approximately 50 points that were removed either because the entity has closed or is the wrong feature type. 

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Cemeteries in Southeast MO FINISHED
November 24, 2020

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: City/Town Halls in IL & MO FINISHED
November 24, 2020

This challenge is now complete! Thank you to everyone who contributed!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
November 24, 2020

Updates are early this week due to the upcoming holiday. Despite the shorter reporting period, volunteers still contributed approximately 120 edits since our last update. Volunteers also deleted approximately 45 points due to entities either being closed or the wrong feature type. Thank you for helping to update The National Map! Have a safe and happy holiday!

TNMCorps Mapping Challenge: Schools in MO
November 19, 2020

Volunteers contributed over 100 edits since this challenge was launched last week. 

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Columbia Environmental Research Center

Columbia Environmental Research Center
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Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri

Central Midwest Water Science Center - Missouri
Science Center Link