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Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center

Scientists with the GMEG Science Center work on issues related to geologic processes, mineral and energy resource potential, and past climate, primarily in the Western United States. The science staff includes Geologists, Geophysicists, Geochemists, Biologists, and Geographic Information Systems specialists located in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington.

News

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Energy Quarterly - Winter 2022

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One benefit of California’s volcanoes? Geothermal energy

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Media Alert: Airplane to Make Low-Level Flights Over Southern California

Publications

Insights into the geometry and evolution of the southern San Andreas Fault from geophysical data, southern California

Two new joint gravity-magnetic models in northern Coachella Valley provide additional evidence for a steep northeast dip of the Mission Creek strand of the southern San Andreas fault (southern California, USA). Gravity modeling indicates a steep northeast dip of the Banning fault in the upper 1–2 km in northern Coachella Valley. The Mission Creek strand and its continuation to the southeast (Coach

Young basalt fields of the Mojave Desert

Basalt, a mafic volcanic rock common in mid-ocean islands and in several continental settings, is melted from upper mantle rocks in many cases and thus provides information on mantle conditions. Basalt lava fields, some decorated with cinder cones, are scattered around the Mojave Desert. Only a few basalt fields have been well studied, so we undertook a compilation of basalt fields that are younge

Post-Early Miocene silicic volcanism in the northern Mojave Desert, California

Silicic volcanism that postdates widespread early Miocene volcanism in the Mojave Desert is underappreciated. We compiled age, petrographic, and geochemical data for volcanic rocks in a wide swath of the desert south of the Garlock fault using an age threshold of post-18.8 Ma, approximately the limit of the earlier Miocene volcanism as marked by the eruption of the widespread Peach Spring Tuff. In

Science

2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource Surveys

USGS is partnering with NASA and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research and Engineering to increase capabilities in off-world resource surveying. We propose to explore the utility and feasibility of geophysical techniques to characterize potential resources in the near subsurface of the Moon and Mars, improving our ability to detect, map, and characterize in situ...
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2022 Post-Doctoral Fellow - Geophysical Techniques for Off-World Resource Surveys

USGS is partnering with NASA and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (OUSD) for Research and Engineering to increase capabilities in off-world resource surveying. We propose to explore the utility and feasibility of geophysical techniques to characterize potential resources in the near subsurface of the Moon and Mars, improving our ability to detect, map, and characterize in situ...
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San Andreas Fault System in Southern California

Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and countless visitors who live, recreate, consume resources, and face the risk of natural hazards in the region. This project produces high-quality, multi-purpose geologic maps, databases, and reports that portray our understanding of the region’s four-dimensional geologic framework. We conduct stratigraphic, structural, geomorphological...
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San Andreas Fault System in Southern California

Southern California is home to nearly 24 million people and countless visitors who live, recreate, consume resources, and face the risk of natural hazards in the region. This project produces high-quality, multi-purpose geologic maps, databases, and reports that portray our understanding of the region’s four-dimensional geologic framework. We conduct stratigraphic, structural, geomorphological...
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Enterprise GIS for the NCGMP Community

We are focused on modernizing digital infrastructure by implementing a web-services based, enterprise GIS architecture focused on enabling scientific collaboration across geographically dispersed FEDMAP scientists. This project supports geologic mapping goals set forth by the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 and the vision of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP). Prior to...
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Enterprise GIS for the NCGMP Community

We are focused on modernizing digital infrastructure by implementing a web-services based, enterprise GIS architecture focused on enabling scientific collaboration across geographically dispersed FEDMAP scientists. This project supports geologic mapping goals set forth by the National Geologic Mapping Act of 1992 and the vision of the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP). Prior to...
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