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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USGS hydrologist taking a measurement
January 14, 2016

Measurement in Johnson County

USGS Hydrologist taking a measurement under a bridge in Johnson County.

January 8, 2016

USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring

The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, located in the Northern Great Plains state of North Dakota highlights their current and ongoing research on land use and pollinator health.

This part of the country represents critical summer forage habitat for commercial beekeepers and their honey bees. Colonies located here in the summer produce honey and go on

Graphic of Williston Basin Oil and Gas Wells, North Dakota, South Dakota and Eastern Montana, 2016
January 1, 2016

Graphic of Williston Basin Oil and Gas Wells

This is a graphic showing the boundary of the Williston Basin Province and Oil and Gas Wells, North Dakota, South Dakota and Eastern Montana, 2016

Resolve 8
December 31, 2015

RESOLVE Bird Used for Collection of Airborne Electromagnetic Data

A low-flying helicopter will carry this large cylindrical sensor, called a bird, to measure physical properties of the Big Sioux aquifer below the Earth's surface. More information on the airborne electromagnetic method is available at https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20163075.

Resolve 10
December 31, 2015

RESOLVE bird flying to collect airborne electromagnetic data

Power lines present challenges in data collection and analyses of airborne electromagnetic data near Sioux Falls, SD. The bird is suspended from a helicopter as it transmits and receives electromagnetic signals to the ground, which are used to interpret characteristics of the aquifer. More information on the airborne electromagnetic method is available at 

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USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure after a wet snow avalanche cycle.
December 31, 2015

USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure.

USGS staff dig snowpits to evaluate the snow structure after a wet snow avalanche cycle. This helps identify weak layers responsible for wet slab avalanches along the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park.

Resolve 11
December 31, 2015

RESOLVE Bird Flying over Corn Field Collecting Airborne EM Data

Airborne electromagnetic data collection a corn field near Sioux Falls, SD. The bird is suspended from a helicopter as it transmits and receives electromagnetic signals to the ground, which are used to interpret characteristics of the aquifer. More information on the airborne electromagnetic method is available at https://doi.

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Resolve 15
December 31, 2015

Airborne Electromagnetic Data Collection Over an Agricultural Field

Airborne electromagnetic data collection over an agricultural field near Sioux Falls, SD. The bird is suspended from a helicopter as it transmits and receives electromagnetic signals to the ground, which are used to interpret characteristics of the aquifer. More information on the airborne electromagnetic method is available at

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Publication cover: Montana StreamStats
December 31, 2015

Montana StreamStats

Publication cover: Montana StreamStats

Scientific Investigations Report 2015-5019

Prepared in cooperation with the Montana Department of Environmental Quality, Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, and the Montana Department of Transportation

Aerial view of the Williston Basin
December 31, 2015

Aerial view of the Williston Basin

Aerial view of the Williston Basin

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.
December 31, 2015

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection.

Filtering water for eDNA sample collection in Yellowstone National Park between Lewis and Shoshone Lakes.

Oil and Gas 4
December 31, 2015

Oil Well being Drilled into the Bakken Formation

Oil well being drilled into the Bakken Formation in North Dakota in 2015.