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El Camino Real Paleohydrogeology

In 2012, our Aquifer Mapping Program at the Bureau of Geology initiated a paleohydrogeology study in the area of El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro, which is a National Historic Trail designated by Congress. This study is part of the Mitigation Plan that is being implemented by Spaceport America, with funding from New Mexico Spaceport Authority. Our studies will combine geologic, hydrologic and geochemical data to characterize the regional groundwater system through this region of the Jornada del Muerto. This information will help to identify ancient groundwater and surface water sources that may have affected where and how people historically traveled along the Camino Real. The data gathered from this study will provide important information for long-term management of resources and may be useful for future predictive modeling of resource locations.

Funded by the New Mexico Spaceport Authority, for Spaceport America.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Talon Newton, Hydrogeologist

AMP-Relevant Publications

Hydrogeology of central Jornada del Muerto: Implications for travel along El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, Sierra and Doña Ana Counties, New Mexico

Available for free download.

Open-file Report 573 (3.8MB), October 2015
Talon Newton, Trevor Kludt, Dave Love, and Ethan Mamer

Landforms of the central Jornada del Muerto: Influencing the Path of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro

Available for free download.

Open-file Report 575 (Report and Map), October 2015
Trevor Kludt, Dave Love, Bruce Allen, and Talon Newton

Crossing the Jornada del Muerto: Hydrological and Geomorphological controls on traveling El Camino Real Historic Trail

Available for free download.

Open-file Report 574 (Poster 2MB), October 2015
Trevor Kludt, Dave Love, Talon Newton, and Ethan Mamer

Camino Real Paleohydrogeologic Study

Available for free download.

Preliminary Presentation(Power Point Presentation, 7MB), March 2014
Talon Newton, Dave Love, Ethan Mamer, and Trevor Kludt