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Bulletin-161 — Geology and Hydrology of Groundwater-Fed Springs and Wetlands at La Cienega, Santa Fe County, New Mexico

By Peggy S. Johnson, Daniel J. Koning, Stacy S. Timmons, and Brigitte Felix, 2016

La Cienega's springs and wetlands are important hydrologic, ecologic and cultural resources, and provide many beneficial water-related functions. The wetlands discharge groundwater from regional and local aquifers that provide the sole water source for the southern Santa Fe region. We investigate the wetland system by examining the hydrologic interactions manifested in the wetland water balance. This investigation addresses all aspects of the wetland system, including:

  1. The links between geology, groundwater flow, and wetland location
  2. Groundwater conditions surrounding the wetlands
  3. Chemical, isotopic and age indicators of water sources for the wetlands
  4. The effects of climate variability on streamflow and groundwater levels
  5. Wetland evapotranspiration
  6. Groundwater depletion and water-level declines

The various data are integrated into a physical, conceptual model of wetland hydrogeology, which can support and enhance wetland conservation plans. To be successful in their objectives, hydrologic models and wetland management plans must incorporate the hydrogeologic features that create and maintain the wetlands.

This publication won the AASG/GSA John C. Frye Memorial Environmental Geology Award for 2016.

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ISBN: 978-1-883905-33-0

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Geologic Map of Albuquerque - Rio RanchoGeologic Map of the Albuquerque - Rio Rancho

Geologic map of the Valles caldera, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

By Fraser Goff, Jamie N. Gardner, Steven L. Reneau, Shari A. Kelley, Kirt A. Kempter, and John R. Lawrence, 2011

30-page text, 1 sheet, lat. approximately from 35°47'00" to 36°02'00", long. approximately from 106°22'30" to 106°41'00", scale 1:50,000, 3 cross sections.

The Valles caldera, located in the heart of the Jemez Mountains in north-central New Mexico, is the world’s premier example of a resurgent caldera, a giant circular volcano with an uplifted central floor and a near-perfect ring of roughly 15 postcaldera lava dome and flow eruptions.

This new Valles caldera map and cross sections represent the cumulative research efforts of countless geologists over the past 40 years, and several state and federal agencies. GM–79 compiles detailed geologic mapping completed in the past eight years from parts of the nine 7.5-min USGS topographic quadrangles that encompass the caldera. More than 150 map units are described in detail. Also incorporated are new geochronologic data and recent refinements to nomenclature.

There is also a bandana version of this geologic map available.

ISBN: 9781883905293

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One folded sheet + 30 page booklet
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One 46 inch square map + 30 page booklet
The Rio Grande River Guide

The Rio Grande: A River Guide to the Geology and Landscapes of Northern New Mexico

By Paul W. Bauer, 2011

The Rio Grande is the fourth longest river in North America. Flowing nearly 2,000 miles from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, in New Mexico it occupies the Rio Grande Valley, where it provides water for habitat, agriculture, and a growing population. In northern New Mexico, where the river has carved a pair of spectacular canyons, the Rio Grande also provides some of the most exceptional recreation opportunities and scenery in North America. This comprehensive, spiral bound, waterproof, 122-page river guide provides detailed, full-color maps of 153 miles of the Rio Grande, from Lasauses, Colorado to Cochiti Dam in New Mexico. Divided into eleven river stretches—including the popular whitewater runs in the Taos Box, Racecourse, and White Rock Canyon—the guide covers stretches that range in difficulty from placid canoe tours to gripping kayak descents. The river maps are developed on an aerial photographic base (digital orthophoto quads), allowing the user to more easily identify locations.

The geology of the region is likewise exceptional. The river spills from the San Juan Mountains into the Rio Grande rift, where several million years of erosive action have exposed a geologic cornucopia, including three major volcanic fields (including the Jemez supervolcano), seismically active faults, extinct Pleistocene lakes, and ancient rocks of the Rocky Mountains. The guide uses non-technical language and lavish illustrations to interpret the evolution of this magnificent landscape.

Although the focus of the guide is on geology and landscape, the guide is packed with information and photos on geography, hydrology, climate, boating safety, river management, rock art, and much more. Providing detailed information on access and trails, history and landscape, railroads and mining, this guide is also an invaluable resource for hikers, anglers, cyclists, day trippers, historians, philosophers, and casual visitors.

ISBN: 978-1-883905-28-6

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The Geology of Northern New Mexico's Parks, Monuments, and Public Lands

L. Greer Price, editor, 2010

This volume provides a comprehensive overview of the basic geology of the public lands of northern New Mexico. Developed specifically for a broad audience, this introduction includes 49 chapters on the most popular and spectacular public lands in the northern part of the state. Lavishly illustrated in full color, with close to 300 photos‚ maps‚ and illustrations, it’s a perfect guide for the roadside geologist and anyone wanting to know more about what’s underfoot in northern New Mexico. 380 pages. Chapters are divided into five parts:

  1. The Colorado Plateau
  2. The Jemez Mountains and the Valles Caldera
  3. The Rio Grande Rift
  4. The Southern Rocky Mountains
  5. The Great Plains

ISBN: 9781883905255

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Geologic Map of Albuquerque – Rio RanchoGeologic Map of the Albuquerque – Rio Rancho

Geologic map of the Albuquerque–Rio Rancho metropolitan area and vicinity, Bernalillo and Sandoval Counties, New Mexico

By Sean Connell, 2008

Two sheets, scale 1:50,000, lat from 35°00' to 35°30', long from 106°22'30" to 106°52'30"

This is the first comprehensive compilation of the geology of the Albuquerque Basin to be printed in 30 years. The area covered by this new compilation is presented at a scale nearly four times the detail (1:50,000 scale compared to the earlier map’s 1:190,000 scale). This new geologic map is a compilation of sixteen 7.5-min USGS quadrangle maps and encompasses an area from Tijeras Arroyo on the south to Santa Ana Mesa north of Santa Ana and San Felipe Pueblos, and from the crest of the Sandia Mountains westward across the Rio Grande and onto the Llano de Albuquerque (West Mesa) west of the city limits of Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

This geologic map graphically displays information on the distribution, character, orientation, and stratigraphic relationships of rock and surficial units and structural features. The map and accompanying cross sections were compiled from geologic field mapping and additionally from available aerial photography, satellite imagery, and drill-hole data (many published and unpublished reports, examination of lithologic cuttings, and from the interpretation of borehole geophysical log data).

Available folded or rolled.

ISBN: 9781883905262

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Two folded sheets, 50 x 65.5 inches.
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