Research — Geologic Mapping
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Geology and Hydrogeology of the Estancia Basin and East Mountains
The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources has a long history of conducting and supporting hydrogeologic investigations in the Estancia Basin of central New Mexico (selected references below). A compilation by R.E. Smith of the U.S. Geological Survey was published by the Bureau of Geology (then the NM Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources) as part of its Groundwater Report series in the 1950s, and remains an important reference. The report by F.B. Titus, which encompasses the greater East Mountain area (including the northwestern side of Estancia Basin), was published as a Bureau of Geology Hydrologic Report and is another important source of information concerning groundwater availability and quality. During the 1980s, Bureau of Geology geologists conducted a variety of field studies that led to New Mexico’s proposal to have the federally funded superconducting super collider (SSC) constructed in this state. Although the SSC project was focused primarily on engineering geology, it resulted in the acquisition of data from shallow borings, trench studies, and geophysical investigations, and pulled together information from a variety of sources.