Unified Interior Regions

Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River 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: December 6, 2018
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Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Pedernal Uplift Province 5042.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Powder River Basin Province 5033.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Basin 5025.

    Date published: December 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the South-Central New Mexico Province 5026.

    Date published: December 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift 5023.

    Date published: November 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment

    The U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program, conducts systematic, geology-based, regional assessments of significant coal beds in major coal basins in the United States. These assessments detail the quantity, quality, location, and economic potential of the Nation’s remaining coal resources and reserves and...

    Date published: November 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Anadarko Basin Province 5058.

       

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project - Research

      This site highlights the research on the processes that impact the formation, accumulation, occurrence, and alteration of hydrocarbon energy resources of the Gulf Coast of Mexico. The project also conducts assessments of undiscovered, technically recoverable hydrocarbon resources. The Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project focuses on the onshore and State waters portion of the Gulf Coast basin,...

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Raton Basin–Sierra Grande Uplift Province 5041 of northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Colorado.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Denver Basin Province 5039 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Wyoming Thrust Belt Province 5036 in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

        Date published: November 29, 2018
        Status: Active

        Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Wind River Basin Province 5035 in central Wyoming.

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin collect a wide variety of natural resource data types including spatial, geologic, hydrologic, and biologic data. Data included in USGS-series publications that are not publically available in USGS databases are published in Data Releases. Tools are USGS products that can be used to analyze those types of data.

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        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Vegetation Community Data within a Proposed Wetland Area on the NM Boys and Girls Ranch near Bernardo, NM (2018)

        The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, installed a groundwater and vegetation monitoring network in a proposed wetland area east of the Rio Grande near Bernardo, New Mexico on the NM Boys and Girls Ranch, at a site now known as the Blue Heron Wildlife Preserve (BHWP). In September of 2016, baseline vegetation data were

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Data release for Isotopic constraints on middle Pleistocene cave evolution, paleohydrologic flow, and environmental conditions from Fitton Cave speleothems, Buffalo National River, Arkansas (KIG'17)

        This dataset accompanies publication 'Isotopic constraints on middle Pleistocene cave evolution, paleohydrologic flow, and environmental conditions from Fitton Cave speleothems, Buffalo National River, Arkansas', to be published as a USGS Scientific Investigations Report associated with the 2017 USGS Karst Interest Group meeting in San Antonio, TX.

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Surface Materials Data from Breccia-Pipe Uranium Mine and Reference Sites, Arizona, USA

        This data release includes elemental analysis of soil samples collected at breccia-pipe uranium mines, at one undeveloped breccia-pipe uranium deposit, and at a reference site in northern Arizona. Samples were collected near the Arizona 1, Canyon, Kanab North, and Pinenut uranium mines, over the EZ2 breccia-pipe uranium deposit, and at the Little Robinson Tank reference site. Sampl

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Borehole temperature profiles measured in the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico during the period 1972 through 2018

        These data are a compilation of 379 borehole temperature profiles collected during the period 1972 through 2018 for the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico. This dataset includes a comma-separated values file (Temperature Profile Index.csv) that serves as an index for the 379 text data files (.txt; with the file name corresponding to the “Well Name” in the index) that are includ

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Geochemical analyses of surface water, groundwater and springs surrounding Mount Emmons near Crested Butte, Colorado

        The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), and Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) working independently, have intermittently collected samples of surface- and groundwater and springs around Mount Emmons, near Crested Butte, Colorado. This data release is a compilation of the comprehensive inorganic chemical analyses co

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        U-Pb zircon data for: The Poncha Pass and Deadman Creek areas, northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of south-central Colorado

        Geologic mapping, characterization of geologic structures, and sampling for geochronology was completed in two areas of the northwestern Sangre de Cristo Mountains from 2011 through 2017. This data release provides the raw analytical data, metadata and sample information for 20 zircon U-Pb age analyses from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). The two

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Northern Arizona Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Northern Arizona Oil and Gas Assessments 

        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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        Geochemical assessment of groundwater in the Big Chino subbasin, Arizona, 2011–18

        A geochemical characterization of groundwater in the Big Chino subbasin of Arizona was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Prescott, the Town of Prescott Valley, and the Salt River Project, to understand groundwater evolution through the study area and the source of water to springs along the gaining reach of...

        Beisner, Kimberly R.; Jones, Casey J. R.
        Beisner, K.R., and Jones, C.J.R., 2020, Geochemical assessment of groundwater in the Big Chino subbasin, Arizona, 2011–18: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5094, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205094.

