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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

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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

Assessment of continuous oil resources in the Eastern Great Basin Province of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho, 2018

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) quantitatively assessed the potential for undiscovered, technically recoverable continuous oil and gas resources in the Eastern Great Basin Province (Anna and others, 2007) of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho (fig. 1). The assessment focused on the area of the province between the Roberts Mountains and...

Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Gaswirth, Stephanie B.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Brownfield, Michael E.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.; Kinney, Scott A.
Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Finn, T.M., Gaswirth, S.B., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Brownfield, M.E., Leathers-Miller, H.M., Drake, R.M., II, and Kinney, S.A., 2019, Assessment of continuous oil resources in the Eastern Great Basin Province of Nevada, Utah, and Idaho, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3002, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193002.

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Crustal architecture beneath the southern Midcontinent (USA) and controls on Mesoproterozoic iron-oxide mineralization from 3D geophysical models

Several types of critical mineral-bearing ore deposits in the southern Midcontinent region of the U.S. are hosted in Mesoproterozoic igneous rocks largely concealed beneath Paleozoic cover. Discerning the architecture of igneous intrusions and volcanic centers in the crust is fundamental to understanding the geologic evolution of this vast region...

McCafferty, Anne E.; Phillips, Jeffrey D.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Day, Warren C.
McCafferty, A.E., Phillips, J.D., Hofstra, A.H., and Day, W.C., 2019, Crustal architecture beneath the southern Midcontinent (USA) and controls on Mesoproterozoic iron-oxide mineralization from 3D geophysical models: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 111, 21 p.

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Thermotectonic history of the Kluane Ranges and evolution of the eastern Denali Fault Zone in southwestern Yukon, Canada

Exhumation and landscape evolution along strike‐slip fault systems reflect tectonic processes that accommodate and partition deformation in orogenic settings. We present 17 new apatite (U‐Th)/He (He), zircon He, apatite fission‐track (FT), and zircon FT dates from the eastern Denali fault zone (EDFZ) that bounds the Kluane Ranges in Yukon, Canada...

McDermott, Robert G.; Ault, Alexis K.; Caine, Jonathan S.; Thomson, Stuart N.

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Effects of infiltration characteristics on the spatial-temporal evolution of stability of an interstate highway embankment

Infiltration-induced landslides are among the most common natural disasters threatening modern civilization, but conventional methods for studying the triggering mechanisms and predicting the occurrence of these slides are limited by incomplete consideration of underlying physical processes and the lack of precision inherent in limit-equilibrium...

Hinds, Eric; Lu, Ning; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Wayllace, Alexandra

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The influence of foreland structures on hinterland cooling: evaluating the drivers of exhumation in the eastern Bhutan Himalaya

Understanding, and ideally quantifying, the relative roles of climatic and tectonic processes during orogenic exhumation is critical to resolving the dynamics of mountain building. However, vastly differing opinions regarding proposed drivers often complicate how thermochronometric ages are interpreted, particularly from the hinterland portions of...

McQuarrie, Nadine; Eizenhofer, Paul R.; Long, Sean P.; Tobgay, Tobgay; Ehlers, Todd A.; Blythe, Ann; Morgan, Leah E.; Gilmore, Michelle; Dering, Gregory M.

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Long-term (1986–2015) crop water use characterization over the Upper Rio Grande Basin of United States and Mexico using Landsat-based evapotranspiration

The evaluation of historical water use in the Upper Rio Grande Basin (URGB), United States and Mexico, using Landsat-derived actual evapotranspiration (ETa) from 1986 to 2015 is presented here as the first study of its kind to apply satellite observations to quantify long-term, basin-wide crop consumptive use in a large basin. The rich archive of...

Senay, Gabriel; Schauer, Matthew ; Velpuri, Naga Manohar ; Singh, Ramesh ; Kagone, Stefanie; Friedrichs, MacKenzie; Litvak, Marcy; Douglas-Mankin, Kyle R.

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Modeling transient soil moisture limitations on microbial carbon respiration: A cost-performance comparison

Soil microorganisms are known to survive periods of aridity and to recover rapidly after wetting events, with the ability to transition between a dormant state in dry conditions and an active state in wet conditions. Though this dynamic behavior has been previously incorporated into soil carbon respiration modeling frameworks, a direct comparison...

Yuchen Liu; Lawrence, Corey R.; Mathew Winnick; Hsiao-Tieh Hsu; Katherine Maher; Jennifer Druhan

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The Teton fault

No abstract available.

Zellman, M. S.; Duross, Christopher; Thackray, Glenn R.

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Near-field remote sensing of Alaskan Rivers

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Geomorphology and Sediment Transport Laboratory (GSTL), in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), acquired remotely sensed data from several Alaskan rivers in 2017 and 2018 with the goal of developing a methodology for measuring streamflow from...

Kinzel, Paul J.; Legleiter, Carl J.; Nelson, Jonathan M.; Conaway, Jeff; LeWinter, Adam; Gadomski, Peter; Filiano, Dominic

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Seismic design and hazard maps: Before and after

The 1994 Northridge earthquake generated world-record ground motions. At the time, the horizontal peak ground acceleration of 1.8 g measured by a seismometer in Tarzana was the largest ever. The same is true of the peak ground velocity of 148 cm/s measured in Granada Hills. Both measurements were within approximately 15 km of the source...

Luco, Nicolas

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Differentiating anthropogenic and natural sources of uranium by geochemical fingerprinting of groundwater at the Homestake Uranium Mill, Milan, New Mexico, USA

A multiparameter geochemical-isotopic fingerprinting approach was used to differentiate natural and anthropogenic signatures of uranium contamination near the Homestake uranium mill site (Site), near Milan, New Mexico, USA. The Site consists of two tailings piles from milling operations and groundwater contamination from these tailings have been...

Blake, Johanna; Harte, Philip; Becher, Kent

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Groundwater quality and hydrology with emphasis on selenium mobilization and transport in the Lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, 2012–16

Dissolved selenium is a contaminant of concern in the lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado. Selenium is naturally present in the Cretaceous Mancos Shale and is leached to groundwater and surface water by irrigation. The groundwater on the east side of the Uncompahgre River in Delta and Montrose Counties is one of the primary sources of selenium...

Thomas, Judith C.; McMahon, Peter B.; Arnold, L. R.
Thomas, J.C., McMahon, P.B., and Arnold, L.R., 2019, Groundwater quality and hydrology with emphasis on selenium mobilization and transport in the lower Gunnison River Basin, Colorado, 2012–16: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5029, 69 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195029.

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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