Land Subsidence in California

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Year Published: 2018

Land subsidence along the California Aqueduct in west-central San Joaquin Valley, California, 2003–10

Extensive groundwater withdrawal from the unconsolidated deposits in the San Joaquin Valley caused widespread aquifer-system compaction and resultant land subsidence from 1926 to 1970—locally exceeding 8.5 meters. The importation of surface water beginning in the early 1950s through the Delta-Mendota Canal and in the early 1970s through the...

Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.; Solt, Michael
Sneed, M., Brandt, J.T., and Solt, M., 2018, Land subsidence along the California Aqueduct in west-central San Joaquin Valley, California, 2003–10: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5144, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185144.

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Year Published: 2018

Geohydrology, geochemistry, and numerical simulation of groundwater flow and land subsidence in the Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin National Training Center, California

Groundwater pumping from Bicycle Groundwater Basin (referred to as Bicycle Basin) in the Fort Irwin National Training Center, California, began in 1967. From 1967 to December 2010, about 46,000 acre-feet of water had been pumped from the basin and transported to the Irwin Basin. During this time, not only did water levels in the basin decline by...

Densmore, Jill N.; Woolfenden, Linda R.; Rewis, Diane L.; Martin, Peter M.; Sneed, Michelle; Ellett, Kevin M.; Solt, Michael; Miller, David M.
Densmore, J.N., Woolfenden L.R., Rewis, D.L., Martin, P.M., Sneed, M., Ellett, K.M., Solt, M., and Miller, D.M., 2018, Geohydrology, geochemistry, and numerical simulation of groundwater flow and land subsidence in the Bicycle Basin, Fort Irwin National Training Center, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5067, 176 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185067.

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Year Published: 2017

Water-resources and land-surface deformation evaluation studies at Fort Irwin National Training Center, Mojave Desert, California

The U.S. Army Fort Irwin National Training Center (NTC), in the Mojave Desert, obtains all of its potable water supply from three groundwater basins (Irwin, Langford, and Bicycle) within the NTC boundaries (fig. 1; California Department of Water Resources, 2003). Because of increasing water demands at the NTC, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in...

Densmore, Jill; Dishart, Justine E.; Miller, David M.; Buesch, David C.; Ball, Lyndsay B.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Woolfenden, Linda R.; Cromwell, Geoffrey; Burgess, Matthew K.; Nawikas, Joseph; O'Leary, David; Kjos, Adam; Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.
Densmore, J.N., J.E. Dishart, D.M. Miller, D.C. Buesch, and others, 2017, Water-resources and land-surface deformation evaluation studies at Fort Irwin National Training Center, Mojave Desert, California, in: Reynolds, R.E., ed., ECSZ does it--Revisiting the Eastern California Shear Zone, Desert Symposium, 31st annual, Zzyzx, Calif. , April 2017, Field Guide and Proceedings: California State University Desert Studies Center, p. 290-298, accessed at http://nsm.fullerton.edu/dsc/images/DSCdocs/DSProceedings/2017%20ECSZ%20does%20it.pdf.

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Year Published: 2017

Land subsidence in the southwestern Mojave Desert, California, 1992–2009

Groundwater has been the primary source of domestic, agricultural, and municipal water supplies in the southwestern Mojave Desert, California, since the early 1900s. Increased demands on water supplies have caused groundwater-level declines of more than 100 feet (ft) in some areas of this desert between the 1950s and the 1990s (Stamos and others,...

Brandt, Justin T.; Sneed, Michelle
Brandt, Justin, and Sneed, Michelle, 2017, Land subsidence in the southwestern Mojave Desert, California, 1992–2009: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2017-3053, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20173053.

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Year Published: 2016

Time-varying land subsidence detected by radar altimetry: California, Taiwan and north China

Contemporary applications of radar altimetry include sea-level rise, ocean circulation, marine gravity, and ice sheet elevation change. Unlike InSAR and GNSS, which are widely used to map surface deformation, altimetry is neither reliant on highly temporally-correlated ground features nor as limited by the available spatial coverage, and can...

Hwang, Cheinway; Yang, Yuande; Kao, Ricky; Han, Jiancheng; Shum, C.K.; Galloway, Devin L.; Sneed, Michelle; Hung, Wei-Chia; Cheng, Yung-Sheng; Li, Fei

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Year Published: 2016

Water availability and land subsidence in the Central Valley, California, USA

The Central Valley in California (USA) covers about 52,000 km2 and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. This agriculture relies heavily on surface-water diversions and groundwater pumpage to meet irrigation water demand. Because the valley is semi-arid and surface-water availability varies substantially,...

Faunt, Claudia C.; Sneed, Michelle; Traum, Jonathan A.; Brandt, Justin T.
Faunt, C.C., and others, 2015, Hydrogeology Journal, 10.1007/s10040-015-1339-x

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Year Published: 2015

Land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, 2007-14

Rapid land subsidence was recently measured using multiple methods in two areas of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV): between Merced and Fresno (El Nido), and between Fresno and Bakersfield (Pixley). Recent land-use changes and diminished surface-water availability have led to increased groundwater pumping, groundwater-level declines, and land...

Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.
Sneed, Michelle and Brandt, Justin, 2015, Land subsidence in the San Joaquin Valley, California, USA, 2007-14, Proceedings of the Ninth International Symposium on Land Subsidence, Nagoya, Japan, November 15-19, 2015: IAHS Publication 372, p. 23-27. http://www.proc-iahs.net/372/index.html

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Year Published: 2014

Land subsidence, groundwater levels, and geology in the Coachella Valley, California, 1993-2010

Land subsidence associated with groundwater-level declines has been investigated by the U.S. Geological Survey in the Coachella Valley, California, since 1996. Groundwater has been a major source of agricultural, municipal, and domestic supply in the valley since the early 1920s. Pumping of groundwater resulted in water-level declines as much as...

Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.; Solt, Mike
Land subsidence, groundwater levels, and geology in the Coachella Valley, California, 1993-2010; 2014; SIR; 2014-5075; Sneed, Michelle; Brandt, Justin T.; Solt, Mike

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Year Published: 2014

Subsidence (2004-2009) in and near lakebeds of the Mojave River and Morongo groundwater basins, southwest Mojave Desert, California

Subsidence, in the vicinity of dry lakebeds, within the Mojave River and Morongo groundwater basins of the southwest Mojave Desert has been measured by Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). The investigation has focused on determining the location, extent, and magnitude of changes in land-surface elevation. In addition, the relation of...

Solt, Mike; Sneed, Michelle
Subsidence (2004-2009) in and near lakebeds of the Mojave River and Morongo groundwater basins, southwest Mojave Desert, California; 2014; SIR; 2014-5011; Solt, Mike; Sneed, Michelle

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Year Published: 2009

Groundwater availability of the Central Valley Aquifer, California

California's Central Valley covers about 20,000 square miles and is one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. More than 250 different crops are grown in the Central Valley with an estimated value of $17 billion per year. This irrigated agriculture relies heavily on surface-water diversions and groundwater pumpage. Approximately...

Faunt, Claudia C.
Groundwater Availability of the Central Valley Aquifer, California; 2009; PP; 1766; Faunt, Claudia C. (editor)