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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7:  Upper Colorado Basin

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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: 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...

USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin produce hundreds of USGS-series publications, journal papers, and books each year that are subject to rigorous review by USGS specialists. The publications shown below on this page are related to study areas and staff members of USGS Science Centers in Region 7 compiled from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2019

Offset channels may not accurately record strike-slip fault displacement: Evidence from landscape evolution models

Slip distribution, slip rate, and slip per event for strike‐slip faults are commonly determined by correlating offset stream channels—under the assumption that they record seismic slip—but offset channels are formed by the interplay of tectonic and geomorphic processes. To constrain offset channel development under known tectonic and geomorphic...

Reitman, Nadine G.; Mueller, Karl J.; Tucker, Gregory E.; Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Barnhart, Katherine R.

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Woodman Formation in the Eastern Great Basin Province of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 144 million barrels of shale oil and 559 billion cubic feet of shale gas in the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Woodman Formation in the Eastern Great Basin Province of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Finn, Thomas M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Finn, T.M., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Brownfield, M.E., and Leathers-Miller, H.M., 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Mississippian Delle Phosphatic Member of the Woodman Formation in the Eastern Great Basin Province of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3062, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193062.

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Geochemistry and geophysics of iron oxide-apatite deposits and associated waste piles with implications for potential rare earth element resources from ore and historic mine waste in the eastern Adirondack Highlands, New York, USA

The iron oxide-apatite (IOA) deposits of the eastern Adirondack Highlands, New York, are historical high-grade magnetite mines that contain variable concentrations of rare earth element (REE)-bearing apatite crystals. The majority of the deposits are hosted within sodically altered Lyon Mountain granite gneiss, although some deposits occur within...

Taylor, Ryan; Shah, Anjana K.; Walsh, Gregory; Taylor, Cliff D.

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Finding the gaps in America’s magnetic maps

No abstract available.

Drenth, Benjamin J.; Grauch, V. J.

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Pyritization history in the middle to upper Cambrian Alum Shale, Scania Sweden: Evidence for ongoing diagenetic processes

Detailed diagenetic studies of the late Cambrian Alum Shale in southern Sweden were undertaken across an interval that includes the peak Steptoean Positive Carbon Isotope Excursion (SPICE) event to evaluate the pyrite mineralization history in the formation. Samples were collected from the Andrarum-3 core (Scania, Sweden); here the Alum was...

Fishman, Neil S.; Egenhoff, Sven O.; Lowers, Heather A.; Boehlke, Adam; Ahlberg, Per

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A shallow rift basin segmented in space and time: The southern San Luis Basin, Rio Grande rift, northern New Mexico, U.S.A.

Interpretation of gravity, magnetotelluric, and aeromagnetic data in conjunction with geologic constraints reveals details of basin geometry, thickness, and spatiotemporal evolution of the southern San Luis Basin, one of the major basins of the northern Rio Grande rift. Spatial variations of low-density basin-fill thickness are estimated primarily...

Drenth, Benjamin J.; Grauch, V. J.; Turner, Kenzie J.; Rodriguez, Brian D.; Thompson, Ren A.; Bauer, Paul W.

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The 2018 update of the US National Seismic Hazard Model: Overview of model and implications

During 2017–2018, the National Seismic Hazard Model for the conterminous United States was updated as follows: (1) an updated seismicity catalog was incorporated, which includes new earthquakes that occurred from 2013 to 2017; (2) in the central and eastern United States (CEUS), new ground motion models were updated that incorporate updated median...

Petersen, Mark D.; Shumway, Allison; Powers, Peter M.; Mueller, Charles; Moschetti, Morgan P.; Frankel, Arthur; Rezaeian, Sanaz; McNamara, Daniel E.; Luco, Nicolas; Boyd, Oliver S.; Rukstales, Kenneth S.; Jaiswal, Kishor; Thompson, Eric M.; Hoover, Susan M.; Clayton, Brandon; Field, Edward H.; Zeng, Yuehua

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Increases in life-safety risks to building occupants from induced earthquakes in the central United States

Earthquake occurrence rates in some parts of the central United States have been elevated for a number of years; this increase has been widely attributed to deep wastewater injection associated with oil and gas activities. This induced seismicity has caused damage to buildings and infrastructure and substantial public concern. In March 2016, the U...

