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  1. Valles Marineris: The Grand Canyon of Mars

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This resource provides a general description of this system of canyons located just south of the Martian equator. Included are various images of the terrain: some photographic, some constructed from remotely sensed datasets. One set of images is presented in stereo and must be viewed with 3D glasses.

  2. Fly in 3D over the Valles Marineris Canyon on Mars (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)

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    Daniel Barstow

    2003-12-15

    This interactive activity lets you explore the Valles Marineris canyon (the size of the US) and a piece of it called the Candor Chasm. Using a 3D model of Mars' surface created using data from orbiting spacecraft, you can examine the surface from a distance, changing lighting to enhance features, and fly over the surface, looking for markers hidden in the terrain. Informative feedback makes the exercise educational as well as fun.

  3. Active Processes in Valles Marineris

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    Chojnacki, M.; McEwen, A.; Dundas, C.; Hamilton, C.; Mattson, S.

    2014-07-01

    The enigmatic Valles Marineris (VM) trough system shows abundant evidence for mass wasting and aeolian phenomena. Herein, we describe the diverse near-surface and atmospheric processes that indicate VM to be one of the most dynamic regions on Mars.

  4. Flight Into Mariner Valley (Valles Marineris, Mars)

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    Waliser, Duane E.

    Flight Into Mariner Valley (Valles Marineris, Mars) Presented by Phil Christensen Mars Space Flight, Mars Space Flight Facility and Digital Image Animation Laboratory, Image Processing Laboratory, Jet

  5. Erosional landforms on the layered terrains in Valles Marineris

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    Komatsu, G.; Strom, R. G.; Gulick, V. C.; Parker, T. J.

    1992-01-01

    Many investigators have proposed potential lakes in Valles Marineris based on the relationship with outflow channels, and a proposed lacustrine origin of layered deposits. We have investigated the erosional style of the layered terrains and evaluated their potential origins as sedimentation in and erosional modification by these lakes. The erosional features that will be discussed are distributed in the central canyon area and classified into terraces and layered depressions. Many terraces can be explained by coastal erosion in lakes as well as by eolian erosion. The lack of terraces on the canyon walls is probably due to more recent sapping and mass wasting of materials with different mechanical response to erosion than the layered terrains. Catastrophic water discharges in Valles Marineris as hypothesized by an ocean model may have been the source of the lakes and the eventual catastrophic release of water from the canyons.

  6. Scarp development in the Valles Marineris

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    Patton, P. C.

    1984-04-01

    The scarps along the margins of the Vales Marineris display a complex assemblage of forms that have been related to a variety of mass wasting and sapping processes. These scarp segments display variations in the degree of development of spur and gully topography, the number and density of apparent sapping features and the frequency of large scale landslides which reflect the age, geology and processes of slope development throughout the Valles Marineris. This regional analysis should provide more information on the geologic evolution of the Valles Marineris as well as new insight into the relative importance of different processes in the development of the scarp forms. In order to evaluate the regional variation in scarp form and the influence of time and structure on scarp development geomorphic mapping and morphometric analysis of geologically distinct regions of Valles Marineris is being undertaken.

  7. Deformation of Sedimentary Rocks in Valles Marineris

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    Metz, J. M.; Grotzinger, J. P.; Milliken, R.; Weitz, C. M.; Okubo, C. H.

    2009-12-01

    Deformation of sedimentary rocks is widespread within Valles Marineris with many occurrences of both brittle and plastic deformation identified in Melas, Candor and Ius Chasmata. Using HiRISE and CTX images, we identify four styles of deformation, contorted beds, blocky deposits, folded strata and fragmented strata. Contorted beds are detached rounded blocks of material with alternating dark and light-toned strata that show refolded folds with a fold wavelength of about one kilometer. The blocky deposits are also detached rounded blocks of material, but they only locally show evidence of layering. The folded strata are continuous layered materials that have been folded, and the trend of their fold axes is not uniform. The fragmented strata are areas that show evidenced of brittle deformation and fragments of strata that have broken off into small irregularly-shaped pieces. Some areas exhibit multiple styles of deformation and grade from one type of deformation into another. There are several possible mechanisms that could be responsible for the deformation in Valles Marineris including subaerial or subaqueous gravitational slumping or sliding, salt tectonics and soft-sediment deformation including impact-induced liquefaction (seismites). These mechanisms can be evaluated based on the types, scale and areal pattern of deformation they produce. The cause and timing of deformation could provide important constraints on whether these sedimentary deposits pre- or post-date the formation of Valles Marineris. Four types of deformation observed. A) Contorted beds; B) Blocky deposits; C) Folded strata; D) and E) show examples of fragmented strata.

  8. On the Morphology and Transition of Valles Marineris Landforms: Rock Glaciers\\/Protalus Lobes vs. Landslides

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    S. van Gasselt; E. Hauber; A. Dumke; B. Schreiner; G. Neukum

    2009-01-01

    The Valles Marineris canyon system exhibits a variety of different landforms associated with landslide mechanisms, ranging from several tens of meters to kilometers in length. They usually cover a surface of 1000 km2 and have an average volume of up to 5000 km3 [1-2]. It is assumed that they have been emplaced under wet as well as dry conditions from

  9. The Layer Cake Walls of Valles Marineris

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2007-01-01

    This image of the northern wall of Coprates Chasma, in Valles Marineris, was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) at 1227 UTC (8:27 a.m. EDT) on June 16, 2007, near 13.99 degrees south latitude, 303.09 degrees east longitude. CRISM's image was taken in 544 colors covering 0.36-3.92 micrometers, and shows features as small as 20 meters (66 feet) across. The region covered is just over 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) wide at its narrowest point.

    Valles Marineris is a large canyon system straddling Mars' equator, with a total size approximating the Mediterranean Sea emptied of water. It is subdivided into several interconnected 'chasmata' each hundreds of kilometers wide and, in some cases, thousands of kilometers long. The walls of several of the chasmata, including Coprates Chasma, expose a section of Mars' upper crust about 5 kilometers (3 miles) in depth. Exposures like these show the layers of rock that record the formation of Mars' crust over geologic time, much as the walls of the Grand Canyon on Earth show part of our planet's history.

    The upper panel of this montage shows the location of the CRISM image on a mosaic from the Mars Odyssey spacecraft's Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS), taken in longer infrared wavelengths than measured by CRISM. The CRISM image samples the base of Coprates Chasma's wall, including a conspicuous horizontal band that continues along the wall for tens of kilometers to the east and west, and a topographic shelf just above that.

    The middle two panels show the CRISM image in visible and infrared light. In the middle left panel, the red, green, and blue image planes show brightness at 0.59, 0.53, and 0.48 microns, similar to what the human eye would see. Color variations are subdued by the presence of dust on all exposed surfaces. In the middle right panel, the red, green, and blue image planes show brightness at 2.53, 1.51, and 1.08 microns. These three infrared wavelengths are the 'usual' set that the CRISM team uses to provide an overview of infrared data, because dust has a less obscuring effect, and because they are sensitive to a wide variety of minerals. Layering is clearly evident in the wall rocks. The conspicuous band running along the base of the chasma wall appears slightly yellowish, and the scarp at the edge of the topographic bench appears slightly green.

    The bottom two panels use combinations of wavelengths to show the strengths of absorptions that provide 'fingerprints' of different minerals. In the lower left panel, red shows strength of a 0.53-micron absorption due to oxidized iron in dust, green shows strength of an inflection in the spectrum at 0.6 microns that may be related to rock coatings, and blue shows strength of a 1-micron absorption due to the igneous minerals olivine and pyroxene. The conspicuous horizontal band appears slightly blue, indicating a stronger signature of olivine and/or pyroxene. In the lower right panel, red is a measure of an absorption particular to olivine, green is a measure of a 2.3-micron absorption due to phyllosilicates (clay-like minerals formed when rock was subjected to liquid water), and blue is a measure of absorptions particular to pyroxene. The conspicuous horizontal band is now resolved into an upper portion richer in pyroxene, underlain by material richer in olivine than the rest of the wall rock. Also, erosion-resistant material forming the topographic bench is underlain by phyllosilicate-containing material exposed on the scarp.

    Taken together, these data reveal a layer cake-like composition of the crustal material exposed in Coprates Chasma's wall. Most of the rock is rich in pyroxene, which is expected because much of Mars' crust consists of volcanic basaltic rock. However discrete layers are richer in olivine, and in some layers the presence of phyllosilicates indicates interaction of rock with liquid water. Because the phyllosilicate-containing layer is low on the walls and deeply buried, it likely represents an early pe

  10. Landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Lucchitta, B. K.

    1979-01-01

    The morphology of the landslides in the Martian equatorial troughs, the geologic structure of the troughs, the time of emplacement, the similarity to terrestrial landslides, and the origin and mechanism of transport are analyzed. About 35 large landslides well-resolved on Viking images were examined, and it is found that the major landslides cover 31,000 sq km of the trough floors, and individual slides range in area from 40 to 7000 sq km. The morphologic variations of the landslides can be attributed mainly to their degree of confinement on trough floors. Many prominent landslides appear to be of similar age and were emplaced after a major faulting that dropped the trough floors. Most sliding occurred after the created scarps were dissected into spurs, gullies, and tributary canyons. Emplacement of the landslides approximately coincided with a late episode of major eruptive activity of the Tharsis volcanoes, and it is suggested that the slides may have originated as gigantic mudflows with slump blocks at their heads. The large size of many landslides is due to the fault scarps as high as 7 km on which they formed in the absence of vigorous fluvial erosion. The landslides suggest that Mars is earthlike in some respects, which may be important for further evaluations.

  11. Volumetric Calculations of Valles Marineris Using MOLA Data and GIS

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    Noreen, E.; Hare, T. M.

    2002-03-01

    Prior to MGS, topographic estimations of the Valles Marineris were accomplished using photogrammetric techniques. MGS MOLA datasets coupled with GIS provide the means to re-quantify the topography of VM to a higher degree of accuracy.

  12. High-Resolution Apparent Thermal Inertia Mapping of Valles Marineris (Mars)

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    Kubiak, M.; Mège, D.; Gurgurewicz, J.; Ci??ela, J.; D?bniak, K.

    2014-07-01

    The apparent thermal inertia map, broadband emissivity and Lambert albedo in Valles Marineris have been calculated using THEMIS/MO and CTX/MRO data. They will be used in the characterization of Valles Marineris landforms.

  13. Slope stability analysis of Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Vittorio De Blasio, Fabio; Battista Crosta, Giovanni; Castellanza, Riccardo; Utili, Stefano

    2013-04-01

    Valles Marineris (VM) in the equatorial area of Mars exhibits several gravitational failures which resulted in a series of large landslides up to several hundred cubic kilometers in volume. Questions arise as to forces at play and rock strength in the stability of the walls of VM. In this work we address the stability analysis of the walls of VM by considering the strength of the materials of the chasma walls and the causes of landslides. Using finite element calculations and the limit analysis upper bound method, we explore the range of cohesion and friction angle values associated to realistic failure geometries, and compare predictions with the classical Culmann's wedge model. Our analysis is based both on synthetic, simplified slope profiles and also on the real shape of the walls of VM taken from the MOLA topographic data. Validation of the calibrated cohesion and friction angle values is performed by comparing the computed unstable cross sectional areas with the observed pre- and post-failure profiles and estimated failure surface geometry. This offers a link between rock mass properties, slope geometry and volume of the observed failure. Pseudo-static seismic analyses generated another set of dimensionless charts. Our pseudo-static analyses show that low seismicity events induced by meteoroids impacts compatible with the size of craters could be a cause for some of the observed landslides if poor rock properties for VM is assumed.

  14. Geomorphological studies on western Valles Marineris, Mars - landforms and processes

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    D?bniak, K.; Mège, D.; Massé, M.

    2014-04-01

    Context Camera (CTX) images obtained by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) covered ~85% of the Martian surface to February 2013 [1], including almost 100% coverage of the Valles Marineris trough system. The images of resolution 6 m/pixel play an important role as a background for detailed landform mapping of Mars. We present: (i) a detailed geomorphologic mapping procedure of western Valles Marineris based on USGS ISIS processing, ArcGIS mapping, and incorporation of additional data sets, (ii) observations of chasma floor and wall features.

