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 7, 2016
Status: Active

Grinnell Glacier from footbridge 1887-2008

Among the earliest photos of Grinnell Glacier, this 1887 image shows the immense extent and depth of the glacier at the turn of the 20th century. The glacier has responded to temperature and precipitation in the past 100 years, resulting in it’s obvious reduction in size. 

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 7, 2016
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Grinnell Glacier from trail 1911-2008

Nearly a century after Stanton’s photograph was taken, Grinnell Glacier has receded into it’s cirque basin and is no longer visible from the trail above Grinnell Lake. 

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 7, 2016
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Grinnell Glacier from trail 1910-2008

Grinnell Glacier taken from the Grinnell Glacier trail, Glacier National Park. 

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: April 7, 2016
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Grinnell Glacier from trail 1900-2008

In 1900 Grinnell Glacier’s mass filled the cirque basin. This early photo shows the glacier’s height along the headwall and how it was once joined the upper ice portion, now called The Salamander. 

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Grinnell Glacier 1887 - 2013

Heavy vegetation cover in the recent photo made this repeat photo location difficult to find. The glacial front (terminus) is over a kilometer away from this location in the 2013 photo. 

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Grant Glacier, 1902 - 1998

Grant Glacier from Grant Ridge, Flathead National Forest, Montana. 

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Clements Glacier, 1914 - 2010

Clements Glacier displayed crevasses in 1914, but in 2010 it is merely a perennial ice mass. Each summer, thousands of visitors pass by the steep moraines sculpted by this glacier as they hike from Logan Pass to Hidden Lake Overlook. The trail is visible along the left side of the 2010 photo.

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Chaney Glacier, 1911 - 2005

View of Chaney Glacier terminus, Glacier National Park. 

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Boulder Glacier Terminus, 1913 - 2012

In the past 100 years, Boulder Glacier has been reduced to a small sliver of ice in the shadow of Boulder Peak. At the former terminus, small trees and other vegetation have become established where once there was only rock and ice. 

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Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak, 1910 - 2007

Boulder Glacier as viewed from Chapman Peak in the northwest region of Glacier National Park. The historic photo shows the expansive Boulder Glacier, taken around 1910, coupled with a 2007 view of Boulder Glacier. Taken approximately 100 years apart, these images show the immense reduction in the area of Boulder Glacier. A portion of Agassiz Glacier is also visible beyond the right side of...

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Boulder Glacier, 1932 - 1988

This pairing of photos from the flank of Boulder Glacier reveals a dramatic change in the 56 years between the photos. The repeat photograph was taken by Glacier National Park ranger Jerry DeSanto. Pack trips to Boulder Glacier used to include exploration of the glacier’s ice cave. The cave has long since disappeared as the glacier receded beyond this point. 

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Date published: April 7, 2016
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Boulder Glacier, 1932 - 2005

Boulder Glacier taken near Boulder Pass, Glacier National Park. 

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Scientists with headlight looking at samples at night time.
June 29, 2016

Night Sampling

USGS Fish Biologist Dave Combs searches through net contents for larval fish during night sampling on the Upper Missouri River.

Scientists standing on a boat capturing samples with a net in the water.
June 29, 2016

Night Sampling Boat

USGS fish biologist Dr. Pat Braaten and student contractor Garrett Cook inspect contents of a larval fish net during night sampling on the Upper Missouri River.

Scientist retrieving a fluorometer
June 29, 2016

Fluorometer Retrieval

Research hydrologist Dr. Susannah Erwin retrieves fluorometer from the Upper Missouri River to download dye trace data.

A hydraulic habitat assessment boat in the river
June 29, 2016

Hydraulic Habitat Assessment Boat

A U.S. Geological Survey hydraulic habitat assessment boat in not enough water.

A boat going out on a river for sampling.
June 28, 2016

Boat Launch for Night Sampling

USGS fish biologists launch at sunset on the Upper Missouri River for a night of sampling for larval pallid sturgeon.

Close-up view of tweezers picking up an ichthyoplankton sample.
June 28, 2016

Ichthyoplankton Sample

Typical contents of a net deployment showing larval fish, possibly pallid sturgeon.

