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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

Map of Region 7:  Upper Colorado 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: 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. 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 Gulf Coast basin,...

    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.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Wind River Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Wind River Basin Province 5035 in central Wyoming.

      Date published: November 29, 2018
      Status: Active

      Bighorn Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

      The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Bighorn Basin Province 5034.

         

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        Hanna, Laramie, Shirley Basins Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resource potential of the Hanna, Laramie, and Shirley Basins Province 5030 in Wyoming and northeastern Colorado.

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        San Juan Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the San Juan Basin Province of northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado 5022.

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        Paradox Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Paradox Basin Province of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona 5021.

        Date published: November 19, 2018
        Status: Active

        Uinta-Piceance Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

        The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has conducted a number of geology-based assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Uinta-Piceance Basin (USGS Province 5020) of western Colorado and Eastern Utah. Recent assessments include.

          Date published: November 19, 2018
          Status: Active

          Eastern Great Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

          The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas potential of the Eastern Great Basin Province of eastern Nevada, western Utah, southeastern Idaho, and northwestern Arizona 5019.

             

            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

            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: 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 

            Date published: December 6, 2018

            Downloadable Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

            GIS Data for Southern Arizona-Southwestern New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments 

            Date published: December 6, 2018

            Downloadable Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

            GIS Data for South-Central New Mexico Oil and Gas Assessments

            Date published: December 6, 2018

            Downloadable Data for Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments

            GIS Data for Albuquerque-Santa Fe Rift Oil and Gas Assessments 

            Date published: November 29, 2018

            Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift Oil and Gas Assessments

            Downloadable Data for Raton Basin-Sierra Grande Uplift 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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            Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, 2020

            Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean of 2,438 billion (2.4 trillion) cubic feet of gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, in North Dakota, Montana, and South Dakota.

            Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
            Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Ellis, G.S., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3024, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213024.

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            Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Pennsylvanian Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, 2020

            Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 161 million barrels of oil and 93 billion cubic feet of gas in the Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, North Dakota.

            Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Finn, Thomas M.; Le, Phuong A.; Marra, Kristen R.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Drake, Ronald M.
            Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Woodall, C.A., Finn, T.M., Le, P.A., Marra, K.R., Ellis, G.S., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Drake, R.M., II, 2021, Assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Pennsylvanian Tyler Formation of the Williston Basin Province, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2020–3067, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20203067

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            lsforce: A Python-based single-force seismic inversion framework for massive landslides

            We present an open‐source Python package, lsforce, for performing single‐force source inversions of long‐period (tens to hundreds of seconds) seismic signals. Although the software is designed primarily for landslides, it can be used for any single‐force seismic source. The package allows users to produce estimates of the three‐component time...

            Toney, Liam De La Hunt; Allstadt, Kate

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            Year Published: 2021

            U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26

            The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Wildland Fire Science Strategic Plan defines critical, core fire science capabilities for understanding fire-related and fire-responsive earth system processes and patterns, and informing management decision making. Developed by USGS fire scientists and executive leadership, and informed by conversations with...

            Steblein, Paul F.; Loehman, Rachel A.; Miller, Mark P.; Holomuzki, Joseph R.; Soileau, Suzanna C.; Brooks, Matthew L.; Drane-Maury, Mia; Hamilton, Hannah M.; Kean, Jason W.; Keeley, Jon E.; Mason, Robert R.; McKerrow, Alexa J.; Meldrum, James R.; Molder, Edmund B.; Murphy, Sheila F.; Peterson, Birgit; Plumlee, Geoffrey S.; Shinneman, Douglas J.; van Mantgem, Phillip J.; York, Alison
            Steblein, P.F., Loehman, R.A., Miller, M.P., Holomuzki, J.R., Soileau, S.C., Brooks, M.L., Drane-Maury, M., Hamilton, H.M., Kean, J.W., Keeley, J.E., Mason, R.R., Jr., McKerrow, A., Meldrum, J.R., Molder, E.B., Murphy, S.F., Peterson, B., Plumlee, G.S., Shinneman, D.J., van Mantgem, P.J., and York, A., 2021, U.S. Geological Survey wildland fire science strategic plan, 2021–26: U.S. Geological Survey Circular 1471, 30 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/cir1471.

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            A maximum rupture model for the central and southern Cascadia subduction zone—reassessing ages for coastal evidence of megathrust earthquakes and tsunamis

            A new history of great earthquakes (and their tsunamis) for the central and southern Cascadia subduction zone shows more frequent (17 in the past 6700 yr) megathrust ruptures than previous coastal chronologies. The history is based on along-strike correlations of Bayesian age models derived from evaluation of 554 radiocarbon ages that date...

