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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River Basin

Map of Region 7 Upper Colorado River Basin

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USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative and collaborative projects with other agencies and partners. A sampling of those projects are shown below on this web page.

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Date published: December 6, 2018
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Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Las Animas Arch Province 5040 of southeastern Colorado.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Pedernal Uplift Province 5042.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Powder River Basin Province 5033.

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Basin 5025.

    Date published: December 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the South-Central New Mexico Province 5026.

    Date published: December 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift 5023.

    Date published: November 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment

    The U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project, as part of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Energy Resources Program, conducts systematic, geology-based, regional assessments of significant coal beds in major coal basins in the United States. These assessments detail the quantity, quality, location, and economic potential of the Nation’s remaining coal resources and reserves and...

    Date published: November 30, 2018
    Status: Active

    Anadarko Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Anadarko Basin Province 5058.

       

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project - Research

      This site highlights the research on the processes that impact the formation, accumulation, occurrence and alteration of hydrocarbon energy resources of the Gulf Coast of Mexico.  This portion of the project also conducts assessments of undiscovered, technically recoverable hydrocarbon resources.  The Gulf Coast Petroleum Systems Project focuses on the onshore and State waters portion of the...

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Raton Basin–Sierra Grande Uplift Province 5041 of northeastern New Mexico and southeastern Colorado.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Denver Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Denver Basin Province 5039 in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Wyoming Thrust Belt Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Wyoming Thrust Belt Province 5036 in Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah.

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin collect a wide variety of natural resource data types including spatial, geologic, hydrologic, and biologic data. Data included in USGS-series publications that are not publically available in USGS databases are published in Data Releases. Tools are USGS products that can be used to analyze those types of data.

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        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Vegetation Community Data within a Proposed Wetland Area on the NM Boys and Girls Ranch near Bernardo, NM (2018)

        The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), working in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, installed a groundwater and vegetation monitoring network in a proposed wetland area east of the Rio Grande near Bernardo, New Mexico on the NM Boys and Girls Ranch, at a site now known as the Blue Heron Wildlife Preserve (BHWP). In September of 2016, baseline vegetation data were

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Data release for Isotopic constraints on middle Pleistocene cave evolution, paleohydrologic flow, and environmental conditions from Fitton Cave speleothems, Buffalo National River, Arkansas (KIG'17)

        This dataset accompanies publication 'Isotopic constraints on middle Pleistocene cave evolution, paleohydrologic flow, and environmental conditions from Fitton Cave speleothems, Buffalo National River, Arkansas', to be published as a USGS Scientific Investigations Report associated with the 2017 USGS Karst Interest Group meeting in San Antonio, TX.

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Surface Materials Data from Breccia-Pipe Uranium Mine and Reference Sites, Arizona, USA

        This data release includes elemental analysis of soil samples collected at breccia-pipe uranium mines, at one undeveloped breccia-pipe uranium deposit, and at a reference site in northern Arizona. Samples were collected near the Arizona 1, Canyon, Kanab North, and Pinenut uranium mines, over the EZ2 breccia-pipe uranium deposit, and at the Little Robinson Tank reference site. Sampl

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Borehole temperature profiles measured in the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico during the period 1972 through 2018

        These data are a compilation of 379 borehole temperature profiles collected during the period 1972 through 2018 for the Mesilla Basin, New Mexico. This dataset includes a comma-separated values file (Temperature Profile Index.csv) that serves as an index for the 379 text data files (.txt; with the file name corresponding to the “Well Name” in the index) that are includ

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Geochemical analyses of surface water, groundwater and springs surrounding Mount Emmons near Crested Butte, Colorado

        The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Colorado Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety (DRMS), and Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) working independently, have intermittently collected samples of surface- and groundwater and springs around Mount Emmons, near Crested Butte, Colorado. This data release is a compilation of the comprehensive inorganic chemical analyses co

