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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: 2020

Dilution and propagation of provenance trends in sand and mud: Geochemistry and detrital zircon geochronology of modern sediment from central California (U.S.A.)

Integrated, multi-method provenance studies of siliciclastic sedimentary deposits are increasingly used to reconstruct the history of source-to-sink transport, paleogeography, and tectonics. Invariably, analysis of large-scale depositional systems must confront issues regarding how to best sample the system and adequately cope with the details of...

Malkowski, Matthew A.; Sharman, Glenn R.; Johnstone, Samuel A.; Grove, Marty J.; Kimbrough, Dave L.; Graham, Stephen A.

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Effects of John Martin Reservoir on water quality and quantity: Assessment by chemical, isotopic, and mass-balance methods

Water quality and quantity can be influenced by transit through and storage in reservoirs. Assessing such effects can be challenging, however, because of mixing and residence times, and inter-annual net storage and release from both the reservoir itself and surrounding porosity. Here, different methodologies were used to assess the effect of John...

Bern, Carleton R.; Holmberg, Michael; Kisfalusi, Zachary

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A high-resolution seismic catalog for the initial 2019 Ridgecrest Earthquake sequence: Foreshocks, aftershocks, and faulting complexity

I use template matching and precise relative relocation techniques to develop a high-resolution earthquake catalog for the initial portion of the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence, from July 4-16, encompassing the foreshock sequence and the first 10+ days of aftershocks following the Mw 7.1 mainshock. Using 13,525 routinely cataloged events as...

Shelly, David R.

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Estimating burn severity and carbon emissions from a megafire in boreal forests of China

Wildfires, especially those of large size, worsen air quality and alter the carbon cycle through combustion of large quantities of biomass and release of carbon into the atmosphere. The Black Dragon fire, which occurred in 1987 in the boreal forests of China is among the top five of such megafires ever recorded in the world. With over 30 years of...

Xu, Wenru; He, Hong S; Hawbaker, Todd; Zhu, Zhiliang; Henne, Paul

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Evaluation of ground‐motion models for U.S. Geological Survey seismic hazard forecasts: Hawaii tectonic earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

The selection and weighting of ground‐motion models (GMMs) introduces a significant source of uncertainty in U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project (NSHMP) forecasts. In this study, we evaluate 18 candidate GMMs using instrumental ground‐motion observations of horizontal peak ground acceleration (PGA) and 5%‐damped...

McNamara, Daniel E.; Wolin, Emily; Powers, Peter M.; Shumway, Allison; Moschetti, Morgan P.; Rekoske, John; Thompson, Eric M.; Mueller, Charles; Petersen, Mark D.

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A domestic earthquake impact alert protocol based on the combined USGS PAGER and FEMA Hazus loss estimation systems

The U.S. Geological Survey’s PAGER alert system provides rapid (10-20 min) but general loss estimates of ranges of fatalities and economic impact for significant global earthquakes. FEMA’s Hazus software, in contrast, provides time consuming (2-5 hours) but more detailed loss information quantified in terms of structural, social, and economic...

Wald, David J.; Seligson, Hope A.; Rozelle, Jesse; Burns, Jordan; Marano, Kristin; Jaiswal, Kishor; Hearne, Mike; Bausch, Douglas

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High-resolution airborne geophysical survey of the Shellmound, Mississippi area

In late February to early March 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey acquired 2,364 line-kilometers (km) of airborne electromagnetic, magnetic, and radiometric data in the Shellmound, Mississippi study area. The purpose of this survey is to contribute high-resolution information about subsurface geologic structure to inform groundwater models, water...

Burton, Bethany L.; Minsley, Burke J.; Bloss, Benjamin R.; Kress, Wade H.; Rigby, James R.; Smith, Bruce D.
Burton, B.L., Minsley, B.J., Bloss, B.R., Kress, W.H., Rigby, J.R., and Smith, B.D., 2020, High-resolution airborne geophysical survey of the Shellmound, Mississippi area: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3449, 2 sheets, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3449.

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Seepage investigation of the Rio Grande from below Leasburg Dam, Leasburg, New Mexico, to above El Paso, Texas, 2018

Seepage investigations were conducted periodically by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 1988 to 1998 and from 2006 to 2015 along a 64-mile reach of the Rio Grande as part of the Mesilla Basin monitoring program. Past studies were conducted during no-flow or low-flow periods. In 2018, a seepage investigation was conducted during April 3–4...