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        Hydrologic properties of a highly permeable firn aquifer in the Wilkins Ice Shelf, Antarctica

        We present measurements of the density, hydraulic conductivity, and specific discharge of a widespread firn aquifer in Antarctica, within the Wilkins Ice Shelf. At the field site, the aquifer is 16.2 m thick, starting at 13.4 m from the snow surface and transitioning from water‐saturated firn to ice at 29.6 m. Hydraulic conductivity...

        Montgomery, Lynn; Miege, C.; MIller, Julie; Wallin, Bruce; Miller, Olivia L.; Scambos, Ted A.; Solomon, D Kip; Forster, Richard; Koenig, Lora

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        Estimating the effects of forest structure changes from wildfire on snow water resources under varying meteorological conditions

        Modeling forest change effects on snow is critical to resource management. However, many models either do not appropriately model canopy structure or cannot represent fine‐scale changes in structure following a disturbance. We applied a 1 m2 resolution energy budget snowpack model at a forested site in New Mexico, USA, affected by a...

        Moeser, C. David; Borxton, Patrick; Harpold, Adrian; Robertson, Andrew J.

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        Cenozoic tectonic evolution of the Ecemiş fault zone and adjacent basins, central Anatolia, Turkey during the transition from Arabia - Eurasia collision to escape tectonics

        The effects of Arabia-Eurasia collision are recorded in faults, basins, and exhumed metamorphic massifs across eastern and central Anatolia. These faults and basins also preserve evidence of major changes in deformation and associated sedimentary processes along major suture zones including the Inner Tauride suture where it lies along the southern...

        Umhoefer, Paul J.; Thompson, Stuart; Lefebre, Come; Cosca, Michael; Teyssier, Christian; Whitney, Donna L.

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        Integrated geophysical analysis provides an alternate interpretation of the northern margin of the North American Midcontinent Rift System, Central Lake Superior

        The Midcontinent Rift System (MRS) is a 1.1 Ga sequence of voluminous basaltic eruptions and multiple intrusions followed by widespread sedimentation that extends across the Midcontinent and northern Great Lakes region of North America. Previous workers have commonly used seismic-reflection data (Great Lakes International Multidisciplinary Program...

        Grauch, V. J.; Anderson, Eric D.; Heller, Samuel J.; Stewart, Esther K.; Woodruff, Laurel G.

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        Accounting for land in the United States: Integrating physical land cover, land use, and monetary valuation

        Land plays a critical role in both economic and environmental accounting. As an asset, it occupies a unique position at the intersection of the System of National Accounts (SNA), the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Central Framework (SEEA-CF), and (as a spatial unit) SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA), making land a...

        Wentland, Scott A.; Ancona, Zachary H.; Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Boyd, James W.; Hass, Julie L.; Gindelsky, Marina; Moulton, Jeremy G.

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        QCam: sUAS-based doppler radar for measuring river discharge

        The U.S. Geological Survey is actively investigating remote sensing of surface velocity and river discharge (discharge) from satellite-, high altitude-, small, unmanned aircraft systems- (sUAS or drone), and permanent (fixed) deployments. This initiative is important in ungaged basins and river reaches that lack the infrastructure to deploy...

        Fulton, John W.; Anderson, Isaac E.; Chiu, C.-L.; Sommer, Wolfram; Adams, Josip; Moramarco, Tommaso; Bjerklie, David M.; Fulford, Janice M.; Sloan, Jeff L.; Best, Heather; Conaway, Jeffrey S.; Kang, Michelle J.; Kohn, Michael S.; Nicotra, Matthew J.; Pulli, Jeremy J.

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        Soil respiration response to rainfall modulated by plant phenology in a montane meadow, East River, Colorado, USA

        Soil respiration is a primary component of the terrestrial carbon cycle. However, predicting the response of soil respiration to climate change remains a challenge due to the complex interactions between environmental drivers, especially plant phenology, temperature, and soil moisture. In this study, we use a 1‐D diffusion‐reaction model to...

        Winnick, Mathew; Lawrence, Corey R.; McCormick, Maeve; Druhan, Jennifer; Maher, Kate

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        Imaging the tectonic grain of the Northern Cordillera orogen using Transportable Array receiver functions

        Azimuthal variations in receiver function conversions can image lithospheric structural contrasts and anisotropic fabrics that together compose tectonic grain. We apply this method to data from EarthScope Transportable Array in Alaska and additional stations across the northern Cordillera. The best‐resolved quantities are the strike and depth of...

        Schulte-Pelkum, Vera; Caine, Jonathan; Jones, James V.; Becker, Thorsten W

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        Bathymetry of Deadmans Lake, Golf Course Reservoir 9, Ice Lake, Kettle Lakes 1–3, and Non-Potable Reservoirs 1–4 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, 2019

        The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA), carried out bathymetric and topographic surveys to characterize the volume of Deadmans Lake, Golf Course Reservoir 9, Ice Lake, Kettle Lakes 1–3, and Non-Potable Reservoirs 1–4 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado. Bathymetric maps of each lake and reservoir are...

