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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

Impacts to wildlife of wind energy siting and operation in the United States

Electricity from wind energy is a major contributor to the strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuel use and thus reduce the negative impacts of climate change. Wind energy, like all power sources, can have adverse impacts on wildlife. After nearly 25 years of focused research, these impacts are much better understood, although...

Taber Allison; Diffendorfer, James E.; Erin Baerwald; Julie Beston; David Drake; Amanda Hale; Cris Hein; Huso, Manuela M.; Scott Loss; Lovich, Jeffrey E.; Dale Strickland; Kate Williams; Virginia Winder

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Characterization and load estimation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from selected Rio Grande tributary stormwater channels in the Albuquerque urbanized area, New Mexico, 2017–18

In cooperation with the New Mexico County of Bernalillo, the U.S. Geological Survey characterized potential polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) concentration and estimated loading into the Rio Grande from watersheds that are under the county’s jurisdiction. Water and sediment samples were collected in 2017–18 from six sites within four stormwater...

Shephard, Zachary M.; Conn, Kathleen E.; Beisner, Kimberly R.; Jornigan, Alanna D.; Bryant, Christina F.
Shephard, Z.M., Conn, K.E., Beisner, K.R., Jornigan, A.D., and Bryant, C.F., 2019, Characterization and load estimation of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from selected Rio Grande tributary stormwater channels in the Albuquerque urbanized area, New Mexico, 2017–18: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1106, 48 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/of20191106.

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Middle Pleistocene formation of the Rio Grande Gorge, San Luis Valley, south-central Colorado and north-central New Mexico, USA: Process, timing, and downstream implications

The Rio Grande is the fourth longest river in North America extending over 3,000 km from the Rocky Mountains to the Gulf of Mexico. The Pleistocene evolution of this river from individual subbasins into a coalesced fluvial system has been long debated. Herein, we constrain the middle Pleistocene evolution of the northernmost and largest Rio Grande...

Ruleman, Chester A.; Hudson, Adam M.; Thompson, Ren A.; Miggins, Daniel P.; Paces, James; Goehring, Brent M.

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Empirical estimation of natural geoelectric hazards

Geoelectric field time series can be estimated by convolving estimates of Earth‐surface impedance, such as those obtained from magnetotelluric survey measurements, with historical records of geomagnetic variation obtained at magnetic observatories. This straightforward procedure permits the mapping of geoelectric field variation during magnetic...

Love, Jeffrey J.; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Kelbert, Anna; Lucas, Greg M.

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The first 3D conductivity model of the contiguous US: Reflections on geologic structure and application to induction hazards

Estimation of ground level geoelectric fields has been identified by the National Space Weather Action Plan as a key component of assessment and mitigation of space weather impacts on critical infrastructure. Estimates of spatially and temporally variable electric fields are used to generate statistically based hazard maps and show promise toward...

Kelbert, Anna; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Murphy, Benjamin S.

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Characterizing large earthquakes before rupture is complete

Whether large and very large earthquakes are distinguishable from each other early on in the rupture process has been a subject often debated over the past several decades. Studies have shown that the frequency content of radiated seismic energy in the first few seconds of an earthquake scales with the final magnitude of the event, implying...

Melgar, Diego; Hayes, Gavin P.

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Global earthquake response with imaging geodesy: recent examples from the USGS NEIC

The U.S. Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center leads real-time efforts to provide rapid and accurate assessments of the impacts of global earthquakes, including estimates of ground shaking, ground failure, and the resulting human impacts. These efforts primarily rely on analysis of the seismic wavefield to characterize the...

Barnhart, William D.; Hayes, Gavin P.; Wald, David J.

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Physically based estimation of rainfall thresholds triggering shallow landslides in volcanic slopes of southern Italy

On the 4th and 5th of March 2005, about 100 rainfall-induced landslides occurred along volcanic slopes of Camaldoli Hill in Naples, Italy. These started as soil slips in the upper substratum of incoherent and welded volcaniclastic deposits, then evolved downslope according to debris avalanche and debris flow mechanisms. This specific case of slope...

Fusco, F.; De Vita, P.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Baum, Rex L.; Allocca, V.; Tufano, R.; Calcaterra, D.

