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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: November 29, 2018
Status: Active

Bighorn Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Bighorn Basin Province 5034.

     

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Hanna, Laramie, Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resource potential of the Hanna, Laramie, and Shirley Basins Province 5030 in Wyoming and northeastern Colorado.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the San Juan Basin Province of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado 5022.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Paradox Basin Province of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona 5021.

    Date published: November 19, 2018
    Status: Active

    Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has conducted a number of geology-based assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Uinta-Piceance Basin (USGS Province 5020) of western Colorado and Eastern Utah. Recent assessments include.

      Date published: November 19, 2018
      Status: Active

      Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Eastern Great Basin Province of eastern Nevada, western Utah, southeastern Idaho, and northwestern Arizona 5019.

         

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        Yellowstone River Compact Commission

        The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

        Date published: November 15, 2018
        Status: Active

        Water-Quality Summaries for Several Major River Basins in Colorado

        Summaries of water-quality monitoring data are available for several major river basins in Colorado. For each basin, current data from a network of sites are compared to previously collected data and instream standards. Lowess curves are provided on plots for selected constituents where a sufficient period of record and limited censored data are available.

        Date published: November 6, 2018
        Status: Active

        Integrated Uranium Resource and Environmental Assessment

        The US Geological Survey has assembled a small group of scientists who are assessing the uranium resource potential of the United States.  Uranium is used to fuel the 98 operable nuclear reactors in the United States, providing 20% of the nation’s electricity. More than 95% of this uranium is imported, and the rest is produced from uranium mines in Wyoming, Nebraska and Texas and a uranium...

        Contacts: Susan M Hall
        Date published: November 2, 2018
        Status: Active

        Gas Hydrates

        Central Energy Resources Science Center - Gas Hydrates Project Page

        Date published: October 16, 2018
        Status: Active

        Groundwater Models

        Groundwater is an important resource, but availability, quality, and sustainability during growth have become major concerns. Groundwater models are numerical representations that help hydrologists better understand groundwater systems. These models also provide tools for water managers. The Utah Water Science Center has groundwater models for many seperate areas in Utah as well as two...

        Date published: October 12, 2018
        Status: Completed

        New Methods for Dating and Sequencing Ancient Earthquakes Along the Wasatch Fault Zone

        Release Date: OCTOBER 12, 2018

        Complex geologic sites, like those between the fault segments along the Wasatch fault zone in Utah, make the dating and ordering past earthquakes a difficult task. Two new methods were used to make this task easier and to get better results.

        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: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Southwestern Wyoming Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

         Downloadable Data for Hanna, Laramie and Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: November 29, 2018

        Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        Downloadable Data for San Juan Basin 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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        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.

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        Identifying the greatest earthquakes of the past 2000 years at the Nehalem River Estuary, Northern Oregon Coast, USA

        We infer a history of three great megathrust earthquakes during the past 2000 years at the Nehalem River estuary based on the lateral extent of sharp (≤3 mm) peat-mud stratigraphic contacts in cores and outcrops, coseismic subsidence as interpreted from fossil diatom assemblages and reconstructed with foraminiferal assemblages using a Bayesian...

        Nelson, Alan R.; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Sawai, Yuki; Engelhart, Simon E.; Witter, Robert C.; Grant-Walter, Wendy C.; Bradley, Lee-Ann; Dura, Tina; Cahill, Niamh; Horton, Benajamin P.

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        Spatially explicit reconstruction of post-megafire forest recovery through landscape modeling

        Megafires are large wildfires that occur under extreme weather conditions and produce mixed burn severities across diverse environmental gradients. Assessing megafire effects requires data covering large spatiotemporal extents, which are difficult to collect from field inventories. Remote sensing provides an alternative but is limited in revealing...

