Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center

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Welcome to the Geology, Geophysics, and Geochemistry Science Center (GGGSC) located in Lakewood, Colorado on the Denver Federal Center. At GGGSC, we apply expertise in geology, geophysics, and geochemistry to interdisciplinary efforts in support of the USGS mission to address the Nation’s important earth science issues, with an emphasis on mineral resources.

Laboratories

Laboratories

Our center has several laboratories, ranging from geophysics to geochemistry to spectroscopy to scanning electron microscopes.

Center Laboratories

Science Branches

Our strong science portfolio integrates regional and economic geology with a broad range of geophysical, geochemical, analytical expertise. Our center has six scientific branches:

Analytical Geochemistry

Isotope and Aqueous Geochemistry

Applied Geochemistry

Geophysics and Spectroscopy

Economic and Framework Geology

Operations

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News

Date published: May 17, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY: Low-Level Flights in Charleston to Image Buried Faults and Ancient Lava Flows

Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project.  Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Date published: April 18, 2019

USGS April 2 Open House in Silverton Colorado Well Received

On April 2, the USGS hosted an Open House in Silverton, Colorado, about planned airborne geophysical surveys in the Silverton region.

Date published: March 25, 2019

Low-flying Helicopter Survey to Map Subsurface Geology and Groundwater Near Silverton, Colorado

In the public interest, and in accordance with FAA regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Petrographic, geochemical, and geochronologic data for cenozoic volcanic rocks of the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield Mining Districts, Nevada

The purpose of this report is to summarize geochemical, petrographic, and geochronologic data for samples, principally those of unmineralized Tertiary volcanic rocks, from the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield mining districts of west-central Nevada (fig. 1). Much of the data presented here for the Tonopah and Divide districts are for samples...

du Bray, Edward A.; John, David A.; Vikre, Peter A.; Colgan, Joseph P.; Cosca, Michael A.; Morgan, Leah E.; Fleck, Robert J.; Premo, Wayne R.; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.
du Bray, E.A., John, D.A., Vikre, P.G., Colgan, J.P., Cosca, M.A., Morgan, L.E., Fleck, R.J., Premo, W.R., and Holm-Denoma, C.S., 2019, Petrographic, geochemical, and geochronologic data for Cenozoic volcanic rocks of the Tonopah, Divide, and Goldfield mining districts, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1099, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1099.

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Geochemical and mineralogical maps, with interpretation, for soils of the conterminous United States

Between 2007 and 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a low-density (1 site per 1,600 square kilometers, 4,857 sites) geochemical and mineralogical survey of soils in the conterminous United States. The sampling protocol for the national-scale survey included, at each site, a sample from a depth of 0 to 5 centimeters, a composite of the soil...

Smith, David B.; Solano, Federico; Woodruff, Laurel G.; Cannon, William F.; Ellefsen, Karl J.
Smith, D.B., Solano, Federico, Woodruff, L.G., Cannon, W.F., and Ellefsen, K.J., 2019, Geochemical and mineralogical maps, with interpretation, for soils of the conterminous United States: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2017-5118, https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20175118. [Available as HTML.]

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Year Published: 2019

Comment on “Particle fluxes in groundwater change subsurface rock chemistry over geologic time”

Over the last decade, studies at the Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory (Shale Hills) have greatly expanded knowledge of weathering in previously understudied, shale-mantled terrains, as well as Earth's Critical Zone as a whole. Among the many discoveries made was the importance of redistribution and losses of micron-sized...

Bern, Carleton R.; Tiffany Yesavage