Liu, Taojun; Luco, Nicolas; Liel, Abbie B.

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Orogenic recycling of detrital zircons characterizes age distributions of North American Cordilleran strata

Detrital zircon (DZ) analysis has become the standard tool for source‐to‐sink sediment routing studies at many spatial and temporal scales. In North American source‐to‐sink studies, DZ distributions are commonly classified according to the presence/absence and proportions of DZ age groups associated with North American crustal provinces as well as...

Schwartz, Theresa Maude; Schwartz, Robert K.; Weislogel, A.L.

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3D geologic framework for use with the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model, Phase 1—Western United States

A 3D geologic framework is presented here as part of the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model for the western United States, which will be used to improve seismic hazard assessment. The framework is based on 1:250,000 to 1:1,000,000-scale state geologic maps and depths of multiple subsurface unit boundaries. The geology at or near the...

Boyd, Oliver S.
Boyd, O.S., 2019, 3D Geologic framework for use with the U.S. Geological Survey National Crustal Model, Phase 1—Western United States: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1081, 36 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191081.

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Holocene earthquake history and slip rate of the southern Teton fault, Wyoming, USA

The 72-km-long Teton normal fault bounds the eastern base of the Teton Range in northwestern Wyoming, USA. Although geomorphic surfaces along the fault record latest Pleistocene to Holocene fault movement, the postglacial earthquake history of the fault has remained enigmatic. We excavated a paleoseismic trench at the Buffalo Bowl site along the...

Duross, Christopher; Gold, Ryan D.; Briggs, Richard W.; Delano, Jaime E.; Ostenaa, Dean A.; Zellman, Mark; Cholewinski, Nicole; Wittke, Seth; Mahan, Shannon A.

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Using component ratios to detect metadata and instrument problems of seismic stations: Examples from 18 years of GEOSCOPE data

Replacement or deterioration of seismic instruments and the evolution of the installation conditions and sites can alter the seismic signal in very subtle ways, so it is notoriously difficult to monitor the signal quality of permanent seismic stations. We present a simple tool, energy ratios between each pair of the three recorded components,...

Pedersen, Helle A.; Leroy, Nicolas; Zigone, Dimitri; Vallée, Martin; Ringler, Adam T.; Wilson, David C.

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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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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Dry conditions at cattle water sources in western Colorado.
July 31, 2011

Dry conditions at cattle water sources in western Colorado

Dry conditions at cattle water sources in western Colorado. 

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.

Image: USGS personnel measure flood waters on Wind River, WY
July 1, 2011

USGS personnel measure flood waters on Wind River, WY

USGS hydrographer Jerrod Wheeler (in cablecar) measures flood flows right before the gagehouse washes away.

06225500 Wind River near Crowheart, WY: Jul 01 2011; 13,900 ft3/s

USGS Streamgage Destroyed by Flood Flows
July 1, 2011

Flood Waters Take USGS Streamgage Wind River near Crowheart, WY

Gagehouse at 06225500 Wind River near Crowheart WY right before it washed away.

Jul 01 2011; 13,900 ft3/s

Image: Flooding in Northwest Colorado
June 30, 2011

Flooding in Northwest Colorado

High floodwaters partially submerge a USGS streamgaging station in Slater Fork, CO.

Image: Flooding in Northwest Colorado
June 7, 2011

Flooding in Northwest Colorado

High floodwaters on the Elk River upstream of Routt County Road 42 near Milner, CO.

Image: Flooding in Northwest Colorado
June 7, 2011

Flooding in Northwest Colorado

High floodwaters on the Elk River upstream of Routt County Road 42 near Milner, CO

Image: Flooding in Northwest Colorado
June 3, 2011

Flooding in Northwest Colorado

A roadway is broken down due to high streamflow near Slater, CO. A USGS streamgage can be seen next to the road.

Image: Flooding in Northwest Colorado
June 3, 2011

Flooding in Northwest Colorado

Floodwaters partially submerge a USGS streamgage station near Slater, CO.

Image: 2011 Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah
May 24, 2011

2011 Great Salt Lake Breach at Lakeside, Utah

Water flowing through the Great Salt Lake breach in 2011, when lake levels were high due to above average snowfall in the Wasatch and Uinta Mountains. The Great Salt Lake breach is an area that allows water to travel between the southern and northern parts of the lake.

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