  15. Progressive Evolution of the Valles Marineris Fault Zone and its Role in Controlling Interior Layered Deposits and Outflow Channels

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    Watkins, J.; Yin, A.

    2012-12-01

    Most recent studies of Valles Marineris concluded that its interior layered deposits (ILDs) were accumulated after the formation of the Valles Marineris trough system. Some workers also suggest that the ILDs originated from sedimentation in lakes within the Valles Marineris troughs, and that the sudden release of lake waters to the northern lowlands created the spectacular outflow channels at the eastern end of the Valles Marineris trough zone, leaving mounds of ILD sediments exposed within the troughs. The sudden release of water has been commonly related to erosion of damming of the troughs induced by glacial or mass-wasting depositional processes. In all existing models linking the ILDs to the outflow channels, the shape of the Valles Marineris trough system upon deposition of the ILDs was regarded to be constant. However, this notion is at odds with the new observation that the development of the Valles Marineris fault zone, a left-slip transtensional structure, continued to be dynamic throughout at least part of the sedimentation of the ILDs. This conflict prompts analysis of the role of the progressive opening of the Valles Marineris trough system in controlling the spatial and temporal evolution of ILDs and their relationship to the formation of the circum-Chryse outflow channels. Here, we test the hypothesis that the Valles Marineris trough system was a single intra-canyon lake and its outlet was progressively opened by normal faulting at the eastern end of the trough zone, releasing the floodwaters that formed the equatorial outflow channels. Our model sharply contrasts alternative mechanisms for producing the outflow channels such as progressive overtopping of structurally isolated lakes, rapid release of a subsurface groundwater aquifer, rapid release of stored ice, and episodic flooding. This tectonic damming makes specific predictions on the spatial relationships among (1) the evolution of the Valles Marineris fault zone, (2) the deposition and development of the ILDs, and (3) the timing and location of major outflow channels. Systematic geologic and geomorphic mapping of these relationships at locations of possible tectonic dams in northeastern Valles Marineris is currently in progress.

  16. Recurring Slope Lineae in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    McEwen, A. S.; Dundas, C. M.; Byrne, S.; Mattson, S.; Ojha, L.; Schaefer, E.; Wray, J. J.

    2012-12-01

    Recurring slope lineae (RSL) are relatively low-albedo features up to a few m wide that extend down steep slopes from bedrock outcrops. Hundreds may form in rare locations, often associated with small channels. In the southern mid-latitudes, RSL appear and grow incrementally during the late southern spring through summer, and they favor equator-facing slopes--times and places with peak surface temperatures from ~250 to 300 K. RSL are recurring: they form and grow in the warm season, then fade and usually completely disappear in cold seasons. During the next warm season, similar but new features form and grow. For more, see McEwen et al., 2011, Science 333, 740. As of early 2012, 15 RSL sites had been confirmed between 52-32°S latitudes. Confirmation requires that we observe many new lineae forming at a site in more than one Mars year, distinguishing RSL from episodic dry mass wasting triggered by eolian, seismic, or impact activity. We have recently confirmed three sites in the equatorial region of Mars. Two of them are on the floor of Coprates Chasma and one is in central Valles Marineris, all near latitude 12S. They are on north-facing slopes and active in southern winter/northern summer (which may be the warmest season on these steep slopes, although in the southern hemisphere). The surface brightness temperatures from THEMIS remain in the range (>250 K) of the southern mid-latitude RSL sites when active, and the morphologies and geologic settings are also similar. We will continue monitoring these sites throughout the year, along with occasional monitoring of other candidate equatorial RSL sites. If RSL are due to flow of salty water, the equatorial sites may be of special interest for future exploration.

  17. Are there carbonate deposits in the Valles Marineris, Mars?

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    McKay, C P; Nedell, S S

    1988-01-01

    The thick sequences of layered deposits found in the Valles Marineris have recently been determined by S.S. Nedell, S.W. Squyres, and D.W. Andersen (1987, Icarus, 70, 409-441) to contain a minimum of approximately 10(5) km3 of material. We suggest that this material could be derived from the precipitation of 30 mbar of atmospheric CO2 as carbonates in lakes. As surface temperatures fell on Mars, the presence of an insulating ice cover would have allowed liquid water to exist, fed by transitory surface melting. Atmospheric CO2 would have accumulated in such lakes enhancing carbonate precipitation. Support for this hypothesis comes from processes that occur in the perennially frozen lakes in the dry valleys of Antarctica where the mean temperature is 253 degrees K and the lake water is supersaturated with atmospheric gases. A search of the recently reissued Mariner 6/7 infrared spectrometer data in the wavelength region between 2 and 6 micrometers failed to confirm the presence of carbonates. Due to the fact that no spectral footprints appear to directly overlie the layered deposits, and that deposits may be blanketed by an eolian mantle, this negative result is inconclusive. We feel that the canyon deposits are still a prime site for future searches for carbonates on Mars. PMID:11538222

  18. Characterization of Layered Deposits inside Valles Marineris

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    Weitz, Catherine; Anderson, Scott; Parker, Tim; Grant, John

    2005-01-01

    This report represents the final progress report on our study of the Melas Chasma region on Mars that was proposed as a landing site for the Mars Exploration Rover mission (MER). During this two-year proposal (which was extended over three years by a no-cost extension), we conducted a thorough study of the layered deposits in western Melas Chasma that had been the location of a high priority MER mission landing ellipse within Valles Marineris. All available data sets from orbiter missions, including MOC, MOLA, THEMIS visible and infrared images were all used to analyze this site. The major outcome of this work was a published paper in the Journal of Geophysics and Research Planets [Weitz et al., 2004]. Our geologic mapping and interpretation of the MOC images suggest the landing ellipse contains three main geomorphologic units: (1) a blocky deposit consisting of bright blocks in a darker matrix (BD); (2) sand sheets composed of dark dunes; and (3) landslide deposits emanating from the wallrock to the west [Weitz et al., 2003]. Furthermore, we propose that the morphology of the BD unit in western Melas is a mass wasting deposit composed of blocks of Interior Layered Deposits (ILDs) mixed in with wallrock material. However, more recent MOC images indicate that in the eastern portion of the ellipse and adjacent to a large hill, there are blocks of material resembling those seen in BD. Hence, we cannot rule out the source of BD was this hill. Unfortunately, sand dunes obscure much of the deposit around this hill, making it impossible to precisely determine the connection between the hill and BD, whereas BD can be traced directly to the southern Melas wallrock. If BD resulted from a mass wasting event in the southern wallrock, then we would expect the material to be concentrated further to the north, as now appears to be the case. In summary, the exact source location for BD continues to remain a mystery, but we favor an origin from either the southern wallrock [Weitz et el., 2002] or the eastern hill.

  19. Valles Marineris dune sediment provenance and pathways

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    Chojnacki, Matthew; Burr, Devon M.; Moersch, Jeffrey E.; Wray, James J.

    2014-04-01

    Although low-albedo sand is a prevalent component of the martian surface, sources and pathways of the sands are uncertain. As one of the principal present-day martian sediment sinks, the Valles Marineris (VM) rift system hosts a diversity of dune field populations associated with a variety of landforms that serve as potential sediment sources, including spur-and-gully walls, interior layered deposits (ILDs), and landslides. Here, we test the hypothesis that VM dune fields are largely derived from a variety of local and regional (intra-rift) sediment sources. Results show several dune fields are superposed on ancient wall massifs and ILDs that are topographically isolated from extra-rift sand sources. Spectral analysis of dune sand reveals compositional heterogeneity at the basinal-, dune field-, and dune-scales, arguing for discrete, relatively unmixed sediment sources. In Coprates and Melas chasmata, mapping is consistent with the principle sand source for dunes being Noachian-aged upper and lower wall materials composed of primary (igneous) minerals and glasses, some of which show evidence for alteration. In contrast, dune fields in Capri, Juventae, and Ganges chasmata show evidence for partial sediment derivation from adjacent Early Hesperian-aged hydrated sulfate-bearing ILD units. This finding indicates that these ILDs act as secondary sand sources. Dunes containing “soft” secondary minerals (e.g., monohydrated sulfate) are unlikely to have been derived from distant sources due to the physical weathering of sand grains during transport. Isolated extra-rift dune fields, sand sheets, and sand patches are located on the plateaus surrounding VM and the adjoining areas, but do not form interconnected networks of sand pathways into the rift. If past wind regimes (with respect to directionality and seasonality) were consistent with more recent regimes inferred from morphological analysis (i.e., dune slip faces, wind streaks), and were sufficient in strength and duration, small dune populations within Aurorae Chaos and north of eastern VM might have resulted from extended sand pathways into VM. However, we favor local and regional derivation of dune sand from a variety of intra-rift lithologic sources for most cases. Dune sand sources and the mechanism by which the sand is liberated are discussed in the context of findings described herein, but are broadly applicable to analysis of sediment production elsewhere on Mars.

  20. Evidence for Preserved dikes intruding the Noachian Crust and Major Geologic Transitions in the Walls of Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Flahaut, J.; Quantin, C.; Mustard, J. F.; Clénet, H.; Allemand, P.; Thomas, P.

    2011-10-01

    Valles Marineris is a unique vertical section through the uppermost kilometers of the martian crust; its location, east of Tharsis bulge, and its water-related history, suggest a great diversity of rock types in this area. HiRISE and CRISM data available over the walls of the canyon were analyzed to infer the importance of volcanism and sedimentary processes through time. A typical succession of horizontal units of distinct morphologies and mineralogies was observed in the Eastern part of Valles Marineris, including basaltic lavas, phyllosilicate-rich boulders and a LCP (Low-Calcium Pyroxene)-rich basement. This basement, interpreted as being an uniquely preserved outcrop of pristine Noachian crust [1], is intruded by dikes [2]. One CRISM observation is available on a dike, showing an olivine-rich signature at its location. Preserved and emplaced Noachian crustal material is rare on the martian surface and such detections bring precious information about early igneous processes. All the aforementioned detections are generally limited to eastern Valles Marineris, while the western part of the canyon system seems cut in a different material, with no obvious mineralogical signature, but consistent with volcanic material [1,3]. The occurrence of early crustal material and multiple mixed hydrated mineral detections contribute to the need for future martian exploration in Valles Marineris.

  1. Evidence for precipitation on Mars from dendritic valleys in the Valles Marineris area.

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    Mangold, Nicolas; Quantin, Cathy; Ansan, Véronique; Delacourt, Christophe; Allemand, Pascal

    2004-07-01

    Dendritic valleys on the plateau and canyons of the Valles Marineris region were identified from Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) images taken by Mars Odyssey. The geomorphic characteristics of these valleys, especially their high degree of branching, favor formation by atmospheric precipitation. The presence of inner channels and the maturity of the branched networks indicate sustained fluid flows over geologically long periods of time. These fluvial landforms occur within the Late Hesperian units (about 2.9 to 3.4 billion years old), when Mars was thought to have been cold. Our results suggest a period of warmer conditions conducive to hydrological activity. PMID:15232103

  2. Part 2: Sedimentary geology of the Valles, Marineris, Mars and Antarctic dry valley lakes

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    Nedell, Susan S.

    1987-01-01

    Detailed mapping of the layered deposits in the Valles Marineris, Mars from high-resolution Viking orbiter images revealed that they from plateaus of rhythmically layered material whose bases are in the lowest elevations of the canyon floors, and whose tops are within a few hundred meters in elevation of the surrounding plateaus. Four hypotheses for the origin of the layered deposits were considered: that they are eolian deposits; that they are remnants of the same material as the canyon walls; that they are explosive volcanic deposits; or that they were deposited in standing bodies of water. There are serious morphologic objections to each of the first three. The deposition of the layered deposits in standing bodies of water best explains their lateral continuity, horizontality, great thickness, rhythmic nature, and stratigraphic relationships with other units within the canyons. The Martian climatic history indicated that any ancient lakes were ice covered. Two methods for transporting sediment through a cover of ice on a martian lake appear to be feasible. Based on the presently available data, along with the theoretical calculations presented, it appears most likely that the layered deposits in the Valles Marineris were laid down in standing bodies of water.

