Unified Interior Regions

South Dakota

Surface water and groundwater provide important water supplies in South Dakota. Major rivers include the Big Sioux, James, Cheyenne, and Missouri Rivers. Key aquifers include the Dakota, Madison, Minnelusa, and Big Sioux aquifers. The Dakota Water Science Center has many studies that focus on these resources as well various other national and international studies. 

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Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods Since 1877

Summary of Floods in the Black Hills Area Since 1877.

Date published: November 7, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Black Hills Area Floods - 1921 to 1930

Date published: November 2, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Black Hills Area Floods - 2000 to 2009

Date published: October 26, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1961 to 1970

Black Hills Area Floods - 1961 to 1970

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Date published: October 26, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1931 to 1940

Black Hills Area Floods - 1931 to 1940

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Date published: October 25, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1901 to 1910

Black Hills Area Floods - 1901 to 1910

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Date published: October 25, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1941 to 1950

Black Hills Area Floods - 1941 to 1950

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Date published: October 24, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1951 to 1960

Black Hills Area Floods - 1951 to 1960

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Date published: October 24, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1911 to 1920

Black Hills Area Floods - 1911 to 1920

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

Black Hills Area Floods - 1981 to 1990

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1971 to 1980

Black Hills Area Floods - 1971 to 1980

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Date published: October 19, 2017
Status: Completed

Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

Black Hills Area Floods - 1891 to 1900

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May 10, 2019

Image of the Week - A New Yellowstone Hot Spot

Scientists with the USGS Yellowstone Volcano Observatory use satellite and aerial imagery to map hot springs, geothermal vents, and geysers at Yellowstone National Park. They recently found an entirely new thermal area miles from the nearest trailhead. Landsat 8's thermal infrared sensors captured the change in a nighttime image from April of 2017. Aerial images reveal a

April 16, 2019

Variable Warming Upper Midwest Lakes and Implications for Sport Fish

Climate change is predicted to alter sport fish communities in Midwestern lakes, but managers currently have limited information on individual lakes that can be used to set local expectations or intervene with mitigation strategies. Northeast and North Central CASC supported researchers, with strong participation from the Midwest Glacial Lakes Partnership, have combined

Members of the LANDFIRE team at the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center
March 13, 2019

LANDFIRE Team - 2019

Members of the LANDFIRE team met in March of 2019 at the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center near Sioux Falls, SD.

Winter Streamflow Measurement at South Fork Grand River near Cash, SD
January 31, 2019

Winter Streamflow Measurement at South Fork Grand River near Cash, SD

USGS Hydrologic technician Sarah Davis measuring streamflow at the South Fork Grand River near Cash, SD (streamgage 06356500) on January 31, 2019.  Measuring the streamflow under ice requires drilling holes across the width of the stream and then collecting data from each hole.  At times streams can freeze solid but drilling holes are necessary to verify that. The

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December 31, 2018

An Introduction to the AppEEARS Point Sampler

This short video provides a quick demonstration of the Point Sample using the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS). 

AppEEARS provides a simple and efficient way to subset, transform, and visualize geospatial data distributed from a variety of federal archives. The following topics are discussed in the video: how to submit a

Animation of land change in the Black Hills
December 31, 2018

Land Change in the Black Hills - LCMAP

Animation of land cover change in the Black Hills, created using Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection data from the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center.

December 21, 2018

Using the Advanced Criteria in EarthExplorer

EarthExplorer helps users get to exactly the scenes they want. The Additional Criteria tab helps users pick scenes that meet specific requirements. 

This video will show you how to utilize the Additional Criteria tab in EarthExplorer.

You can find additional videos on tools and types of imagery available on this website: 

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.

Kristi Sayler speaks at LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

Kristi Sayler at LCMAP workshop

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center scientist Kristi Sayler speaks to participants in a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection in Sioux Falls, SD. 

USGS EROS researcher Roger Auch presents at an LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

Roger Auch Presentation at LCMAP Workshop

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center scientist Roger Auch presents on Land Change in the Piedmont Ecoregion at a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection in Sioux Falls, SD. 

Photo of validation presentation at LCMAP workshop
November 7, 2018

LCMAP Workshop - Validation

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center contractor Bruce Pengra presents on LCMAP validation during a workshop in Sioux Falls, SD.

Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock at LCMAP workshop
November 6, 2018

Zhe Zhu and Curtis Woodcock at LCMAP workshop

Texas Tech University's Zhe Zhu and Boston University's Curtis Woodcock at a November 2018 workshop on Land Change Monitoring, Assessment, and Projection at the Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center in Sioux Falls, SD. 

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color photograph of Tom Loveland
April 30, 2018

Former Chief Scientist's contributions as head of Landsat Science Team, commitment to education recognized

Image: Redwater River, South Dakota
April 11, 2018

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 19, in Rapid City, South Dakota.

LiDAR image
March 14, 2018

USGS has produced topographic maps of American landscapes for more than a century as part of its Congressional mandate to maintain the elevation data that helps document change across the Nation. The use of LiDAR, refined at EROS, is key to modern topography.

Image: Brown Fracking Sand
February 27, 2018

Instead of requiring costly dredging to remove sediment buildup behind water reservoirs and diversions, sediment from reservoirs in the Missouri River Basin could actually be used as fracking proppant feedstock, also known as frac sand, according to a recently published U.S. Geological Survey study

Prairie dog and SPV bait
December 13, 2017

About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

USGS
November 15, 2017

Conference: April 19, 2018 
Field trips: April 20, 2018 

Artist concept of Landsat 8
November 8, 2017

Monitoring our changing planet is critical to supporting a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025. Observing the Earth from space offers unprecedented levels of data and a holistic view, which enables scientists to detect the most critical trends in natural resource conditions at local and global scales.

High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
June 16, 2017

The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

USGS
March 27, 2017

Earth as Art, a U.S. Geological Survey traveling exhibit that merges art with dramatic Landsat imagery of the earth’s surface, is coming to Bismarck for the month of April. This display is free and open to the public.

Image: Redwater River, South Dakota
March 27, 2017

Media and the public are invited to attend a free meeting about South Dakota water issues on Thursday, April 6, in Rapid City, South Dakota. 

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