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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: 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.

      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.

          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

          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: 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 

          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 

          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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          Deposit classification scheme for the Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative Global Geochemical Database

          A challenge for the global economy is to meet the growing demand for commodities used in today’s advanced technologies. Critical minerals are commodities (for example, elements, compounds, minerals) deemed vital to the economic and national security of individual countries that are vulnerable to supply disruption. The national geological agencies...

          Hofstra, Albert H.; Lisitsin, Vladimir; Corriveau, Louise; Paradis, Suzanne; Peter, Jan; Lauzière, Kathleen; Lawley, Christopher; Gadd, Michael; Pilote, Jean-Luc; Honsberger, Ian; Bastrakov, Evgeniy; Champion, David; Czarnota, Karol; Doublier, Michael; Huston, David; Raymond, Oliver; VanDerWielen, Simon; Emsbo, Poul; Granitto, Matthew; Kreiner, Douglas C.
          Hofstra, A., Lisitsin, V., Corriveau, L., Paradis, S., Peter, J., Lauzière, K., Lawley, C., Gadd, M., Pilote, J., Honsberger, I., Bastrakov, E., Champion, D., Czarnota, K., Doublier, M., Huston, D., Raymond, O., VanDerWielen, S., Emsbo, P., Granitto, M., and Kreiner, D., 2021, Deposit classification scheme for the Critical Minerals Mapping Initiative Global Geochemical Database: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1049, 60 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211049.

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          Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River

          IntroductionThe San Juan River is a major water source for communities in the Four Corners Region of the United States (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) and is a vital source of water for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) periodically samples surface water on the Navajo Nation and has found that some...

          Blake, Johanna M.; Chavarria, Shaleene B.; Matherne, Anne-Marie
          Blake, J.M., Chavarria, S.B., and Matherne, A.M., 2021, Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River (ver. 1.1, July 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3029, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213029.

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          Short‐period surface‐wave tomography in the continental United States—A resource for research

           grid for the four independent tomographic inversions (Love and Rayleigh and phase and group velocity). One reason for trying to obtain short‐period dispersion was to have a data set capable of constraining upper crust velocity models for use in determining regional moment tensors. The benefit of focusing on short‐period dispersion is...

          Herrmann, R. B.; Ammon, C. J.; Benz, Harley M.; Aziz-Zanjani, A.; Boschelli, J.

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          Material properties and triggering mechanisms of an andesitic lava dome collapse at Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, revealed using the finite element method

          Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka, Russia) is an active andesitic volcano with a history of explosive activity, dome extrusion, and structural collapse during the Holocene. The most recent major (> 1 km3) dome collapse occurred in November 1964, producing a ~ 1.5 km3 debris avalanche that traveled over 15 km from the vent and...

          Wallace, Cory S; Schaefer, Lauren Nicole; Villeneuve, Marlène C.

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          3-D Modeling of the Duluth Complex from geophysical data

          The Mesoproterozoic Duluth Complex in northeastern Minnesota is one of the major plutonic components of the Midcontinent Rift System and hosts a variety of copper-nickel sulfide and platinum-group element deposits. The Duluth Complex is composed of a series of individual mafic and felsic intrusions emplaced 1110-1098 Ma within Paleoproterozoic...

          Peterson, Dana Elise; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Finn, Carol A.

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          Integration of geophysical evidence suggests that anorthosite composes a significant portion of Grand Marais ridge, an inferred basement high in western Lake Superior

          The Midcontinent Rift System (MRS) is expressed geophysically by a semi-linear, regional gravity high that trends across the Midcontinent and Great Lakes region of North America. The gravity high is interrupted by two prominent, semi-circular gravity lows, which have been interpreted from modeling and seismic-reflection sections as basement highs...

          Grauch, V. J.; Heller, Samuel J.

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          Seismic wave propagation and basin amplification in the Wasatch Front, Utah

          Ground‐motion analysis of more than 3000 records from 59 earthquakes, including records from the March 2020 Mw">MwMw 5.7 Magna earthquake sequence, was carried out to investigate site response and basin amplification in the Wasatch Front, Utah. We compare ground motions with the Bayless and Abrahamson (2019; hereafter, BA18)...

          Moschetti, Morgan P.; Churchwell, David Henry; Thompson, Eric M.; Rekoske, John; Wolin, Emily; Boyd, Oliver S.

