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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: 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.

           

          Date published: November 19, 2018
          Status: Active

          Yellowstone River Compact Commission

          The Yellowstone River Compact was ratified in 1950 and became effective in 1951. The Yellowstone River Compact Commission (YRCC) is a three member commission charged with apportioning the waters of the Yellowstone River and its tributaries.

          Date published: November 15, 2018
          Status: Active

          Water-Quality Summaries for Several Major River Basins in Colorado

          Summaries of water-quality monitoring data are available for several major river basins in Colorado.

          For each basin, current data from a network of sites are compared to previously collected data and instream standards. Lowess curves are provided on plots for selected constituents where a sufficient period of record and limited censored data are available.

          Date published: November 6, 2018
          Status: Active

          Integrated Uranium Resource and Environmental Assessment

          The US Geological Survey has assembled a small group of scientists who are assessing the uranium resource potential of the United States.  Uranium is used to fuel the 98 operable nuclear reactors in the United States, providing 20% of the nation’s electricity. More than 95% of this uranium is imported, and the rest is produced from uranium mines in Wyoming, Nebraska and Texas and a uranium...

          Contacts: Susan M Hall

          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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          Geochemical advances in Arctic Alaska oil typing - North Slope oil correlation and charge history

          The Arctic Alaska petroleum province is geologically and geochemically complex. Mixed hydrocarbon charge from multiple source rocks and/or levels of thermal maturity is common within an individual oil pool. Biomarker and chemometric statistical analyses were used to correlate twenty-nine oils to five oil families derived from: (1) Triassic...

          Botterell, Palma J.; Houseknecht, David W.; Lillis, Paul G.; Barbanti, Silvana M.; Dahl, Jeremy E.; Moldowan, J. Michael

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          Discovery of a large subsoil nitrate reservoir in an arroyo floodplain and associated aquifer contamination

          In an area of elevated nitrate (NO3) groundwater concentrations in the northern Chihuahuan Desert in central New Mexico (United States), a large reservoir of nitrate was found in the subsoil of an arroyo floodplain. Nitrate inventories in the floodplain subsoils ranged from 10,000 to 38,000 kg NO3-N/ha—over twice as high as any previously measured...

          Linhoff, Benjamin Shawn; Lunzer, John Joseph

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          Amateur radio operators help fill earthquake donut holes

          If you’ve ever seen tall antennas rising from everyday residences in your community and wondered what they are for, it could be that those homes belong to ham radio enthusiasts who enjoy communicating with each other over the airwaves. In addition to having fun with their radios and finding camaraderie, many ham radio operators are also...

          Wald, David J.; Quitoriano, Vince; Dully, Oliver

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          Petrology and geochronology of 1.48 to 1.45 Ga igneous rocks in the St. Francois Mountains terrane, southeast Missouri

          The igneous geology of the St. Francois Mountains terrane in southeast Missouri is dominated by the products of 1.48 to 1.45 billion year old volcanic and plutonic magmatism but also includes volumetrically minor, compositionally bimodal contributions added during plutonism between 1.34 and 1.27 billion years ago. The 1.48 to 1.45 billion year old...

          du Bray, Edward A.; Aleinikoff, John N.; Day, Warren C.; Neymark, Leonid A.; Burgess, Seth D.
          du Bray, E.A., Aleinikoff, J.N., Day, W.C., Neymark, L.A., Burgess, S.D., 2021, Petrology and geochronology of 1.48 to 1.45 Ga igneous rocks in the St. Francois Mountains terrane, southeast Missouri: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1866, 88 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/pp1866.

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          National-scale reservoir thermal energy storage pre-assessment for the United States

          The U.S. Geological Survey is performing a pre-assessment of the cooling potential for reservoir thermal energy storage (RTES) in five generalized geologic regions (Basin and Range, Coastal Plains, Illinois Basin, Michigan Basin, Pacific Northwest) across the United States. Reservoir models are developed for the metropolitan areas of eight cities...

          Pepin, Jeff D.; Burns, Erick; Dickinson, Jesse E.; Duncan, Leslie L.; Kuniansky, Eve L.; Reeves, Howard W.

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          Geologic assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Cherokee Platform area of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri

          In 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey completed a geology-based assessment to estimate the volumes of undiscovered, technically recoverable petroleum resources in the Cherokee Platform Province area of southeastern Kansas, northeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Missouri. The U.S. Geological Survey identified four stratigraphic intervals that...

