Unified Interior Regions

Montana

Welcome to the Midwest Region! Our region includes 18 Science Centers in 11 States from the Great Lakes to the Dakotas, south to Missouri and Kentucky. Our streamgage network is used to monitor and assess water resources across the region. Other research focuses on fisheries and aquatic ecosystems, midcontinental plant/animal species, invasive species, wildlife disease, and energy and mining.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

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Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

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Date published: April 11, 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Lookout

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Swiftcurrent Lookout, Glacier National Park

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Trail

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Swiftcurrent Trail. Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier Mid View

Repeating Elrod’s photograph from the same photo point was impossible since he shot from the elevated perspective of the glacier’s surface. The terminus of the glacier has retreated beyond the field of view, but these images give a sense of the glacier’s extent and mass early in the 20th century.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier - Panorama

The 1913 image of Sperry Glacier shows the thickness of the glacial ice that once covered the Sperry basin. Now, at approximately 1/3 of it's maximum area, Sperry Glacier continues to recede at a rapid rate. It is one of the glaciers that USGS scientists are monitoring as a benchmark glacier.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier from Comeau Pass

The expanse of Sperry Glacier that once greeted hikers facing NE on Comeau Pass is in stark contrast to the bedrock and vegetation that has since emerged as the ice retreated. The Marble image, most likely taken in the 1920s or early 1930s, was featured on a postcard with this caption: " Sperry Glacier from the river."

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier

The northwest portion of Sperry Glacier once spanned Comeau Pass to the base of Edwards Mountain.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Shepard Glacier 1913 - 2005

Shepard Glacier from Pyramid Peak, Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Shepard Glacier 1911 - 2005

Shepard Glacier in Glacier National Park. The red line on the 2005 image illustrates glacier retreat from 1911 to 2005.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Sexton Glacier

Sexton Glacier from bench below Siyeh Pass, Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Piegan Glacier

Piegan Glacier is one of the few glaciers in Glacier National Park that has not significantly changed since photographed in the 1930s.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 11, 2016

Red Eagle Glacier

Although the 2009 photo location does not exactly match the historic photo station, a comparison of relative glacial coverage can still be made. Logan Glacier is in the foreground, while Red Eagle Glacier sits beneath the pyramidal peak that bears the same name. It appears that these two glaciers were joined at the time the historic photo was taken, but recessed into their own basins as time...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 10, 2016

Bighorn Sheep in and near Glacier National Park

USGS collected GPS data as well as genetic and other samples on over 100 bighorn sheep east of the Continental Divide in Glacier National Park, Waterton National Park, and the Blackfeet Reservation. Bighorn sheep across the west are vulnerable to disease such as pneumonia. We are therefore working to improve our understanding of bighorn sheep movements, approaches for monitoring bighorns, and...

Contacts: Tabitha Graves
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People on boats releasing larva into the water.
June 27, 2016

Larval Release

Simultaneous mass release of 700,000 free embryos from boats distributed across the channel of the Upper Missouri River.

Photo of a red dye-tracer study in June 2016 on the Missouri River near Fort Peck Dam, Montana.
June 26, 2016

Red dye-tracer study in June 2016 on the Missouri River in Montana

USGS scientists conducted a dye-tracer study in June 2016 on the Missouri River about 10 miles downstream of Fort Peck Dam, Montana. The public can expect to see the Yellowstone River turn a similar color in the vicinity of the injection site when scientists conduct a dye study near Glendive, Montana in late June, 2017.

Red dye viewable in a river
June 26, 2016

Dye Delivery

The rhodamine-WT dye was injected in the river uniformly across the channel.

Scientists on a boat preparing a dye study
June 26, 2016

Dye Preparation

USGS scientists prepare to mix rhodamine-WT dye for the dye trace experiment.  The suits are to keep the harmless dye off of clothing.

Fish swim along the gravel bed bottom of the North Fork of the Flathead River.
June 24, 2016

Fish Swimming on Gravel Bed

Fish swim along the gravel bed bottom of the North Fork of the Flathead River.

