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Region 5: Missouri Basin

USGS Science Centers in the Missouri Basin Region

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Agassiz Glacier, GNP - 2005 color
Date Published: April 7, 2016
Status: Active

Agassiz Glacier, 1943 - 2005

View of Agassiz Glacier from glacier basin, Glacier National Park. 

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Agassiz Glacier - 2005 color
Date Published: April 7, 2016
Status: Active

Agassiz Glacier, 1913 - 2005

A view of Agassiz Glacier from Boulder Pass, Glacier NP.

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Contacts: Lisa McKeon
An image of a gigipixel camera set up  in Glacier NP.
Date Published: April 7, 2016

Gigapixel Imagery of Glacier National Park

View and dynamically explore high resolution gigapixel images of Glacier National Park with GigaPan panoramas taken by CCME staff. This collection of images serves as landscape documentation and as an interactive forum for public exploration of Glacier National Park’s changing landscapes. Search “ccme” at http://gigapan.org By accessing these links you are...

Losing a Legacy: a photographic story of disappearing glaciers display.
Date Published: April 7, 2016

Losing a Legacy: a photographic story of disappearing glaciers

With evidence of worldwide glacial recession and predictions that all of the glaciers in Glacier National Park will melt by the year 2030, NOROCK scientists are documenting glacial decline through photography. Since 1997 over seventy photographs of nineteen different glaciers have been repeated. Thirteen of those glaciers have shown marked recession and some of the more intensely studied...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Getting the shot of Blackfoot Glacier, GNP.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Status: Active

Repeat Photography Project

Climate change research in Glacier National Park, Montana entails many methods of documenting the landscape change, including the decline of the parks namesake glaciers. While less quantitative than other high-tech methods of recording glacial mass, depth, and rate of retreat, repeat photography has become a valuable tool for communicating effects of global warming. With evidence of worldwide...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
It requires heavy machinery to remove snow and debris along the road. In this image, crews are removing 20+ feet of snow from th
Date Published: April 6, 2016

Going-to-the-Sun Road Avalanche Forecasting Program

The Going-to-the-Sun Road (GTTSR) is one of the premier attractions in Glacier National Park (GNP), Montana. It opened in 1933 after 12 years of construction and is one of GNP’s most heavily used facilities. The two-lane, 80-kilometer road traverses the park from west to east, crossing the Continental Divide at Logan Pass at 2026m elevation. The Park closes a 56km section of the road each...

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.
Date Published: April 6, 2016

Natural Hazards of Spring Opening of Going to the Sun Road

The Going-to-the-Sun (GTTS) Road in Glacier National Park, Montana is one of the park's premier attractions and the most heavily used facility. The road traverses Glacier, from the west entrance in West Glacier to the east entrance in St. Mary. The narrow, 52-mile road crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass, at an elevation of 6880 feet. The Logan Pass section of the GTTS Road is...

Image: Shepard Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana - 1913
Date Published: April 6, 2016

History of Glaciers in Glacier National Park

The history of glaciation within current Glacier National Park boundaries spans centuries of glacial growth and recession, carving the features we see today. Glaciers were present within current Glacier National Park boundaries as early as 7,000 years ago but may have survived an early Holocene warm period (Carrara, 1989), making them much older. These modest glaciers varied in size, tracking...

Image: Shepard Glacier, Glacier National Park, Montana - 2005
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Status: Active

Retreat of Glaciers in Glacier National Park

Worldwide glacier recession is well documented (1,2) and varied model projections suggest that certain studied GNP glaciers will disappear in the next few decades, between 2030 (3) to 2080 (4).  USGS scientists in Glacier National Park are collaborating with glaciologist from Alaska and Washington and using emerging technologies to understand glacier-climate interactions to advance the...

Setting up a weather station in Glacier National Park
Date Published: April 6, 2016

Alpine Climatology of Glacier National Park

Glacier National Park is a topographically diverse region, making localized effects of elevation, aspect, and cold air drainage several of many important factors that necessitate a diversity of long-term climate monitoring sites. Additionally, many studies have shown more rapid warming at higher elevations across the Intermountain West, but with relatively few high-elevation stations available...

Image: Getting the Shot, Grinnell Glacier, Glacier National Park.
Date Published: April 6, 2016
Status: Active

Landscape Change Photography

Repeat photography is being used by the CCME program to document landscape change. Glaciers have been the primary focus of this park-wide survey and this collection of repeat photographs, available for download on the CCME website, have been used to illustrate the effects of climate change in venues across the globe. These powerful images, with their inherent ease of interpretation, have...

Avalanche forecasters ski out to investigate the crown of a large wet slab avalanche in Haystack Creek drainage. This drainage i
Date Published: April 5, 2016
Status: Active

Snow and Avalanche Research

Since 1991, CCME staff have conducted snow surveys throughout Glacier National Park. These data have contributed to regional climate change and hydrologic models. Snowpack characteristics have also been evaluated in relation to avalanche forecasting and plowing of GNP’s Going to the Sun Road efforts. Studies of natural snow avalanches reveal connections with large-scale climate and wildfire...

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 Blackfeet Environmental Office personnel groundwater sampling
June 1, 2016

Blackfeet Environmental Office personnel groundwater sampling

USGS hydrologist trains Blackfeet Enviromental Office staff to collect groundwater samples on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation

Montana wetland
May 16, 2016

Montana wetland

Panoramic view of a Montana wetland

Mother grizzly and cub at Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park.
May 6, 2016

Mother grizzly and cub at Gibbon River, Yellowstone National Park

A USGS grizzly bear researcher snapped this picture of a mother grizzly bear and her cub in Yellowstone National Park. Adult females are the most important segment of the grizzly bear populations because they are the reproductive engine.

April 29, 2016

Perchlorate and Selected Metals in Water and Soil within Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Author interview on report "Perchlorate and selected metals in water and soil within Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota, 2011–15," U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2016-5030. An environmental concern to water resources within Mount Rushmore National Memorial has been the annual aerial display of fireworks at the memorial for the

USGS Hydrologist lowering equipment into river
April 27, 2016

Sediment sampling Neosho River

USGS Hydrologist lowers a D-96 sediment sampler into the Neosho River using a small crane from on top a bridge at Burlingame Kansas.

Neosho River
April 27, 2016

Neosho River at Neosho Rapids

Trees line both banks of the murky Neosho River at Neosho Rapids. Some tree debris floats in the middle of the river.

Crossing Hungry Horse Resv en route to S Fk Flathead River streamgage
April 19, 2016

Crossing Hungry Horse Resv en route to S Fk Flathead R ab Twin Ck gage

A visit to the S Fk Flathead River above Twin Creek streamgage requires a trip across Hungry Horse Reservoir. Some mornings, the water is like glass.

Satellite image showing the fires by Oklahoma and Kansas border
April 7, 2016

Wildfires Scorch Large Swaths Along Oklahoma-Kansas Border

Using shortwave infrared, near infrared, and visible bands, these Landsat images provide a before and after look at the 350 Complex and Anderson Creek fires.

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white
April 7, 2016

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white

Boulder Glacier - Chapman Peak - 2007 black and white

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.
April 6, 2016

Dead Horse Point

A USGS scientist skis in to Dead Horse Point on Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier NP.

It requires heavy machinery to remove snow and debris along the road. In this image, crews are removing 20+ feet of snow from th
April 6, 2016

Heavy equipment remove snow and debris from Going-to-the-Sun Road.

It requires heavy machinery to remove snow and debris along the road. In this image, crews are removing 20+ feet of snow from the Rim Rock area near Logan Pass along the Goin-to-the-Sun Road.