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Characterizing the hydrogeologic framework of the Death Valley region, Southern Nevada and California

January 1, 1993

Three-dimensional (3-D) hydrogeologic modeling of the complex geology of the Death Valley region requires the application of a number of Geoscientific Information System (GSIS) techniques. This study, funded by United States Department of Energy as a part of the Yucca Mountain Project, focuses on an area of approximately 100,000 square kilometers (three degrees of latitude by three degrees of longitude) and extends up to ten kilometers in depth. The geologic conditions are typical of the Basin and Range province; a variety of sedimentary and igneous intrusive and extrusive rocks have been subjected to both compressional and extensional deformation. GSIS techniques allow the synthesis of geologic, hydrologic and climatic information gathered from many sources, including satellite imagery and published maps and cross-sections. Construction of a 3-D hydrogeological model is possible with the combined use of software products available from several vendors, including traditional GIS products and sophisticated contouring, interpolation, visualization, and numerical modeling packages.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1993
Title Characterizing the hydrogeologic framework of the Death Valley region, Southern Nevada and California
DOI
Authors Claudia Faunt, Frank D'Agnese, Joe S. Downey, A. Keith Turner
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
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Index ID 70018385
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization

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