          Drake, Ronald M.; Hatch, Joseph R.
          Drake, R.M., II, and Hatch, J.R., 2021, Geologic assessment of undiscovered oil and gas resources in the Cherokee Platform area of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2020–5110, 39 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20205110.

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          Electrical conductivity of the lithosphere-asthenosphere system

          Electromagnetic geophysical methods image the electrical conductivity of the subsurface. Electrical conductivity is an intrinsic material property that is sensitive to temperature, composition, porosity, volatile and/or melt content, and other physical properties relevant to the solid Earth. Therefore, imaging the electrical structure of...

          Naif, Samer; Selway, Kate; Murphy, Benjamin Scott; Egbert, Gary D.; Pommier, Anne

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          Airborne geophysical imaging of weak zones on Iliamna Volcano, Alaska: Implications for slope stability

          Water‐saturated, hydrothermally altered rocks reduce the strength of volcanic edifices and increase the potential for sector collapses and far‐traveled mass flows of unconsolidated debris. Iliamna Volcano is an andesitic stratovolcano located on the western side of the Cook Inlet, ∼225 km southwest of Anchorage and is a source of repeated...

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

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          Book review: Replacing GDP by 2030: Towards a common language for the well-being and sustainability community, Rutger Hoekstra, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2019)

          Critiques of gross domestic product (GDP) as the economy's primary measuring stick have emanated from the feminist and ecological economics communities for decades (Kubiszewski et al., 2013) and have grown to include mainstream economists (Stiglitz, Sen, and Fitousi, 2009) and national accountants (Coyle, 2015). To the casual observer, such...

          Bagstad, Kenneth J.; Fox, Mairi-Jane

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          Duration of hydrothermal alteration and mineralization of the Don Manuel porphyry copper system, central Chile

          The Don Manuel porphyry copper system, located in the Miocene–Pliocene metallogenic belt of central Chile, contains spatially zoned alteration styles common to other porphyry copper deposits including extensive potassic alteration, propylitic alteration, localized sericite-chlorite alteration and argillic alteration but lacks pervasive hydrolytic...

          Gilmer, Amy K.; Sparks, R. Stephen J.; Barfod, Dan N.; Brugge, Emily; Annen, Catherine; Parkinson, Ian

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          Forecasting the frequency and magnitude of postfire debris flows across southern California

          Southern California has a long history of damaging debris flows after wildfire. Despite recurrent loss, forecasts of the frequency and magnitude of postfire debris flows are not available for the region like they are for earthquakes. Instead, debris flow hazards are typically assessed in a reactive manner after wildfires. Such assessments are...

          Kean, Jason W.; Staley, Dennis M.

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          Ground‐penetrating radar, electromagnetic induction, terrain, and vegetation observations coupled with machine learning to map permafrost distribution at Twelvemile Lake, Alaska

          We collected ground‐penetrating radar (GPR) and frequency‐domain electromagnetic induction (FDEM) profiles in 2011 and 2012 to identify the extent of permafrost relative to surface biomass and solar insolation around Twelvemile Lake near Fort Yukon, Alaska. We compared a Landsat‐derived biomass estimate and modeled solar insolation from a digital...

          Campbell, S.; Briggs, Martin A.; Roy, S.P.; Douglas, T. A.; Saari, S.

          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, 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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          Lake Powell
          December 31, 2017

          Lake Powell

          The USGS Utah Water Science Center and the Woods Hole Coastal and Marine Science Center conducted a collaborative geophysical research effort within Lake Powell, UT-AZ to map the bathymetry of the lake and characterize shallow sediment deposition near the mouths of the San Juan and Colorado Rivers.

          Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map
          December 31, 2017

          Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

          Jackson Hole Airport groundwater study area map

          Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium
          December 31, 2017

          Fathead minnows swimming in an experimental aquarium

          Bioactive Chemicals Research Laboratory — Boulder, Colorado. Fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas) swimming in an experimental aquarium. The aquarium is part of an experiment to assess endocrine disruption in fish.

          Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts
          December 31, 2017

          Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts

          Dry wash in San Rafael Desert with white surface salts. White efflorescent salts form on the soil surface as water evaporates from the soil leaving the salt at the surface. 

          Salinity loads that originate from groundwater within the Upper Colorado River Basin have decreased from 1986-2011, according to

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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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          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.

          USGS: Science for a changing world
          March 8, 2017

          In order to provide long-term storage of diverted surface water from the Rio Grande as part of the Aamodt water rights settlement, managed aquifer recharge by surface infiltration in Pojoaque River Basin arroyos was proposed as an option.

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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.

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          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.

          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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