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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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Image: Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
May 23, 2008

Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon deposited by 2008 controlled flood. The river is flowing from left to right and the location is approximately 64 miles downstream from Lees Ferry, Arizona.

Image: Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon
May 23, 2008

Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

Sandbar on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon deposited by the 2008 controlled flood. The view is looking downstream and the location is approximately 65 miles downstream from Lees Ferry, Arizona.

 

August 31, 2007

Monsoon-Rain Flow in an Ephemeral Channel near Sierra Vista, Arizona

As part of the assessment of the binational San Pedro aquifer, the effects of urbanization on runoff in ephemeral streams was studied. Ephemeral streams are those that flow in response to precipitation. Runoff in tributaries to the San Pedro River is important in understanding the water budget of the river. In addition, in arid watersheds such as the San Pedro, flow in

June 28, 2007

PubTalk 6/2007 — Adventures in Southwest Geology

Exploring the colorful southern Colorado Plateau in 3-D

By Philip Stoffer, Geologist

Take a colorful tour with the help of 3-D photography through some of the region's highlights:

  • A plethora of parklands- Petrified Forest, Chaco Canyon, Wupatki, Grand Canyon
  • High desert climate changes, past, present, and
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

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November 19, 2004

The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey is collaborating with partner agencies to conduct scientific experiments designed to evaluate the effect of a high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam on the natural resources of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

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November 19, 2004

The Department of the Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey is collaborating with partner agencies to conduct scientific experiments designed to evaluate the effect of a high-flow release from Glen Canyon Dam on the natural resources of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.

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November 17, 2004

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has proposed conducting a scientific study on the use of high flows from Glen Canyon Dam to improve Colorado River natural and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park.

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November 17, 2004

WASHINGTON — The Department of the Interior has proposed conducting a scientific study on the use of high flows from Glen Canyon Dam to improve Colorado River natural and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park.

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May 27, 2004

A group of federal and university scientists today announced the launch of the Western Mountain Initiative, a 5-year effort funded by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) to better understand ongoing changes in the mountains of the western United States.

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April 26, 2004

Farmlands, wetlands, forests and deserts that composed the American landscape in the early 20th century have frequently been transformed during the past 30 years into mushrooming metropolitan areas as urbanization spreads across the country.

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April 26, 2004

Farmlands, wetlands, forests and deserts that composed the American landscape in the early 20th century have frequently been transformed during the past 30 years into mushrooming metropolitan areas as urbanization spreads across the country.

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August 8, 2003

Wesley Ward has been named Regional Executive for Geology for the Western Region of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The announcement of Ward’s new appointment was made by John D. Buffington, Western Regional Director, effective Aug. 11, 2003.

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March 4, 2003

It’s 6 in the evening on February 12 at a sandy campsite on the banks of the Colorado River in northeastern Arizona. A crew of 18 is assembled 50 river miles downstream of Lees Ferry in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. The sun has disappeared long ago from the steep canyon walls, and nighttime temperatures hang at a cool 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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March 4, 2003

It’s 6 in the evening on February 12 at a sandy campsite on the banks of the Colorado River in northeastern Arizona. A crew of 18 is assembled 50 river miles downstream of Lees Ferry in the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River.

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February 14, 2003

Not long ago, conventional wisdom was that you couldn’t predict the climate for more than a few days in advance. Then came the awareness of El Niño and La Niña and the forecast window increased to as much as 6 to 9 months, depending on the region and season.

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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.