Presented in this report are the chemical and mineralogical results of a soil study conducted in the lower Rio Grande valley, Texas. Samples were collected from soils formed on Holocene alluvial flood-plain and distributary channel deposits of the Rio Grande, flood plain and meander-belt deposits of the Pliocene Goliad Formation, and the Pleistocene Lissie and Beaumont Formations. The lower Rio Grande valley is located on the old distributary delta of the Rio Grande. The watersheds on the U.S. side of the delta no longer drain into the Rio Grande but are part of a complex system of irrigation channels and wastewater drains that flow into the lower Laguna Madre. The results of the study have been used to map concealed geologic units and identify potential mosquito breeding habitat.
|Title||Geochemistry and mineralogy of soils collected in the lower Rio Grande valley, Texas|
|Authors||Helen A. Whitney, Federico Solano, Bernard E. Hubbard|
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Series Title||Open-File Report|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Eastern Mineral and Environmental Resources Science Center|