  3. Formation of Valles Marineris and Associated Outlfow Channels by Catastrophic Dewatering of Evaporite Deposits

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    D. R. Montgomery; A. Gillespie

    2004-01-01

    Geological mapping based on topographic analysis of Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data, together with photointerpretation of Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images, and thermodynamic and heat-flow considerations lead to a new hypothesis for the formation of Valles Marineris and the associated outflow channels through catastrophic dewatering of ancient evaporite deposits. MOLA transects across Valles Marineris reveal that the valley is

  4. Phyllosilicates in the Walls of Valles Marineris and the Tectonic Evolution of the Greater Tharsis Region

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    Viviano-Beck, C. E.; Murchie, S. L.

    2014-07-01

    Phyllosilicate marker beds rule out proposed tectonic mechanisms that predict lateral offset across Valles Marineris. Deposits in E. Coprates experienced localized thermal alteration, providing a window into the formation of the Thaumasia Highlands.

  5. Valles Marineris Sulfates: Updated OMEGA Mapping, Quantitative Analysis and Insights on the Origin of Sulfur

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    Thollot, P.; Mangold, N.; Le Mouélic, S.

    2014-07-01

    We present an updated regional mapping of monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates in Valles Marineris ILDs. Using spectra of actual mixtures of a sulfate with unaltered basalt we infer the amount of sulfur in the ILDs and discuss implications.

  6. New insights into the hydrologic history of western Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Rodriguez, J. A. P.; Gulick, V. C.

    2013-09-01

    Using Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) Context (CTX) and High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) image data in tandem with Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) surface topography, we have characterized and mapped the remnants of an extensive flow feature that we interpret to be a debris flow within the floors of Tithonium Chasma and an adjacent canyon system in western Valles Marineris. The deposit appears highly modified by collapse and tectonic deformation consistent with a freezing and devolatization history, but shows no signs of resurfacing by catastrophic floods. Preliminary impact crater count statistics indicate the deposit was emplaced during the Early Hesperian, thereby defining a stratigraphic marker that constrains any major surface water discharges from Noctis Labyrinthus to the Noachian period.

  7. Impact craters and landslide volume distribution in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    De Blasio, Fabio

    2014-05-01

    The landslides in the wide gorge system of Valles Marineris (Mars) exhibit volumes of the or-der of several hundred 1,000 km3 and runouts often in the excess of 80 km. Most landslides have occurred at the borders of the valleys, where the unbalanced weight of the 5-8 km high headwalls has been evidently sufficient to cause instability. Previous analysis has shown that the mechanical conditions of instability would not have been reached without external triggering fac-tors, if the wallslope consisted of intact rock. Among the factors that have likely promoted instability, we are currently analyzing: i) the possibility of rock weakening due to weathering; ii) the alternation of weak layers within more massive rock; weak layers might for example due to evaporites, the possible presence of ice table at some depth, or water; iii) weakening due to impact damage prior to the formation of Valles Marineris; studies of impact craters on Earth show that the volumes of damaged rock extends much deeper than the crater itself; iv) direct triggering of a landslide due to the seismic waves generated by a large meteoroid impact in the vicinity, and v) direct triggering of a landslide con-sequent to impact at the headwall, with impulsive release of momentum and short but intense increase of the triggering force. We gathered a large database for about 3000 Martian landslides that allow us to infer some of their statistical properties supporting our analyses, and especially to discriminate among some of the above listed predisposing and triggering factors. In particular, we analyse in this contribution the frequency distribution of landslide volumes starting from the assumption that these events are controlled by the extent of the shock damage zones. Relative position of the impact point and damage zones with respect to the Valles Marineris slopes could in fact control the released volumes. We perform 3D slope stability analy-sis under different geometrical constraints (e.g. crater size and position, slope angle and height, size of the relative shock damage zone) starting from rock mass properties calibrated in a previous study (Crosta et al., 2014). We report about the synthetic volume frequency distribution gen-erated by considering the most critical failure surfaces for the different geometrical constraints and the frequency distribution of craters on Mars surface (e.g., Hartmann and Neukum, 2001). 1. Crosta, G.B., Utili, S., De Blasio, F.V., Castellanza, R. (2014)Reassessing rock mass properties and slope instability triggering conditions in Valles Marineris, Mars.Earth Planetary Science Letters, 338, 329-343. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2013.11.053 2. Hartmann, W., and Neukum, G., (2001). Crater Chronology and the evolution of Mars. Space Science Reviews 96: 165-194.

  8. Mobility of large rock avalanches: evidence from Valles Marineris, Mars

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    McEwen, A.S.

    1989-01-01

    Measurements of H/L (height of drop/length of runout) vs. volume for landslides in Valles Marineris on Mars show a trend of decreasing H/L with increasing volume. This trend, which is linear on a log-log plot, is parallel to but lies above the trend for terrestrial dry rock avalanches. This result and estimates of 104 to 105 Pa yield strength suggest that the landslides were not water saturated, as suggested by previous workers. The offset between the H/L vs. volume trends shows that a typical Martian avalanche must be nearly two orders of magnitude more voluminous than a typical terrestrial avalance in order to achieve the same mobility. This offset might be explained by the effects of gravity on flows with high yield strengths. These results should prove useful to future efforts to resolve the controversy over the mechanics of long-runout avalanches. -Author

  9. Stratigraphic architectures spotted in southern Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Dromart, Gilles; Quantin, Cathy; Broucke, Olivier

    2007-04-01

    The distribution in space and time of liquid water on Mars is relevant to astrobiology and astroclimatology. To date, most orbital observations that attest to past fluvial and lacustrine activity on Mars have been dedicated to surficial landforms (i.e., drainage networks and depositional fans). Here we report an unprecedented identification of typical stratigraphic architectures made in Mars Global Surveyor Mars Orbiter Camera images of layered material in southern Melas Chasma. A particular set of strata is arranged in three depositional sequences bounded by stratigraphic unconformities. The sequences show spectacular steeply inclined clinoforms, and a broad channel-like depression. There are the same complex stratal patterns in Valles Marineris on Mars as there are in terrestrial deposits. Insights into these three-dimensional deposit geometries are used to tentatively isolate specific depositional processes and point to ancient subaqueous settings. Findings in southern Melas indicate a very attractive spot to which the search for ancient habitable environments on Mars could be directed.

  10. Hydrated mineral stratigraphy of Ius Chasma, Valles Marineris

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    Roach, L.H.; Mustard, J.F.; Swayze, G.; Milliken, R.E.; Bishop, J.L.; Murchie, S.L.; Lichtenberg, K.

    2010-01-01

    New high-resolution spectral and morphologic imaging of deposits on walls and floor of Ius Chasma extend previous geomorphic mapping, and permit a new interpretation of aqueous processes that occurred during the development of Valles Marineris. We identify hydrated mineralogy based on visible-near infrared (VNIR) absorptions. We map the extents of these units with CRISM spectral data as well as morphologies in CTX and HiRISE imagery. Three cross-sections across Ius Chasma illustrate the interpreted mineral stratigraphy. Multiple episodes formed and transported hydrated minerals within Ius Chasma. Polyhydrated sulfate and kieserite are found within a closed basin at the lowest elevations in the chasma. They may have been precipitates in a closed basin or diagenetically altered after deposition. Fluvial or aeolian processes then deposited layered Fe/Mg smectite and hydrated silicate on the chasma floor, postdating the sulfates. The smectite apparently was weathered out of Noachian-age wallrock and transported to the depositional sites. The overlying hydrated silicate is interpreted to be an acid-leached phyllosilicate transformed from the underlying smectite unit, or a smectite/jarosite mixture. The finely layered smectite and massive hydrated silicate units have an erosional unconformity between them, that marks a change in surface water chemistry. Landslides transported large blocks of wallrock, some altered to contain Fe/Mg smectite, to the chasma floor. After the last episode of normal faulting and subsequent landslides, opal was transported short distances into the chasma from a few m-thick light-toned layer near the top of the wallrock, by sapping channels in Louros Valles. Alternatively, the material was transported into the chasma and then altered to opal. The superposition of different types of hydrated minerals and the different fluvial morphologies of the units containing them indicate sequential, distinct aqueous environments, characterized by alkaline, then circum-neutral, and finally very acidic surface or groundwater chemistry. ?? 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  11. Stratigraphic evidence of past fluvial activity in southern Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Davis, Joel; Grindrod, Peter

    2014-05-01

    During the late Noachian and early Hesperian periods, listric faulting led to the development of a series of hanging depressions throughout the Valles Marineris canyon system [1]. One such depression, situated on the southern wall of Melas Chasma, forms an enclosed basin which has since undergone modification from the late Hesperian to Amazonian. There is a multitude of evidence suggesting that the basin (hereon in referred to as the Southern Melas Chasma Basin; SMCB) was once host to active fluvial processes, that at minimum lasted for several hundred years [2,3]. Central to this is what appears to be the remains of a palaeolake, which is approximately 80 by 40 kilometres in area. The palaeolake contains a complex sequence of sedimentary stratigraphy, which includes several structures that resemble deltas and/or submarine fans on both the east and west side of the basin [4], and appear to originate from a network of channels and valleys that terminate in the basin. Previous studies have shown that the western valley network has drainage densities similar to terrestrial values and a dendritic nature that is indicative of precipitation and surface runoff [3]. Higher resolution mapping of the SMCB is important to further understand the stratigraphic succession and geomorphology, and to quantify how long liquid water may have been present within the basin. For this study, new digital elevation models (DEMs) have been produced in SOCET SET using stereo images from the Context Camera (CTX) and the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE), both aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The DEMs have been produced at ~6 and ~1 m/pixel vertical resolution for CTX and HiRISE respectively. There is approximately 150-200 m of sediment within the stratigraphic succession; some individual strata are less than 10 m thick. The delta/fan structures appear to occur at different stratigraphic positions low down within the sequence. Clinoform-like and cross-bedded structures are shown to occur near the top of the sequence (a contrast to the laterally expansive, planar beds below), which suggest a significant change in depositional conditions within the SMCB during the time liquid water was stable. References: 1. Andrews-Hanna, J. C. The formation of Valles Marineris: 3. Trough formation through super-isostasy, stress, sedimentation, and subsidence. J. Geophys. Res. 117, E06002 (2012). 2. Mangold, N., Quantin, C., Ansan, V., Delacourt, C. & Allemand, P. Evidence for precipitation on Mars from dendritic valleys in the Valles Marineris area. Science 305, 78-81 (2004). 3. Quantin, C. Fluvial and lacustrine activity on layered deposits in Melas Chasma, Valles Marineris, Mars. J. Geophys. Res. 110, E12S19 (2005). 4. Metz, J. M. et al. Sublacustrine depositional fans in southwest Melas Chasma. J. Geophys. Res. 114, E10002 (2009).

  12. Mineralogical and morphological study of the chaotic terrains of Valles Marineris, Mars: Insights into their geologic history

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    Flahaut, J.; Bishop, J. L.; Fueten, F.; Quantin, C.; Van Westrenen, W.; Davies, G. R.

