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February 23, 2010

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Central Regional Library maintains a collection of over 400,000 photographs taken during geologic studies of the United States and its territories from 1868 to the present. These images provide a visual history of the discovery, development, and sciences of the United States and its Geological Survey. Some photographs have been used in USGS publications, but most have never been published.

The topics are divided in: Earthquakes; Mines, Mills, Quarries; Mount St. Helens; National Parks; Photographers; Pioneer Photographers and Portrait Collection. Let’s see some of these amazing and historical images:

Mammoth Mine

panorama of Mammoth Hill and surrounding mountains. Shows, Opex property, Emerald property, Grand Central mine and Mammoth mine from extreme left to right. Loughlin 23 shows Godiva Mountain left center, Lower Mammoth mine, Gold Chain mine near center. Photo 24 shows Black Jack mine, and Black Jack open cut mine left and extreme left. Tintic District, Juab County, Utah. 1911.


Alaska Earthquake 1964

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. Hinchinbrook Coast Guard dock, raised above all but the highest tides by regional uplift in Prince William Sound. Land in this area rose about 8 feet during the earthquake.

Alaska Earthquake March 27, 1964. The village of Portage, at the head of Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet, is now flooded at high tide as a result of 6 feet of tectonic subsidence during the earthquake. 1964.


Mount St. Helens

Mount St. Helens north flank at timberline. T/W rock and T/W pumice layers. Skamania County, Washington. August, 1964.

Oblique aerial view of Mount St. Helens before the May 18, 1980, eruption, as seen from Bear Cove, Spirit Lake. Lake visible in foreground. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service. Skamania County, Washington. August 1973.


National Parks

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina. Sandbag seawall which was constructed at the base of the Cape Hatteras lighthouse. This seawall was destroyed by wave action soon after it was completed. 1971.

Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. Fire Temple ruins. May 18, 1953.

Great Sand Dunes National Monument and Preserve, Colorado. Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background.


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