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Region 7: Upper Colorado Basin

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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: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

National Unmanned Aircraft Systems Project Office

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) National Unmanned* Aircraft Systems (UAS) Project Office (NUPO) leads the research activities needed to make UAS data collection an efficient, safe, and cost-effective remote sensing tool for Department of the Interior (DOI) and USGS scientists.

DOI manages over 20 percent of the Nation’s public lands and is responsible for migratory bird and wildlife...

Date published: December 11, 2018
Status: Active

Oil and Gas Waters Project

The primary objective of this project is to provide information on the volume, quality, impacts, and possible uses of water produced during generation and development of energy resources (particularly hydrocarbons) as well as related fluids injected into reservoirs for energy development and associated waste disposal.  The purpose of this work is to address scientific and societal questions...

Date published: December 7, 2018
Status: Completed

Oil Shale

The USGS Energy Resources Program has studied oil shale resources of the United States, with a significant effort on the Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming.  This formation contains the largest oil shale deposits in the world. Oil shale, despite the name, does not actually contain oil, but is a precursor of oil that is converted to crude oil when heated.  

Date published: December 6, 2018
Status: Active

Palo Duro Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Palo Duro Basin Province 5043 in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

     

    Date published: December 6, 2018
    Status: Active

    Park Basin Oil and Gas Assessments

    The U.S. Geological Survey completed the following assessments of undiscovered oil and gas resources of the Park Basins Province 5038 of Colorado.

       

      Date published: December 6, 2018
      Status: Active

      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...

        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: May 10, 2019

        Predicted Shorelines for High Flows on the Colorado River Application

        This application highlights modeled flows of the Colorado River for a discharge of 41,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) that is approximate to recent (2012 - 2018) and future anticipated water releases associated with a High Flow Experiments conducted from Glen Canyon Dam near Page, Arizona.  These data are to help visualize the water levels during High Flow Events in relation to other map...

        Date published: April 30, 2019

        Sandbar Monitoring Sites - Remote Camera Photographs Application

        GCMRC and Northern Arizona University have engaged in long-term monitoring of 45 sandbar sites along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon for close to three decades.  Remote cameras have been established to monitor sandbar changes in between site surveys that occur every Fall.   This application provides access to thousands of photos, with an option to view photos around specific high flow...

        Date published: April 29, 2019

        Geospatial Data Abstraction Library (GDAL)

        The Geospatial Data Abstraction Library is a translator library for raster geospatial data formats that is released under an X/MIT style Open Source license by the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. As a library, it presents a single abstract data model for all supported formats. It also comes with a variety of useful...

        Date published: April 29, 2019

        Astro Web Maps

        Our Web Mapping Services (WMS) and Web Feature Services (WFS) are based on Open Geospatial Consortium standards and allow capable mapping clients to view full-resolution planetary mosaicked Basemaps.  Besides being available for community use, these services are critical for many of our others...

        Date published: February 23, 2019

        Fortran Program for Estimating Stream Transit Losses of Reusable Water, El Paso and Pueblo Counties, Colorado

        The transit-loss accounting program, which has been in continuous daily use in some form since April 1989, has provided water-rights administrators with a tool to effectively manage RRFs and administer water diversion priorities along Fountain Creek on a daily basis.

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        Date published: January 31, 2019

        Argon geochronology data for La Garita caldera

        This dataset accompanies publication 'A supervolcano and its sidekicks: A 100 ka eruptive chronology of the Fish Canyon Tuff and associated units of the La Garita magmatic system', in review in Geology, which analyzed eruptive products from the La Garita caldera.

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Select well locations, construction data, and groundwater-level measurements used to estimate 2016 groundwater-level contours in the Santa Fe Group aquifer system in the Albuquerque area, central New Mexico

        This tabular dataset contains the location and construction information of select wells in the Albuquerque area, central New Mexico, and groundwater-level measurements at those wells from 2014 to 2018. Wells in this dataset are screened or assumed to be screened in the production zone (generally the interval of the aquifer where production wells are screened) of the Santa Fe Group aquifer

        Date published: January 1, 2019

        Vegetation Community Data within a Proposed Wetland Area on the NM Boys and Girls Ranch near Bernardo, NM (2016)

        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

        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

        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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        Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River

        IntroductionThe San Juan River is a major water source for communities in the Four Corners Region of the United States (Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah) and is a vital source of water for the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency (NNEPA) periodically samples surface water on the Navajo Nation and has found that some...

        Blake, Johanna M.; Chavarria, Shaleene B.; Matherne, Anne-Marie
        Blake, J.M., Chavarria, S.B., and Matherne, A.M., 2021, Tracking the source of metals to the San Juan River (ver. 1.1, July 2021): U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021–3029, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213029.