    2013-12-01

    Following the OMEGA/Mars Express discovery of sulfates in the Valles Marineris area, a wide range of data, including the recent CRISM (The Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) observations, has been used to refine these detections. The present study focuses on three chasmata located at the border between the eastern end of Valles Marineris and at the onset of the chaotic terrains of Margaritifer Terra. Ganges Chasma, Capri Chasma and Juventae Chasma all share common features with the chaotic terrains, such as collapse plateaus and chaotic mounds, suggesting a aqueous history, but they are also affected by the east-west extensive tectonics of Valles Marineris and are thus considered part of the rift system. OMEGA and CRISM surveys show that, similarly to the rest of Valles Marineris, these three chasmata are filled with thick, massive sulfate-rich interior layered deposits (ILDs). A succession of a Mg monohydrated sulfate rich unit (characterized by diagnostic absorptions at 2.13 and 2.4 ?m) capped by a polyhydrated sulfate rich unit (1.9 and 2.4 ?m absorptions) is generally observed (Bishop et al., 2009; Flahaut et al., 2010). However, a number of other spectral features are noted, as additional absorptions between 2.2 and 2.3 ?m which could indicate the presence of hydrated silicates (clays or opaline silica) or additional ferric sulfates (e.g., Flahaut et al., 2010). More polyhydrated sulfates might be present as thin layers down in the ILD section in both Capri and Ganges Chasmata. The ILDs are distributed as mesas that might have been more extensive in the past, and that are overlapping the chaotic floor. CRISM data show that Fe/Mg-bearing phyllosilicates are detected in the upper part of the chaotic knobs that form the floor, thanks to their sharp 1.9 and 2.3 ?m spectral features. The mounds are surrounded by abundant dark sands forming ergs. CRISM spectra show a wide 1 ?m absorption feature, associated to weaker 2 ?m absorptions. This suggests that this sand is enriched in olivine, mixed with a high calcium pyroxene. It was previously suggested that this sand could potentially derive from the canyon walls (Chojnacki et al., 2012). However, it is not as abundant in other chasmata of Valles Marineris, suggesting a chaos-related origin. We argue that its source could be the extensive olivine-rich layer that is present in Margaritifer Terra and is exposed on the floor of at least eastern Capri and Ganges Chasmata (Flahaut et al., 2012). The units bearing these different signatures have different ages, allowing us to propose a reconstruction of part of the history of Valles Marineris. This history implies multiple water discharge episodes, during but also after the chaos emplacement, in the Hesperian and Amazonian periods. The water-rich history of this area, coupled with the unique geological record of Valles Marineris make these three chasmata prime targets for future Mars exploration.

  13. Volcanism inside Valles Marineris? A field of small pitted cones in Coprates Chasma

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    Broz, P.; Hauber, E.; Rossi, A. P.

    2014-04-01

    We present observations of a field of more than 100 pitted cones and mounds situated insight Coprates Chasma (part of Valles Marineris; Fig. 1), which bear many morphological and morphometrical similarities to terrestrial and martian scoria cones. If these cones are indeed volcanic in origin, they will significantly expand our knowledge about the morphometry of pyroclastic cones on Mars. A magmatic origin, which would necessarily post-date the opening of the main troughs, would contribute to our understanding of the volcano-tectonic evolution of Valles Marineris.

  14. Sedimentation, volcanism, and ancestral lakes in the Valles Marineris: Clues from topography

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    Lucchitta, B. K.; Isbell, N. K.; Howington-Kraus, A.

    1993-01-01

    Compilation of a simplified geologic/geomorphic map onto a digital terrain model of Valles Marineris has permitted quantitative evaluations of topographic parameters. The study showed that, if their interior layered deposits are lacustrine, the ancestral Valles Marineris must have consisted of isolated basins. If, on the other hand, the troughs were interconnected as they are today, the deposits are most likely to volcanic origin, and the mesas in the peripheral troughs may be table mountains. The material eroded from the trough walls was probably not sufficient to form all of the interior layered deposits, but it may have contributed significantly to their formation.

  15. Pristine Noachian crust and key geologic transitions in the lower walls of Valles Marineris: Insights into early igneous processes on Mars

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    Flahaut, Jessica; Quantin, Cathy; Clenet, Harold; Allemand, Pascal; Mustard, John F.; Thomas, Pierre

    2012-09-01

    Valles Marineris is a unique vertical section through the uppermost kilometers of the martian crust. Its location, east of the Tharsis bulge, and its water-related history, fuel a great diversity of rock types in this area (Carr, M.H., Head, J.W. [2010]. Earth Planet. Sci. Lett. 294, 185-203). HiRISE and CRISM data available over the walls of the canyon were analyzed to infer the importance of magmatic and sedimentary processes through time. This contribution provides a complete morphologic and mineralogic characterization of the cross-section of rocks exposed in the canyon walls. Low-calcium pyroxene and olivine are detected in the lower portion of the walls, in association with morphologically distinct outcrops, leading to the idea that pristine Noachian crust might be exposed. Phyllosilicates are also present within the walls, but they appear to correspond to an alteration product. No proper sedimentary layers were observed within the walls of Valles Marineris at the resolution available today. All these detections are limited to the eastern portion of Valles Marineris, especially Juventae, Coprates, Capri, and Ganges chasmata. Preserved Noachian crustal material is rare on the martian surface and is rarely exposed in its pristine geologic context. Such detections lend precious information about early igneous processes. This survey also supports observations from the nearby impact crater central peaks (Quantin, C., Flahaut, J., Allemand, P. [2009]. Lunar Planet. Sci. 10; Quantin, C., Flahaut, J., Clenet, H., Allemand, P., Thomas, P. [2011]. Icarus, submitted for publication) and suggests that the western part of Valles Marineris may be cut into another material, consistent with lavas or volcanic sediments.

  16. Mechanisms of slope failure in Valles Marineris, Mars D.P. Neuffer1,2

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    @rtweng.com & schultz@mines.unr.edu) 2 Now at: RTW Professional Engineers and Consultants, Inc., 825 Railroad St., Elko in the large relief exposures (up to 8 km) of basaltic wall rock and soft interior layered deposits (ILDs mechanisms of six landslides in central Valles Marineris, where exposures of interior layered deposits (ILDs

  17. Topography of Valles Marineris: Implications for erosional and structural history

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    Lucchitta, B. K.; Isbell, N. K.; Howington-Kraus, A.

    1994-02-01

    Compilation of a simplified geologic/geomorphic map onto digital terrain models of the Valles Marineris permitted an evaluation of elevations in the vicinity of the troughs and the calculation of depth of troughs below surrounding plateaus, thickness of deposits inside the troughs, volumes of void spaces above geologic/geomorphic units, and volumes of deposits. The central troughs north Ophir, north and central Candor, and north Melas Chasmata lie as much as 11 km below the adjacent plateaus. In Ophir and Candor chasmata, interior layered deposits reach 8 km in elevation. If the deposits are lacustrine and if all troughs were interconnected, lake waters standing 8 km high would have spilled out of Coprates Chasma onto the surrounding plateaus having surface elevations of only 4-5 km. On the other hand, the troughs may not have been interconnected at the time of interior-deposit emplacement; they may have formed isolated ancestral basins. The existence of such basins is supported by independent structural and stratigraphic evidence. The ancestral basins may have eventually merged, perhaps through renewed faulting, to form northern subsidiary troughs in Ophir and Candor Chasmata and the Coprates/north Melas/Ius graben system. The peripheral troughs are only 2-5 km deep, shallower than the central troughs. Chaotic terrain is seen in the peripheral troughs near a common contour level of about 4 km on the adjacent plateaus, which supports the idea of release of water under artesian pressure from confined aquifers. The layered deposits in the peripheral troughs may have formed in isolated depressions that harbored lakes and predated the formation of the deep outflow channels. (If these layered deposits are of volcanic origin, they may have been emplaced beneath ice in the manner of table mountains.) Areal and volumetric computations show that erosion widened the troughs by about one-third and that deposits occupy one-sixth of the interior space. Even though the volume eroded is larger than the volume deposited, topographic and geologic considerations imply that material eroded from trough walls was probably part of the interior layered deposits but not their sole source. Additional material may have come from subterranean piping, from reworking of local disintegration products on the floors, such as chaotic materials, or from eolian influx. But overall it is likely that the additional material is volcanic and that it forms mostly the upper, more diversely bedded layers of the interior deposits.

  18. Landslides as Indicators of the Past Extent of Interior Layered Deposits in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Grindrod, Peter; Warner, Nicholas

    2014-05-01

    Mounds of layered deposits, often several kilometres in height, are common in the canyons of Valles Marineris [1,2] and impact craters such as Gale Crater [3]. These interior layered deposits (ILDs) are important because they not only potentially preserve long sequences of Mars' stratigraphic record, but also because the common presence of abundant hydrous mineral phases implies aqueous activity crucial to studies of habitability. Despite their importance, no consensus exists regarding how ILDs form. Here we use landslides in Valles Marineris to gain insight into the previous extent and state of two large-scale ILDs. Using visible wavelength images and stereo digital terrain models we have identified three major occurrences of landslide deposits in Ophir Chasma, which are indicative of diversion or obstruction by material that is no longer present. The landslides in this study differ from most other landslides by increasing in height towards their front edges, showing distinctive concave scarp faces that are up to 500 m above the base level, and up to 400 m higher than the preceding part of the landslide deposit. These scarps are 1 - 2 km from, and mimic the shape of, the current extent of the ILD outer boundaries. Although not continuous throughout Ophir Chasma, the scarps extend between 20 and 50 km in length at different landslides, suggesting a common boundary at the northern edge of Ophir/Baetis Mensae. The most likely explanation for the formation of these scarps is that the leading edge of a landslide has piled up in front of an obstacle that has since been removed. Given the short timescale between landslide formation and the removal of the ILD obstacle material [4], it is likely that erosion alone is incapable of removing the material unless unrealistically high rates are assumed. Instead ice sublimation processes are likely to have been the dominant removal method, which implies that a significant amount of ice was present in the ILDs during the Amazonian [4]. References: [1] Nedell, S.S., et al. (1987), Icarus, 70, 409-441. [2] Lucchitta, B.K., et al. (1994), JGR, 99, 3783-3798. [3] Malin, M.C., K.S. Edgett (2000), Science, 290, 1927-1937. [4] Quantin, C., et al. (2004), Icarus, 172, 555.572.

  19. Geomorphic study of fluvial landforms on the northern Valles Marineris plateau, Mars

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    Mangold, N.; Ansan, V.; Masson, Ph.; Quantin, C.; Neukum, G.

    2008-08-01

    Fluvial landforms are observed on the plateau near Echus Chasma and other locations on the Valles Marineris plateau using high resolution (10 to 50 m/pixel) Mars Express images and topography. Branching valleys have a 20- to 100-m deep V-shape profile typical of fluvial processes. Their incision occurred in a thin (<150 m) and weak, dark unit that overlies the plateau basement. The valleys are distributed close to watershed boundaries as expected for overland flows, and different from pure glacial or hydrothermal processes. The 2D geometry of valley networks show drainage densities reaching 1.3 km-1 that indicate a strong 2D extension stage that usually requires a minimum of thousands of years, as established from terrestrial examples. However, the 3D valley geometry shows a limited incision, and a lack of concavity, suggesting a limited development in time (millions of years of evolution are unlikely). Many outlets connect to the heads of canyons of Echus Chasma that might involve sapping processes. These canyons might have formed coevally with shallow valleys: their difference in geometry is a consequence of the difference in lithology which induced a difference in the erosion capacity, and an enhanced infiltration conducing to sapping. Valleys are submitted to modification by aeolian processes, sometimes leading to the formation of inverted channels as observed more broadly through the region. These landforms formed late in the Early Mars history and might be considered as examples of episodic fluvial events due to short-term climate changes and/or regional fluvial activity after the Noachian.

  20. Western Tithonium Chasma/Ius Chasma, Valles Marineris - High Resolution Image

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    1997-01-01

    Most remarkable about this MOC image is the discovery of light and dark layers in the rock outcrops of the canyon walls. In the notable, triangular mountain face (at center), some 80 layers, typically alternating in brightness and varying in thickness from 5 to 50 meters (16 to 160 feet), are clearly visible. This shear mountain cliff, over 1000 m (3200 ft) tall, is only one of several outcrops that, together, indicate layering almost the entire depth of the canyon.

    This type of bedrock layering has never been seen before in Valles Marineris. It calls into question common views about the upper crust of Mars, for example, that there is a deep layer of rubble underlying most of the martian surface, and argues for a much more complex early history for the planet.

    Launched on November 7, 1996, Mars Global Surveyor entered Mars orbit on Thursday, September 11, 1997. The original mission plan called for using friction with the planet's atmosphere to reduce the orbital energy, leading to a two-year mapping mission from close, circular orbit (beginning in March 1998). Owing to difficulties with one of the two solar panels, aerobraking was suspended in mid-October and resumed in November 8. Many of the original objectives of the mission, and in particular those of the camera, are likely to be accomplished as the mission progresses.

    Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.

  1. The Seasonal Behavior of Water Ice Clouds in the Tharsis and Valles Marineris Regions of Mars: Mars Orbiter Camera Observations

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    Benson, J. L.; Bonev, B. P.; James, P. B.; Shan, K. J.; Cantor, B. A.; Caplinger, M. A.

