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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

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

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Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Duvernay Formation, Alberta Basin Province, Canada, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 1.3 billion barrels of oil and 22.2 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Duvernay Formation of the Alberta Basin Province, Canada.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Le, Phuong A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Le, P.A., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., Gaswirth, S.B., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2019, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Duvernay Formation, Alberta Basin Province, Canada, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3065, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183065.

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Assessment of continuous gas resources in the Montney and Doig Formations, Alberta Basin Province, Canada, 2018

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 47.6 trillion cubic feet of gas and 2.2 billion barrels of natural gas liquids in the Montney and Doig Formations of the Alberta Basin Province in Canada.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Finn, Thomas M.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Le, Phuong A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Finn, T.M., Woodall, C.A., Le, P.A., Brownfield, M.E., Marra, K.R., and Leathers-Miller, H.M., 2019, Assessment of continuous gas resources in the Montney and Doig Formations, Alberta Basin Province, Canada, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2018–3071, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20183071.

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Multi-country willingness to pay for transborder migratory species conservation: A case study of Northern Pintails

Using contingent valuation, we estimated willingness to pay (WTP) in Canada, Mexico, and the United States to protect habitat for Northern Pintails (hereafter pintails), a migratory waterfowl species that provides benefits to and requires habitat in the three countries. Our study contributes to research on...

Haefele, Michelle; Loomis, John B.; Lien, Aaron M.; Dubovsky, James A.; Merideth, Robert W.; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Huang, Ta-Ken; Mattsson, Brady J.; Semmens, Darius J.; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Wiederholt, Ruscena; Diffendorfer, James E.; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura

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Ecosystem service flows from a migratory species: Spatial subsidies of the northern pintail

Migratory species provide important benefits to society, but their cross-border conservation poses serious challenges. By quantifying the economic value of ecosystem services (ESs) provided across a species’ range and ecological data on a species’ habitat dependence, we estimate spatial subsidies—how different regions support ESs provided by...

Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Semmens, Darius J.; Diffendorfer, James E.; Mattsson, Brady J.; Dubovsky, James A.; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Wiederholt, Ruscena; Loomis, John B.; Bieri, Joanna A.; Sample, Christine; Goldstein, Joshua; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura

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Social equity shapes zone-selection: Balancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services delivery in the transboundary Danube River Basin

Freshwater biodiversity is declining, despite national and international efforts to manage and protect freshwater ecosystems. Ecosystem-based management (EBM) has been proposed as an approach that could more efficiently and adaptively balance ecological and societal needs. However, this raises the question of how social and...

Domisch, Sami; Kakouei, Karan; Martinez-Lopez, Javier; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Magrach, Ainhoa; Balbi, Stefano; Villa, Ferdinando; Funk, Andrea; Hein, Thomas; Borgwardt, Florian; Hermoso, Virgilio; Jähnig, Sonja C.; Langhans, Simone D.

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How physics‐based earthquake simulators might help improve earthquake forecasts

Questions have persisted on the usefulness of physics‐based earthquake simulators with respect to forecasting earthquakes, due mostly to the inevitable assumptions, approximations, and uncertainties. Whether any model is reliable or trustworthy depends entirely on what questions we are asking of it, so the point of this article is to outline a...

Field, Edward H.

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Investigation into the effect of heteroatom content on kerogen structure using advanced 13C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

To elucidate how different extreme heteroatom concentrations in oil shale kerogen may present and contribute to various structural features, three shale samples, containing kerogen with high oxygen content, low heteroatom content, and high sulfur content, were analyzed using advanced 13C solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) techniques...

Chu, Wenying; Cao, Xiaoyan; Schmidt-Rohr, Klaus; Birdwell, Justin E.; Mao, Jingdong

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Data sharing in magnetotellurics

Here, we introduce the first openly available comprehensive database of magnetotelluric (MT) and related electromagnetic data that we developed and matured over the past decade, explain how to access the data, and describe the challenges that had to be overcome to make MT data sharing possible. The database is a helpful tool for MT scientists, and...

Kelbert, Anna; Erofeeva, Svetlana; Trabant, Chad; Karstens, Rich; Van Fossen, Mickey C.

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Long-term soil-water tension measurements in semi-arid environments: A method for automated tensiometer refilling

Tensiometer-equipped data acquisition systems measure and record positive and negative soil-water pressures. These data contribute to studies in hillslope hydrology, including analyses of rainfall runoff, near-surface hydrologic response, and slope stability. However, the unique ability of a tensiometer to rapidly and accurately measure pre- and...

Smith, Joel B.; Kean, Jason W.

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The ~1.85 Ga carbonatite in north China and its implications on the evolution of the Columbia supercontinent

Mantle-derived carbonatites provide a unique window in the understanding of mantle characteristics and dynamics, as well as insight into the assembly and breakup of supercontinents. As a petrological indicator of extensional tectonic regimes, Archean/Proterozoic carbonatites provide important constraints on the timing of the breakup of ancient...

Xie, Yuling; Qu, Yunwei; Zhong, Richen; Verplanck, Philip L.; Meffre, Sebastien; Xu, Daoxue

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Controls on organic matter distributions in Eocene Lake Uinta, Utah and Colorado

The Green River Formation deposited in Eocene Lake Uinta in the Uinta and Piceance Basins, Utah and Colorado, contains the largest oil shale resource in the world with an estimated 1.53 trillion barrels of oil in-place in the Piceance Basin and 1.32 trillion barrels in the Uinta Basin. The Douglas Creek arch, a slowly subsiding hinge-line between...

Johnson, Ronald C.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Birdwell, Justin E.
Johnson, R.C., Birdwell, J.E., and Mercier, T.J., 2018, Controls on organic matter distributions in Eocene Lake Uinta, Utah and Colorado: The Mountain Geologist, Vol. 55, No. 4, p. 177-216

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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Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.
March 18, 2009

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado
March 17, 2009

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado.

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado
March 13, 2009

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, CO

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.
March 11, 2009

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana
March 4, 2009

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming
February 18, 2009

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Chalk Cliffs in the background showing view from video camera towards station 1.
December 31, 2008

Chalk Cliffs view of Station 1

View of the west channel and Upper monitoring station (Station 1), Chalk Cliffs, CO.

Picture of a mountain range  with hay field and forest in foreground
September 23, 2008

Mountain range with hay field and forest in foreground in Colorado

Mountain range in the background, forest and hay field in the foreground.  The picture was taken in Colorado during a field trip for the Land Cover Trends project.

Andrews Creek Weather Station, Loch Vale, RMNP, CO
September 15, 2008

Andrews Meadow Weather Station

Andrews Creek Weather Station, Loch Vale, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado

Andrews Meadow (401723105400101)

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Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth
August 21, 2008

Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth

Measuring streamflow in Fish Creek with large Cladophora growth

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
June 30, 2008

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park. 

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park
June 30, 2008

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

The Needles District, Canyonlands National Park

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