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 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

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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.

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 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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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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Aerial view of the Williston Basin
December 31, 2015

Aerial view of the Williston Basin

Aerial view of the Williston Basin

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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A mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park.
December 31, 2015

A mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park.

A USGS grizzly bear researcher snapped this picture of a mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park. Recent research shows that fffspring of grizzly bear mothers with a history of human-bear conflicts are more likely to be involved in human-bear conflicts than offspring of mothers without a history of human-bear conflicts. 

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.

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

Montana crest-stage gage network sites map

Montana crest-stage gage network sites map

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.