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        U-Pb zircon data for: The Poncha Pass and Deadman Creek areas, northern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of south-central Colorado

        Geologic mapping, characterization of geologic structures, and sampling for geochronology was completed in two areas of the northwestern Sangre de Cristo Mountains from 2011 through 2017. This data release provides the raw analytical data, metadata and sample information for 20 zircon U-Pb age analyses from laser ablation-inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (LA-ICPMS). The two

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Las Animas Arch Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Pedernal Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Powder River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments 

        Date published: December 6, 2018

        Downloadable Data for Northern Arizona Oil and Gas Assessments

        GIS Data for Northern Arizona Oil and Gas Assessments 

        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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        The recurrence interval of post-fire debris-flow generating rainfall in the southwestern United States

        In the southwestern United States, post-fire debris flows commonly initiate during short bursts of intense rainfall. To date, the frequency of the rainfall rates has not been quantified. Here, we combine an existing database of debris-flow occurrences and corresponding peak storm intensities with a geospatial library of rainfall recurrence...

        Staley, Dennis M.; Kean, Jason W.; Rengers, Francis K.

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        Groundwater levels in the Denver Basin bedrock aquifers of Douglas County, Colorado, 2011–19

        Municipal and domestic water users in Douglas County, Colorado, rely on groundwater from the bedrock aquifers in the Denver Basin aquifer system as part of their water supply. The four principal Denver Basin bedrock aquifers are, from shallowest to deepest, the Dawson aquifer (divided administratively into “upper” and “lower” Dawson aquifers in...

        Malenda, Helen F.; Penn, Colin A.
        Malenda, H.F., and Penn, C.A., 2020, Groundwater levels in the Denver Basin bedrock aquifers of Douglas County, Colorado, 2011–19: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5076, 44 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205076.

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        Hillslopes in humid-tropical climates aren’t always wet: Implications for hydrologic response and landslide initiation in Puerto Rico, USA

        The devastating impacts of the widespread flooding and landsliding in Puerto Rico following the September 2017 landfall of Hurricane Maria highlight the increasingly extreme atmospheric disturbances and enhanced hazard potential in mountainous humid‐tropical climate zones. Long‐standing conceptual models for hydrologically driven hazards in Puerto...

        Thomas, Matthew A.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Smith, Joel B.

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        EMD Gas Hydrates Committee annual report

        Global research on the potential commercial viability of gas extraction from gas hydrates is continuing, predominantly in Asia and in the United States, where recent efforts have focused on the exploration and characterization of gas hydrate petroleum systems and conducting controlled production tests of gas hydrate deposits hosted in mostly sand-...

        Collett, Timothy

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        Constraining central Himalayan (Nepal) fault geometry through integrated thermochronology and thermokinematic modeling

        Constraining the subsurface structural geometry of the central Himalaya continues to prove difficult, even after the 2015 Gorkha earthquake and the resulting insights into the trajectory of the Main Himalayan thrust (MHT). To this end, we apply a thermokinematic model to evaluate four possible balanced cross section geometries based on three...

        Ghoshal, Surydoy; McQuarrie, Nadine; Robinson, Delores; Adhikari, D.P.; Morgan, Leah E.; Ehlers, Todd A.

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        Landslides after wildfire: Initiation, magnitude, and mobility

        In the semiarid Southwestern USA, wildfires are commonly followed by runoff-generated debris flows because wildfires remove vegetation and ground cover, which reduces soil infiltration capacity and increases soil erodibility. At a study site in Southern California, we initially observed runoff-generated debris flows in the first year following...

        Rengers, Francis K.; McGuire, Luke; Oakley, Nina S.; Kean, Jason W.; Staley, Dennis M.; Tang, Hui

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        Boreal blazes: Biomass burning and vegetation types archived in the Juneau Icefield

        The past decade includes some of the most extensive boreal forest fires in the historical record. Warming temperatures, changing precipitation patterns, the desiccation of thick organic soil layers, and increased ignition from lightning all contribute to a combustive combination. Smoke aerosols travel thousands of kilometers, before blanketing the...

