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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

Numerical model simulations of potential changes in water levels and capture of natural discharge from groundwater withdrawals in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada

The National Park Service (NPS) and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) are concerned about cumulative effects of groundwater development on groundwater-dependent resources managed by, and other groundwater resources of interest to, these agencies in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada. Of particular concern to the NPS and BLM are...

Masbruch, Melissa D.
Masbruch, M.D., 2019, Numerical model simulations of potential changes in water levels and capture of natural discharge from groundwater withdrawals in Snake Valley and adjacent areas, Utah and Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2019–1083, 49 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20191083.

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Crustal magmatism and anisotropy beneath the Arabian Shield - A cautionary tale

Volcanism in Saudi Arabia includes a historic eruption close to the holy city of Al Madinah. As part of a volcanic hazard assessment of this area, magnetotelluric (MT) data were collected to investigate the structural setting, the distribution of melt within the crust, and the mantle source of volcanism. Interpretation of a new 3‐D resistivity...

Bedrosian, Paul A.; Peacock, Jared R.; Dhary, Maher; Shareef, Adel; Feucht, D. W.; Zahran, Hani

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Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative is a program created to implement a long-term, science-based program of assessing natural resources while facilitating responsible energy and other development and does studies in much of southwestern Wyoming, including all or parts of Lincoln, Sublette, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Carbon Counties. A...

Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.; Davidson, Seth L.; Wheeler, Jerrod D.; Davis, Sarah J.; Stephens, J. Brooks; Campbell, James R.
Eddy-Miller, C.A., Davidson, S.L., Wheeler, J.D., Davis, S.J., Stephens, J.B., and Campbell, J.C., 2019, Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5081, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195081.

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Benthic algal (Periphyton) growth rates in response to nitrogen and phosphorus: Parameter estimation for water quality models

Nitrogen (N) and phosphorus (P) are important pollutants that can stimulate nuisance blooms of algae. Water-quality models (e.g., WASP, CE-QUAL-R1, CE-QUAL-ICM, QUAL2k) are valuable and widely used management tools for algal accrual because of excess nutrients in the presence of other limiting factors. These models utilize the Monod and Droop...

Schmidt, Travis S.; Konrad, Christopher; Miller, Janet L.; Whitlock, Stephen D.; Stricker, Craig A.

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Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3)—Including “Best Value” Data Compilations for Rock, Sediment, Soil, Mineral, and Concentrate Sample Media

The Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3) contains new geochemical data compilations in which each geologic material sample has one “best value” determination for each analyzed species, greatly improving speed and efficiency of use. Like the Alaska Geochemical Database Version 2.0 before it, the AGDB3 was created and designed to compile...

Granitto, Matthew; Wang, Bronwen; Shew, Nora B.; Karl, Susan M.; Labay, Keith A.; Werdon, Melanie B.; Seitz, Susan S.; Hoppe, John E.
Granitto, M., Wang, B., Shew, N.B., Karl, S.M., Labay, K.A., Werdon, M.B., Seitz, S.S., and Hoppe, J.E., 2019, Alaska Geochemical Database Version 3.0 (AGDB3)—Including “best value” data compilations for rock, sediment, soil, mineral, and concentrate sample media: U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1117, 33 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ds1117.

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Multiproxy Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary event stratigraphy: An Umbria-Marche basin-wide perspective

The complete and well-studied pelagic carbonate successions from the Umbria-Marche Basin (Italy) permit the study of the event-rich stratigraphical interval around the Cretaceous-Paleogene (K-Pg) boundary (e.g., Deccan volcanism, boundary impact, Paleocene recovery and climate). To test the robustness of various proxy records (bulk carbonate δ13C...

Sinnesael, Matthias; Montanari, Alessandro; Frontalini, Fabrizio; Coccioni, Rodolfo; Gattacceca, Jerome; Snoeck, Christophe; Wegner, Wencke; Koeberl, Christian; Morgan, Leah E.; de Winter, Niels; DePaolo, Donald J.; Claeys, Philippe

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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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