Nevada Water Science Center

Publications

Publications produced by the Nevada Water Science Center are listed below. Older publications may not be available in electronic form yet. If a Nevada Water Science Center publication that you would like to view isn't listed below, please send email to  GS-W-NVpublic-info@ usgs.gov.

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Year Published: 2014

Groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Dixie Valley, west-central Nevada, March 2009-September 2011

With increasing population growth and land-use change, urban communities in the desert Southwest are progressively looking toward remote basins to supplement existing water supplies. Pending applications by Churchill County for groundwater appropriations from Dixie Valley, Nevada, a primarily undeveloped basin east of the Carson Desert, have...

Garcia, C. Amanda; Huntington, Jena M; Buto, Susan G.; Moreo, Michael T.; Smith, J. LaRue; Andraski, Brian J.
Groundwater discharge by evapotranspiration, Dixie Valley, west-central Nevada, March 2009-September 2011; 2014; PP; 1805; Garcia, C. Amanda; Huntington, Jena M; Buto, Susan G.; Moreo, Michael T.; Smith, J. LaRue; Andraski, Brian J.

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Hydroclimate of the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range, Clark County, Nevada

Precipitation, potential evapotranspiration, and actual evapotranspiration often are used to characterize the hydroclimate of a region. Quantification of these parameters in mountainous terrains is difficult because limited access often hampers the collection of representative ground data. To fulfill a need to characterize ecological zones in the...

Moreo, Michael T.; Senay, Gabriel B.; Flint, Alan L.; Damar, Nancy A.; Laczniak, Randell J.; Hurja, James
Hydroclimate of the Spring Mountains and Sheep Range, Clark County, Nevada; 2014; SIR; 2014-5142; Moreo, Michael T.; Senay, Gabriel; Flint, Alan L.; Damar, Nancy A.; Laczniak, Randell J.; Hurja, James

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Surface-groundwater interactions in hard rocks in Sardon Catchment of western Spain: an integrated modeling approach

The structural and hydrological complexity of hard rock systems (HRSs) affects dynamics of surface–groundwater interactions. These complexities are not well described or understood by hydrogeologists because simplified analyses typically are used to study HRSs. A transient, integrated hydrologic model (IHM) GSFLOW (Groundwater and Surface water...

Hassan, S.M. Tanvir; Lubczynski, Maciek W.; Niswonger, Richard G.; Zhongbo, Su
Surface-groundwater interactions in hard rocks in Sardon Catchment of western Spain: an integrated modeling approach; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Hydrology; Hassan, S. M. Tanvir; Lubczynski, Maciek W.; Niswonger, Richard G.; Zhongbo, Su

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Preliminary geochemical assessment of water in selected streams, springs, and caves in the Upper Baker and Snake Creek drainages in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, 2009

Water in caves, discharging from springs, and flowing in streams in the upper Baker and Snake Creek drainages are important natural resources in Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Water and rock samples were collected from 15 sites during February 2009 as part of a series of investigations evaluating the potential for water resource depletion in...

Paul, Angela P.; Thodal, Carl E.; Baker, Gretchen M.; Lico, Michael S.; Prudic, David E.
Preliminary geochemical assessment of water in selected streams, springs, and caves in the Upper Baker and Snake Creek drainages in Great Basin National Park, Nevada, 2009; 2014; SIR; 2014-5108; Paul, Angela P.; Thodal, Carl E.; Baker, Gretchen M.; Lico, Michael S.; Prudic, David E.

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Site-characteristic and hydrologic data for selected wells and springs on Federal land in Clark County, Nevada

Site-characteristic and hydrologic data for selected wells and springs on U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service land in Clark County, Nevada, were updated in the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Water Information System (NWIS) to facilitate multi-agency research. Data were...

Pavelko, Michael T.
Site-characteristic and hydrologic data for selected wells and springs on Federal land in Clark County, Nevada; 2014; DS; 864; Pavelko, Michael T.

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Vegetation database for land-cover mapping, Clark and Lincoln Counties, Nevada

Floristic and other vegetation data were collected at 3,175 sample sites to support land-cover mapping projects in Clark and Lincoln Counties, Nevada, from 2007 to 2013. Data were collected at sample sites that were selected to fulfill mapping priorities by one of two different plot sampling approaches. Samples were described at the stand level...

Charlet, David A.; Damar, Nancy A.; Leary, Patrick J.
Vegetation database for land-cover mapping, Clark and Lincoln Counties, Nevada; 2014; DS; 827; Charlet, David A.; Damar, Nancy A.; Leary, Patrick J.