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        Short‐period surface‐wave tomography in the continental United States—A resource for research

         grid for the four independent tomographic inversions (Love and Rayleigh and phase and group velocity). One reason for trying to obtain short‐period dispersion was to have a data set capable of constraining upper crust velocity models for use in determining regional moment tensors. The benefit of focusing on short‐period dispersion is...

        Herrmann, R. B.; Ammon, C. J.; Benz, Harley M.; Aziz-Zanjani, A.; Boschelli, J.

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        Material properties and triggering mechanisms of an andesitic lava dome collapse at Shiveluch Volcano, Kamchatka, Russia, revealed using the finite element method

        Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka, Russia) is an active andesitic volcano with a history of explosive activity, dome extrusion, and structural collapse during the Holocene. The most recent major (> 1 km3) dome collapse occurred in November 1964, producing a ~ 1.5 km3 debris avalanche that traveled over 15 km from the vent and...

        Wallace, Cory S; Schaefer, Lauren Nicole; Villeneuve, Marlène C.

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        3-D Modeling of the Duluth Complex from geophysical data

        The Mesoproterozoic Duluth Complex in northeastern Minnesota is one of the major plutonic components of the Midcontinent Rift System and hosts a variety of copper-nickel sulfide and platinum-group element deposits. The Duluth Complex is composed of a series of individual mafic and felsic intrusions emplaced 1110-1098 Ma within Paleoproterozoic...

        Peterson, Dana Elise; Bedrosian, Paul A.; Finn, Carol A.

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        Integration of geophysical evidence suggests that anorthosite composes a significant portion of Grand Marais ridge, an inferred basement high in western Lake Superior

        The Midcontinent Rift System (MRS) is expressed geophysically by a semi-linear, regional gravity high that trends across the Midcontinent and Great Lakes region of North America. The gravity high is interrupted by two prominent, semi-circular gravity lows, which have been interpreted from modeling and seismic-reflection sections as basement highs...

        Grauch, V. J.; Heller, Samuel J.

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        Seismic wave propagation and basin amplification in the Wasatch Front, Utah

        Ground‐motion analysis of more than 3000 records from 59 earthquakes, including records from the March 2020 Mw">MwMw 5.7 Magna earthquake sequence, was carried out to investigate site response and basin amplification in the Wasatch Front, Utah. We compare ground motions with the Bayless and Abrahamson (2019; hereafter, BA18)...

        Moschetti, Morgan P.; Churchwell, David Henry; Thompson, Eric M.; Rekoske, John; Wolin, Emily; Boyd, Oliver S.

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        Reconstructing paleohydrology in the northwest Great Basin since the last deglaciation using Paisley Caves fish remains (Oregon, U.S.A.)

        The arid northwest Great Basin underwent substantial hydroclimate changes in the past 15,000 years, greatly affecting its desert ecosystems and prehistoric people. There are conflicting interpretations of the timing of hydrologic changes in this region, requiring more records to resolve the dominant climatic drivers. The Paisley Caves...

        Hudson, Adam M.; Emery-Wetherell, Meaghan M; Lubinski, Patrick M; Butler, Virginia L.; Grimstead, Deanna N; Jenkins, Dennis L

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        GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits in Alaska

        A state-wide Geographic Information System analysis was conducted to assess prospectivity for lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) in sediment-hosted deposits in Alaska. The datasets that were utilized include publicly available geospatial datasets of lithologic, geochemical, and mineral occurrence data. Key characteristics of Pb-Zn deposits were identified in...

        Kelley, Karen D.; Graham, Garth E.; Labay, Keith A.; Shew, Nora B.
        Kelley, K.D., Graham, G.E., Labay, K.A., and Shew, N.B., 2021, GIS-based identification of areas that have resource potential for sediment-hosted Pb-Zn deposits in Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2020−1147, 37 p., 1 app., 2 pls., scale 1:10,500,000, https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20201147.

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        Development of soil radiocarbon profiles in a reactive transport framework

        Today, there is a greater appreciation for the importance of the physical protection of carbon (C) through interactions with mineral surfaces, isolation from microbes, and the important role of transport in shaping soil properties and controlling moisture limitations on decomposition. As our paradigm for soil organic carbon...

        Druhan, Jennifer; Lawrence, Corey

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        Aeolian sediments in paleowetland deposits of the Las Vegas Formation

        The Las Vegas Formation (LVF) is a well-characterized sequence of groundwater discharge (GWD) deposits exposed in and around the Las Vegas Valley in southern Nevada. Nearly monolithologic bedrock surrounds the valley, which provides an excellent opportunity to test the hypothesis that GWD deposits include an aeolian component. Mineralogical data...

        Goldstein, Harland L.; Springer, Kathleen B.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.; Reheis, Marith C.; Skipp, Gary L.

