Salton Sea

Publications

USGS has a long history of interdisciplinary research in the Salton Sea basin. Browse the publications below for more information about our research.

State of the Salton Sea Report 2017

State of the Salton Sea Report 2017

Summary from a 2014 workshop on the state of the Salton Sea.

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Salton Sea Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Plan

Salton Sea Ecosystem Monitoring and Assessment Plan

A monitoring and assessment plan developed by a interagency team to help identify an ecosystem restoration program for the Salton Sea.

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Year Published: 2018

Irregular focal mechanisms observed at Salton Sea Geothermal Field: Possible influences of anthropogenic stress perturbations

At the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (SSGF), strain accumulation is released through seismic slip and aseismic deformation. Earthquake activity at the SSGF often occurs in swarm-like clusters, some with clear migration patterns. We have identified an earthquake sequence composed entirely of focal mechanisms representing an ambiguous style of...

Schoenball, Martin; Crandall-Bear, Aren; Barbour, Andrew J.; Schoenball, Martin

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Year Published: 2018

Punctuated sediment discharge during early Pliocene birth of the Colorado River: Evidence from regional stratigraphy, sedimentology, and paleontology

The Colorado River in the southwestern U.S. provides an excellent natural laboratory for studying the origins of a continent-scale river system, because deposits that formed prior to and during river initiation are well exposed in the lower river valley and nearby basinal sink. This paper presents a synthesis of regional stratigraphy,...

Dorsey, Rebecca J.; O’Connell, Brennan; McDougall-Reid, Kristin; Homan, Mindy B.
Rebecca J. Dorsey, Brennan O'Connell, Kristin McDougall, and Mindy B. Homan, 2018, Punctuated sediment discharge during early Pliocene birth of the Colorado River; evidence from regional stratigraphy, sedimentology, and paleontology: Sedimentary Geology, v. 363, p. 1-33, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.sedgeo.2017.09.018.

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Year Published: 2017

Subsurface geometry of the San Andreas fault in southern California: Results from the Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) and strong ground motion expectations

The San Andreas fault (SAF) is one of the most studied strike‐slip faults in the world; yet its subsurface geometry is still uncertain in most locations. The Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) was undertaken to image the structure surrounding the SAF and also its subsurface geometry. We present SSIP studies at two locations in the Coachella...

Fuis, Gary S.; Bauer, Klaus; Goldman, Mark R.; Ryberg, Trond; Langenheim, Victoria; Scheirer, Daniel S.; Rymer, Michael J.; Stock, Joann M.; Hole, John A.; Catchings, Rufus D.; Graves, Robert; Aagaard, Brad T.
Gary S. Fuis, Klaus Bauer, Mark R. Goldman, Trond Ryberg, Victoria E. Langenheim, Daniel S. Scheirer, Michael J. Rymer, Joann M. Stock, John A. Hole, Rufus D. Catchings, Robert W. Graves, Brad Aagaard "Subsurface Geometry of the San Andreas Fault in Southern California: Results from the Salton Seismic Imaging Project (SSIP) and Strong Ground Motion Expectations," Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America Jul 2017, DOI: 10.1785/0120160309

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Year Published: 2017

State of the Salton Sea—A science and monitoring meeting of scientists for the Salton Sea

IntroductionThe Salton Sea (Sea) is an ecosystem facing large systemic changes in the near future. Managers and stakeholders are seeking solutions to the decline of the Sea and have turned to the scientific community for answers. In response, scientists gathered in Irvine, California, to review existing science and propose scientific studies and...

Barnum, Douglas A.; Bradley, Timothy; Cohen, Michael; Wilcox, Bruce; Yanega, Gregor
Barnum, D.A., Bradley, T., Cohen, M., Wilcox, B., and Yanega, G., 2017, State of the Salton Sea—A science and monitoring meeting of scientists for the Salton Sea: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2017–1005, 20 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20171005.

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Year Published: 2016

A biographical memoir of Donald Edward White

Donald E. White was a leading scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey, where his career was devoted almost entirely to the study of hydrothermal processes in the Earth’s crust, from the dual perspectives of active geothermal systems and of extinct hydrothermal systems now represented only by ore deposits and alteration patterns. White was devoted...

Muffler, L. J. Patrick
Muffler, L.J.P., 2016, Biographical Memoir for Donald E. White: National Academy of Sciences, Biographical Memoir, http://www.nasonline.org/member-directory/deceased-members/49181.html

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Year Published: 2016

Seismic imaging of the metamorphism of young sediment into new crystalline crust in the actively rifting Imperial Valley, California

Plate-boundary rifting between transform faults is opening the Imperial Valley of southern California and the rift is rapidly filling with sediment from the Colorado River. Three 65–90 km long seismic refraction profiles across and along the valley, acquired as part of the 2011 Salton Seismic Imaging Project, were analyzed to constrain upper...