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Land-cover mapping of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Coyote Springs, Piute-Eldorado Valley, and Mormon Mesa Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, Clark County, Nevada

DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite high-resolution multispectral imagery was classified by using Visual Learning Systems’ Feature Analyst feature extraction software to produce land-cover data sets for the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and the Coyote Springs, Piute-Eldorado Valley, and Mormon Mesa Areas of Critical Environmental...

Smith, J. LaRue; Damar, Nancy A.; Charlet, David A.; Westenburg, Craig L.
Land-cover mapping of Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and Coyote Springs, Piute-Eldorado Valley, and Mormon Mesa Areas of Critical Environmental Concern, Clark County, Nevada; 2014; SIR; 2014-5076; Smith, J. LaRue; Damar, Nancy A.; Charlet, David A.; Westenburg, Craig L.

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Soil, plant, and terrain effects on natural perchlorate distribution in a desert landscape

Perchlorate (ClO4−) is a contaminant that occurs naturally throughout the world, but little is known about its distribution and interactions in terrestrial ecosystems. The objectives of this Amargosa Desert, Nevada study were to determine (i) the local-scale distribution of shallow-soil (0–30 cm) ClO4− with respect to shrub proximity (far and near...

Andraski, Brian J.; Jackson, W.A.; Welborn, Toby L.; Böhlke, John Karl; Sevanthi, Ritesh; Stonestrom, David A.
Soil, plant, and terrain effects on natural perchlorate distribution in a desert landscape; 2014; Article; Journal; Journal of Environmental Quality; Andraski, Brian J.; Jackson, W. A.; Welborn, Toby L.; Böhlke, John Karl; Sevanthi, Ritesh; Stonestrom, David A.

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Field-scale sulfur hexafluoride tracer experiment to understand long distance gas transport in the deep unsaturated zone

A gas-tracer test in a deep arid unsaturated zone demonstrates that standard estimates of effective diffusivity from sediment properties allow a reasonable first-cut assessment of gas contaminant transport. Apparent anomalies in historic transport behavior at this and other waste disposal sites may result from factors other than nonreactive gas...

Walvoord, Michelle Ann; Andraski, Brian J.; Green, Christopher T.; Stonestrom, David A.; Striegl, Robert G.
Walvoord, M.A., Andraski, B., Green, C.T., Stonestrom, D., Striegl, R. (2014) Field-scale sulfur hexafluoride tracer experiment to understand long distance gas transport in the deep unsaturated zone, Vadose Zone Journal, 13, (8) doi:10.2136/vzj2014.04.0045.

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Development of a regionally consistent geospatial dataset of agricultural lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin, 2007-10

Irrigation in arid environments can alter the natural rate at which salts are dissolved and transported to streams. Irrigated agricultural lands are the major anthropogenic source of dissolved solids in the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB). Understanding the location, spatial distribution, and irrigation status of agricultural lands and the...

Buto, Susan G.; Gold, Brittany L.; Jones, Kimberly A.
Development of a regionally consistent geospatial dataset of agricultural lands in the Upper Colorado River Basin, 2007-10; 2014; SIR; 2014-5039; Buto, Susan G.; Gold, Brittany L.; Jones, Kimberly A.

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Tritium plume dynamics in the shallow unsaturated zone in an arid environment

The spatiotemporal variability of a tritium plume in the shallow unsaturated zone and the mechanisms controlling its transport were evaluated during a 10-yr study. Plume movement was minimal and its mass declined by 68%. Upward-directed diffusive-vapor tritium fluxes and radioactive decay accounted for most of the observed plume-mass declines....

Maples, S.R.; Andraski, Brian J.; Stonestrom, David A.; Cooper, C.A.; Pohll, G.; Michel, R.L.
Tritium plume dynamics in the shallow unsaturated zone in an arid environment; 2014; Article; Journal; Vadose Zone Journal; Maples, S. R.; Andraski, B. J.; Stonestrom, D. A.; Cooper, C. A.; Pohll, G.; Michel, R. L.

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A method for estimating spatially variable seepage and hydrualic conductivity in channels with very mild slopes

Infiltration along ephemeral channels plays an important role in groundwater recharge in arid regions. A model is presented for estimating spatial variability of seepage due to streambed heterogeneity along channels based on measurements of streamflow-front velocities in initially dry channels. The diffusion-wave approximation to the Saint-Venant...

Shanafield, Margaret; Niswonger, Richard G.; Prudic, David E.; Pohll, Greg; Susfalk, Richard; Panday, Sorab
A method for estimating spatially variable seepage and hydrualic conductivity in channels with very mild slopes; 2014; Article; Journal; Hydrological Processes; Shanafield, Margaret; Niswonger, Richard G.; Prudic, David E.; Pohll, Greg; Susfalk, Richard; Panday, Sorab