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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

PaCTS 1.0: A crowdsourced reporting standard for paleoclimate data

The progress of science is tied to the standardization of measurements, instruments, and data. This is especially true in the Big Data age, where analyzing large data volumes critically hinges on that data being standardized. Accordingly, the lack of community-sanctioned data standards in paleoclimatology has largely precluded the benefits of Big...

Kehrwald, Natalie M.; Khider, Deborah; Emile-Geay, Julien; McKay, Nicholas P.; Gili, Yolanda; Garijo, Daniel; Ratnakar, Varun; Brewer, Peter; Csank, Adam; Dassie, Emilie; Delong, Kristine; Felix, Thomas; Gray, William; Jonkers, Lucas; Kahle, Michael; Kaufman, Darrell S.; Richey, Julie N.; Schmittner, Andreas; Sutherland, Elaine Kennedy; Alonso-Garcia, Montserrat; Sebastian, Bertrand; Bothe, Oliver; Bunn, Andrew; Chevalier, Manuel; Francus, Pierre; Frappier, Amy; Goring, Simon; Martrat, Belen; McGregor, Helen V.; Allen, Kathryn J.; Arnaud, Fabien; Axford, Yarrow L.; Barrows, Timothy T.; Bazin, Lucie; Pilaar Birch, S.E.; Bradley, Elizabeth; Bregy, Joshua; Capron, Emilie; Cartapanis, Olivier; Chiang, Hong-Wei; Cobb, Kim; Debret, Maxime; Dommain, Rene; Du, Jianghui; Dyez, Kelsey; Emerick, Suellyn; Erb, Michael; Falster, Georgina; Finsinger, Walter; Fortier, Daniel; Gauthier, Nicolas; George, Steven; Grimm, Eric; Hertzberg, Jennifer; Hibbert, Fiona; Hillman, Aubrey; Hobbs, William; Huber, Matthew; Hughes, Anna L. C.; Jaccard, Samuel; Jiaoyang, Ruan; Kienast, Markus; Konecky, Bronwen; Le Roux, Gael; Lyubchich, Vyacheslav; Novello, Valdir; Olaka, Lydia; Partin, Judson W.; Pearce, Christof; Phipps, Steven J.; Pignol, Cecile; Pietrowska, Natalia; Poli, Maria-Serena; Prokopenko, Alexander; Schwanck, Franciele; Stepanek, Christian; Swann, George E. A.; Telford, Richard; Thomas, Elizabeth R.; Thomas, Zoe; Truebe, Sarah; von Gunten, Lucien; Waite, Amanda; Weitzel, Nils; Wilhelm, Bruno; Williams, John B.; Winstrup, Mai; Zhao, Ning; Zhou, Yuxin

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Formation mechanisms of quartz veins in orogenic gold deposits: Insights from Grass Valley, California, USA

The orogenic gold veins of Grass Valley, California, USA, compose the historically richest lode gold district in the North American Cordillera. Petrographically, the veins exhibit a range of primary textural relationships allowing the reconstruction of the paragenetic sequence of mineral formation. Two generations of quartz are distinguished by...

Taylor, Ryan; Thomas Monecke; T. James Reynolds

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Geochemistry of hematite veins in IOA-IOCG deposits of SE Missouri, USA: Relation to felsic magmatism and caldera lakes

The paragenesis, textures, and chemical compositions of secondary hematite in regional potassic altered rhyolites, four IOA deposits, the sedimentary iron deposit at Pilot Knob and the Boss IOCG deposit in SE Missouri were determined and compared to primary magnetite from the IOA and IOCG deposits. Magnetite is composed of elements characteristics...

Meighan, Corey J.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Marsh, Erin E.; Lowers, Heather A.; Koenig, Alan

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Absence of magnetite microlites, geochemistry of magnetite veins and replacements in IOA deposits, SE Missouri, USA: Relations to intermediate intrusions

The paragenesis, textures, and chemical compositions of magnetite in two mafic to intermediate intrusions and four IOA deposits in SE Missouri were studied to discriminate between igneous and hydrothermal sources. In this study, we found that replacement magnetite with mineral inclusion-rich cores yields erroneously high Ti, Al, Si, Mg, and Mn...

Meighan, Corey J.; Hofstra, Albert H.; Adams, David; Marsh, Erin E.; Lowers, Heather A.; Koenig, Alan

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Site response in the Oklahoma region from seismic recordings of the 2011 Mw 5.7 Prague earthquake

We invert the shear-wave displacement spectra obtained from 30 three-component, broadband waveforms recorded within 300 km of the 6 November 2011 Mw 5.7 Prague, Oklahoma earthquake to recover the site-response contribution using an inversion method that simultaneously inverts for source, path, and site effects. Site-response functions identify...

Mendoza, C.; Hartzell, Stephen H.

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Surface rupture and distributed deformation revealed by optical satellite imagery: The intraplate 2016 Mw 6.0 Petermann Ranges earthquake, Australia

High-resolution optical satellite imagery is used to quantify vertical surface deformation associated with the intraplate 20 May 2016 Mw 6.0 Petermann Ranges earthquake, Northern Territory, Australia. The 21 ╓ 1 km long NW-trending rupture resulted from reverse motion on a northeast-dipping fault. Vertical surface offsets of up to 0.7 ╓ 0.1 m...