    2003-01-01

    The Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) was used to obtain global maps of the Martian surface. The maps used were acquired between March 15, 1999 (LS = 110 ) and July 31, 2001 (L(sub s) = 110), corresponding to approximately one and a quarter martian years. In this work we focused on water ice clouds associated with the surface features of Olympus Mons, Ascraeus Mons, Pavonis Mons, Arsia Mons, Alba Patera, and the Valles Marineris canyon system. Using these data, we have made three types of quantitative measurements to characterize the cloud activity: 1) cloud area and location, 2) cloud height, and 3) cloud optical depth. We have also searched for short period variations in the cloud areas.

  2. A network of lava tubes as the origin of Labyrinthus Noctis and Valles Marineris on Mars

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    Leone, Giovanni

    2014-05-01

    The role of lava tube networks and lava channels is reassessed as the primordial stage of the volcano-erosional processes that formed the Labyrinthus Noctis-Valles Marineris system instead of a tectonic origin. The combined use of CTX, CRISM, HiRISE imagery, and MOLA profiles has provided valuable insight in the evolution of pit chains into fossae first and then chasmata later due to mass wasting processes caused by the erosional effect of the lava flows that draped Valles Marineris and other outflow channels. Although a quantitative evaluation of eruption rates is difficult even with digital terrain models (DTMs) because of the mixing between new flows and paleoflows, a comparison with Elysium and other Tharsis outflow channels suggests that the availability of lava supply is correlated to their widths. The images of ubiquitous lava flows rather than sporadic light-toned deposits strengthen the role of lava over that of water in the erosional processes that formed Labyrinthus Noctis and carved Valles Marineris like many other outflow channel on Mars. The erosional evolution of the outflow channels shows an increasing trend of age and a decreasing trend of depth from the sources on Tharsis to the mouths at Chryse Planitia. This finding, coupled with the observation of lava flows mantling Chryse Planitia, may have profound implications for the water inventories thought to have filled the lowlands with an ocean.

  3. New hydrated mineral detections in the ILDs of Valles Marineris: Insights into their aqueous history

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    Flahaut, J.; Bishop, J. L.; Fueten, F.; Quantin, C.; Thollot, P.; van Westrenen, W.; Davies, G. R.

    2014-04-01

    This paper presents a survey of the mineralogical diversity of the Interior Layered Deposits (ILDs) of Valles Marineris (VM) and Margaritifer Terra (MT) as determined with the highresolution hyperspectral imager CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) onboard MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). A particular emphasis is made on localized detections of new hydrated phases within the dominantly sulfate-rich deposits. These detections are compared with other recent detections of unindentified minerals across the entire region [e.g. 10-19]. Characterizing the entire mineral assemblages at these sites is designed to provide more information on the chemistry of those complex aqueous deposits and their potential formation mechanism(s).

  4. Stratigraphy and erosional landforms of layered deposits in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Komatsu, G.; Geissler, P. E.; Strom, R. G.; Singer, R. B.

    1993-06-01

    Satellite imagery is used to identify stratigraphy and erosional landforms of 13 layered deposits in the Valles Marineris region of Mars (occurring, specifically, in Gangis, Juventae, Hebes, Ophir-Candor, Melas, and Capri-Eos Chasmata), based on albedo and erosional styles. Results of stratigraphic correlations show that the stratigraphy of layered deposits in the Hebes, Juventae, and Gangis Chasmata are not well correlated, indicating that at least these chasmata had isolated depositional environments resulting in different stratigraphic sequences. On the other hand, the layered deposits in Ophir-Candor and Melas Chasmata appear to have been connected in each chasma. Some of the layered deposits display complexities which indicate changes in space and time in the dominant source materials.

  5. Valles Marineris Dune Fields as Seen From the HiRISE, CTX and THEMIS Cameras

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    Chojnacki, M.; Moersch, J. E.

    2008-12-01

    Dune fields on Mars offer an opportunity to investigate the nature of eroded sediments and their interactions with the atmosphere. We examined 20 dune fields in Valles Marineris (VM) from the Mars Global Digital Dune Database [Hayward et al., 2007] to identify significant trends in composition, thermophysical properties, morphology and origin. Dune fields were examined in terms of: slopes, albedo, dust index, thermal inertia and the corresponding derived particle size. We have used image data from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) instruments CTX [McEwen et al., 2006] and HiRISE [Malin et al., 2007] to establish geologic context for the dune fields, and in particular, to examine their relationships to neighboring geologic units. In general, VM dune fields display greater topographic relief and closer proximity to their inferred source regions than is typical for dune fields elsewhere on Mars. These dunes have a relatively high TES-derived thermal inertia mean value (394 Jm-2K-1 s-1/2, units hereafter assumed), which corresponds to ~1000 ?m grains [Pelkey et al., 2001] or very coarse sand sizes. In contrast, typical non-VM dunes have a lower thermal inertia value of ~250, corresponding to ~350 ?m grains. To investigate this more closely, high-resolution THEMIS-derived thermal inertia maps were created [Putzig et al., 2004]. CTX and HiRISE visible images revealed that bedrock outcrops are commonly found within dune fields, erroneously elevating the TES thermal inertia values over the ~3x5-km TES footprint. However, even after excluding intra-dune outcrop areas using higher-resolution THEMIS data, several VM dune fields have anomalously high thermal inertia values (>500) compared with non-VM dune fields. It is possible that the high thermal inertia values are indicative of indurated (fossilized) dune surfaces, rather than large individual grain sizes. Coprates Chasma contains a concentration of 6 dune fields both within the main chasm and in depressions to the south. The southern fields are comprised of isolated barchanoid dunes, in close proximity to or atop wall material that has been deposited by mass wasting. In the main chasm, previously unidentified barchans composed of large grain sizes, as inferred from THEMIS thermal inertia, are found in CTX images within spur and gully wall units 2-3 km above the canyon floor. TES spectrum of these dunes indicates a basaltic composition, suggesting that the nearby wall units, also thought to be of a basaltic composition [McEwen et al., 1999], could be the source of the dune sediments. Future MRO observations of this area may resolve whether these dune sediments are locally derived. Ganges Chasma has the highest concentration of dunes in VM, including the largest (~6000 km2) non-polar dune field on Mars. These dunes are found surrounding the sulfate-bearing Ganges Mensa and other layered deposits. In one example, a light-toned yardang containing CRISM-detected hydrated sulfates [Pelkey et al., 2007] has shed fans of fine-grained material, contributing sediment to the area. Dune slipface orientation would suggest a dominant wind direction blowing to the west at the last time of dunes activity. This corresponds with the more recent deposit of lighter-toned material down-wind and atop the dark-toned sand sheets, as observed in HiRISE and THEMIS thermal inertia images. These lighter-toned materials, inferred to be composed of sulfate grains (~350 ?m), form bright ripples which gradually disappear away from the yardang. Whether these sulfates constitute a significant percentage of the dune composition is currently under investigation.

  6. Correlations Between Textures and Infrared Spectra of the Martian Surface in Valles Marineris

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    Ralston, S. J.; Wray, J. J.

    2013-12-01

    RALSTON, S. J., School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332, sralston3@gatech.edu, WRAY, James, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology, 311 Ferst Drive, Atlanta, GA 30332, jwray@eas.gatech.edu In the past few decades, a wealth of information has become available on the appearance and composition of the Martian surface. While some previous research has examined possible correlations between certain surface features and mineralogy (such as the hypothesized connection between Recurring Slope Lineae and perchlorate salts), little has yet been done to determine possible correlations between mineralogy and texture in less extraordinary circumstances. In this project, one hundred images taken from across the Valles Marineris region were examined both in infrared (obtained from the CRISM instrument aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) and in visible-light images from the HiRISE camera. Spectra were obtained from regions of interest, focusing mainly on the identification of monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates. Other materials were included in the imaging, including phyllosilicate clays, gypsum, and jarosite, although those materials proved less abundant than the sulfates. The areas from which the spectra were taken were then examined in visible-light wavelengths using HiRISE images to determine textural qualities. The focus of this research was on two particular textures, a 'reticulated' texture and a 'stepped texture,' hypothesized to correlate to monohydrated and polyhydrated sulfates, respectively. Results showed that over 55% of areas containing monohydrated sulfates also contained reticulate texture, whereas areas that contained other materials, such as polyhydrated sulfates and clays, had only a 2-8% correlation with reticulate texture. The stepped texture was shown to have no significant correlation to any one material, although other texture/mineral pairs did show some correlation. This presentation will cover the range of textures and mineralogy found throughout Valles Marineris.

  7. Analysis of a new geomorphological inventory of landslides in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Brunetti, Maria Teresa; Guzzetti, Fausto; Cardinali, Mauro; Fiorucci, Federica; Santangelo, Michele; Mancinelli, Paolo; Komatsu, Goro; Borselli, Lorenzo

    2014-11-01

    We completed a systematic mapping of landslides in a 105 km area in Tithonium and Ius Chasmata, Valles Marineris, Mars, where landslides are abundant. Using visual interpretation of medium to high-resolution optical images, we mapped and classified the geometry of 219 mass wasting features, including rock slides, complex/compound failures, rock avalanches, debris flows, and rock glacier-like features, for a total landslide area of ALT=4.4×104 km, 44% of the study area, a proportion larger than previously recognised. Studying the landslide inventory, we showed that the probability density of landslide area p(AL) follows a power law, with a scaling exponent ?=-1.35±0.01, significantly different from the exponents found for terrestrial landslides, ?=-2.2 and ?=-2.4. This indicates that the proportion of large landslides (AL>107 m) is larger on Mars than on Earth. We estimated the volume (VL) of a subset of 49 deep-seated slides in our study area and found that the probability density of landslide volume p(VL) obeys a power law trend typical of terrestrial rock falls and rock slides, with a slope ?=-1.03±0.01. From the combined analysis of landslide area and volume measurements, we obtained a power law dependency comparable to a similar relationship obtained for terrestrial bedrock landslides, VL=(1.2±0.8)×AL(1.25±0.03). From the fall height HL and run out length LL of a subset of 83 slides unaffected by topographic confinement, we obtained the mobility index (Heim's ratio) HL/LL, a measure of the apparent friction angle of the failed materials, ?=14.4°±0.4°. Slope stability simulations and back analyses performed adopting a Limit Equilibrium Method, and using Monte Carlo approaches on failed and stable slopes, suggest that the large landslides in Valles Marineris were seismically induced.

  8. Extensive surface pedogenic alteration of the Martian Noachian crust suggested by plateau phyllosilicates around Valles Marineris

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    Le Deit, Laetitia; Flahaut, Jessica; Quantin, Cathy; Hauber, Ernst; Mège, Daniel; Bourgeois, Olivier; Gurgurewicz, Joanna; Massé, Marion; Jaumann, R.

    2012-03-01

    Thousands of phyllosilicate-rich outcrops, mainly iron or magnesium-rich are exposed on Noachian terrains in the Martian southern highlands. We analyzed 90 CRISM observations and more than a hundred HiRISE images located on the plateaus surrounding Valles Marineris. We mapped an extensive Al- and Fe/Mg-phyllosilicate-rich formation covering at least ˜197,000 km2, for which we introduce the name “Plateau Phyllosilicates.” Tens of meters in thickness, this light-toned formation crops out at various elevations on top of the Noachian units Npl1 and Npl2, as flat exposures on plateaus and along scarps such as valley walls, chasma walls, pit walls and impact crater rims. The Fe/Mg-phyllosilicate-rich lower member of the formation is composed of Fe/Mg-smectites (nontronite, saponite) and vermiculite. The Al-phyllosilicate-rich upper member of the formation contains Al-smectites (montmorillonite, beidellite) and locally kaolinite and/or halloysite. We suggest that the Plateau Phyllosilicates were mainly formed by pedogenesis related to the weathering of the Noachian bedrock by percolation of meteoric water or melted snow under a temperate and subarid climate during the Noachian Epoch in an alkaline to neutral environment. Kaolinite and/or halloysite may have formed in areas of more intense drainage at the surface under slightly acidic environments during the Noachian and Hesperian Epochs. Fluvial activity and deuteric alteration may have locally contributed to the genesis of phyllosilicates. This study suggests that the alteration of the Noachian basement of the plateaus surrounding Valles Marineris was widespread during the Noachian Epoch, and was still active during the Hesperian Epoch even though the water availability was limited.

