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NEW PUBLICATION: Geologic Hazards of the Moab Quadrangle, Grand County, Utah

by Jessica J. Castleton, Ben A. Erickson, and Emily J. Kleber

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The Moab quadrangle is located in the south-central portion of Grand County, Utah. Currently, the area is experiencing rapid development and population growth, that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. As urbanization expands into areas less suited for development, geologic hazards become of increasing concern in the planning, design, and construction of new facilities and infrastructure. This geologic-hazard investigation of the Moab quadrangle incorporates available geologic, hydrologic, soil, and geotechnical information to identify where geologic hazards may exist, and where detailed, site-specific, geotechnical/geologic-hazard investigations are necessary to protect health, welfare, and safety. This study provides maps and information for 13 geologic hazards: shallow groundwater, salt tectonics-related ground deformation, flooding, landsliding, rockfall, radon gas potential, collapsible soil, expansive soil and rock, corrosive soil and rock, soluble soil and rock, piping and erosion, wind-blown sand, and shallow bedrock. The maps are an aid for general planning to indicate where site-specific geotechnical/geologic-hazard investigations are necessary. The accompanying report describes the hazards and provides background information on data sources and the nature and distribution of hazards and potential mitigation measures.

Survey Notes Volume 50-2 May 2018

Our latest issue of Survey Notes is here!

Find articles on horizontal drilling potential in Utah and unprecedented 1600-foot core from the Green River Formation along with our regular featured columns.

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UGS Circular 124: Utah Mining 2016

NEW PUBLICATION
Utah Mining 2016
by Taylor Boden, Ken Krahulec, Michael Vanden Berg, and Andrew Rupke

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This report summarizes 2016 energy and mineral resource production statistics and values for Utah. Discussions cover energy resources including oil, natural gas, coal, and uranium, and nonfuel mineral resources including base and precious metals as well as industrial minerals. The report also updates exploration projects and development of new resources.