        Xu, Wenru; He, Hong; Fraser, Jacob S.; Hawbaker, Todd J.; Henne, Paul D.; Duan, Shengwu; Zhu, Zhiliang

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        Selecting three components of ground motions from Conditional Spectra for multiple stripe analyses

        For complex structures where the seismic response depends appreciably on the vertical (V) component of ground motion (GM) (e.g., base-isolated buildings, long-span bridges, dams, nuclear power plants), incremental dynamic analysis (IDA) is commonly utilized to estimate seismic risk, where the V components of GM are selected and scaled based on the...

        Kwong, Neal (Simon) S; Jaiswal, Kishor; Luco, Nicolas; Baker, J.W.

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        Twelve-year dynamics and rainfall thresholds for alternating creep and rapid movement of the Hooskanaden landslide from integrating InSAR, pixel offset tracking, and borehole and hydrological measurements

        The Hooskanaden landslide is a large (~600 m wide × 1,300 m long), deep (~30 – 45 m) slide located in southwestern Oregon. Since 1958, it has had five moderate/major movements that catastrophically damaged the intersecting U.S. Highway 101, along with persistent slow wet‐season movements and a long‐term accelerating trend...

        Xu, Y.; Lu, Z.; Schulz, William; Kim, J.

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        Pressure coring operations during The University of Texas-Gulf of Mexico 2-1 (UT-GOM2-1) Hydrate Pressure Coring Expedition in Green Canyon Block 955, northern Gulf of Mexico

        In May 2017, The University of Texas Hydrate Pressure Coring Expedition Gulf of Mexico 2-1 (UT-GOM2-1) drilled two adjacent holes in Green Canyon Block 955 in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico as part of The University of Texas at Austin and US Department of Energy Deepwater Methane Hydrate Characterization and Scientific Assessment. Expedition...

        Thomas, Carla; Phillips, Stephen C.; Flemings, Peter B.; Santra, Manasij; Hammon, Helen; Collett, Timothy; Cook, Ann; Pettigrew, Tom; Mimitz, Mike; Holland, Melanie; Schultheiss, Peter

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        Integrating physical and economic data into experimental water accounts for the United States: Lessons and opportunities

        Water management increasingly involves tradeoffs, making its accounting highly relevant in our interconnected world. Physical and economic data about water in many nations are becoming more widely integrated through application of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounts for Water (SEEA-Water), which enables the tracking of linkages between...

        Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Ancona, Zachary H.; Hass, Julie L.; Glynn, Pierre D.; Wentland, Scott; Vardon, Michael; Fay, John P.

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        Simultaneous observations of geoelectric and geomagnetic fields produced by magnetospheric ULF waves

        Geomagnetic perturbations (BGEO) related to magnetospheric ultralow frequency (ULF) waves induce electric fields within the conductive Earth—geoelectric fields (EGEO)—that in turn drive geomagnetically induced currents. Though numerous past studies have examined ULF wave BGEO from a space weather perspective, few studies have linked ULF...

        Hartinger, M. D.; Shih, X. R.; Lucas, G.; Murphy, Benjamin Scott; Kelbert, Anna; Baker, J.B.H.; Rigler, E. Joshua; Bedrosian, Paul A.

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        Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals in the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico—Aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum-group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten

        In response to a need for information on potential domestic sources of critical minerals, the Earth Mapping Resources Initiative (Earth MRI) was established to identify and prioritize areas for acquisition of new geologic mapping, geophysical data, and elevation data to improve our knowledge of the geologic framework of the United States. Phase 1...

        Hammarstrom, Jane M.; Dicken, Connie L.; Day, Warren C.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Drenth, Benjamin J.; Shah, Anjana K.; McCafferty, Anne E.; Woodruff, Laurel G.; Foley, Nora K.; Ponce, David A.; Frost, Thomas P.; Stillings, Lisa L.
        Hammarstrom, J.M., Dicken, C.L., Day, W.C., Hofstra, A.H., Drenth, B.J., Shah, A.K., McCafferty, A.E., Woodruff, L.G., Foley, N.K., Ponce, D.A., Frost, T.P., and Stillings, L.L., 2020, Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic resources of 11 critical minerals in the conterminous United States, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico—Aluminum, cobalt, graphite, lithium, niobium, platinum-group elements, rare earth elements, tantalum, tin, titanium, and tungsten, chap. B of U.S. Geological Survey, Focus areas for data acquisition for potential domestic sources of critical minerals: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1023, 67 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191023B.

