Unified Interior Regions

Region 5: Missouri Basin

USGS Science Centers in the Missouri Basin Region

For more information on what each center is doing in the Missouri Basin, please follow the links below!

Wyoming - Montana Water Science Center

Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center

Kansas Water Science Center

Nebraska Water Science Center

Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center

Dakota Water Science Center

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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

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 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 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...

Date published: April 9, 2016
Status: Active

Ecology of Elk on Department of Interior Lands in Southwest Wyoming

Between 2005 and 2010, we radio- collared 61 female elk (Cervus elaphus) on Fossil Butte National Monument and 12 female elk near Cokeville, Wyoming, slightly northwest of the Monument, all from the West Green River herd. We are using the 209,250 locations from these elk to identify seasonal distribution patterns, evaluate habitat use, and assess factors influencing the timing of migration.  ...

Date published: April 8, 2016

Jackson Glacier

At the time this historic photograph was taken in 1911, Blackfoot Glacier encompassed the current Jackson Glacier. By 1939, Blackfoot Glacier's recession had resulted in two distinct glaciers, Jackson and Blackfoot. This photo pair shows glacial recession and successive vegetation growth along Jackson Glacier's terminus.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 8, 2016

Iceberg Glacier circa 1940 - 2008

Iceberg Glacier in Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 8, 2016

Harrison Glacier

While difficult to quantify, this photo pair of Harrison Glacier exemplifies the loss of glacier volume. Comparison of the ice profile in the foreground of the photos shows a marked thinning of the glacier over the years,. Colorful layers of sedimentary bedrock are being exposed as the glacier recedes from the cliff bands.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 8, 2016

Grinnell Glacier Basin 1936-2013

As Grinnell Glacier retreats, vegetation establishes itself in the newly exposed surfaces. The increase in vegetation along the moraine (center) in this pair is especially obvious.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 8, 2016
Status: Active

Grinnell Glacier Basin 1936-2014

A similar view of Grinnell Glacier from the glacier's eastern terminus shows extensive melting and subsequent result, Upper Grinnell Lake.

Please respect the photographer: When using these photographs, please credit the photographer and source (eg. T.J. Hileman, courtesy of Glacier National Park Archives). The paired images at the top of this page are examples of proper crediting for...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 8, 2016

Grinnell Glacier Basin 1936-2010

Upon close inspection of this photo pair, the viewer can appreciate the change in the volume of glacial ice that has melted from Grinnell Glacier. In the 2010 image, the glacier's terminus can be seen along the edge of Upper Grinnell Lake, a feature that did not exist in 1936.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
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Side of Kansas River
September 21, 2016

Kansas River at De Soto

A look at the Kansas River from its side. On the other side ofthe river trees and power lines can be seen as well as a bridge crossing the river.

River washes out road
September 15, 2016

River Flood

A river in Easton Kansas washes over a road.

Earth As Art 6 drone image - "A Study in Algae"
September 14, 2016

A Study in Algae

Algal blooms occur annually on Milford Lake in the summer and can be harmful to fragile wetland ecosystems. The USGS Kansas Water Science Center uses multispectral sensors on board drones to identify harmful algal blooms and study how they affect local businesses and human and animal health.

  • Collection: Earth as Art 6
  • Source: UAS
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Johnson County stream
September 13, 2016

Johnson County Stream

A photo of a Johnson County stream flowing through rocks and greenery on both sides of the stream.

Satellite image showing mining in North Dakota.
August 17, 2016

Landsat Monitors Mining at Center of North America Near Town of Center

Mining has been part of Center's history for more than a century. In August 1984, the Landsat 5 image shows significant surface mining of lignite coal just to the southeast of town, during a summer when drought had browned the countryside. Thirty-two years later, the mining activity moved to the southwest of Center. An additional mining operation also began near the Milton

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.
August 8, 2016

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast North Dakota.

A dragonfly in the wetlands in Southeast/Central ND - Stutsman and Kidder counties, ND in grassland and on farms. 

Sensors are cleaned with an automatic wiper brush on the continuous water-quality monitors. 
July 29, 2016

Water-quality sensors kept clean for harmful algal bloom monitoring

Sensors are cleaned with an automatic wiper brush on the continuous water-quality monitors. 

Two decades of harmful algal bloom, nutrient and sediment research by the USGS is helping to support Wichita’s long-term vision of a sustainable water supply into the future. Early warning indicators of harmful algal blooms have been developed for Cheney Reservoir, Kansas,

Ground point survey with robotic total station and prism and rod techniques, measuring depth of streambed to assess b
July 28, 2016

Ground point survey with total station to measure depth to streambed

Ground point survey with Trimble S6 robotic total station and prism and rod techniques, measuring depth of streambed to assess bridge scour on West Gallatin River near Belgrade, MT

July 27, 2016

Ivanpah Video Clip

The video shows smaller smoking objects (insects). Dark objects (birds) are flying above the tower. We are uncertain of the origin of dark trails following the birds. 

July 27, 2016

Ivanpah Video Clip

The video shows small smoking objects (insects) and a larger object (bird) as it begins to smoke when entering the solar flux. The turquoise window is the thermal camera view of this same event.

July 18, 2016

Inside USGS, No. 6, Ken Pierce, Heavy Breathing of Yellowstone Caldera

Dr. Kenneth Pierce studied the geology and geomorphology of the greater Yellowstone area for nearly his entire career with the U.S. Geological Survey. From 1965 to present, Dr. Pierce has mapped glacial deposits, pioneered Quaternary dating techniques, conducted research on the Yellowstone Hot Spot, studied the geothermal areas, explored the geology of archaeological sites

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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?

October 7, 2003

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) researchers investigating 51 streams in nine Midwestern States found low levels of the herbicide glyphosate in 36 percent of the samples tested, and found its degradation product in 69 percent of the samples tested. Antibiotics were found in few samples.

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.

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.

December 9, 2002

The wild whooping crane that had been shot in Kansas and transported to the USGS-Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, MD, for recovery, died overnight. The endangered bird was being treated for shotgun wounds, including a broken wing, and a respiratory condition.

October 1, 2002

A contract estimated at $154 million has been awarded today, October 1, 2002 to SAIC, of San Diego, Calif., for operation of the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center, in Sioux Falls, S.D. This is one of the largest service contracts within the Department of the Interior.

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May 30, 2002

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Central Region Geographer Max Ethridge today announced the appointment of R.J. Thompson as Chief of the EROS Data Center north of Sioux Falls. Thompson becomes the EROS Chief after nearly 40 years of service with the USGS.

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April 1, 2002

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) Kansas City Plant have teamed up to modernize the USGS Optical Science Laboratory (OSL) which has the responsibility to certify/characterize metric quality aerial mapping cameras for other government agencies and the private sector. This is the only laboratory of its kind in North America.

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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.

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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.

July 6, 2001

Landsat 5, an important but aging satellite that had been scheduled for decommissioning on June 30, 2001, will continue collecting earth science information, for at least several more months.

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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.