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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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.

Remote Boat on water
December 31, 2015

Remote Boat

USGS remote boat measures streamflow on the river. In the background the opposite shore is seen lined with leafless trees.

USGS Hydrologist taking routine measurement
December 31, 2015

Routine Measurement

Photo taken from a bridge above a USGS Hydrologist taking a routine streamflow measurement. In the center of the stream suspended sediment can be seen flowing downstream. 

Montana crest-stage gage network sites map
December 31, 2015

Montana crest-stage gage network sites map

Montana crest-stage gage network sites map

USGS truck on bridge
December 31, 2015

USGS truck

A USGS truck is parked on a small bridge crossing a stream. Small bits of snow lays in the grass next to the bridge.

Resolve 1
December 31, 2015

RESOLVE Helicopter's Airborne Electromagnetic “Bird"

Left to right: Greg Delzer, David Smith and Mark Anderson (South Dakota Water Science Center and Denver Crustal Geophysics Group) standing with the RESOLVE helicopter's airborne electromagnetic “bird.” 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

December 11, 2015

What's the Big Idea? — Charting Change from the Skies

Tom Loveland, research scientist with the USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science Center, explains how he uses data — both past and present — to help scientists, natural resource managers, and the public better understand how the face of the planet is shifting and what that change means.

Kootenai River downstream of confluence with sediment laden Fisher River
December 9, 2015

Kootenai Riv downstream of confluence with sediment laden Fisher River

The difference in the sediment loads between the Kootenai River and Fisher River is easy to spot shortly downstream of their confluence. The Fisher River had a lot of flow and sediment from the recent rains and added muddy water to the clear Kootenai River. The Kootenai is clear because this site is just downstream of the Libby Dam. 

Resolve low-level flight system
October 31, 2015

Resolve low-level flight system

In this image, a helicopter towing a large, cylindrical sensor makes low-level flights as part of a USGS remote geophysical survey, which collects data about underground geology. The scientific system, called Resolve, is operated by CGG Canada Services, Ltd. 

October 21, 2015

What's the Big Idea?—Using Weather Equip. to Monitor Animal Movement

Robb Diehl, research ecologist at the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center, explains how he uses remote sensing technology — particularly weather radar — to better understand  how flying animals affect human activities.

Producer: Jacob Massey, USGS
Camera: Paul Laustsen, USGS


October 21, 2015

What's the Big Idea? — Creating Cleaner Energy from Coal

Elliott Barnhart, a hydrologist with the USGS Wyoming-Montana Water Science Center, describes his work developing what could be a cleaner way to develop coal.

color photograph
October 19, 2015

Earth Resources Observation and Science Center

The exterior of the Earth Resources Observation and Science Center near Sioux Falls, SD, USA.