  9. A Window into the History of Valles Marineris From Magnetic Field Measurement Analysis

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    Milbury, C.; Langlais, B.

    2012-12-01

    Analysis and interpretation of magnetic field measurements can shed new light into the formation and evolution of Valles Marineris, one of the largest extensional features in the solar system. Valles Marineris is generally only weakly magnetized; the magnetic field is lower than ~20 nT at mapping orbit altitude over the western and central parts However, there are strong fields (~200 nT for low altitudes and ~50 nT at high altitudes) present in the eastern part; Xanthe Terra (to the north) and Nectaris Fossae (to the south) both have strong fields associated with them. Within these magnetized regions, Capri Mensa and the eastern portion of Coprates Chasma appear to be demagnetized. Capri Mensa is a mesa within Capri Chasma that is dated to be Hesperian in age, so the apparent demagnetization (or weaker magnetization) could be related to geologic processes that occurred when this feature formed. In contrast, Eos Mensa is more strongly magnetized than Capri Mensa and is dated to be Noachian. Coprates Chasma is demagnetized, but it is farther west and closer to Tharsis, so it is likely that magmatism-related thermal effects demagnetized this part of the crust. There is an apparent lack of magnetization associated with Shalbatana Vallis. We use inverse local Equivalent Source Dipoles methods to constrain the direction and intensity of magnetization of sources in this area. We also investigate lateral variations of the magnetized layer thickness to test if magnetic material was removed during chasmata formation. Detailed results of magnetic modeling will be presented.

  10. Putative Large and Small Volcanic Edifices in Valles Marineris, Mars, and Evidence of Ground Water\\/Ice

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    M. G. Chapman; J. L. Smellie

    2001-01-01

    Large mounds and mesas of interior layered deposits (ILDs) in Valles Marineris Chasmata have been suggested to be sub-ice volcanoes based on MGS and Viking data [1,2,3]. Similar to terrestrial sub-ice volcanoes, spectral investigation indicates the bright mounds are hydrothermally altered, palagonitic rocks [4]. These putative edifices are associated with outcrops of dark materials that have each been interpreted previously

  11. Stratigraphy and mineralogy of Candor Mensa, West Candor Chasma, Mars: Insights into the geologic history of Valles Marineris

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    Fueten, F.; Flahaut, J.; Stesky, R.; Hauber, E.; Rossi, A. P.

    2014-02-01

    Candor Mensa, an interior layered deposit (ILD) in Valles Marineris, Mars, consists of two stratigraphically distinct units, the lower of which comprises the bulk of the mensa. This lower unit is approximately 5 km thick and composed of parallel layers, 4 to 14 m in thickness and associated with monohydrated sulfates. The lower unit is disconformably overlain by an upper unit composed of thinner (< 3 m) layers with diagnostic polyhydrated sulfate signatures. The original extent of proto-Candor Mensa and its lower unit included neighboring Baetis Mensa. We suggest that the source material for both units is airborne dust or ash but that the depositional environment for the units differs. First, the lower unit was deposited during the subsidence of an enclosed water-filled basin. This basin/lake could have been frozen periodically, with freeze-thaw episodes possibly linked to Martian obliquity cycles. Erosion, including the potential action of glaciers, was able to remove large volumes of material out of the basin during the tectonism that produced the current geometry of Valles Marineris. Deposition of the upper unit postdates this event and took place in the absence of standing water at high elevation. Groundwater or snowmelt may have provided the water required for sulfate formation and deposit induration. We conclude that the major break in sedimentation recorded by this ILD deposit coincides with linking of ancestral basins into the current geometry of Valles Marineris chasmata and that it was possible to form hydrated minerals after this event.

  12. Geomorphological characteristics of the interior layered deposits (ILDs) of Melas Chasma, central Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Harrison, Samantha; Quantin-Nataf, Cathy

    2013-04-01

    Stretching almost 600 km in width, Melas Chasma is located in the central part of the Valles Marineris (VM) and is one of the lowest lying of the chasmata. Spectral mapping of this chasma, particularly using MEX's OMEGA instrument, has revealed a strong presence of water-altered minerals (roughly a quarter of all such detected minerals to date in the VM; Chojnacki & Hynek, 2008), in the form of monohydrated and polyhydrated sulphates. Most of the sulphate-bearing rocks in Melas are found in association with thinly layered deposits, occurring in outcrops on the chasma floor. So-called interior layered deposits (ILDs) throughout the Valles Marineris have been the subject of considerable recent research, particularly for their association with these water-altered minerals. Better understanding of the origin and evolution of these ILDs may help to shed more light on the past climatic conditions on Mars and the potentially complicated history of liquid water on the planet. Relatively little geomorphological study of the ILDs of Melas Chasma has been conducted to date with regard to the differing characteristics of the different sulphate-bearing rocks. For instance, areas corresponding to polyhydrated sulphates in the Melas ILDs show considerable different surface textures to those corresponding to monohydrated sulphates. Interestingly, the latter show some surface textures comparable to the wind eroded, yardang bearing surfaces of the Medusae Fossae Formation, located roughly 4000 km to the west on the opposite side of the Tharsis volcanic province. This aim of this work, conducted as part of the European Research Council supported eMars project, is to compile a thorough geomorphological survey of the Melas Chasma ILDs and, through this, construct workable hypotheses regarding their origin and evolution and the context of their water-altered mineral content. Furthermore, to contrast and compare the ILDs of Melas with other large-scale deposits, such as the Medusae Fossae Formation and to collate evidence to support Melas Chasma's potential as a suitable landing site for any future martian rover/lander missions.

  13. Low H/L of initial and secondary landslides on Mars Valles Marineris floor

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    Sagi, H.; Fukuoka, H.

    2012-12-01

    The Mars Global Surveyer (MGS) has investigated the almost whole Martian topography with high resolution and its products are reflected in the Google Earth's martian option. This digital service provide huge opportunities to public to view the preserved landslide topography as well as to measure the parameters for landslide mobility such as average coefficient of friction (H/L), and apparent friction angle. Among those views, the Valles Marineris is the most landslide prone area and a lot of long runout gigantic landslides can be extracted along the tectonic cliff. Authors encouraged undergraduate students to measure this parameter as an exercise of introductory course of planetary science, especially of the gigantic initial landslides to compare with those of secondary landslides which looks like induced by subsequent triggers such as earthquake or metor impact. Preliminary results show that (1) The H/L values of the gigantic initial landslides are dependent on landslide volume as reported by previous studies; (2) secondary landslides of much less volumes generally have wide and thin spread features but much smaller friction like debris flows. Those characters imply that those landslides might have been induced in the landslide deposits of higher moisture content and/or runout on valley floor of highly saturated or shallow ground water table.

  14. The Mars Millenium Project: Canyons on Earth and Mars (title provided or enhanced by cataloger)

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    This resource is part of a collection that compares the geology and weather of Earth and Mars. This particular page contrasts Earth's Grand Canyon with Valles Marineris on Mars. A beginner version is also available.

  15. Diagenetic Layers in the Upper Walls of Valles Marineris, Mars: Evidence for Drastic Climate Change Since the Mid-Hesperian

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    Treiman, Allan H.; Fuks, Kelly H.; Murchie, Scott

    1995-01-01

    A packet of relatively resistant layers, totaling approx. 400 m thickness, is present at the tops of the chasma walls throughout Valles Marineris. The packet consists of an upper dark layer (approx. 50 m thick), a central bright layer (approx. 250 m thick), and a lower dark layer (approx. 100 m thick). The packet appears continuous and of nearly constant thickness and depth below ground surface over the whole Valles system (4000 km E-W, 800 km N-S), independent of elevation (3-10 km) and age of plateau surface (Noachian through upper Hesperian). The packet continues undisturbed beneath the boundary between surface units of Noachian and Hesperian ages, and continues undisturbed beneath impact craters transected by chasma walls. These attributes are not consistent with layer formation by volcanic or sedimentary deposition, and are consistent with layer formation in situ, i.e., by diagenesis, during or after upper Hesperian time. Diagenesis seems to require the action of aqueous solutions in the near subsurface, which are not now stable in the Valles Marineris area. To permit the stability of aqueous solutions, Mars must have had a fairly dense atmosphere, greater than or equal to 1 bar CO2, when the layers formed. Obliquity variations appear to be incapable of producing such a massive atmosphere so late in Mars' history.

  16. Numerical slope stability simulations of chasma walls in Valles Marineris/Mars using a distinct element method (dem).

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    Imre, B.

    2003-04-01

    NUMERICAL SLOPE STABILITY SIMULATIONS OF CHASMA WALLS IN VALLES MARINERIS/MARS USING A DISTINCT ELEMENT METHOD (DEM). B. Imre (1) (1) German Aerospace Center, Berlin Adlershof, bernd.imre@gmx.net The 8- to 10-km depths of Valles Marineris (VM) offer excellent views into the upper Martian crust. Layering, fracturing, lithology, stratigraphy and the content of volatiles have influenced the evolution of the Valles Marineris wallslopes. But these parameters also reflect the development of VM and its wall slopes. The scope of this work is to gain understanding in these parameters by back-simulating the development of wall slopes. For that purpose, the two dimensional Particle Flow Code PFC2D has been chosen (ITASCA, version 2.00-103). PFC2D is a distinct element code for numerical modelling of movements and interactions of assemblies of arbitrarily sized circular particles. Particles may be bonded together to represent a solid material. Movements of particles are unlimited. That is of importance because results of open systems with numerous unknown variables are non-unique and therefore highly path dependent. This DEM allows the simulation of whole development paths of VM walls what makes confirmation of the model more complete (e.g. Oreskes et al., Science 263, 1994). To reduce the number of unknown variables a proper (that means as simple as possible) field-site had to be selected. The northern wall of eastern Candor Chasma has been chosen. This wall is up to 8-km high and represents a significant outcrop of the upper Martian crust. It is quite uncomplex, well-aligned and of simple morphology. Currently the work on the model is at the stage of performing the parameter study. Results will be presented via poster by the EGS-Meeting.

  17. Reassessing rock mass properties and slope instability triggering conditions in Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Crosta, Giovanni Battista; Utili, Stefano; De Blasio, Fabio Vittorio; Castellanza, Riccardo

    2014-02-01

    The rock walls of the Valles Marineris valleys (VM) in the equatorial area of Mars exhibit several gravitational failures which resulted in a series of large landslides up to several hundred cubic kilometers in volume. Questions arise as to forces at play and rock strength in the stability of the walls of VM. In this work we address the stability analysis of the walls of VM by considering the strength of the materials of the walls and the causes of landslides. Using finite element calculations and the limit analysis upper bound method, we explore the range of cohesion and friction angle values associated with realistic failure geometries, and compare predictions with the more classical Culmann's translational failure model. Our analysis is based both on synthetic, simplified slope profiles, and on the real shape of the walls of VM taken from the MOLA topographic data. Validation of the calibrated cohesion and friction angle values is performed by comparing the computed unstable cross sectional areas with the observed pre- and post-failure profiles, the estimated failure surface geometry and ridge crest retreat. This offers a link between rock mass properties, slope geometry and volume of the observed failure, represented in dimensionless charts. The role of groundwater flow and seismic action on the decrease of slope stability is also estimated. Pseudo-static seismic analyses provide another set of dimensionless charts and show that low seismicity events induced by meteoroid impacts, consistent with the size of craters, could be a cause for some of the observed landslides, if poor rock properties for VM are assumed. Analyses suggest that rock mass properties are more similar to their earth equivalents with respect to what has been previously supposed.

  18. Mars: Canyon and Volcanoes

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    This image of Mars includes a brief description and a zoom-in feature to view the image at closer range. The center of the scene shows the entire Valles Marineris canyon system. An audio option allows one to listen to the caption. A glossary is also provided.

  19. Geometric comparison of deep-seated gravitational spereading features on Mars (Coprates Chasma, Valles Marineris) and Earth (Ornak, Tatra Mountains)

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    Kromuszczy?ska, O.; Mège, D.

