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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Hidden Lake (b) 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Hidden Lake (b)

Alpine regions along the shores of Hidden Lake (1943 m) show tremendous expansion of vegetation in this photo comparison, especially at the base of Bearhat Mountain.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Logan Pass 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Logan Pass

Establishment of new growth and expansion of existing sparse vegetation is obvious along the upper ridge line (center of photo). Persistent snowpack in these alpine regions once deterred profusion of growth, but changing climate conditions have permitted these species to expand their range.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Thunderbird Glacier 2007.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Thunderbird Glacier

Thunderbird Glacier, Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Hidden Lake (a) 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Vegetation - Hidden Lake (a)

Vegetation ingrowth on the penninsula and surrounding lakeshore are evident in this pair of photos.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Swiftcurrent Glacier 2013.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier 1911 - 2013

Swiftcurrent Glacier 1911 - 2013.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Swiftcurrent Glacier from Lookout 2015
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Lookout

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Swiftcurrent Lookout, Glacier National Park

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Swiftcurrent Glacier from Trail 2013 in color.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Trail

Swiftcurrent Glacier from Swiftcurrent Trail. Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Sperry Glacier Mid View 2008 in color.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier Mid View

Repeating Elrod’s photograph from the same photo point was impossible since he shot from the elevated perspective of the glacier’s surface. The terminus of the glacier has retreated beyond the field of view, but these images give a sense of the glacier’s extent and mass early in the 20th century.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Sperry Glacier Panorama 2008 in color.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier - Panorama

The 1913 image of Sperry Glacier shows the thickness of the glacial ice that once covered the Sperry basin. Now, at approximately 1/3 of it's maximum area, Sperry Glacier continues to recede at a rapid rate. It is one of the glaciers that USGS scientists are monitoring as a benchmark glacier.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Sperry Glacier from Comeau Pass 2009.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier from Comeau Pass

The expanse of Sperry Glacier that once greeted hikers facing NE on Comeau Pass is in stark contrast to the bedrock and vegetation that has since emerged as the ice retreated. The Marble image, most likely taken in the 1920s or early 1930s, was featured on a postcard with this caption: " Sperry Glacier from the river."

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Sperry Glacier 2001.
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Sperry Glacier

The northwest portion of Sperry Glacier once spanned Comeau Pass to the base of Edwards Mountain.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Shepard Glacier 2005 in color
Date Published: April 11, 2016

Shepard Glacier 1913 - 2005

Shepard Glacier from Pyramid Peak, Glacier National Park.

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
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USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow to examine snow structure and depth in Montana.
December 31, 2016

USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow

USGS employees and Flathead National Forest staff dig pits in the snow to examine snow structure and depth for avalanche research and forecasting in northwest Montana.

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) is used for avalanche research and forecasting.
December 31, 2016

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400)

The Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) is used for avalanche research and forecasting along the Going-to-the-Sun Road. It records air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and incoming and outgoing shortwave and longwave radiation.

USGS staff ski to and from  the Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet).
December 31, 2016

USGS staff ski to and from the Garden Wall weather station.

USGS staff ski to and from  the Garden Wall weather station in Glacier National Park (elev. 7400 feet) to complete maintenance and examine the snowpack for avalanche research.

November 30, 2016

CEOS Plenary 2017

An invitation and introduction to the 2017 CEOS Plenary being held in the Black Hills near Rapid City, SD.
 

October 31, 2016

GEO XIV Plenary 2017

This video is an invitation and introduction to the GEO XIV Plenary being held in Washington, D.C. in 2017.

October 31, 2016

EROS | EarthExplorer: Perform A General Search

This tutorial shows you how to search EarthExplorer using latitude and longitude coordinates.

October 31, 2016

EROS | EarthExplorer: How to do a bulk download

This tutorial shows you how to do a bulk download of satellite imagery using EarthExplorer. The website can be found at earthexplorer.usgs.gov.

ground squirrel eating fast as an animated GIF
October 28, 2016

Snacker

An animated GIF of a ground squirrel appearing to eat repeatedly, really fast. The animated GIF was created from a clip within a USGS video entitled, "USGS Pollinator Research and Monitoring."

Pipe installation to monitor harmful algal blooms at Cheney Reservoir
October 20, 2016

Pipe installation to monitor harmful algal blooms at Cheney Reservoir

John Rosendale installs a pipe to monitor harmful algal blooms at Cheney Reservoir in Kansas. 

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

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USGS science for a changing world logo
August 31, 2005

Most species of migratory birds in the Northern Hemisphere make two long trips each year, one north for nesting and the other south for the winter. New information collected by USGS scientists shows that individuals of at least one species, the prairie falcon, make three separate long trips each year.

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August 1, 2005

In its latest report on water use in the United States, the USGS looked at the nation's dependence on ground water. The report entitled Estimated Withdrawals from Principal Aquifers in the United States, 2000, provides details of ground-water withdrawals and use from principal aquifers in each state.

USGS
June 28, 2005

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announces the recipients of the second year of the Mineral Resources External Research Program, a grant and/or cooperative agreement opportunity designed to support minerals research. The grant award is split among six topics that support the goals of the Mineral Resources Program and deliver products within one year.

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December 9, 2004

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.

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November 23, 2004

A whooping crane that was shot earlier this month in Kansas is showing signs of recovery, although Dr. Glenn Olsen, the veterinarian treating the bird at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Laurel, Md., says it’s too soon to know whether it will be able to return to the wild. 

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October 25, 2004

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented the 2004 John Wesley Powell Award to governmental, educational and organizational partners who have worked with the USGS to strengthen The National Map, to teach the importance of remote sensing data, to communicate USGS science, and to provide information to water managers about floods.

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May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

USGS
May 14, 2004

America’s rivers and streams are generally suitable for irrigation, supplying drinking water, and home and recreational uses. However, in areas with significant agricultural and urban development, the quality of our nation’s water resources has been degraded by contaminants such as pesticides, nutrients, and gasoline-related compounds.

USGS science for a changing world logo
April 1, 2004

A new map from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Central United States Earthquake Consortium shows that Central States, including Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky and Indiana are among the most seismically active states east of the Rocky Mountains. More than 800 earthquakes are cataloged on the map that depicts the locations of earthquakes large enough to be felt, since 1699.

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February 9, 2004

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes changes that have taken place in the High Plains aquifer from the time that significant ground-water pumping began in the 1940’s to the year 2000. 

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February 9, 2004

A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) describes changes that have taken place in the High Plains aquifer from the time that significant ground-water pumping began in the 1940’s to the year 2000. The results show a six percent decrease in the volume of water stored in the High Plains (or Ogallala) aquifer.

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?