I am drawing on my experience in mapping the badlands northwest and west of Rio Rancho to make a geologic model of hydrostratigraphic units (HSUs) under the northwestern Albuquerque Basin. Hydrostratigraphic units are differentiated based on inferred groundwater-related properties of an aquifer, like permeability or porosity, as opposed to strictly outcrop-related criteria used to differentiate lithostratigraphic units (note the latter includes formal stratigraphic formations and members). The four photos included in this post illustrate outcrops of the HSUs that Luke Martin (a NMBGMR colleague) and I correlated from exposures into the subsurface using Kingdom software. These HSUs are layer-cake in geometry and include components of earlier published lithostratigraphic units -- The photographs show HSUs from oldest to youngest (bottom to top).
The associated open-file report of the geologic model is planned to be released this Fall.