    2014-04-01

    Uphill-facing normal faults scarps and crestal grabens, which are characteristic of deep-seated gravitational spreading (DSGS) of topographic ridges, are described in Coprates Chasma in Valles Marineris, Mars, and Ornak ridge and compared. The vertical offset of normal faults in the Martian instances varies from 40 to 1000 meters, with an average of 300 meters. The terrestrial faults offset is between few teens of centimeters up to 34 meters with an average of 10 meters. The values of horizontal displacement in Coprates Chasma vary from 10 to 680 meters, and at Ornak are in a range between 1 and 20 meters. Such difference corresponds with the difference of ridges scale and is due to the topographic gradient which is one order of magnitude higher on Mars than on Earth.

  20. Identification and spatial distribution of light-toned deposits enriched in Al-phyllosilicates on the plateaus around Valles Marineris, Mars

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    Le Deit, L.; Flahaut, J.; Quantin, C.; Allemand, P.

    2009-12-01

    The plateaus around Valles Marineris consist in series of mafic rocks suggested to be flood basalts (McEwen et al., 1998), lavas interbedded with sediments (Malin and Edgett, 2000), layered intrusive rocks (Williams et al., 2003), or lava flows dated from the Noachian to the late Hesperian epochs (Scott and Carr, 1978). Recent studies show the occurrence of light layered deposits of hundred meters thick cropping out on plateaus near Ius Chasma, Melas Chasma, Candor Chasma, Juventae Chasma and Ganges Chasma deposited during the Hesperian epoch by fluvio-lacustrine processes (Weitz et al., 2009), or by air-fall processes (Le Deit et al., 2009). These layered deposits are enriched in hydrated minerals including opaline silica (Milliken et al., 2008), hydroxylated ferric sulfates (Bishop et al., 2009), and possibly Al-rich phyllosilicates (Le Deit et al., 2009). We identified another type of formation corresponding to light-toned massive deposits cropping out around Valles Marineris. It appears that these light-toned deposits are associated to bright, rough, and highly cratered terrains, located beneath a dark and thin capping unit. Previous studies report the occurrence of phyllosilicates on few locations around Valles Marineris based on OMEGA data analyses (Gondet et al., 2007; Carter et al., 2009). The analysis of CRISM data show that the light-toned deposits are associated with spectra displaying absorption bands at 1.4 ?m, 1.9 ?m, and a narrow band at 2.2 ?m. These spectral characteristics are consistent with the presence of Al-rich phyllosilicates such as montmorillonite, or illite in the light-toned deposits. They constitute dozens of outcrops located on the plateaus south and east of Coprates Chasma and Capri Chasma, and west of Ganges Chasma. All outcrops investigated so far are present over Noachian terrains mapped as the unit Npl2 by Scott and Tanaka (1986), and Witbeck et al. (1991). These light-toned deposits could result from in situ aqueous alteration of Noachian basaltic plateaus during or after the Noachian epoch. We also identified Fe/Mg-rich phyllosilicates that are commonly found in the southern highland Noachian terrains (Mustard et al., 2008). They are located in central peaks, rims and ejecta of impact craters on plateaus, suggesting excavation of old buried layers. The deposits located around Valles Marineris are characterized by a wide variety of hydrated minerals that registered the evolution of the environmental conditions from the Noachian to the late Hesperian epochs. Further investigations are ongoing to determine their global spatial distribution and their stratigraphical relationships in order to better constrain the geological and climatic history of the region of Valles Marineris.

  1. Composition and structures of the subsurface in the vicinity of Valles Marineris as revealed by central uplifts of impact craters

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    Quantin, Cathy; Flahaut, Jessica; Clenet, Harold; Allemand, Pascal; Thomas, Pierre

    2012-09-01

    Despite recent efforts from space exploration to sound the martian subsurface with RADAR, the structure of the martian subsurface is still unknown. Major geologic contacts or discontinuities inside the martian crust have not been revealed. Another way to analyze the subsurface is to study rocks that have been exhumed from depth by impact processes. The last martian mission, MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter), put forth a great deal of effort in targeting the central peaks of impact craters with both of its high resolution instruments: CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) and HiRISE (High Resolution Science Experiment). We analyzed the composition with CRISM and the physical characteristics on HiRISE of the rocks exhumed from depth from 31 impact craters in the vicinity of Valles Marineris. Our analyses revealed the presence at depth of two kinds of material: massive light-toned rocks and intact layers. Exhumed light-toned massive rocks are enriched in low calcium pyroxenes and olivine. Hydrated phases such as smectites and putative serpentine are present and may provide evidence of hydrothermal processes. Some of the rocks may represent portions of the volatile-rich, pre-Noachian martian primitive crust. In the second class of central peaks, exhumed layers are deformed, folded, and fractured. Visible-near infrared (VNIR) spectra suggest that they are composed of a mixture of olivine and high calcium pyroxene associated with hydrated phases. These layers may represent a Noachian volcanic accumulation of up to 18 km due to Tharsis activity. The spatial distribution, as well as the in-depth distribution between the two groups of rocks exhumed, are not random and reveal a major geologic discontinuity below the Tharsis lava plateau. The contact may be vertical over several kilometers depth suggesting the pre-existence of a steep basin (early giant impact or subsidence basin) or sagduction processes.

  2. Study of phyllosilicates and carbonates from the Capri Chasma region of Valles Marineris on Mars based on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter-Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (MRO-CRISM) observations

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    Jain, Nirmala; Chauhan, Prakash

    2015-04-01

    Spectral reflectance data from the MRO-CRISM (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter-Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) of Capri Chasma, a large canyon within Valles Marineris on Mars, have been studied. Results of this analysis reveal the presence of minerals, such as, phyllosilicates (illite, smectite (montmorillonite)) and carbonates (ankerite and manganocalcite). These minerals hint of the aqueous history of Noachian time on Mars. Phyllosilicates are products of chemical weathering of igneous rocks, whereas carbonates could have formed from local aqueous alteration of olivine and other igneous minerals. Four different locations within the Capri Chasma region were studied for spectral reflectance based mineral detection. The study area also shows the spectral signatures of iron-bearing minerals, e.g. olivine with carbonate, indicating partial weathering of parent rocks primarily rich in ferrous mineral. The present study shows that the minerals of Capri Chasma are characterized by the presence of prominent spectral absorption features at 2.31 ?m, 2.33 ?m, 2.22 ?m, 2.48 ?m and 2.52 ?m wavelength regions, indicating the existence of hydrous minerals, i.e., carbonates and phyllosilicates. The occurrence of carbonates and phyllosilicates in the study area suggests the presence of alkaline environment during the period of their formation. Results of the study are important to understand the formation processes of these mineral assemblages on Mars, which may help in understanding the evolutionary history of the planet.

  3. Valles Marineris dune fields as compared with other martian populations: Diversity of dune compositions, morphologies, and thermophysical properties

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    Chojnacki, Matthew; Burr, Devon M.; Moersch, Jeffrey E.

    2014-02-01

    Planetary dune field properties and their bulk bedform morphologies relate to regional wind patterns, sediment supply, climate, and topography. On Mars, major occurrences of spatially contiguous low-albedo sand dunes are primarily found in three major topographic settings: impact craters, high-latitude basins, and linear troughs or valleys, the largest being the Valles Marineris (VM) rift system. As one of the primary present day martian sediment sinks, VM holds nearly a third of the non-polar dune area on Mars. Moreover, VM differs from other regions due to its unusual geologic, topographic, and atmospheric setting. Herein, we test the overarching hypothesis that VM dune fields are compositionally, morphologically, and thermophysically distinct from other low- and mid-latitude (50°N-50°S latitude) dune fields. Topographic measurements of dune fields and their underlying terrains indicate slopes, roughnesses, and reliefs to be notably greater for those in VM. Variable VM dune morphologies are shown with topographically-related duneforms (climbing, falling, and echo dunes) located among spur-and-gully wall, landslide, and chaotic terrains, contrasting most martian dunes found in more topographically benign locations (e.g., craters, basins). VM dune fields superposed on Late Amazonian landslides are constrained to have formed and/or migrated over >10s of kilometers in the last 50 My to 1 Gy. Diversity of detected dune sand compositions, including unaltered ultramafic minerals and glasses (e.g., high and low-calcium pyroxene, olivine, Fe-bearing glass), and alteration products (hydrated sulfates, weathered Fe-bearing glass), is more pronounced in VM. Observations show heterogeneous sand compositions exist at the regional-, basinal-, dune field-, and dune-scales. Although not substantially greater than elsewhere, unambiguous evidence for recent dune activity in VM is indicated from pairs of high-resolution images that include: dune deflation, dune migration, slip face modification (e.g., alcoves), and ripple modification or migration, at varying scales (10s-100s m2). We conclude that VM dune fields are qualitatively and quantitatively distinct from other low- and mid-latitude dune fields, most readily attributable to the rift's unusual setting. Moreover, results imply dune field properties and aeolian processes on Mars can be largely influenced by regional environment, which may have their own distinctive set of boundary conditions, rather than a globally homogenous collection of aeolian sediment and bedforms.

  4. New insights on the runout of large landslides in the Valles-Marineris canyons, Mars

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    Lajeunesse, Eric

    of the presence of liquid water on Mars in the past. Luchitta [1979] interpreted VM landslides as wet debris flows simulations [Harrison and Grimm, 2003] indicate that neither Bingham rheology, nor acoustic fluidization nor frictional rheology satisfactorily reproduces VM deposits. More recently Bulmer and Zimmerman [2005] proposed

  5. One million cubic kilometers of fossil ice in Valles Marineris: relicts of a 3.5 Gy old glacial landsystem along the Martian equator

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    Bourgeois, O.; Gourronc, M.; Mège, D.; Pochat, S.; Bultel, B.; Massé, M.; Le Deit, L.; Le Mouélic, S.; Mercier, D.

    2013-12-01

    Self-consistent landform assemblages suggest that Valles Marineris, the giant valley system that stretches along the Martian equator, was entirely glaciated during Late Noachian to Early Hesperian times and still contains huge volumes of fossil ice. Some of these glacial landforms assemblages are illustrated here. A morphological boundary separating an upper spur-and-gully morphology from a smooth basal escarpment has been spectacularly preserved along valley walls throughout Valles Marineris. The boundary winds around topographic obstacles and displays long-wavelength variations in elevation. It is associated with lateral benches, hanging valleys and truncated spurs. Comparisons with terrestrial analogues indicate that it is most reasonably interpreted as a glacial trimline. Chasma floors are covered by various kinds of terrains, including hummocky terrains, platy terrains, lateral banks, layered benches and a draping mantle. Landforms in these terrains and their spatial relationship with the interpreted trimline suggest that they correspond to various disintegration stages of an ancient glacial fill, currently protected by a superficial cover of ablation till. Altogether, these landforms and terrains compose a full glacial landsystem with wet-based glaciers that were able to flow and slide over their beds. It was most probably fed by ice accumulating at low elevations directly from the atmosphere onto valley floors and walls, with only minor contributions from tributary glaciers flowing down from higher elevations. Similar fossil glacial landsystems dating back from the early Martian history are to be expected in many other low-latitude troughs such as chasmata, chaos, valleys, impact craters and other basins.

  6. One million cubic kilometers of fossil ice in Valles Marineris: Relicts of a 3.5 Gy old glacial landsystem along the Martian equator

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    Gourronc, Marine; Bourgeois, Olivier; Mège, Daniel; Pochat, Stéphane; Bultel, Benjamin; Massé, Marion; Le Deit, Laetitia; Le Mouélic, Stéphane; Mercier, Denis

    2014-01-01

    Self-consistent landform assemblages suggest that Valles Marineris, the giant valley system that stretches along the Martian equator, was entirely glaciated during Late Noachian to Early Hesperian times and still contains huge volumes of fossil ice. Some of these glacial landform assemblages are illustrated here, with representative examples selected in three regions: Ius Chasma, Central Candor Chasma and the junction between Coprates Chasma and Capri Chasma. A morphological boundary separating an upper spur-and-gully morphology from a smooth basal escarpment has been spectacularly preserved along valley walls throughout Valles Marineris. The boundary winds around topographic obstacles and displays long-wavelength variations in elevation. It is associated with lateral benches, hanging valleys and truncated spurs. Comparisons with terrestrial analogs indicate that it is most reasonably interpreted as a glacial trimline. Chasma floors are covered by various kinds of terrains, including hummocky terrains, platy terrains, lateral banks, layered benches and a draping mantle. Landforms in these terrains and their spatial relationship with the interpreted trimline suggest that they correspond to various disintegration stages of an ancient glacial fill, currently protected by a superficial cover of ablation till. Altogether, these landforms and terrains compose a full glacial landsystem with wet-based glaciers that were able to flow and slide over their beds. It was most probably fed by ice accumulating at low elevations directly from the atmosphere onto valley floors and walls, with only minor contributions from tributary glaciers flowing down from higher elevations. Similar fossil glacial landsystems dating back from the early Martian history are to be expected in many other low-latitude troughs such as chasmata, chaos, valleys, impact craters and other basins.