        Kohn, Michael S.; Hempel, Laura A.
        Kohn, M.S., and Hempel, L.A., 2020, Bathymetry of Deadmans Lake, Golf Course Reservoir 9, Ice Lake, Kettle Lakes 1–3, and Non-Potable Reservoirs 1–4 at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3463, pamphlet 12 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3463.

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        Localized fault-zone dilatancy and surface inelasticity of the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquakes

        Earthquakes produce a spectrum of elastic and inelastic deformation processes that are reflected across various length and time scales. While elasticity has long dominated research assumptions in active tectonics, increasing interest has focused on the inelastic characteristics of earthquakes, particularly those of the surface fault rupture zone...

        Barnhart, William D.; Gold, Ryan D.; Hollingsworth, James

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        Seismic reflection imaging of the low-angle Panamint normal fault system, eastern California

        Shallowly dipping (<30°) low‐angle normal faults (LANFs) have been documented globally; however, examples of active LANFs in continental settings are limited. The western margin of the Panamint Range in eastern California is defined by a LANF that dips west beneath Panamint Valley and has evidence of Quaternary motion. In addition, high‐angle...

        Gold, Ryan D.; Stephenson, William J.; Briggs, Richard W.; Duross, Christopher; Kirby, Eric; Woolery, Edward W; Delano, Jaime; Odum, Jackson K.

        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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        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow
        February 9, 2018

        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow

        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow

        Locations of wells sampled 1995-2006 and notation of pesticide detected (red dot)
        February 4, 2018

        Locations of wells sampled 1995-2006, pesticide detection noted in red

        Locations of wells sampled 1996-2005 and notation of pesticide detected (red dot)

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois
        January 30, 2018

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res
        January 26, 2018

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin
        January 24, 2018

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek
        January 17, 2018

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate
        January 17, 2018

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson
        January 10, 2018

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson 

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk
        January 10, 2018

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet
        January 9, 2018

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet

        News items shown on this page are highlights of selected studies conducted and publications produced by USGS Science Center staff members in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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        View from Canyonlands Research Center
        March 15, 2017

        Arid and semiarid ecosystems are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which may affect soil organisms in ways that cause surfaces to become lighter in color and thus reflect more sunlight, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

        Lake Mead
        March 15, 2017

        The Colorado River system provides about 35 million Americans with a portion of their water supply. It irrigates 5½ million acres of land in the West and provides water to tribes, parks, and wildlife. The system serves parts of seven States and Mexico—but reservoir levels have crept lower over the past several years, sparking questions about how much water remains and who will have access.

        USGS: Science for a changing world
        March 8, 2017

        In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option.

        USGS
        February 17, 2017

        Small variations in the density of the earth’s crust—undetectable to humans without sensitive instruments—influence where earthquakes may occur in the central United States. These new findings from the U.S. Geological Survey, published today in Nature Communications, may allow scientists to map where future seismicity in the center of the country is most likely.

        Photo of an active oil and gas pad on Bureau of Land Management lands near Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
        February 7, 2017

        A new scientific approach can now provide regional assessments of land recovery following oil and gas drilling activities, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

        Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area, Wyoming
        January 19, 2017

        The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management today released a collaborative report with new information and tools to support effective management of millions of acres of BLM public lands.  The report underscores the value of a landscape approach to management, and shows that the BLM manages some of the largest areas of intact public lands in the west. 

        Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
        January 19, 2017

        A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers, which include parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and adjacent states, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

        Photo of USGS scientist Robert Baskin deploying a side scan sonar in the Salton Sea, California. 
        January 18, 2017

        U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Robert Baskin is being awarded with a 2016 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present awards to 11 individuals and one company at the 30th anniversary awards dinner tonight.

        USGS
        January 12, 2017

        Helpful new information for anyone designing structures over or near water, managing water distribution, or interested in the flow of local streams.

        Map of Northern High Plains Aquifer
        December 13, 2016

        A new U.S. Geological Survey publication and model can be applied by multiple entities to better understand flow, quantity, sources and sinks of groundwater in the Northern High Plains Aquifer, which covers approximately 100,000 square miles across Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

        This page includes links to Social Media accounts (top of page), Science Centers (middle of page), and Regional Office staff members (bottom of page) of the USGS Region 7--Upper Colorado Basin.

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative, co-funded science and monitoring projects with many other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies. Please scroll below to see the agencies with which those Science Centers currently have cooperative agreements.

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