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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative and collaborative projects with other agencies and partners. A sampling of those projects are shown below on this web page.

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Date published: April 2, 1998
Status: Completed

Effects of Fluvial Tailings Deposits on Receiving Waters in the Upper Arkansas River Basin, Lake County, Colorado

Fluvial tailings deposits stored in the floodplain of the upper Arkansas River represent a potential nonpoint source of contamination to surface and ground waters. The U.S. Geological Survey has been cooperating with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to monitor a lowcost, insitu remediation technique for the deposits. Remediation of selected sites occurred in 1998 through 2000 by...

Date published: May 23, 1997
Status: Active

Groundwater-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and Adjacent Areas

The Albuquerque hydrologic basin extends along the Rio Grande from Cochiti in the north to San Acacia in the south. Increases in groundwater pumping to accommodate population growth in the basin resulted in substantial groundwater-level drawdown in some areas.

Contacts: Joseph E Beman
Date published: May 22, 1997
Status: Archived

Groundwater Monitoring in the Espanola Basin Piezometers

In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Santa Fe, and the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer began a drilling program to install specialized monitoring wells in the Espanola basin. The purpose of the program is to monitor hydraulic head at specific depths in the aquifer. Most of these specialized wells, called piezometers, are located in areas between major...

Contacts: Joseph E Beman
Date published: May 22, 1997
Status: Active

Groundwater-Level Monitoring in Middle Rio Grande Basin Piezometers

In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Albuquerque Bernallilo County Water Utility Authority, began a drilling program to install specialized monitoring wells in the Middle Rio Grande Basin. The purpose of the program is to monitor hydraulic head at specific depths in the aquifer (fig. 1). Most of these specialized wells,...

Contacts: Joseph E Beman
Date published: May 22, 1997
Status: Active

Middle Rio Grande Piezometer network

In 1996, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the New Mexico Office of the State Engineer and the Albuquerque Bernallilo County Water Utility Authority, began a drilling program to install specialized monitoring wells in the Middle Rio Grande Basin. The purpose of the program is to monitor hydraulic head at specific depths in the aquifer (fig 1). Most of these specialized wells,...

Contacts: Joseph E Beman
Date published: October 20, 1996
Status: Completed

Upper Animas River Basin Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative

The USGS Abandoned Mine Lands Initiative (AMLI) is developing and demonstrating scientific knowledge and technologies that will help Federal land management agencies clean up contamination in areas near abandoned hardrock mines across the Nation. The Initiative is being conducted in two pilot watersheds, the Upper Animas River Basin in Colorado and the...

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Year Published: 2019

Strontium residual salt analyses (SrRSA) and geochemistry of Bakken Formation core samples from Fleckten 1-20, North Dakota

Samples of Bakken Formation core from the Fleckton 1-20 well in Ward County, North Dakota, were analyzed using the Strontium Residual Salt Analysis (SrRSA) method to assess pore-water communication among the upper, middle, and lower sections of the unit by analyzing 87Sr/86Sr in pore-water salts leached from the core. Major and trace element...

Peterman, Zell; Futa, Kiyoto; Oliver, Thomas

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Lithospheric signature of late Cenozoic extension in electrical resistivity structure of the Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, USA

We present electrical resistivity models of the crust and upper mantle from two‐dimensional (2‐D) inversion of magnetotelluric (MT) data collected in the Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, USA. Previous geophysical studies of the lithosphere beneath the rift identified a low‐velocity zone several hundred kilometers wide, suggesting that the upper mantle...

Feucht, D. W.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Sheehan, Anne F

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Upgrades to a Fortran program for estimating stream transit losses of reusable water, El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado

In 2016, the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with Pikes Peak Regional Water Authority and the Colorado Water Conservation Board, began a study to modernize a Fortran transit-loss accounting program developed by the U.S. Geological Survey to estimate net reusable flows in Fountain and Monument Creeks in El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado...

Colarullo, Susan J.; Miller, Lisa D.
Colarullo, S.J., and Miller, L.D., 2019, Upgrades to a Fortran program for estimating stream transit losses of reusable water, El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5163, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185163.

