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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 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...

        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.

          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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          Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Mowry Shale, Wind River Basin Province, Wyoming, 2020

          Using a geology-based assessment methodology, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated undiscovered, technically recoverable mean resources of 288 million barrels of oil and 2.6 trillion cubic feet of gas in the Mowry Shale in the Wind River Basin Province, Wyoming.

          Finn, Thomas M.; Schenk, Christopher J.; Mercier, Tracey J.; Woodall, Cheryl A.; Tennyson, Marilyn E.; Marra, Kristen R.; Le, Phuong A.; Leathers-Miller, Heidi M.; Ellis, Geoffrey S.
          Finn, T.M., Schenk, C.J., Mercier, T.J., Tennyson, M.E., Woodall, C.A., Marra, K.R., Le, P.A., Leathers-Miller, H.M., and Ellis, G.S., 2021, Assessment of continuous oil and gas resources in the Mowry Shale, Wind River Basin Province, Wyoming, 2020: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021-3006, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213006.

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          Temporal seismic velocity variations: Recovery following from the 2019 Mw 7.1 Ridgecrest, California earthquake

          We investigated seismic velocity changes (dv/v) associated with the 2019 Ridgecrest earthquake sequence with high‐frequency autocorrelations of ambient seismic noise data. Daily autocorrelation functions were computed for the entirety of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020 for broadband stations within the region, including the temporary broadband...

          Boschelli, Joshua Dakota; Moschetti, Morgan P.; Sens-Schonfelder, C

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          Numerical analysis of the effect of subgrid variability in a physically based hydrological model on runoff, soil moisture, and slope stability

          In coarse resolution hydrological modeling we face the problem of subgrid variability, the effects of which are difficult to express and are often hidden in the parameterization and calibration. We present a numerical experiment with the physically based hydrological model ParFlow‐CLM with which we quantify the effect of subgrid heterogeneities in...

          Leonarduzzi, E.; Maxwell, R. M.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Molnar, P.

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          Incorporating the effects of complex soil layering and thickness local variability into distributed landslide susceptibility assessments

          Incorporating the influence of soil layering and local variability into the parameterizations of physics-based numerical models for distributed landslide susceptibility assessments remains a challenge. Typical applications employ substantial simplifications including homogeneous soil units and soil-hydraulic properties assigned based only on...

          Fusco, F.; Mirus, Benjamin B.; Baum, Rex L.; Calcaterra, D.; De Vita, P.

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          Continental-scale analysis of shallow and deep groundwater contributions to streams

          Groundwater discharge generates streamflow and influences stream thermal regimes. However, the water quality and thermal buffering capacity of groundwater depends on the aquifer source-depth. Here, we pair multi-year air and stream temperature signals to categorize 1729 sites across the continental United States as having major dam influence,...

          Hare, D.; Helton, A. M.; Johnson, Zachary C.; Lane, Jr., John W.; Briggs, Martin A.

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          Groundwater management process simulations using an updated version of the three-dimensional numerical model of groundwater flow in northern Utah Valley, Utah County, Utah

          Groundwater is a primary source of drinking water in northern Utah County. The groundwater system is recharged mainly from precipitation in the adjacent Wasatch Mountains and infiltration of streamflow. In 2004, groundwater withdrawals were estimated to be roughly 44,500 acre-feet per year. In 2016, groundwater withdrawals were estimated to be...

          Stolp, Bernard J.; Brooks, Lynette E.
          Stolp, B.J., and Brooks, L.E., 2021, Groundwater management process simulations using an updated version of the three-dimensional numerical model of groundwater flow in northern Utah Valley, Utah County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2021–5010, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20215010.

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          Geomagnetic monitoring in the mid-Atlantic United States

          Near historic battlegrounds of the American Civil War, southeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, on a secluded grassy glade surrounded by forest, a specially designed observatory records the Earth’s changing magnetic field. This facility, the Fredericksburg Magnetic Observatory, is 1 of 14 observatories the U.S. Geological Survey Geomagnetism Program...

          Love, Jeffrey J.; Lewis, Kristen A.
          Love, J.J., and Lewis, K.A., 2021, Geomagnetic monitoring in the mid-Atlantic United States: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2021-3001, 2 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20213001.

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          Paragenesis of an orogenic gold deposit: New insights on mineralizing processes at the Grass Valley District, California

          The Grass Valley orogenic gold district in the Sierra Nevada foothills province, central California, is the largest historical gold producer of the North American Cordillera. Gold mineralization is associated with shallowly dipping north-south veins hosted by the 160 Ma Grass Valley granodiorite to the southwest of the Grass Valley fault and...

          Taylor, Ryan; Monecke, Thomas; Reynolds, T. James; Monecke, Jochen

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          Comparing tree-ring based reconstructions of snowpack variability at different scales for the Navajo Nation

          Snowpack in the western U.S. is on the decline, largely attributed to increasing temperatures in the region. This is a critical issue for many Native American communities who disproportionately rely on local snow-fed water supplies. In light of a combined ongoing drought and limited climate information for the Navajo Nation, Navajo water...

          Brice, Rebecca Lynn; Guiterman, Christopher H.; Woodhouse, Connie A.; McClellan, Carlee; Sheppard, Paul

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          Preface to the Focus Section on the 2020 Intermountain West earthquakes

          The Intermountain West region of the United States extends from the eastern margin of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains in the west to the Rocky Mountains in the east. The region is characterized by dextral shear along the eastern margin of the Sierra Nevada and nearly east-west extension in the Basin and Range. This region experienced four...

          Gold, Ryan D.; Bormann, Jayne; Koper, Keith D.

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          Improved Automated Identification and Mapping of Iron Sulfate Minerals, Other Mineral Groups, and Vegetation using Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager Data, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, and Four Corners Region

          Multispectral remote sensing data acquired by the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager (OLI) sensor were analyzed using a new, automated technique to generate a map of exposed mineral and vegetation groups in the western San Juan Mountains, Colo., and the Four Corners Region of the United States. Band ratio results were combined into displayed...

          Rockwell, Barnaby W.; Gnesda, William R.; Hofstra, Albert H.
          Rockwell, B.W., Gnesda, W.R., and Hofstra, A.H., 2021, Improved automated identification and mapping of iron sulfate minerals, other mineral groups, and vegetation using Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager data, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, and Four Corners Region: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3466, 1 sheet, scale 1:325,000, 37-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3466.

          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, 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

          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

          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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          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.

          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.

          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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