            Nelson, Alan; Duross, Christopher; Witter, Robert C.; Kelsey, Harvey M.; Engelhart, Simon E.; Mahan, Shannon A.; Gray, Harrison J.; Hawkes, Andrea D.; Horton, Benjamin P.; Padgett, Jason S.

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            Geometry of the Bushveld Complex from 3D potential field modelling

            A full three-dimensional (3D) potential field model of the central and southern Bushveld Complex reveals information about the Complex in areas obscured by younger geological cover. Previously, two-dimensional gravity models and a few magnetic models limited to certain sections of the Bushveld Complex have been used to propose geometries for the...

            Cole, Janine; Finn, Carol A.; Webb, Susan J.

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            USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network

            What is the U.S. Geological Survey National Water Quality Monitoring Network?Understanding the water quality of U.S. streams and rivers requires consistent data collection and analysis over decades. The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) National Water Quality Network (NWQN) was established to facilitate national-scale understanding of surface-water...

            Riskin, Melissa L.; Lee, Casey J.
            Lee, C.J., and Riskin, M.L., 2021, USGS National Water Quality Monitoring Network: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3019, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213019.

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            8,000 years of climate, vegetation, fire and land-use dynamics in the thermo-mediterranean vegetation belt of northern Sardinia (Italy)

            Knowledge about the vegetation history of Sardinia, the second largest island of the Mediterranean, is scanty. Here, we present a new sedimentary record covering the past ~ 8,000 years from Lago di Baratz, north-west Sardinia. Vegetation and fire history are reconstructed by pollen, spores, macrofossils and charcoal analyses and environmental...

            Pedrotta, Tiziana; Gobet, Erika; Schwörer, Christoph; Beffa, Giorgia; Butz, Christoph; Henne, Paul D.; Morales-Molino, César; Pasta, Salvatore; Van Leeuwen, Jacqueline; Vogel, Hendrik; Zwimpfer, Elias; Anselmetti, Flavio; Grosjean, Martin; Tinner, Willy

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            Geophysical insights into Paleoproterozoic tectonics along the southern margin of the Superior Province, central Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

            The southern margin of the Archean Superior Province in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan was a nexus for key Paleoproterozoic tectonic events involved in the ~2.1 Ga rifting of proposed Archean supercraton Superia and subsequent assembly of Laurentia. Interpretations of the region’s tectonic history have historically been hampered by...

            Drenth, Benjamin J.; Cannon, William F.; Schulz, Klaus J.; Ayuso, Robert A.

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            Shear-wave velocity site characterization in Oklahoma from joint inversion of multi-method surface seismic measurements: Implications for central U.S. Ground Motion Prediction

            We analyze multimethod shear (SH)‐wave velocity (⁠VS">VS) site characterization data acquired at three permanent and 25 temporary seismograph stations in Oklahoma that recorded M 4+ earthquakes within a 50 km hypocentral distance of at least one of the 2016 M 5.1 Fairview, M 5.8 Pawnee, or M 5.0...

            Stephenson, William J.; Odum, Jackson K.; Hartzell, Stephen H.; Leeds, Alena L.; Williams, Robert

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            Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in Upper Devonian to Lower Cretaceous strata of the western North Slope, Alaska, 2021

            Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated a mean of 1,407 billion (1.4 trillion) cubic feet of gas in conventional accumulations in Upper Devonian to Lower Cretaceous strata of the western North Slope, Alaska.

            Houseknecht, David W.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Moore, Thomas E.; Rouse, William A.; Dumoulin, Julie A.; Craddock, William H.; Lease, Richard O.; Botterell, Palma J.; Sanders, Margaret M.; Smith, Rebecca A.; Connors, Christopher D.; Garrity, Christopher P.; Whidden, Katherine J.; Gooley, Jared T.; Counts, John W.; Long, Joshua H.; DeVera, Christina A.
            Houseknecht, D.W., Mercier, T.J., Schenk, C.J., Moore, T.E., Rouse, W.A., Dumoulin, J.A., Craddock, W.H., Lease, R.O., Botterell, P.J., Sanders, M.M., Smith, R.A., Connors, C.D., Garrity, C.P., Whidden, K.J., Gooley, J.T., Counts, J.W., Long, J.H., and DeVera, C.A., 2021, Assessment of undiscovered gas resources in Upper Devonian to Lower Cretaceous strata of the western North Slope, Alaska, 2021: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021-3003, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213003.

