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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin produce hundreds of USGS-series publications, journal papers, and books each year that are subject to rigorous review by USGS specialists. The publications shown below on this page are related to study areas and staff members of USGS Science Centers in Region 7 compiled from the USGS Publications Warehouse.

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Year Published: 2019

Ground failure from the Anchorage, Alaska, earthquake of 30 November 2018

Investigation of ground failure triggered by the 2018 Mw">MwMw 7.1 Anchorage earthquake showed that landslides, liquefaction, and ground cracking all occurred and caused significant damage. Shallow rock falls and rock slides were the most abundant types of landslides, but they occurred in smaller numbers than global models that are...

Jibson, Randall W.; Grant, Alex R. R. ; Witter, Robert C.; Allstadt, Kate; Thompson, Eric M.; Bender, Adrian

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Groundwater and surface-water resources near Red Fleet Reservoir, Uintah County, Utah

Red Fleet Reservoir in Uintah County, Utah, is an approximately 26,000 acre-foot (acre-ft) on-channel reservoir in the Big Brush Creek drainage on the south slopes of the Uinta Mountains. It is operated primarily for irrigation needs while providing a supplemental drinking-water supply to the Vernal, Utah area. Red Fleet Reservoir, which was...

Marston, Thomas M.; Solder, John E.; Jones, Katherine K.
Marston, T.M., Solder, J.E., and Jones, K.K., 2019, Groundwater and surface-water resources near Red Fleet Reservoir, Uintah County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5101, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195101.

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Improvements in seismic resolution and current limitations in the Global Seismographic Network

Station noise levels play a fundamental limitation in our ability to detect seismic signals. These noise levels are frequency-dependent and arise from a number of physically different drivers. At periods greater than 100 s, station noise levels are often limited by the self-noise of the instrument as well as the sensitivity of the instrument to...

Ringler, Adam T.; Steim, J.; Wilson, David C.; Widmer-Schnidrig, R.; Anthony, Robert E.

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Challenges for monitoring the extent and land use/cover changes in monarch butterflies’ migratory habitat across the United States and Mexico

This paper presents a synopsis of the challenges and limitations presented by existing and emerging land use/ land cover (LULC) digital data sets when used to analyze the extent, habitat quality, and LULC changes of the monarch (Danaus plexippus) migratory habitat across the United States of America (US) and Mexico. First, the characteristics,...

Rafael Moreno-Sanchez; James Raines; Diffendorfer, James E.; Drummond, Mark A.; Jessica Manko

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Assessment of continuous gas resources in the Permian Phosphoria Formation of the Southwestern Wyoming Province, Wyoming, 2019

Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 1.4 trillion cubic feet of continuous gas in the Phosphoria Formation of the Southwestern Wyoming Province, Wyoming.

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Finn, Thomas M.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Pitman, Janet K.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Drake, Ronald M.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Finn, T.M.,Marra, K.R.,Le, P.A., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Pitman, J.K., Brownfield, M.E., and Drake, R.M., II, 2019, Assessment of continuous gas resources in the Permian Phosphoria Formation of the Southwestern Wyoming Province, Wyoming, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3047, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193047.

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Debris-flow monitoring and warning: Review and examples

Debris flows represent one of the most dangerous types of mass movements, because of their high velocities, large impact forces and long runout distances. This review describes the available debris-flow monitoring techniques and proposes recommendations to inform the design of future monitoring and warning/alarm systems. The selection and...

Hürlimann, Marcel; Coviello, Velio; Bel, Coraline; Guo, Xiaojun; Berti, Matteo; Graf, Christoph; Hübl, Johannes; Miyata, Shusuke; Smith, Joel B.; Yin, Hsiao-Yuan

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Historical land use and land cover for assessing the northern Colorado Front Range urban landscape

We describe historical land-use and land-cover (LULC) maps for the northern Colorado urban Front Range. The Front Range urban landscape is diverse and interspersed with highly productive agriculture as well as natural land cover types including evergreen forest in the Rocky Mountain foothills and Great Plains grassland. To understand the dynamics...

Drummond, Mark A.; Stier, Michael P.; Diffendorfer, James E.

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Review of indicators for comparing environmental effects across energy sources

Robust, quantitative comparisons of environmental effects across energy sources can support development of energy planning strategies that meet growing demand while managing and minimizing undesirable effects on environmental resources. Multicriteria analyses of energy systems often use a suite of indicators to make such comparisons, but those...