 Blackfeet Environmental Office personnel groundwater sampling
June 1, 2016

Blackfeet Environmental Office personnel groundwater sampling

USGS hydrologist trains Blackfeet Enviromental Office staff to collect groundwater samples on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Montana wetland
May 16, 2016

Montana wetland

Panoramic view of a Montana wetland

Mother grizzly and cub at Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park.
May 6, 2016

Mother grizzly and cub at Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park

A USGS grizzly bear researcher snapped this picture of a mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park. Adult females are the most important segment of the grizzly bear populations because they are the reproductive engine.

Crossing Hungry Horse Resv en route to S Fk Flathead River streamgage
April 19, 2016

Crossing Hungry Horse Resv en route to S Fk Flathead R ab Twin Ck gage

A visit to the S Fk Flathead River above Twin Creek streamgage requires a trip across Hungry Horse Reservoir. Some mornings, the water is like glass.

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white
April 7, 2016

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.
April 6, 2016

Dead Horse Point

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.

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USGS science for a changing world logo
October 8, 2003

Included this month:

Hurricane Isabel Makes Her Mark on the North Carolina Coast

Mayans in the Everglades?

Submerged Ice Bridge Reveals Ancient Secrets About Alaska

America’s Deepest Coral Reef

Young Tortises on Mojave’s Menu

Measuring Floods From A Distance

Is the World’s Fuel Tank on Empty?

USGS
February 14, 2003

Not long ago, conventional wisdom was that you couldn’t predict the climate for more than a few days in advance. Then came the awareness of El Niño and La Niña and the forecast window increased to as much as 6 to 9 months, depending on the region and season.

USGS
December 16, 2002

The USGS has just completed an assessment of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil and natural gas resources in five geologic basins in the Rocky Mountain region.

USGS science for a changing world logo
December 20, 2001

The U.S. Geological Survey has named Dr. Michael J. Mac as the new Director of the Columbia Environmental Research Center (CERC) in Columbia, Mo.

USGS science for a changing world logo
October 18, 2001

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is participating in nine of the 14 public workshops scheduled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) this fall. The Corps of Engineers is conducting the workshops and a series of hearings to receive public comment on their recently released Revised Draft Environmental Impact Statement to the Master Water Control Manual for the Missouri River system.

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May 14, 2001

 

May 14, 2001 – The U. S. Geological Survey (USGS), Yellowstone National Park and the University of Utah have signed an agreement to establish the Yellowstone Volcano Observatory to strengthen long-term monitoring of earthquakes and the slumbering volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park. 

USGS science for a changing world logo
May 8, 2001

Federal, state and local policy makers will gather in Casper, Wyoming, on May 9-10 to examine science issues associated with the development of coalbed methane. The two-day conference and field trip, sponsored by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), will examine a number of topics including: what is coalbed methane, how it forms, where it occurs, how it is developed, and consequences of development.

USGS science for a changing world logo
January 17, 2001

Metal concentrations were found to be elevated in riverbed sediments and fish tissue samples at sites downstream from significant natural mineral sources associated with hard-rock mining activities in the Clark Fork and Spokane River basins, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

USGS
January 17, 2001

Metal concentrations were found to be elevated in riverbed sediments and fish tissue samples at sites downstream from significant natural mineral sources associated with hard-rock mining activities in the Clark Fork and Spokane River basins, according to scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Department of the Interior.

USGS
May 18, 2000

In a ground-breaking study that used DNA from bear hair to count bears without having to see them or to capture them, U.S.Geological Survey researchers have preliminary results showing that there are an estimated 437 grizzly bears in the northern third portion of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and an estimated 332 grizzly bears in Glacier National Park itself.

USGS
March 16, 2000

Lecture on ground-breaking genetic sampling of GRIZZLY BEARS in Glacier National Park, Montana

USGS
November 10, 1999

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Katherine Kendall has received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award for her outstanding leadership in the study of grizzly and black bears in Glacier National Park, Mont. and the surrounding area.

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center (NOROCK)

Scientists from the Center work in the northern Rocky Mountains and across the U.S. Many work throughout the world on issues as diverse as global climate change, aquatic ecology, wildlife diseases, bison ecology, and large carnivores.

Go to NOROCK

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center

The Water Science Center's hydrologists, engineers, geospatial analysts, hydrologic technicians, geologists, and support staff work to provide hydrologic data and interpretive studies.

Go to Center