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Reimagining the potential of Earth observations for ecosystem service assessments

The benefits nature provides to people, called ecosystem services, are increasingly recognized and accounted for in assessments of infrastructure development, agricultural management, conservation prioritization, and sustainable sourcing. These assessments are often limited by data, however, a gap with tremendous potential to be filled...

Ramirez-Reyes, Carlos; Brauman, Kate A.; Chaplin-Kramer, Rebecca; Galford, Gillian L.; Adamo, Susana B.; Anderson, Christopher B.; Anderson, Clarissa; Allington, Ginger R. H.; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Coe, Michael T.; Cord, Anna F.; Dee, Laura E.; Gould, Rachelle K.; Jain, Meha; Kowal, Virginia A.; Muller-Karger, Frank E.; Norriss, Jessica; Potapov, Peter V.; Qui, Jiangxiao; Rieb, Jesse T.; Robinson, Brian E.; Samberg, Leah H.; Singh, Nagendra; Szeto, Sabrina H.; Voigt, Brian; Watson, Keri; Wright, T. Maxwell

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Kinetics of elemental sulfur reduction by petroleum hydrocarbons and the implications for hydrocarbon thermal chemical alteration

Although sulfur-containing compounds are known to play a significant role in the diagenic and catagenic processes that generate oil and gas, relatively little is known about the kinetics of reactions between elemental S and petroleum hydrocarbons. To investigate this subject, a series of closed-system pyrolysis experiments using paraffin, a low-...

Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Zhang, Tongwei; Kralert, Paul G.; Tang, Yongchun

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Rupture model of the M5.8 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake from regional and teleseismic waveforms

The 2016 M5.8 Pawnee, Oklahoma earthquake is the largest earthquake to have been induced by wastewater disposal. We infer the coseismic slip history from analysis of apparent source time functions and inversion of regional and teleseismic P‐waveforms, using aftershocks as empirical Green's functions. The earthquake nucleated on the shallow part of...

Moschetti, Morgan P.; Hartzell, Stephen H.; Herrmann, R. B.

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Hydraulic and water-quality indicators of aquifer zones contributing groundwater flow to wells in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system near southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013–16

An ethylene dibromide (EDB) plume extends approximately 5,880 feet northeast from the Bulk Fuels Facility on Kirtland Air Force Base. The leading edge of the EDB plume is about 3,700 feet upgradient from several water-supply wells. The water-supply wells are screened in the upper Santa Fe Group aquifer system. Within the upper Santa Fe Group, two...

Travis, Rebecca E.; Myers, Nathan C.
Travis, R.E., and Myers, N.C., 2019, Hydraulic and water-quality indicators of aquifer zones contributing groundwater flow to wells in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system near southeast Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2013–16 (ver. 1.1, May 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5138, 21 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185138.

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The potential role of very high-resolution imagery to characterise lake, wetland and stream systems across the Prairie Pothole Region, United States

Aquatic features critical to watershed hydrology range widely in size from narrow, shallow streams to large, deep lakes. In this study we evaluated wetland, lake, and river systems across the Prairie Pothole Region to explore where pan-sharpened high-resolution (PSHR) imagery, relative to Landsat imagery, could provide additional data on surface...

Vanderhoof, Melanie K.; Lane, Charles R.

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Stratigraphic cross sections of the Niobrara Interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana

The Bighorn Basin is one of many structural and sedimentary basins that formed in the Rocky Mountain foreland during the Laramide orogeny. The basin is nearly 180 miles long, 100 miles wide, and encompasses about 10,400 square miles in northern Wyoming and southern Montana. The basin is bounded by major basement uplifts that include the Pryor...

Finn, Thomas M.
Finn, T.M., 2019, Stratigraphic cross sections of the Niobrara Interval of the Upper Cretaceous Cody Shale in the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming and Montana: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3422, pamphlet 19 p., 1 sheet [cross section], https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3422.

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Rayleigh wave ellipticity measurement uncertainty across the IRIS/USGS and New China Digital Seismograph Networks

Long-period Rayleigh wave horizontal to vertical amplitude (H/V) ratios at a station provide information about local earth structure that is complementary to phase velocity. However, a number of studies have observed that significant scatter appears in these measurements making it difficult to use H/V ratio measurements to resolve earth structure...