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            Substantial declines in salinity observed across the Upper Colorado River Basin during the 20th century, 1929 to 2019

            Salinity in the Colorado River Basin causes an estimated $300 to $400 million per year in economic damages in the U.S. To inform and improve salinity‐control efforts, this study quantifies long‐term trends in salinity (dissolved solids) across the Upper Colorado River Basin (UCRB), including time periods prior to the construction of large dams and...

            Rumsey, Christine; Miller, Olivia L.; Hirsch, Robert; Marston, Thomas M.; Susong, David

            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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            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

            Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage
            January 4, 2018

            Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

            Snowmibiles needed to get to Blackrock Creek streamgage

            Unmanned Aerial System prior to takeoff
            December 31, 2017

            Unmanned Aerial System

            This small unmanned aerial system with digital camera has been used to create digital elevation models to answer questions about erosion, bridge scour, and other hydraulics analyses. 

            Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant
            December 31, 2017

            Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to sewage effluent

            Aquariums where male fathead minnows were exposed to the effluent from a wastewater treatment plant

            Unmanned Aerial System takes images in Arizona
            December 31, 2017

            Unmanned Aerial System in Flight

            Small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) collecting digital photos to create digital elevation models. UAS are an increasingly important tool for monitoring, assessing, and conducting targeted scientific research for the nation.

            Close-up of dried, cracked soil with small plants trying to survive in this soil.
            December 31, 2017

            Dry, cracked soil (RAMPS)

            Rangelands of the desert Southwest can be in a degraded condition and lacking perennial vegetation, which can lead to exposed soil and erosion. RAMPS is working to mitigate degradation by increasing 

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            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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            A wildfire in a forest
            September 7, 2017

            A growing number of wildfire-burned areas throughout the western United States are expected to increase soil erosion rates within watersheds, causing more sediment to be present in downstream rivers and reservoirs, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

            Image: Burning Sagebrush
            September 6, 2017

            An examination of long-term data for lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management finds that land treatments in the southwestern United States are increasingly large, expensive and related to fire and invasive species control.

            Image: Black-Footed Ferret
            August 10, 2017

            Reporters are invited to an event near Fort Collins showcasing cooperative efforts to develop a potential breakthrough in wildlife management – an oral vaccine that may help protect prairie dogs against plague and assist in the recovery of endangered black-footed ferrets at specific locations in the West.  

            A mother grizzly bear and her cub in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.
            July 5, 2017

            From the journals of Lewis & Clark, April 13, 1805 (in the vicinity of Pouch Point Recreation Area - 16 miles south of New Town, North Dakota):

            High Plains aquifer water-level changes, predevelopment to 2015
            June 16, 2017

            The U.S. Geological Survey has released a new report detailing changes of groundwater levels in the High Plains aquifer. The report presents water-level change data in the aquifer for two separate periods: from 1950 – the time prior to significant groundwater irrigation development – to 2015, and from 2013 to 2015.

            The Bathythermograph
            June 6, 2017

            On June 6, 1944, thousands of men rained down from the skies onto the battlegrounds of Normandy. After five grueling years of war that shook the globe, D-Day’s victory swept the Allied nations into a wave of celebration.

            Image: A Mule Deer Released After Being Radio-Collared
            May 3, 2017

            Migratory mule deer in Wyoming closely time their movements to track the spring green-up, providing evidence of an underappreciated foraging benefit of migration, according to a study by University of Wyoming and U.S. Geological Survey scientists at the Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit.

            Looking northeast along the Bear River Duck Club Canal toward the Wellsville Mountains. 
            April 6, 2017

            A new report illustrates how groundwater pumping can affect the amount of water available in streams within the Malad-Lower Bear River Area in Utah. The product was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water Rights.

            View from Canyonlands Research Center
            March 15, 2017

            Arid and semiarid ecosystems are expected to experience significant changes in temperature and precipitation patterns, which may affect soil organisms in ways that cause surfaces to become lighter in color and thus reflect more sunlight, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

            Lake Mead
            March 15, 2017

            The Colorado River system provides about 35 million Americans with a portion of their water supply. It irrigates 5½ million acres of land in the West and provides water to tribes, parks, and wildlife. The system serves parts of seven States and Mexico—but reservoir levels have crept lower over the past several years, sparking questions about how much water remains and who will have access.

            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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