Han, Liang; Hole, John; Stock, Joann; Fuis, Gary S.; Williams, Colin F.; Delph, Jonathan; Davenport, Kathy; Livers, Amanda
Han, Liang, et al. "Seismic imaging of the metamorphism of young sediment into new crystalline crust in the actively rifting Imperial Valley, California." Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems (2016).

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Year Published: 2016

Continental rupture and the creation of new crust in the Salton Trough rift, southern California and northern Mexico: Results from the Salton Seismic Imaging Project

A refraction and wide-angle reflection seismic profile along the axis of the Salton Trough, California and Mexico, was analyzed to constrain crustal and upper mantle seismic velocity structure during active continental rifting. From the northern Salton Sea to the southern Imperial Valley, the crust is 17-18 km thick and approximately one-...

Han, Liang; Hole, John A.; Stock, Joann M.; Fuis, Gary S.; Kell, Annie; Driscoll, Neal W.; Kent, Graham M.; Rymer, Michael J.; Gonzalez-Fernandez, Antonio; Aburto-Oropeza, Octavio
Han, L., et al. (2016), Continental rupture and the creation of new crust in the Salton Trough rift, Southern California and northern Mexico: Results from the Salton Seismic Imaging Project, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, 7469–7489, doi:10.1002/2016JB013139.

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Year Published: 2016

Characterizing potentially induced earthquake rate changes in the Brawley Seismic Zone, southern California

The Brawley seismic zone (BSZ), in the Salton trough of southern California, has a history of earthquake swarms and geothermal energy exploitation. Some earthquake rate changes may have been induced by fluid extraction and injection activity at local geothermal fields, particularly at the North Brawley Geothermal Field (NBGF) and at the Salton Sea...

Llenos, Andrea L.; Michael, Andrew J.
Llenos, A. L., and A. J. Michael (2016), Characterizing potentially induced earthquake rate changes in the Brawley Seismic Zone, southern California, Bull. Seismol. Soc. Am., 106, doi: 10.1785/0120150053.

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Year Published: 2016

Subsidence rates at the southern Salton Sea consistent with reservoir depletion

Space geodetic measurements from the Envisat satellite between 2003 and 2010 show that subsidence rates near the southeastern shoreline of the Salton Sea in Southern California are up to 52mmyr−1 greater than the far-field background rate. By comparing these measurements with model predictions, we find that this subsidence appears to be dominated...

Barbour, Andrew J.; Evans, Eileen; Hickman, Stephen H.; Eneva, Mariana
Barbour, A. J., E. L. Evans, S. H. Hickman, and M. Eneva (2016), Subsidence Rates at the Southern Salton Sea Consistent with Reservoir Depletion, J. Geophys. Res. Solid Earth, 121, doi:10.1002/2016JB012903

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Year Published: 2016

New summer areas and mixing of two greater sandhill crane populations in the Intermountain West

Population delineation throughout the annual life cycle for migratory birds is needed to formulate regional and national management and conservation strategies. Despite being well studied continentally, connectivity of sandhill crane Grus canadensis populations throughout the western portion of their North American range remains poorly...

Collins, Daniel P.; Grisham, Blake A.; Conring, Courtenay M.; Knetter, Jeffrey M.; Conway, Warren C.; Carleton, Scott A.; Boggie, Matthew A.

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Year Published: 2016

Sources of subsidence at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field

At the Salton Sea Geothermal Field (SSGF) in Southern California, surface deformation associated with geologic processes including sediment compaction, tectonic strain, and fault slip may be augmented by energy production activities. Separating the relative contributions from natural and anthropogenic sources is especially important at the SSGF,...

Barbour, Andrew J.; Evans, Eileen; Hickman, Stephen H.; Eneva, Mariana
Barbour, A.J, E. L. Evans, S. H. Hickman, and M. Eneva, Sources of Subsidence at the Salton Sea Geothermal Field, Proceedings of the Forty First Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, February 22-24, 2016.

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Year Published: 2015

Natural or Induced: Identifying Natural and Induced Swarms from Pre-production and Co-production Microseismic Catalogs at the Coso Geothermal Field

Increased levels of seismicity coinciding with injection of reservoir fluids have prompted interest in methods to distinguish induced from natural seismicity. Discrimination between induced and natural seismicity is especially difficult in areas that have high levels of natural seismicity, such as the geothermal fields at the Salton Sea and Coso,...

Schoenball, Martin; Kaven, J. Ole; Glen, Jonathan M. G.; Davatzes, Nicholas C.
M. Schoenball, J.O. Kaven, J.M.G. Glen and N.C. Davatzes (2015), Natural or Induced: Identifying Natural and Induced Swarms from Pre-production and Coproduction Microseismic Catalogs at the Coso Geothermal Field. In 39th Workshop on Geothermal Reservoir Engineering, Stanford, California.