        Kehrwald, Natalie; Jasmann, Jeramy Roland; Dunham, Melissa E.; Ferris, David G.; Osterburg, Erich C.; Kennedy, Joshua; Havens, Jeremy; Barber, Larry; Fortner, Sarah K.

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        Integrating airborne remote sensing and field campaigns for ecology and Earth system science

        In recent years, the availability of airborne imaging spectroscopy (hyperspectral) data has expanded dramatically. The high spatial and spectral resolution of these data uniquely enable spatially explicit ecological studies including species mapping, assessment of drought mortality and foliar trait distributions. However, we have barely begun to...

        Chadwick, K. Dana; Brodrick, Philip G.; Grant, Kathleen; Goulden, Tristan; Henderson, Amanda; Falco, Nicola; Wainwright, Haruko; Williams, Kenneth; Bill, Markus; Breckheimer, Ian; Brodie, Eoin; Steltzer, Heidi; Williams, C. F. Rick; Blonder, Benjamin; Chen, Jiancong; Dafflon, Baptiste; Damerow, Joan; Hancher, Matt; Khurram, Aizah; Lamb, Jack; Lawrence, Corey R.; McCormick, Maeve; Musinsky, John; Pierce, Samuel; Polussa, Alexander; Hastings Porro, Maceo; Scott, Andea; Wu Singh, Hans; Sorensen, Patrick O.; Varadharajan, Charuleka; Whitney, Bizuayehu; Maher, Katharine

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        Steps taken for calculating estimated ultimate recoveries of wells in the Eagle Ford Group and associated Cenomanian–Turonian strata, U.S. Gulf Coast, Texas, 2018

        In 2018, the U.S. Geological Survey published an assessment of technically recoverable continuous oil and gas resources of the Eagle Ford Group and associated Cenomanian–Turonian strata in the U.S. Gulf Coast of Texas. Estimated ultimate recoveries (EURs) were calculated with production data from IHS MarkitTM using DeclinePlus software in the...

        Leathers-Miller, Heidi
        Leathers-Miller, H.M., 2020, Steps taken for calculating estimated ultimate recoveries of wells in the Eagle Ford Group and associated Cenomanian–Turonian strata, U.S. Gulf Coast, Texas, 2018: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5077, 5 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205077.

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        Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2019

        The Albuquerque Basin, located in central New Mexico, is about 100 miles long and 25–40 miles wide. The basin is hydrologically defined as the extent of consolidated and unconsolidated deposits of Tertiary and Quaternary age that encompasses the structural Rio Grande Rift between San Acacia to the south and Cochiti Lake to the north. A 20-percent...

        Beman, Joseph E.
        Beman, J.E., 2020, Water-level data for the Albuquerque Basin and adjacent areas, central New Mexico, period of record through September 30, 2019: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1129, 40 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1129.

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        Adjusted geomagnetic data—Theoretical basis and validation

        Adjusted geomagnetic data are magnetometer measurements with provisional correction factors applied such that vector quantities are oriented in a local Cartesian frame in which the X axis points north, the Y axis points east, and the Z axis points down. These correction factors are determined from so-called absolute measurements, which are “ground...

        Rigler, E. Joshua; Claycomb, Abram E.
        Rigler, E.J., and Claycomb, A.E., 2020, Adjusted geomagnetic data—Theoretical basis and validation: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020–1053, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201053.

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        Three-dimensional shape and structure of the Susitna basin, south-central Alaska, from geophysical data

        We use gravity, magnetic, seismic reflection, well, and outcrop data to determine the three-dimensional shape and structural features of south-central Alaska’s Susitna basin. This basin is located within the Aleutian-Alaskan convergent margin region and is expected to show effects of regional subduction zone processes. Aeromagnetic data, when...

