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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December 31, 2017

Landsat Collections

Landsat Collections: Providing a Stable Environmental Record for Time Series Analysis

This video introduces the new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Collection 1 inventory structure. Collection 1 required the reprocessing of all archived Landsat data to achieve radiometric and geometric consistency of Level-1 products through time and across all Landsat sensors

December 31, 2017

Getting Started with MODIS Version 6 Therm. Anom. & Fire Data Part 3

This video focuses on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Terra and Aqua Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) Version 6 Thermal Anomalies and Fire data distributed by NASA’s Land Processes Distributed Active Archive Center (LP DAAC). Information about MODIS Thermal Anomalies and Fire quality information, including how to decode

December 14, 2017

Landsat in Action - Changing Forest Phenology with Andrew Elmore

When parking lots go up, when rooftops multiply, land cover and land uses change. Professor Andrew Elmore with the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Science understands that very well, and explains how he uses Landsat to study and quantify that change in USGS EROS’ latest “Landsat in Action” video conversation. Elmore delves into the changing phenology of

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake Sampling Site
December 12, 2017

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake sampling site

Rapid Creek below Canyon Lake sampling site at Meadowbrook Golf Course (USGS site 06413200), December 2017.

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Landsat's Orbit

Ever wonder how Landsat 8 orbits our planet? Here is an overview to explain this part of how we capture every pixel.

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Landsat's Sensors

On board Landsat 8 are two sensors that capture data about earth's surface. Here is an explanation of the instruments that capture every pixel.

December 6, 2017

Every Pixel - Recording Data

Recording every pixel as Landsat orbits Earth is a complicated task. Here is an overview of how that data goes from the sensors into the recorder.

November 21, 2017

EROS Science Center Overview

The EROS Science Center is responsible for acquiring earth observations, archiving that data, and developing applications for the data to learn more about our planet. Visit https://eros.usgs.gov

 Low-Flow Streamflow Measurement at Little Missouri River
November 16, 2017

Low-Flow Streamflow Measurement at Little Missouri River

Hydrologic technician Sarah Davis measured low-flow discharge at USGS streamgage 06334500, Little Missouri River near Camp Crook, SD (https://waterdata.usgs.gov/sd/nwis/inventory/?site_no=06334500&agency_cd=USGS&) on November 16, 2017. 

November 7, 2017

Landsat Analysis Ready Data (ARD)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has improved Landsat data quality and usability through the creation of Analysis Ready Data (ARD) for the conterminous United States, Alaska, and Hawaii. Landsat ARD greatly reduces the preparatory work currently required to do time-series analysis for understanding landscape change for operational and science users. Landsat Collections

October 25, 2017

Choosing a Data Access Tool: AppEEARS Area Sampler

This video focuses on the Application for Extracting and Exploring Analysis Ready Samples (AρρEEARS) Area Sampler. With AρρEEARS, users can retrieve analysis ready data for specific areas of interest for a variety of NASA data products, including those derived from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) onboard NASA’s Terra and Aqua satellites. AρρEEARS

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April 6, 2011

The public is invited to attend a free conference about critical South Dakota water resources and geology on April 28 in Rapid City.

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March 22, 2011

Streamflow of the Moreau River near Whitehorse, SD set a new record high when the water level peaked on Sunday, March 20, according to real-time U.S. Geological Survey streamgage data.

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March 17, 2011

Record-breaking floods are possible in various locations in South Dakota this spring, and the public can track flood levels throughout South Dakota using the U.S. Geological Survey’s FloodWatch webpage.

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February 9, 2011

Regional flood and storm potentials are highest along the eastern and northeastern periphery of the Black Hills and generally include the areas from Hot Springs to Spearfish, according to a recent report by the U.S. Geological Survey.

November 30, 2010

Everyday, high above the clouds, dozens of sophisticated imaging satellites circle the Earth, capturing extraordinary conditions and events that are nearly impossible to document from the surface of the planet. These images reveal the planet's surface through the "eyes" of a space satellite.

October 29, 2010

In this USGS media tipsheet, we've gone through thousands of GSA conference abstracts and selected some of the newest, most exciting USGS science presentations for your convenience. We hope you find it useful.

August 5, 2010

Heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches in South Dakota has caused record flooding in Firesteel Creek and Sand Creek in the eastern part of the state.

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November 4, 2009

Greater sage-grouse populations have declined substantially in many areas in the West, though populations in some locations remain relatively stable, according to a comprehensive publication written by federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. The population assessment is one of numerous sage-grouse topics covered in the 24 chapters released today.

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September 16, 2009

Levels of chloride, a component of salt, are elevated in many urban streams and groundwater across the northern U.S., according to a new government study. Chloride levels above the recommended federal criteria set to protect aquatic life were found in more than 40 percent of urban streams tested. The study was released today by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).

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July 16, 2009

Water produced by the High Plains aquifer, which provides water to eight states, is generally acceptable for human consumption, irrigation, and livestock watering, according to a U.S. Geological Survey study highlighted at the summer meeting of the Western States Water Council in Park City, Utah.

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June 5, 2009

New visual representations of South American terrain will be freely available on the web as the most complete database of its kind.

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April 8, 2009

Dr. Thomas Loveland, Senior Scientist at the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center has been named a 2009 Fellow for the American Society for Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry. Annually, one or two professionals are awarded the fellowship for exceptional service in advancing science and the mapping sciences.