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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: 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...

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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Assessment of tight-gas resources in the Grand Erg/Ahnet Province of Algeria, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 30.5 trillion cubic feet of tight gas in the Grand Erg/Ahnet Province of Algeria.

Brownfield, Michael E.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Pitman, Janet K.; Drake, Ronald M.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.
Brownfield, M.E., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Woodall, C.A., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Pitman, J.K., Drake, R.M., II, Gaswirth, S.B., and Leathers-Miller, H.M., 2020, Assessment of tight-gas resources in the Grand Erg/Ahnet Province of Algeria, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3003, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203003.

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How processing methodologies can distort and bias power spectral density estimates of seismic background noise

Power spectral density (PSD) estimates are widely used in seismological studies to characterize background noise conditions, assess instrument performance, and study quasi‐stationary signals that are difficult to observe in the time domain. However, these studies often utilize different processing techniques, each of which can inherently bias the...

Anthony, Robert E.; Ringler, Adam T.; Wilson, David C.; Bahavar, Manochehr; Koper, Keith D.

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Testing ecosystem accounting in the United States: A case study for the Southeast

Ecosystem accounts, as formalized by the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Experimental Ecosystem Accounts (SEEA EEA), have been compiled in a number of countries, yet there have been few attempts to develop them for the U.S. We explore the potential for U.S. ecosystem accounting by compiling ecosystem extent, condition, and ecosystem...

Warnell, Katie; Russell, Marc J.; Rhodes, Charles; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Olander, Lydia P; Nowak, David J.; Poudel, Rajendra; Glynn, Pierre D.; Hass, Julie L.; Hiribayashi, Satoshi; Ingram, Jane Carter; Matuszak, John; Oleson, Kirsten L. L.; Posner, Stephen M.; Villa, Ferdinando

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Assessing geohazards to the Denali National Park road with geologic mapping

Denali National Park (DENA) is home to iconic and breathtaking landscapes surrounding the tallest mountain range in North America, the Alaska Range. The park, which covers 6 million acres, is a major draw for tourism and recreation, making it an important economic engine for central Alaska. However, the geologic forces that created the beautiful,...

Hudson, Adam M.; Ruleman, Chester A.; Capps, Denny M
Hudson, A.M., Ruleman, C.A., Capps, D.M., 2020, Assessing geohazards to the Denali National Park Road with geologic mapping: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3016, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203016.

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Depth-dependent soil mixing persists across climate zones

Soil mixing over long (>102 y) timescales enhances nutrient fluxes that support soil ecology, contributes to dispersion of sediment and contaminated material, and modulates fluxes of carbon through Earth’s largest terrestrial carbon reservoir. Despite its foundational importance, we lack robust understanding of the rates and patterns of...

Gray, Harrison J.; Keen-Zebert, Amanda; Furbish, David; Tucker, Gregory E.; Mahan, Shannon A.

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Runoff-initiated post-fire debris flow Western Cascades, Oregon

Wildfires dramatically alter the hydraulics and root reinforcement of soil on forested hillslopes, which can promote the generation of debris flows. In the Pacific Northwest, post-fire shallow landsliding has been well documented and studied, but the potential role of runoff-initiated debris flows is not well understood and only one previous to...

Wall, Sara; Roering, J.J.; Rengers, Francis K.

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Learning from real-world experience to understand renewable energy impacts to wildlife

The project team sought to use real-world data to understand adverse effects to wildlife of renewable energy production that is critical to meeting California’s climate and clean energy goals. The project had three main components. First, a systematic literature review studied 20 peer-reviewed publications and 612 reports from other nonreviewed...

Conkling, Tara J; Vander Zanden, Hannah B.; Poessel, Sharon; Loss, Scott R.; Allison, Taber D; Diffendorfer, James E.; Duerr, Adam E.; Nelson, David M.; Yee, Julie L; Katzner, Todd E.

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NGWA Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel Survey on the Use of Uncertainty Analysis in Groundwater Modeling

This white paper provides the results of a survey by members of the NGWA Groundwater Modeling Advisory Panel to assess the use of uncertainty analysis in groundwater modeling.The objective of the survey was to improve understanding of the use of uncertainty analysis in practical groundwater modeling projects subject to real-world constraints, such...

Luis, Steve; Schulmeyer, Pete; Bean, David; Newman, Connor; Puddephatt, Dan; Sheets, Rodney A.; Hunt, Randall J.

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Major hydrostratigraphic contacts of the Truxton basin and Hualapai Plateau, northwestern Arizona, developed from airborne electromagnetic data

The area surrounding the Grand Canyon has spectacular outcrop exposure in the modern canyon walls, leading to stratigraphic contact delineations that are well constrained near canyons yet poorly constrained where the terrain remains undissected and relatively unexplored by boreholes. An airborne electromagnetic and magnetic survey of the western...

Mason, Jon P.; Ball, Lyndsay B.
Ball, L.B., 2020, Major hydrostratigraphic contacts of the Truxton basin and Hualapai Plateau, northwestern Arizona, developed from airborne electromagnetic data, chap. D of Mason, J.P., ed., Geophysical surveys, hydrogeologic characterization, and groundwater flow model for the Truxton basin and Hualapai Plateau, northwestern Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5017, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205017D.

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Probabilistic seismic hazard analysis at regional and national scale: State of the art and future challenges

Seismic hazard modelling is a multi-disciplinary science that aims to forecast earthquake occurrence and its resultant ground shaking. Such models consist of a probabilistic framework that quantifies uncertainty across a complex system; typically, this includes at least two model components developed from Earth science: seismic-source and ground-...

Gerstenberger, M. C.; Marzocchi, W.; Allen, T. J.; Pagani, M.; Adams, Janice; Danciu, L.; Field, Edward H.; Fujiwara, H.; Luco, Nicolas; Ma, K-F; Meletti, C.; Petersen, Mark D.

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Climatically driven displacement on the Eglington fault, Las Vegas, Nevada

The Eglington fault is one of several intrabasinal faults in the Las Vegas Valley, Nevada and is the only one recognized as a source for significant earthquakes. Its broad warp displaces late Pleistocene paleo-spring deposits of the Las Vegas Formation, which record hydrologic fluctuations that occurred in response to millennial and submillennial-...

Springer, Kathleen B.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.

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Pyrrhotite distribution in the conterminous United States, 2020

In parts of Connecticut and Massachusetts, foundations of some homes are cracking and crumbling. Failing foundations can reduce the market value of a home and lifting a house to replace and repour a foundation is an expensive undertaking. In response, some homeowners are defaulting on their mortgages and abandoning their homes. The...

Mauk, Jeffrey L.; Crafford, Thomas C.; Horton, John D.; San Juan, Carma A.; Robinson,, Gilpin R.
Mauk, J.L., Crafford, T.C., Horton, J.D., San Juan, C.A., and Robinson, G.R., Jr., 2020, Pyrrhotite distribution in the conterminous United States, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020-3017, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203017.

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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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

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.

Elk in Beartooth Mountains, WY
December 31, 2011

Elk in Beartooth Mountains, WY

Elk in the Beartooth Mountains, Wyoming. The USGS and partners study the effects of climate change on the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 

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.

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. 

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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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

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