        Shah, Anjana K.; Phillips, Jeffrey; Lewis, Kristen A.; Stanley, Richard G.; Haeussler, Peter; Potter, Christopher J.

        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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        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow
        February 9, 2018

        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow

        Eric Blajszczak teaches 5th graders about water & measuring streamflow

        Locations of wells sampled 1995-2006 and notation of pesticide detected (red dot)
        February 4, 2018

        Locations of wells sampled 1995-2006, pesticide detection noted in red

        Locations of wells sampled 1996-2005 and notation of pesticide detected (red dot)

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois
        January 30, 2018

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois

        ADCP streamflow measurement, Wind River near Dubois

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res
        January 26, 2018

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res

        Wading slush to measure streamflow, S Fk Shoshone abv Buffalo Bill Res

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin
        January 24, 2018

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin

        Measuring streamflow under ice, Bighorn River near Basin

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek
        January 17, 2018

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek

        Measuring streamflow, Fontenelle Creek

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate
        January 17, 2018

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

        Measuring streamflow through augered holes, North Platte nr Northgate

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson
        January 10, 2018

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson

        Auguring holes to measure streamflow, Blacks Fork Robertson 

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk
        January 10, 2018

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk

        Chopping ice to create open channel to measure streamflow, Blacks Fk

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet
        January 9, 2018

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet

        Measuring streamflow, Yellowstone River at Lake Outlet

        News items shown on this page are highlights of selected studies conducted and publications produced by USGS Science Center staff members in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin.

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        February 17, 2017

        Small variations in the density of the earth’s crust—undetectable to humans without sensitive instruments—influence where earthquakes may occur in the central United States. These new findings from the U.S. Geological Survey, published today in Nature Communications, may allow scientists to map where future seismicity in the center of the country is most likely.

        Photo of an active oil and gas pad on Bureau of Land Management lands near Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
        February 7, 2017

        A new scientific approach can now provide regional assessments of land recovery following oil and gas drilling activities, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

        Dubois Badlands Wilderness Study Area, Wyoming
        January 19, 2017

        The U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Land Management today released a collaborative report with new information and tools to support effective management of millions of acres of BLM public lands.  The report underscores the value of a landscape approach to management, and shows that the BLM manages some of the largest areas of intact public lands in the west. 

        Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
        January 19, 2017

        A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Basin and Range basin-fill aquifers, which include parts of Nevada, California, Arizona, Utah and adjacent states, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

        Photo of USGS scientist Robert Baskin deploying a side scan sonar in the Salton Sea, California. 
        January 18, 2017

        U.S. Geological Survey scientist Dr. Robert Baskin is being awarded with a 2016 Governor’s Medal for Science and Technology. Gov. Gary R. Herbert will present awards to 11 individuals and one company at the 30th anniversary awards dinner tonight.

        USGS
        January 12, 2017

        Helpful new information for anyone designing structures over or near water, managing water distribution, or interested in the flow of local streams.

        Map of Northern High Plains Aquifer
        December 13, 2016

        A new U.S. Geological Survey publication and model can be applied by multiple entities to better understand flow, quantity, sources and sinks of groundwater in the Northern High Plains Aquifer, which covers approximately 100,000 square miles across Nebraska, South Dakota, Kansas, Colorado and Wyoming.

        Photo showing the Great Basin area
        October 11, 2016

        Large precipitation events that occur about every 10 years are a critical source of recharge for replenishing groundwater resources, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Bureau of Reclamation.

        This page includes links to Social Media accounts (top of page), Science Centers (middle of page), and Regional Office staff members (bottom of page) of the USGS Region 7--Upper Colorado Basin.

        USGS Science Centers in Region 7-Upper Colorado Basin conduct a large number of cooperative, co-funded science and monitoring projects with many other Federal, Tribal, State, and local agencies. Please scroll below to see the agencies with which those Science Centers currently have cooperative agreements.

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