        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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        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage
        January 4, 2018

        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

        Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

        Unmanned Aerial System prior to takeoff
        December 31, 2017

        Unmanned Aerial System

        This small unmanned aerial system with digital camera has been used to create digital elevation models to answer questions about erosion, bridge scour, and other hydraulics analyses. 

        Unmanned Aerial System takes images in Arizona
        December 31, 2017

        Unmanned Aerial System in Flight

        Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) collecting digital photos to create digital elevation models. UAS are an increasingly important tool for monitoring, assessing, and conducting targeted scientific research for the nation.

        Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant
        December 31, 2017

        Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to sewage effluent

        Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant

        Close-up of dried, cracked soil with small plants trying to survive in this soil.
        December 31, 2017

        Dry, cracked soil (RAMPS)

        Rangelands of the desert Southwest can be in a degraded condition and lacking perennial vegetation, which can lead to exposed soil and erosion. RAMPS is working to mitigate degradation by increasing 

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        Lake Powell
        December 31, 2017

        Lake Powell

        The USGS Utah Water Science Center and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a collaborative geophysical research effort within Lake Powell, UT-AZ to map the bathymetry of the lake and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers.

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map
        December 31, 2017

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

        Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

        Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium
        December 31, 2017

        Fathead minnows swimming in an experimental aquarium

        Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory — Boulder, Colorado. Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium. The aquarium is part of an experiment to assess endocrine disruption in fish.

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
        December 31, 2017

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts

        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts. White efflorescent salts form on the soil surface as water evaporates from the soil leaving the salt at the surface. 

        Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to

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        Digital elevation model created by an Unmanned Aerial System
        December 31, 2017

        Digital Elevation Model Created by an Unmanned Aerial System

        This digital elevation model was created using structure from motion software mounted to an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) to analyze bridge scour. Studies using UAS have included stream temperature analyses, bird and mammal surveys, coastal change mapping, sandbar habitat surveys, fluvial erosion rates, microclimate mapping, air quality analysis, plant stress assessment,

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        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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        Photo showing the Great Basin area
        October 11, 2016

        Large precipitation events that occur about every 10 years are a critical source of recharge for replenishing groundwater resources, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.

        Southwestern Willow Flycatcher
        September 6, 2016

        A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey shows, for the first time ever, detailed habitat information on the entire range of a federally listed endangered bird allowing officials to take a scientific approach to helping protect the species.

        Seismometer
        August 25, 2016

        New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado shows actions taken by drillers and regulators can lessen risk in the case of earthquakes likely caused by the injection of industrial wastewater deep underground.

        An American pika collects grass and flowers to stockpile its winter food supplies.
        August 25, 2016

        American pikas – small herbivores that typically live in rocky slopes, known as talus, across many mountain ranges in the American West – are disappearing from some locations across the West due to climate change, according to a study by the U.S. Geological Survey and some of its partners.

        Photo of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah
        August 15, 2016

        Future groundwater replenishment in the Upper Colorado River Basin may benefit from projected increases in future basin-wide precipitation under current climate projections, according to a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation.

        Upper Frijoles Canyon, Jemez Mountains, following the Las Conchas wildfire, New Mexico
        August 11, 2016

        A new interactive map and companion report from the U.S. Geological Survey allows residents living in and around New Mexico’s Jemez Mountains to see where they’re located in relation to postwildfire debris-flow hazards.

        3-D map of Big Thompson Watershed
        July 25, 2016

         

        Forty years ago on July 31, as Coloradoans and tourists celebrated the state’s centennial, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains below the resort town of Estes Park, killing 143 people. The 1976 Big Thompson flood stands as the worst natural disaster in Colorado’s recorded history.

        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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