Dorning, Monica; Diffendorfer, James E.; Scott R Loss; Bagstad, Kenneth J.

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Variability in results from mineralogical and organic geochemical interlaboratory testing of U. S. Geological Survey shale reference materials

The expansion of unconventional petroleum resource exploration and production in the United States has led to an increase in source rock characterization efforts, particularly related to bulk organic and mineralogical properties. To support the analytical and research needs of industry and academia, as well as internal work, the U.S. Geological...

Birdwell, Justin E.; Wilson, Stephen A.

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Detrital zircon geochronology along a structural transect across the Kahiltna assemblage in the western Alaska Range: Implications for emplacement of the Alexander-Wrangellia-Peninsular terrane against North America

The Kahiltna assemblage in the western Alaska Range consists of deformed Upper Jurassic and Cretaceous clastic strata that lie between the Alexander-Wrangellia-Peninsular (AWP) terrane to the south, and the Farewell and other peri-cratonic terranes to the north. Differences in detrital zircon populations and sandstone petrography allow geographic...

Box, Stephen E.; Karl, Susan M.; Jones, James V.; Bradley, Dwight C.; Haeussler, Peter; O'Sullivan, Paul B.

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Plant and insect herbivore community variation across the Paleocene–Eocene boundary in the Hanna Basin, southeastern Wyoming

Ecosystem function and stability are highly affected by internal and external stressors. Utilizing paleobotanical data gives insight into the evolutionary processes an ecosystem undergoes across long periods of time, allowing for a more complete understanding of how plant and insect herbivore communities are affected by ecosystem imbalance. To...

Schmidt, Lauren E; Dunn, Regan E; Mercer, Jason J; Dechesne, Marieke; Currano, Ellen D

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Quantifying source and sink habitats and pathways in spatially structured populations: A generalized modelling approach

The ability to classify habitats and movement pathways as sources or sinks is an important part of the decision making process for the conservation of spatially structured populations. Diverse approaches have been used to quantify the importance of habitats and pathways in a spatial network, however these approaches have been limited by a lack of...

Diffendorfer, James E.; Sample, Christine; Beiri, Joanna A; Allen, Benjamin L. ; Dementieva, Yulia; Carson, Alyssa; Higgins, Connar; Piatt, Sadie; Qiu, Shirley; Stafford, Summer; Mattsson, Brady J.; Semmens, Darius J.; Thogmartin, Wayne E.

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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Collecting a groundwater sample using a mobile laboratory at Jackson Hole Airport
April 11, 2011

Collecting a groundwater sample using a mobile laboratory at Jackson H

Collecting a groundwater sample using a mobile laboratory at Jackson Hole Airport

View of Jackson Hole Airport and the Teton Range
April 11, 2011

View of Jackson Hole Airport and the Teton Range

View of Jackson Hole Airport and the Teton Range

Taking a water-level measurement in a monitoring well at Jackson Hole Airport
February 10, 2011

Taking a water-level measurement in a monitoring well at Jackson Hole

Taking a water-level measurement in a monitoring well at Jackson Hole Airport.

Invasive brown treesnake
November 12, 2010

Invasive brown treesnake

Brown treesnakes were a major contributor to the loss of nine of 11 native forest birds on Guam.

Image: Ranchlands, Utah and Idaho
September 13, 2010

Ranchlands, Utah and Idaho

Roadsides, ranchlands, and mountains.

Image: Ranchlands, Utah and Idaho
September 13, 2010

Ranchlands, Utah and Idaho

Roadsides, ranchlands, and mountains.

A rainstorm in the Colorado mountains
July 27, 2010

Rainstorms can be localized or widespread.

A localized heavy summer rainstorm in Colorado.

Here is a classic rainstorm during the summer, as that is when more localized storms occur. Other rain events are more "frontal" in nature, with large formations of featureless and uniform nimbostratus types of clouds bringing precipitation over a large area. But often you see a landscape similar to

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Preparing sample for macroinvertebrate analysis
April 29, 2010

Preparing sample for macroinvertebrate analysis

Preparing sample for macroinvertebrate analysis

This photo of a Pacific sheath-tailed bat is the last good photo of this bat from Aguiguan in existence.
December 31, 2009

The last sheath-tailed bat photo

This photo of a Pacific sheath-tailed bat is the last good photo of this bat from Aguiguan in existence.

Coyote on trail to Canyon, Wyoming
November 30, 2009

Coyote on trail to Canyon, Wyoming

Coyote on trail to Canyon, Wyoming

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