The ADCP boat on the river
June 28, 2016

ADCP Boat

A US Geological Survey hydroacoustic survey boat measures velocity profiles on the Upper Missouri River.

Scientists in a boat reviewing data on a computer
June 28, 2016

ADCP Data Review

Research hydrologist Dr. Susannah Erwin and hydrologic technician Brian Anderson inspect ADCP data on the Upper Missouri River.

People sitting and standing listening to scientists talking.
June 27, 2016

Pre-Sample Briefing

Pre-deployment briefing for the Upper Missouri River Pallid Sturgeon Drift Study. Fish biologists and physical scientists from Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, US Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, University of Montana, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, and US Army Corps of Engineers go over the sample design and assignments.

People distributing free embryos to boats
June 27, 2016

Distribution of Free Embryos to Boats

Distribution of free embryos to boats in preparation for mass release.

A person's hands with gloves on looking at a drift sampe
June 27, 2016

Processing a Drift Sample

Student Contractor Garrett Cook processes a drift sample collected on June 27 shortly after the free embryos and beads were released. Note the small cluster of pallid sturgeon free embryos and green beads in the lower portion of the sorting tray. These embryos and beads were elements of the Upper Missouri River drift experiment.

People on boats releasing larva into the water.
June 27, 2016

Larval Release

Simultaneous mass release of 700,000 free embryos from boats distributed across the channel of the Upper Missouri River.

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USGS
August 8, 2000

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists are making headway in unraveling clues to the causes of massive die-offs of frogs and other amphibians.

USGS
May 18, 2000

In a ground-breaking study that used DNA from bear hair to count bears without having to see them or to capture them, U.S.Geological Survey researchers have preliminary results showing that there are an estimated 437 grizzly bears in the northern third portion of the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem and an estimated 332 grizzly bears in Glacier National Park itself.

USGS
March 16, 2000

Lecture on ground-breaking genetic sampling of GRIZZLY BEARS in Glacier National Park, Montana

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November 10, 1999

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Katherine Kendall has received the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award for her outstanding leadership in the study of grizzly and black bears in Glacier National Park, Mont. and the surrounding area.

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July 21, 1999

U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Thomas J. Roffe received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award for his outstanding contributions to wildlife health and natural resources management in the Greater Yellowstone Area during a recent meeting of the Greater Yellowstone Interagency Brucellosis Committee.

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July 14, 1999

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientist, Dr. Daniel Fagre, received the Department of the Interior’s Superior Service Award for his outstanding leadership of the Global Change Research Program in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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April 5, 1999

Recent advances in genetic technology that allow scientists to study bear populations without handling bears is the topic of Katherine Kendall’s lecture scheduled for April 5 in Room 3004 at the Main Interior Building at 1849 C St., N.W., Washington, D.C. Reporters are invited to attend and cover the event. Kendall will be available to address questions following her lecture.

USGS
March 29, 1999

Recent advances in genetic technology that allow scientists to study bear populations without handling bears is the topic of Katherine Kendall’s lecture scheduled for April 1st at the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Visitor Center. Reporters are invited to attend and cover the event. Kendall will be available to address questions following her lecture.

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October 22, 1998

A recent die-off of salamanders in Utah has prompted USGS wildlife health officials to issue an October 21, 1998 wildlife health alert. The incident followed salamander die-offs earlier this summer in Maine and North Dakota. In all three cases a virus is believed to be responsible.

USGS
October 14, 1998

Scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey are gaging, measuring and assessing the water levels that increased as a result of the flash floods that occurred last Sunday and Monday in the Kansas City, Mo. area, killing 11 people.

USGS
April 20, 1998

Water quality in the South Platte River Basin has been adversely affected by agriculture and urban development, according to the results of a 5-year investigation of water quality by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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April 16, 1998

Although agriculture and urban activities have substantially affected water quality in several areas of the South Platte River Basin, concentrations of pesticides and volatile organic chemicals (VOCs), such as MTBE, are generally below levels of concern for human health, according to the results of a 5-year investigation of water quality by the U.S. Geological Survey.