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        Oxygen isotopes in terrestrial gastropod shells track Quaternary climate change in the American Southwest

        Recent studies have shown the oxygen isotopic composition (δ18O) of modern terrestrial gastropod shells is determined largely by the δ18O of precipitation. This implies that fossil shells could be used to reconstruct the δ18O of paleo-precipitation as long as the isotopic system, including the hydrologic pathways of the local watershed and the...

        Rech, Jason A.; Pigati, Jeffrey S.; Springer, Kathleen B.; Bosch, Stephanie; Nekola, Jeffrey C.; Yanes, Yurena

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        Quick and dirty (and accurate) 3-D paleoseismic trench models using coded scale bars

        Structure‐from‐motion (SfM) modeling has dramatically increased the speed of generating geometrically accurate orthophoto mosaics of paleoseismic trenches, but some aspects of this technique remain time and labor intensive. Model accuracy relies on control points to establish scale, reduce distortion, and orient 3D models. Traditional SfM methods...

        Delano, Jaime; Briggs, Richard W.; Duross, Christopher; Gold, Ryan D.

        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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        Processing a sample for detection of N. fowleri
        March 21, 2018

        Processing a sample for detection of N. fowleri

        Processing a sample for detection of N. fowleri

        Equipment used to process a water sample to be analyzed for Naegleria fowleri
        March 21, 2018

        Equipment used to process a sample analyzed for Naegleria fowleri

        Equipment used to process a water sample to be analyzed for Naegleria fowleri

        Processing sample from Granite Hot Springs
        March 20, 2018

        Processing sample from Granite Hot Springs

        Processing sample from Granite Hot Springs

        March 7, 2018

        Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Scientists Host Facebook Live Event

        USGS–Yellowstone Volcano Observatory Scientist-in-Charge Mike Poland, Deputy Scientist-in-Charge Wendy Stovall, and Chief Seismologist Jamie Farrell answer questions from the public about Yellowstone earthquakes, deformation, eruptive history, the magmatic plumbing system, and more, during a USGS Volcanoes Facebook Live event recorded on March 7, 2018, at the USGS–Cascades

        Measuring streamflow, New Fork River near Big Piney (09205000)
        March 1, 2018

        Measuring streamflow, New Fork River near Big Piney (09205000)

        Measuring streamflow, New Fork River near Big Piney (09205000)

        Wyoming Range WLCI small stream study locations
        February 22, 2018

        Wyoming Range WLCI small stream study locations

        Wyoming Range WLCI small stream study locations

        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

        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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        Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
        January 25, 2018

        Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study done in cooperation with the Colorado River Basin Salinity Control Program.

        Prairie dog and SPV bait
        December 13, 2017

        About 70 percent of wild prairie dogs successfully ingested baits containing an oral sylvatic plague vaccine, or SPV, that were distributed throughout their habitats, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey study.

        Photo of a young girl drinking water, which likely originated from groundwater sources. 
        December 7, 2017

        A regional assessment of untreated groundwater in the Rio Grande aquifer system, which includes parts of Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, is now available from the U.S. Geological Survey.

        Upstream view of Fountain Creek in Colorado
        December 1, 2017

        The U.S. Geological Survey just added more than 800 fish and macroinvertebrate data samples from Fountain Creek, Colorado, to the USGS BioData Retrieval system.

        Lake Fork Creek below Sugarloaf dam near Leadville
        November 17, 2017

        Bringing together decades of research and mapping, the U.S. Geological Survey just released a geologic map and companion pamphlet featuring the Arkansas River Valley region in north-central Colorado.  

        Investigating Lung Disease in Military Veterans
        November 10, 2017

        Six years ago, veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan had trouble breathing normally. The list of potential causes that soldiers were exposed to seemed endless: smoke from burn pits used for trash disposal, desert dust, diesel generator exhaust, humidity and temperature extremes, explosives, and city trash and sewage.

        Image shows coal being loaded into trucks at a coal mine
        October 26, 2017

        It is difficult to overstate the importance of energy to the American economy.  Managing this vital sector depends on knowing how many energy resources we have, how many we use and need, and how these resources are transported

        View of snow-capped Borah Peak, Idaho
        October 24, 2017

        A new tool that gives users the most detailed view yet of the world’s mountains is now available from the USGS. And it’s as close as your computer or cellphone.

        Map of Crested Butte Low-Level Flight Study Area
        September 25, 2017

        Editor:  In the public interest and in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the USGS is announcing this low-level airborne project. Your assistance in informing the local communities is appreciated.

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        September 18, 2017

        Just after Labor Day, U.S. Geological Survey field crews began digging a trench within the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort ski area, on the lower reaches of Buffalo Bowl. 

        Image: Rio Grande and Cliffs in Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend National Park
        September 14, 2017

        A new U.S. Geological Survey report describes the below ground geology of the Rio Grande transboundary region of New Mexico and Texas, United States, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico.

        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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