Gold, Ryan D.; Clark, Dan; Barnhart, William D.; King, Tamarah; Quigley, Mark; Briggs, Richard W.

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Characterizing and imaging sedimentary strata using depth-converted spectral ratios: An example from the Atlantic Coastal Plain of the Eastern U.S.

Unconsolidated, near-surface sediments can have a profound influence on the amplitudes and frequencies of ground shaking during earthquakes, and these effects should be accounted for when using amplitude observations for seismic hazard assessments. This study explores methods to use teleseismic arrivals recorded on linear receiver arrays to...

Pratt, Thomas L.

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Evaluating k-nearest neighbor (kNN) imputation models for species-level aboveground forest biomass mapping in northeast China

Quantifying spatially explicit or pixel-level aboveground forest biomass (AFB) across large regions is critical for measuring forest carbon sequestration capacity, assessing forest carbon balance, and revealing changes in the structure and function of forest ecosystems. When AFB is measured at the species level using widely available remote...

Fu, Yuanyuan; He, Hong S; Hawbaker, Todd J.; Henne, Paul D.; Zhu, Zhiliang; Larsen, David R.

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Balancing sampling intensity against spatial coverage for a community science monitoring programme

Community science is an increasingly integral part of biodiversity research and monitoring, often achieving broad spatial and temporal coverage but lower sampling intensity than studies conducted by professional scientists. When designing a community‐science monitoring programme, careful assessment of sampling designs that could be both feasible...

Weiser, Emily L.; Diffendorfer, Jay E.; Grundel, Ralph; Lopez Hoffman, Laura ; Pecoraro, Samuel; Semmens, Darius J.; Thogmartin, Wayne E.

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Mechanisms of methane hydrate formation in geological systems

Natural gas hydrates are ice-like mixtures of gas (mostly methane) and water that are widely found in sediments along the world’s continental margins and within and beneath permafrost in a near-surface depth interval where the pressure is sufficiently high and temperature sufficiently low for gas hydrate to be stable. Beneath this interval, gas...

Kehua You; Peter B. Flemings; Alberto Malinverno; Collett, Timothy; Kristopher Darnell

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Airborne radiometric maps of Mountain Pass, California

Geophysical investigations of Mountain Pass and vicinity were begun as part of an effort to study regional crustal structures as an aid to understanding the geologic framework and mineral resources of the eastern Mojave Desert. The study area encompasses Mountain Pass, host to one of the world’s largest rare earth element carbonatite deposits. The...

Ponce, David A.; Ponce, David A.; Denton, Kevin M.
Ponce, D.A., and Denton, K.M. (D.A. Ponce, ed.), 2019, Airborne radiometric maps of Mountain Pass, California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3412–C, scale 1:62,500, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3412C.

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Evaluation of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley Watershed, Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah

Groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley watershed in southern Utah were quantified for the first time since the early 1970s. The primary objectives of this study were (1) to better understand sources of recharge to, groundwater flow directions within, and discharge points for both the valley-fill and Glen Canyon Group aquifers (VFA and GCGA),...

Masbruch, Melissa D.; Gardner, Philip M.; Nelson, Nora C.; Heilweil, Victor M.; Solder, John E.; Hess, Michael D.; McKinney, Tim S.; Briggs, Martin A.; Solomon, D. Kip
Masbruch, M.D., Gardner, P.M., Nelson, N.C., Heilweil, V.M., Solder, J.E., Hess, M.D., McKinney, T.S., Briggs, M.A., and Solomon, D.K., 2019, Evaluation of groundwater resources in the Spanish Valley Watershed, Grand and San Juan Counties, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5062, 86 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195062.

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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Mammoth Hot Springs - Travertine Terraces and Parade Ground Webcam

Yellowstone is a place of change, and this view highlights a place where change is constant and evident—the travertine terraces of Mammoth Hot Springs. Terraces form when water rises through limestone, which then allows the water to carry high amounts of dissolved calcium carbonate. At the surface, carbon dioxide is released and the calcium carbonate is deposited, forming

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Pecos River Webcam Near Roswell, NM, Site #334716104175400

Pecos River Webcam Near Roswell, NM

Webcam image of the Pecos River near Roswell, New Mexico - Site #334716104175400

Image: Ranch in the Green River Valley, Wyoming

Ranch in the Green River Valley, Wyoming

A section of the Upper Green River Valley in western Wyoming, just south of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, showing different ecosystems (such as forests, wetlands, and aquatic habitats) whose capacities for carbon storage and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions will be assessed by the USGS. Scientists with the USGS are assessing the potential to store carbon

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Webcam image of the Pecos River near Acme, New Mexico - Site #08386000

Pecos River Webcam Near Acme, NM

Webcam image of the Pecos River near Acme, New Mexico - Site #08386000

Image: Colorado Plateau

Colorado Plateau

The Colorado Plateau lies in the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States: western Colorado, northwestern New Mexico, southeastern and eastern Utah, and northern Arizona. Most of the area is drained by the Colorado River and its main tributaries.

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