Richard F Madole


Research focus chiefly on documenting the history of water-table fluctuations in and near the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, San Luis Valley, Colorado, during late Pleistocene and Holocene time. Ground-water withdrawals and climate change are the primary threats to water resources in this area (Mast, 2007, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5147). Thus, knowing the frequency and magnitude of past, present, and potential future water-table fluctuations is important to agriculture (the principal economy), municipalities, and several government agencies. In addition, ground-water withdrawal here is of strategic importance to administration of the Rio Grande Compact, which assures availability of Rio Grande water to users farther downstream.

Recent Accomplishments


Professional Studies/Experience

  • 1963-1965: Exploration Geologist, Chevron, Standard of Texas Division
  • 1965-1967: Senior Geologist, Photogeomorphology Group, Texas Instruments
  • 1967-1971: Chairman, Department of Earth Science, Adrian College
  • 1971-1972: NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Colorado
  • 1972-1974: Research Geologist & Visiting Professor Geologic Sciences, University of Colorado
  • 1974-1997: Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
  • 1997-present: Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey


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Scientific/Oral Presentations, Abstracts