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National earthquake information center strategic plan, 2019–23

Executive SummaryDamaging earthquakes occur regularly around the world; since the turn of the 20th century, hundreds of earthquakes have caused significant loss of life and (or) millions of dollars or more in economic losses. While most of these did not directly affect the United States and its Territories, by studying worldwide seismicity we can...

Hayes, Gavin P.; Earle, Paul S.; Benz, Harley M.; Wald, David J.; Yeck, William L.
Hayes, G.P., Earle, P.S., Benz, H.M., Wald, D.J., and Yeck, W.L., 2019, National Earthquake Information Center strategic plan, 2019–23: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1457, 17 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1457.

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Geologic map of the Poncha Pass area, Chaffee, Fremont, and Saguache Counties, Colorado

This report presents a 1:24,000-scale geologic map, cross sections, and descriptive and interpretative text for the Poncha Pass area in central Colorado. The map area is irregular in shape, covering all of one 7 ½' quadrangle (Poncha Pass) and parts of five others (Mount Ouray, Maysville, Salida West, Salida East, and Wellsville). The map...

Minor, Scott A.; Caine, Jonathan Saul; Ruleman, Chester A.; Fridrich, Christopher J.; Chan, Christine F.; Brandt, Theodore R.; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.; Morgan, Leah E.; Cosca, Michael A.; Grauch, V. J.
Minor, S.A., Caine, J.S., Ruleman, C.A., Fridrich, C.J., Chan, C.F., Brandt, T.R., Holm-Denoma, C.S., Morgan, L.E., Cosca, M.A., and Grauch, V.J.S., 2019, Geologic map of the Poncha Pass area, Chaffee, Fremont, and Saguache Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3436, 4 sheets, scale 1:24,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3436.

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Love, Jeffrey J.; Klesman, Alison

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Willingness to pay for conservation of transborder migratory species: A case study of the Mexican free-tailed bat in the United States and Mexico

We estimated U.S. and Mexican citizens’ willingness to pay (WTP) for protecting habitat for a transborder migratory species, the Mexican free-tailed bat (Tadarida brasiliensis mexicana), using the contingent valuation method. Few contingent valuation surveys have evaluated whether households in one country would pay to protect habitat in another...

Haefele, Michelle; Loomis, John B.; Merideth, Robert W.; Lien, Aaron M.; Semmens, Darius J.; Dubovsky, Jim; Wiederholt, Ruscena; Thogmartin, Wayne E.; Huang, Ta-Ken; McCracken, Gary; Lopez-Hoffman, Laura; Medellin, Rodrigo; Diffendorfer, James 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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Typical, deep snowpack at sampling pit at Buffalo Pass, Colorado
March 31, 2009

Typical, deep snowpack at sampling pit at Buffalo Pass, Colorado

Typical, deep snowpack at sampling pit at Buffalo Pass, Colorado

National Atmospheric Deposition site near snowpack-sampling site at Brooklyn Lake, WY.
March 26, 2009

National Atmospheric Deposition site at Brooklyn Lake, WY

National Atmospheric Deposition site near snowpack-sampling site at Brooklyn Lake, WY.

Workers access site at Divide Peak, Wyoming via snowmobile.
March 25, 2009

Workers access site at Divide Peak, Wyoming via snowmobile.

Workers access site at Divide Peak, Wyoming via snowmobile.

Worker in snowpack-sampling pit at Old Battle, Wyoming
March 24, 2009

Worker in snowpack-sampling pit at Old Battle, Wyoming

Worker in snowpack-sampling pit at Old Battle, Wyoming

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico
March 20, 2009

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit near Hopewell, New Mexico.

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.
March 18, 2009

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Workers collect snow sample at Apgar Lookout sampling site, Montana.

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado
March 17, 2009

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado

Worker prepares snowpack-sampling pit at Brumley, Colorado.

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado
March 13, 2009

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, CO

Precipitation collectors near snowpack-sampling site at Elk River, Colorado

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.
March 11, 2009

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

National Atmospheric Deposition site near Gypsum Creek, Wyoming.

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana
March 4, 2009

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Snowpack-sampling site on Lone Mountain at Big Sky ski resort, Montana

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming
February 18, 2009

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Buffalo on road to Canyon, Wyoming

Chalk Cliffs in the background showing view from video camera towards station 1.
December 31, 2008

Chalk Cliffs view of Station 1

View of the west channel and Upper monitoring station (Station 1), Chalk Cliffs, CO.

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