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          Reconstructing paleohydrology in the northwest Great Basin since the last deglaciation using Paisley Caves fish remains (Oregon, U.S.A.)

          The arid northwest Great Basin underwent substantial hydroclimate changes in the past 15,000 years, greatly affecting its desert ecosystems and prehistoric people. There are conflicting interpretations of the timing of hydrologic changes in this region, requiring more records to resolve the dominant climatic drivers. The Paisley Caves...

          Hudson, Adam M.; Emery-Wetherell, Meaghan M; Lubinski, Patrick M; Butler, Virginia L.; Grimstead, Deanna N; Jenkins, Dennis L

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          GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits in Alaska

          A state-wide Geographic Information System analysis was conducted to assess prospectivity for lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) in sediment-hosted deposits in Alaska. The datasets that were utilized include publicly available geospatial datasets of lithologic, geochemical, and mineral occurrence data. Key characteristics of Pb-Zn deposits were identified in...

          Kelley, Karen D.; Graham, Garth E.; Labay, Keith A.; Shew, Nora B.
          Kelley, K.D., Graham, G.E., Labay, K.A., and Shew, N.B., 2021, GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits in Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020−1147, 37 p., 1 app., 2 pls., scale 1:10,500,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201147.

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          Development of soil radiocarbon profiles in a reactive transport framework

          Today, there is a greater appreciation for the importance of the physical protection of carbon (C) through interactions with mineral surfaces, isolation from microbes, and the important role of transport in shaping soil properties and controlling moisture limitations on decomposition. As our paradigm for soil organic carbon...

          Druhan, Jennifer; Lawrence, Corey

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          Aeolian sediments in paleowetland deposits of the Las Vegas Formation

          The Las Vegas Formation (LVF) is a well-characterized sequence of groundwater discharge (GWD) deposits exposed in and around the Las Vegas Valley in southern Nevada. Nearly monolithologic bedrock surrounds the valley, which provides an excellent opportunity to test the hypothesis that GWD deposits include an aeolian component. Mineralogical data...

          Goldstein, Harland L.; Springer, Kathleen B.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.; Reheis, Marith C.; Skipp, Gary L.

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          Oxygen isotopes in terrestrial gastropod shells track Quaternary climate change in the American Southwest

          Recent studies have shown the oxygen isotopic composition (δ18O) of modern terrestrial gastropod shells is determined largely by the δ18O of precipitation. This implies that fossil shells could be used to reconstruct the δ18O of paleo-precipitation as long as the isotopic system, including the hydrologic pathways of the local watershed and the...

          Rech, Jason A.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.; Springer, Kathleen B.; Bosch, Stephanie; Nekola, Jeffrey C.; Yanes, Yurena

          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, 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

          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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          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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          A wildfire in a forest
          September 7, 2017

          A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

          Image: Burning Sagebrush
          September 6, 2017

          An examination of long-term data for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management finds that land treatments in the southwestern United States are increasingly large, expensive and related to fire and invasive species control.

          Image: Black-Footed Ferret
          August 10, 2017

          Reporters are invited to an event near Fort Collins showcasing cooperative efforts to develop a potential breakthrough in wildlife management – an oral vaccine that may help protect prairie dogs against plague and assist in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets at specific locations in the West.  

          A mother grizzly bear and her cub in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
          July 5, 2017

          From the journals of Lewis & Clark, April 13, 1805 (in the vicinity of Pouch Point Recreation Area - 16 miles south of New Town, North Dakota):

          High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
          June 16, 2017

          The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

          The Bathythermograph
          June 6, 2017

          On June 6, 1944, thousands of men rained down from the skies onto the battlegrounds of Normandy. After five grueling years of war that shook the globe, D-Day’s victory swept the Allied nations into a wave of celebration.

          Image: A Mule Deer Released After Being Radio-Collared
          May 3, 2017

          Migratory mule deer in Wyoming closely time their movements to track the spring green-up, providing evidence of an underappreciated foraging benefit of migration, according to a study by University of Wyoming and U.S. Geological Survey scientists at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

          Looking northeast along the Bear River Duck Club Canal toward the Wellsville Mountains. 
          April 6, 2017

          A new report illustrates how groundwater pumping can affect the amount of water available in streams within the Malad-Lower Bear River Area in Utah. The product was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights.

          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.

          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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