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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: 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.

      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.

        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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        Detrital zircon record of magmatism and sediment dispersal across the North American Cordilleran arc system (28-48°N)

        As zircon U-Pb geochronology has become a leading method in sediment provenance studies and basin analysis over the past 20 years, the volume of detrital zircon data made available in published literature has enabled researchers to go beyond source-to-sink provenance studies to explore increasingly complex...

        Schwartz, Theresa Maude; Surpless, Kathleen D.; Colgan, Joseph P.; Johnstone, Samuel A.; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.

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        Insights on geochemical, isotopic, and volumetric compositions of produced water from hydraulically fractured Williston Basin oil wells

        Tracing produced water origins from wells hydraulically fractured with freshwater-based fluids is sometimes predicated on assumptions that (1) each geological formation contains compositionally unique brine and (2) produced water from recently hydraulically fractured wells resembles fresher meteoric water more so than produced water from older...

        Gallegos, Tanya J.; Doolan, Colin A.; Caldwell, Rodney R.; Engle, Mark A; Varonka, Matthew S.; Birdwell, Justin E.; Jolly, Glenn D.; Coplen, Tyler B.; Oliver, Thomas A.

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        Identifying elusive piercing points along the North American transform margin using mixture modeling of detrital zircon data from sedimentary units and their crystalline sources

        The San Gabriel and Canton faults represent early stages in the development of the San Andreas fault system. However, questions of timing of initiation and magnitude of slip on these structures remain unresolved, with published estimates ranging from 42-75 km and likely starting in the Miocene. This uncertainty in slip history reflects an absence...

        Gilbert, Clark; Jobe, Zane R.; Johnstone, Samuel A.; Sharman, Glenn R.

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        Machine learning to identify geologic factors associated with production in geothermal fields: A case-study using 3D geologic data, Brady geothermal field, Nevada

        In this paper, we present an analysis using unsupervised machine learning (ML) to identify the key geologic factors that contribute to the geothermal production in Brady geothermal field. Brady is a hydrothermal system in northwestern Nevada that supports both electricity production and direct use of hydrothermal fluids. Transmissive fluid-flow...

        Siler, Drew L.; Pepin, Jeff D.; Vesselinov, Velimir V.; Mudunuru, Maruti K.; Ahmmed, Bulbul

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        GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for lode gold in Alaska

        Several comprehensive, data-driven geographic information system (GIS) analyses were conducted to assess prospectivity for lode gold in Alaska. These analyses use available geospatial datasets of lithologic, geochemical, mineral occurrence, and geophysical data to build models for recognizing different types of gold deposits within physiographic...

        Karl, Susan M.; Kreiner, Douglas C.; Case, George N.D.; Labay, Keith A.; Shew, Nora B.; Granitto, Matthew; Wang, Bronwen; Anderson, Eric D.
        Karl, S.M., Kreiner, D.C., Case, G.N.D., Labay, K.A., Shew, N.B., Granitto, M., Wang, B., and Anderson, E.D., 2021, GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for lode gold in Alaska (ver. 1.1, October 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1041, 75 p., 9 plates, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211041.

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        HydroMet: A new code for automated objective optimization of hydrometeorological thresholds for landslide initiation

        Landslide detection and warning systems are important tools for mitigation of potential hazards in landslide prone areas. Traditionally, warning systems for shallow landslides have been informed by rainfall intensity-duration thresholds. More recent advances have introduced the concept of hydrometeorological thresholds that are informed not only...

        Conrad, Jacob Lawrence; Morphew, Michael D.; Baum, Rex L.; Mirus, Benjamin B.

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        Chemical analysis of archived stream-sediment samples, Alaska

        Geochemical data are presented for more than 1,500 archived stream-sediment samples and accompanying quality control samples. The archived sediments were reanalyzed to improve the stream geochemical dataset for Alaska and to support ongoing U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) studies. Sediment samples were primarily from the USGS Mineral Resources...

        Wang, Bronwen; Case, George N.D.; Granitto, Mathew; Labay, Keith A.; Shew, Nora B.; Ingraham, Andrew D.; Azain, Jaime S.; Bueghly, Zachary C.; Karl, Susan M.; Kelley, Karen D.
        Wang, B., Case, G.N.D., Granitto, M., Labay, K.A., Shew, N.B., Ingraham, A.D., Bueghly, Z.C., Azain, J.S., Karl, S.M., and Kelley, K.D., 2021, Chemical analysis of archived stream-sediment samples, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2021–1058, 13 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20211058.

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        Probabilistic methodology for the assessment of original and recoverable coal resources, illustrated with an application to a coal bed in the Fort Union Formation, Wyoming

        Executive SummaryThe U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has been using its Circular 891 for evaluating uncertainty in coal resource assessments for more than 35 years. Calculated cell tonnages are assigned to four qualitative reliability classes depending exclusively on distance to the nearest drill hole. The main appeal of this methodology, simplicity...

        Olea, Ricardo A.; Shaffer, Brian N.; Haacke, Jon E.; Luppens, James A.
        Olea, R.A., Shaffer, B.N., Haacke, J.E., and Luppens, J.A., 2021, Probabilistic methodology for the assessment of original and recoverable coal resources, illustrated with an application to a coal bed in the Fort Union Formation, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6-G1, 55 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm6G1.

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        Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2020

        The Albuquerque Basin, located in central New Mexico, is about 100 miles long and 25–40 miles wide. The basin is hydrologically defined as the extent of consolidated and unconsolidated deposits of Tertiary and Quaternary age that encompasses the structural Rio Grande Rift between San Acacia to the south and Cochiti Lake to the north. A 20-percent...

        Jurney, Elaiya R.; Bell, Meghan T.
        Jurney, E.R., and Bell, M.T., 2021, Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1139, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1139.

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        Surficial geology of the northern San Luis Valley, Saguache, Fremont, Custer, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Conejos, and Costilla Counties, Colorado

        The San Luis Valley and associated underlying basin of south-central Colorado and north-central New Mexico is the largest structural and hydrologic basin of the Rio Grande Rift and fluvial system. The surrounding San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains reveal evidence of widespread volcanism and transtensional tectonism beginning in the Oligocene...

        Ruleman, Chester A.; Brandt, Theodore R.
        Ruleman, C.A., and Brandt, T.R., 2021, Surficial geology of the northern San Luis Valley, Saguache, Fremont, Custer, Alamosa, Rio Grande, Conejos, and Costilla Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3475, 2 sheets, scale 1:75,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3475.

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        Airborne geophysical surveys of the lower Mississippi Valley demonstrate system-scale mapping of subsurface architecture

        The Mississippi Alluvial Plain hosts one of the most prolific shallow aquifer systems in the United States but is experiencing chronic groundwater decline. The Reelfoot rift and New Madrid seismic zone underlie the region and represent an important and poorly understood seismic hazard. Despite its societal and economic importance, the shallow...

        Minsley, Burke J; Rigby, James Robert; James, Stephanie R.; Burton, Bethany L.; Knierim, Katherine J.; Pace, Michael; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Kress, Wade

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        ShakeMap operations, policies, and procedures

        The US Geological Survey’s ShakeMap is used domestically and globally for post-earthquake emergency management and response, engineering analyses, financial instruments, and other decision-making activities. Recent developments in the insurance, reinsurance, and catastrophe bond sectors link payouts of potentially hundreds of millions of dollars...

        Wald, David J.; Worden, Charles; Thompson, Eric M.; Hearne, Mike

        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 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

        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

        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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        Image: Rio Grande and Cliffs in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park
        September 14, 2017

        A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes the below ground geology of the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

        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.

        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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