Ringler, Adam T.; Wilson, David C.; Zürn, Walter; Anthony, Robert E.

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Four major Holocene earthquakes on the Reelfoot fault recorded by sackungen in the New Madrid seismic zone, USA

Three sequences of well-documented, major ~M7+ earthquakes (1811-1812 CE, ~1450 CE, and ~900 CE) in the New Madrid seismic zone, USA, contribute significantly to seismic hazard in the region. However, it is unknown whether this <550 yr recurrence interval has been constant throughout the Holocene given limited geomorphic evidence of prior...

Gold, Ryan D.; Duross, Christopher; Delano, Jaime E.; Jibson, Randall W.; Briggs, Richard W.; Mahan, Shannon A.; Williams, Robert; Corbett, D. Reide

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Landslides triggered by Hurricane Maria: Assessment of an extreme event in Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico on 20 September 2017 and triggered more than 40,000 landslides in at least three-fourths of Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities. The number of landslides that occurred during this event was two orders of magnitude greater than those reported from previous hurricanes. Landslide source areas were commonly...

Bessette-Kirton, Erin; Cerovski-Darriau, Corina; Schulz, William; Coe, Jeffrey A.; Kean, Jason W.; Godt, Jonathan W.; Thomas, Matthew A.; Hughes, K. Stephen

Photos and videos described and linked on this webpage come from a wide variety of USGS science activities and presentations performed by USGS Science Center staff members in the Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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Image: Utah Tribal Coop
June 6, 2012

Utah Tribal Coop

In the stream is Martel Fisher (USGS) and Bart Powaukee (Coordinator Ute Indian Tribe Water Quality Department) and some of the Ute Tribe Water Quality Department employees.

Red Mountain CO
April 22, 2012

Red Mountain, CO Hydrothermal Alteration

Photo showing intense acid-sulfate hydrothermal alteration on Red Mountain No. 2, Silverton CO. View is looking to the west across Corkscrew Gulch. 

Canadian escarpment rising above the plains, northeastern San Miguel County, NMWSC
January 31, 2012

San Miguel Site Map, New Mexico Water Science Center

Canadian escarpment rising above the plains, northeastern San Miguel County, NMWSC

Sunset at the uranium mines at the Grand Canyon, NM.
December 31, 2011

Sunset at the uranium mines at the Grand Canyon, NM.

Sunset at the uranium mines at the Grand Canyon, NM. 

Lava tube opening/possible bat roost with pine forest above.
December 31, 2011

Lava tube opening/possible bat roost with pine forest above.

Opening of a large lava tube at El Malpais National Monument in western New Mexico and likely roost for bats, 2011.

View from sandstone bluff overlooking extinct lava flows at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico.
December 31, 2011

View from sandstone bluff overlooking extinct lava flows at El Malpais

View from sandstone bluff overlooking extinct lava flows at El Malpais National Monument, New Mexico.

November 17, 2011

PubTalk 11/2011 — Colorado River High-Flow Experiments

- a story of Grand Canyon geology, water, and biology

by Jack Schmidt & David Rubin

 

  • New insights from recent Glen Canyon Dam high-flow experiments on the Colorado River
  • Are these high flows doing more than building large sand bars in Grand Canyon National Park?
  • The challenge of adaptively managing
False-color-composite satellite image of Great Salt Lake, Nov 2011
November 2, 2011

Great Salt Lake

This is a false-color-composite satellite image of Great Salt Lake, Nov 2011. The vegetation appears red.

Measuring streamflow using ADCP, Fish Creek
October 18, 2011

Measuring streamflow using ADCP, Fish Creek

Measuring streamflow using ADCP, Fish Creek

Image: Trees Killed by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico
August 18, 2011

Trees Killed by the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in New Mexico

Extensive, contiguous mortality of piñon pine, ponderosa pine, and Douglas-fir trees, killed in the first afternoon and evening of the 2011 Las Conchas Fire in the Jemez Mountains, New Mexico. Forest drought stress is highly correlated with mortality from poor growth, bark beetle outbreaks, and high-severity fire.

Cattle walking across biological soil crusts in southeastern Utah.
July 31, 2011

Cattle walking across biological soil crusts in southeastern Utah

Cattle walking across biological soil crusts in southeastern 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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