Ball, Grady P.; Robertson, Andrew J.; Morales, Karen Medina
Ball, G.P., Robertson, A.J., and Medina Morales, K., 2020, Seepage investigation of the Rio Grande from below Leasburg Dam, Leasburg, New Mexico, to above El Paso, Texas, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5140, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195140.

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A new stratigraphic framework and constraints for the position of the Paleocene-Eocene boundary in the rapidly subsiding Hanna Basin, Wyoming

The Paleocene–Eocene strata of the rapidly subsiding Hanna Basin give insights in sedimentation patterns and regional paleogeography during the Laramide orogeny and across the climatic event at the Paleocene–Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). Abundant coalbeds and carbonaceous shales of the fluvial, paludal, and lacustrine strata of the Hanna...

Dechesne, Marieke; Currano, Ellen D; Dunn, Regan E; Higgins, Pennilyn; Hartman, Joseph; Chamberlain, Kevin R; Holm-Denoma, Christopher S.

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A 100-year geoelectric hazard analysis for the U.S. high-voltage power grid

A once-per-century geoelectric hazard map is created for the United States high-voltage power grid. A statistical extrapolation from 31 years of magnetic field measurements is made by identifying 84 geomagnetic storms with the Kp and Dst indices. Data from 24 geomagnetic observatories, 1079 magnetotelluric survey sites, and 17,258 transmission...

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

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A new sampler for the collection and retrieval of dry dust deposition

Atmospheric dust can influence biogeochemical cycles, accelerate snowmelt, and affect air, water quality, and human health. Yet, the bulk of atmospherically transported material remains poorly quantified in terms of total mass fluxes and composition. This lack of information stems in part from the challenges associated with measuring dust...

Brahney, J.; Wetherbee, Gregory A.; Sexstone, Graham A.; Youngbull, C.; Strong, P.; Heindel, Ruth C.

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A continuously updated, geospatially rectified database of utility-scale wind turbines in the United States

Nearly 60,000 utility-scale wind turbines are installed in the United States as of July, 2019, representing over 97 gigawatts of electric power capacity; US wind turbine installations continue to grow at a rapid pace. Yet, until April 2018, no publicly-available, regularly updated data source existed to describe those turbines and their locations...

Rand, Joesph; Kramer, Louisa A.; Garrity, Christopher P.; Hoen, Ben; Diffendorfer, James E.; Hunt, Hannah; Spears, Michael

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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Well sampled to determine baseline pesticide concentrations in groundwater
May 11, 2009

Well sampled for baseline pesticide concentrations in groundwater

Well sampled to determine baseline pesticide concentrations in groundwater.

A hydrologist uses a meter to check groundwater parameters in a domestic supply well, with mountains in the background
April 21, 2009

Measuring water-quality parameters in a domestic-supply well

A hydrologic technician uses a meter to measure water-quality parameters, such as pH, dissolved oxygen, and specific conductance, in a domestic-supply well.

Moose on road to Lake Irene, Colorado
April 10, 2009

Moose on road to Lake Irene, Colorado

Moose on road to Lake Irene, Colorado

Snowpack-sampling pit near Fremont Pass, Colorado
April 6, 2009

Snowpack-sampling pit near Fremont Pass, Colorado

Snowpack-sampling pit near Fremont Pass, Colorado

Snow-density measurement in snowpack-sampling pit near Dunckley Pass, Colorado
April 3, 2009

Snow-density measurement near Dunckley Pass, Colorado

Snow-density measurement in snowpack-sampling pit near Dunckley Pass, Colorado

Snowpack-sampling pit near Dunckley Pass, Colorado
April 1, 2009

Snowpack-sampling pit near Dunckley Pass, Colorado

Snowpack-sampling pit near Dunckley Pass, Colo. Note discolored dust layers on left face (April 1, 2009).

Workers try to free snowmobile from deep snow near Buffalo Pass, CO
March 31, 2009

Workers try to free snowmobile from deep snow near Buffalo Pass, CO

Workers try to free snowmobile from deep snow near Buffalo Pass, CO

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.

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