Unified Interior Regions

Arizona

The Southwest Region includes California, Nevada, and Arizona. The Regional Office, headquartered in Sacramento, provides Center oversight and support, facilitates internal and external collaborations, and works to further USGS strategic science directions.

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Drilling for mineral resources near Canyonlands National Park, Utah
May 31, 2007

Drilling for mineral resources near Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Drilling for mineral resources near Canyonlands National Park, Utah

Climate change combined with overlapping high-intensity land uses are likely to create conditions detrimental to the recreation economy, wildlife habitat, water availability and other resources in hyper-arid landscapes, or drylands, in the future, according to a paper published in Ecosphere

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Image: Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona - 2007
March 1, 2007

Huérfano Butte, Santa Rita Experimental Range, Southern Arizona - 2007

More mesquite were visible, and prickly pear had replaced cholla as the dominant cacti. (Mitchel P. McClaran).

Attribution: Land Resources
Image: Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 2006
August 12, 2006

Santa Catalina Highway, near Tucson, Southern Arizona - 2006

Two ranging poles were placed near the positions of two sets of saguaros in order to determine their heights, and hence approximate ages. Most were established in the 1890s, after livestock grazing and the removal of fine fuels had begun in the area. Several small saguaros have become established since the fire; one is to the left of the left-hand ranging pole,

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Attribution: Land Resources
July 29, 2006

Flood Measurement on Rillito River (2006)

USGS employees measuring flood flows on Rillito River in Tucson, Arizona.

July 29, 2006

Flood Measurement Using ADCP (2006)

USGS employees taking flood measurements using an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler.

July 28, 2006

Flooding in Tucson, AZ (2006)

Measuring floods in Tucson, AZ 2006.

Small tress re-growing after a fire
April 22, 2006

Nonnative tamarisk re-grows following a wildfire

Nonnative tamarisk is resistant to wildfire, in part because of its ablity to re-sprout.

Shrubs re-sprout after a wildfire
April 22, 2006

Nonnative tamarisk re-sprouts after wildfire

Nonnative tamarisk is resistant to wildfire, in part due to its ability to resprout

A tamarisk plant with many pink flowers
April 22, 2006

Tamarisk plants can make many flowers

Tamarisk plants have been sucessful in southwestern US river- and stream-side habitats, in part because of its ablity to make many flowers and, therefore, seeds.

Tamarisk growing along a river
April 22, 2006

A single species stand of nonnative tamarisk

Single species stand of nonnative tamarisk on the Lower Colorado River at Cibola National Wildlife Refuge, California

February 23, 2006

PubTalk 2/2006 — Science and Natural Resources along La Frontera

By Floyd Gray, Geologist

  • Natural systems-water, geology, and wildlife-tend to cross the 1,900- mile-long arbitrary political border between Mexico and the U.S.
  • Rapid population growth on the U.S. side and in Mexican border cities is creating a variety of environmental, ecological, and human health problems
  • The San Pedro River
Poster composed of photographs and text.
December 31, 2005

Flying Eyeball Measures Grand Canyon Sand

Large-scale poster describing USGS work.

USGS scientists needed a better way to measure river sand in the Grand Canyon. Traditionally, scientists used a bucket to get about 75 sand samples on each trip, which were analyzed weeks later in a lab.

To measure more locations and to speed up the analysis, we developed the Flying Eyeball underwater microscope.

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December 15, 2002

Surface water in the form of ice exposed near the edge of Mars’s southern perennial polar cap has been discovered for the first time, according to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) research released today in the journal Science. There is evidence that the surface water ice in this region may be widespread - from a half-mile to six miles around the entire southern polar ice cap.

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July 24, 2002

Last week, USGS scientists began sampling sediment and organic-rich streamflow coming from the Rodeo/Chediski fire burn area to discern possible ecological and water-quality effects of this discharge. In addition, three new USGS streamflow gages are allowing advance warning of possible flooding to affected Arizona communities.

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July 24, 2002

Last week, USGS scientists began sampling sediment and organic-rich streamflow coming from the Rodeo/Chediski fire burn area to discern possible ecological and water-quality effects of this discharge. In addition, three new USGS streamflow gages are allowing advance warning of possible flooding to affected Arizona communities.

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April 24, 2002

Picture a sunset in which a "forest" of that Sonoran Desert icon the saguaro cactus is silhouetted against the skyline. Now picture that sunset minus the saguaros and you will have an idea why researchers and resource managers across southern Arizona fear the take-over of the desert by invasive nonnative grasses.

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October 23, 2001

The natural richness of the Colorado Plateau of the southwestern United States is the focus of the Sixth Biennial Conference of Research on the Colorado Plateau, November 6-8, at the du Bois Conference Center on the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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September 24, 2001

Geochemical analyses using strontium isotopes show that many of the timbers used to build the prehistoric great houses of Chaco Canyon, N.M., between A.D. 900 and 1150, were hand-carried to the building site from isolated mountaintops 50 to 60 miles away, according to four Arizona scientists.

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April 23, 2001

The effect of low flows of the Colorado River, last summer, on fish, sand distribution, power production, recreation and other aspects of the river environment will be the focus of a Grand Canyon Science Symposium, April 26 and 27, at the Little America Hotel Conference Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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April 23, 2001

The effect of low flows of the Colorado River, last summer, on fish, sand distribution, power production, recreation and other aspects of the river environment will be the focus of a Grand Canyon Science Symposium, April 26 and 27, at the Little America Hotel Conference Center in Flagstaff, Ariz.

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April 18, 2001

Following the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a large number of distant aftershocks or triggered earthquakes occurred much farther away from the fault than previously realized, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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April 18, 2001

Following the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake, a large number of distant aftershocks or triggered earthquakes occurred much farther away from the fault than previously realized, according to scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey.

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March 14, 2001

The health and environment of desert tortoises will be the focus of the 26th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council, in Tucson, Ariz., March 16 through 19.

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March 14, 2001

The health and environment of desert tortoises will be the focus of the 26th Annual Meeting and Symposium of the Desert Tortoise Council, in Tucson, Ariz., March 16 through 19.