  7. Valles Marineris, Mars: High-Resolution Digital Terrain Model on the basis of Mars-Express HRSC data

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    Dumke, A.; Spiegel, M.; van Gasselt, S.; Neukum, G.

    2009-04-01

    Introduction: Since December 2003, the European Space Agency's (ESA) Mars Express (MEX) orbiter has been investigating Mars. The High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), one of the scientific experiments onboard MEX, is a pushbroom stereo color scanning instrument with nine line detectors, each equipped with 5176 CCD sensor elements. Five CCD lines operate with panchromatic filters and four lines with red, green, blue and infrared filters at different observation angles [1]. MEX has a highly elliptical near-polar orbit and reaches a distance of 270 km at periapsis. Ground resolution of image data predominantly varies with respect to spacecraft altitude and the chosen macro-pixel format. Usually, although not exclusively, the nadir channel provides full resolution of up to 10 m per pixel. Stereo-, photometry and color channels generally have a coarser resolution. One of the goals for MEX HRSC is to cover Mars globally in color and stereoscopically at high-resolution. So far, HRSC has covered almost half of the surface of Mars at a resolution better than 20 meters per pixel. Such data are utilized to derive high resolution digital terrain models (DTM), ortho-image mosaics and additionally higher-level 3D data products such as 3D views. Standardized high-resolution single-strip digital terrain models (using improved orientation data) have been derived at the German Aerospace Center (DLR) in Berlin-Adlershof [2]. Those datasets, i.e. high-resolution digital terrain models as well as ortho-image data, are distributed as Vicar image files (http://www-mipl.jpl.nasa.gov/external/vicar.html) via the HRSCview web-interface [3], accessible at http://hrscview.fu-berlin.de. A systematic processing workflow is described in detail in [4,5]. In consideration of the scientific interest, the processing of the Valles Marineris region will be discussed in this paper. The DTM mosaic was derived from 82 HRSC orbits at approximately -22° S to 1° N and 250° to 311° E. Methods: Apart from the DTM quality, image mosaicking also depends on the quality of exterior orientation data, and in order to generate high resolution DTMs and ortho-images, these data have to be corrected. For this purpose, new exterior and interior orientation data, based on tie-point matching and bundle adjustment have been used. The automated determination of tie points by software provided by the Leibniz Universität Hannover [6] are used as input in the bundle adjustment, provided by the Technische Universität München and Freie Universität Berlin. The bundle adjustment approach for photogrammetric point determination with a three-line camera is a least squares adjustment based on the well known collinearity equations. The approach estimates the parameters of the exterior orientation only at a few selected image lines. Because of Doppler shift measurements to estimate the position of the orbiter there are systematic effects in the observed exterior orientation. To model these effects in the bundle adjustment, additional observation equations for bias (offset) and drift have to be introduced. To use the MOLA DTM as control information, the least squares adjustment has to be extended with an additional observation equation for each HRSC point. These observations describe a relation between the MOLA DTM and these HRSC points. This approach is described in more detail in [7,8]. Derivation of DTMs and ortho-image mosaics are basically performed using software developed at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), Berlin and is using the Vicar environment developed at JPL. For the DTM derivation, the main processing tasks are first a prerectification of image data using the global MOLA-based DTM, then a least-squares area-based matching between nadir and the other channels (stereo and photometry) in a pyramidal approach and finally, DTM raster generation. Iterative low-pass image filtering (Gauss and mean filtering) is applied in order to improve the image matching process by increasing the amount and quality of object points and in order to reduce possible misdetections caused by i

  8. Coordinating CRISM Observations of Sulfates near Valles Marineris with the Subsurface Bright Salty Soils Exposed in Gusev Crater via Lab Experiments

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    Bishop, J. L.; Parente, M.; Lane, M.; Dyar, M. D.; Bish, D. L.; Sarrazin, P.; King, P.; McKeown, N.; Milliken, R.; Roach, L.; Swayze, G.; Weitz, C.; Murchie, S.; Mustard, J. F.

    2008-12-01

    CRISM has identified unique spectral signatures in inverted channels near Juventae Chasma and other chasmata in the greater Valles Marineris region [1] that are composed of light-toned layered sediments interpreted to be fluvial in origin [2]. These include a weak, broad feature near 1.45 ?m, a strong, broad band centered near 1.94 ?m, a sharp band at 2.23 ?m, and a shoulder or band near 2.4 ?m [3]. This signature is not characteristic of any single mineral; however, it is consistent with partially dehydrated ferricopiapite [original formula of Fe0.33Fe2(SO4)3(OH)·10H2O]. Our lab experiments show that incrementally heating this hydrated ferric sulfate to 300 °C at 1 atm changes the color, XRD pattern, and spectral properties of this mineral. The resulting spectral signature of our ferricopiapite heated to 300 °C matches well with the CRISM spectra of the material observed in inverted channels near Juventae Chasma. This result is of particular interest as ferricopiapite is the mineral thought to be present in the bright salty soils exposed by the Spirit rover at Paso Robles and other sites in combined analyses of the Pancam, Mössbauer, Mini-TES and APXS data [4, 5, 6]. Other sulfate minerals possibly present in lower abundance include butlerite, (para)coquimbite, fibroferrite, and metahohmanite [4]. Continued lab experiments are underway to characterize the spectral properties of partially dehydrated ferricopiapite and other OH and H2O-bearing sulfates. Opaline silica is also found in these inverted channels near Juventae Chasma [1] and both monohydrated (szomolnokite and kieserite) and polyhydrated (e.g. ferricopiapite) sulfates are observed in the bright mounds inside the chasma [7]. Identification of partially dehydrated ferricopiapite in these inverted channels provides a link between the aqueous processes occurring in the plains outside the chasma and those processes that formed the light-toned layered mounds inside the chasma. Sulfate deposits in the greater Valles Marineris region are consistent with lithification and diagenetic modification of eolian sediments by evaporation of near-surface groundwater [8], processes similar to those inferred at Meridiani [9,10]. [1] Milliken R. E. et al. (2008) Geology, in press. [2] Weitz C. M. et al. (2008) GRL, doi:10.1029/2008GL035317, in press. [3] Bishop J. L. et al. (2008) JGR, to be submitted. [4] Lane M. D. et al. (2008) Am. Miner., 93, 728-739. [5] Parente M. et al. (2008) Icarus, in review. [6] Johnson J. R. et al. (2007) GRL, 34, L13202, doi:10.1029/2007GL029894. [7] Bishop J. L. et al. (2008) LPSC, abs. 2334. [8] Murchie S. L. et al. (2008) Nature, in revision. [9] Squyres S. W. et al. (2006) Science, 313, 1403- 1407. [10] Andrews-Hanna J. C. et al. (2007) Nature, 446, 163-166 doi:10.1038/nature05594.

  9. The Grand Canyon of Mars and how it formed

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    This module from the Mars Exploration Curriculum revolves around the formation of Valles Marineris. Students investigate the formation of Mars' 3,000 mile-long rift valley. After investigating how a planet's surface can be altered and analyzing data and images from NASA's missions to Mars, students develop hypotheses to explain the rift valley's formation and amass evidence to support their ideas.

  10. Auqakuh Valles

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    2002-01-01

    (Released 7 June 2002) The Science This ancient sinuous river channel, located near 30o N, 299o W (61o E), was likely carved by water early in Mars history. Auqakuh Valles cuts through a remarkable series of rock layers that were deposited and then subsequently eroded. This change from conditions favoring deposition to those favoring erosion indicates that the environment of this region has changed significantly over time. In addition, the different rock layers seen in this image vary in hardness, with some being relatively soft and easily eroded, whereas others are harder and resistant. These differences imply that these layers vary in their composition, physical properties, and/or degree of cementation, and again suggest that major changes have occurred during the history of this region. Similar differences occur throughout the southwest U.S., where hard rock layers, such as the limestones and sandstones in the Grand Canyon, form resistant cliffs, whereas softer mudstones are easily eroded to form broad slopes. The Martian layers, such as the smooth, dark-toned mesas visible in numerous places to the right (east) of the channel, were once continuous across the region. As these layers have eroded, they have produced a wide array of textures, from smooth surfaces, to knobby terrains, to the unusual lobate patterns seen in the upper right of the image. The most recent activity in the region appears to be the formation of mega-ripples by the wind. These ripples, spaced approximately 75 m apart, form perpendicular to the wind direction, and can be seen following the pattern of the channel floor as it curves through this region. This pattern shows that even this relatively small channel, which varies in width from about 500 to 750 m throughout this image, acts to funnel the wind down the channel. The Story Auqakuh Vallis, an ancient river channel that winds its way down the center of this image, is the 'fossil' remains of an earlier, probably more watery time in Martian history. Now, you might think that Auqakuh has something to do with Aqua, the Latin word for water. Instead, Auqakuh is the word for Mars in the Quechuan language of the Incan Empire that once stretched across vast portions of South America. This Inca-honoring river channel cuts through a remarkable series of rock layers that expose a history of climate change in the region. The coarse, rugged, and wildly textured terrain was created as rock layers were first deposited, then eroded over time. Some of the rock layers are soft and easily eroded, while others are clearly harder and more resistant. From these differences, geologists can tell that the layers are made up of different materials, have different physical characteristics, and are either loosely or strongly cemented together. That suggests major environmental changes over time as well, since different kinds of rocks form under different conditions. Similar differences in rock layers occur throughout the Southwest of the United States. The next time you're visiting the Grand Canyon or hiking in similar terrain, notice where hard rock layers, such as limestones and sandstones, form resistant cliffs, whereas softer mudstones are easily eroded to form broad slopes along the canyon. Just in case the river channel in the above image looks more like a raised vein rather than a hollowed out channel, try looking at the half-circle depression on the left-hand side of the image, about a third of the way up. The bright features on the upper half streak down toward the bottom of the bowl. Once you focus on this for a while, your brain figures out that the channel must be depressed as well. Now that you can see that the channel cuts into the surface, click on the image for a closer look at the bottom of the channel. Mega-ripples about 82 yards apart line the channel floor as it curves through the region. This pattern shows that even this relatively small channel, which varies from about one-third to a half of a mile in width, funnels the wind down its curving length, creating per

  11. Hubble's Look at Mars Shows Canyon Dust Storm, Cloudy Conditions for Pathfinder Landing

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    1997-01-01

    Hubble Space Telescope images of Mars, taken on June 27, 1997, reveal a significant dust storm which fills much of the Valles Marineris canyon system and extends into Xanthe Terra, about 600 miles (1000 kilometers) south of the landing site.

    It is difficult to predict the evolution of this storm and whether it will affect the Pathfinder observations.

    The pictures were taken in order to monitor the site in Ares Vallis where the Pathfinder spacecraft will land on July 4.

    The two images of Mars at the top of the figure are Hubble observations from June 27 (right) and May 17 (left). Visual comparison of these two images clearly shows the dust storm between 5 and 7 o'clock and about 2/3 of the way from the center of the planet's disk to the southern edge of the June image.

    The digital data were projected to form the map of the equatorial portion of the planet which is shown in the bottom portion of the figure. The green cross marks the location of the Pathfinder landing site, and the yellowish ribbon of dust which runs horizontally across the bottom of the map traces the location of Valles Marineris, a system of canyons which would stretch from Los Angeles to New York if placed on Earth.

    Most of the dust is confined within the canyons, which are up to 5-8 kilometers deep. The thickness of the dust cloud near the eastern end of the storm is similar to that observed by Viking lander 1 during the first of the two 1977 global dust storms which it studied.

    Other interesting features appear in this image. The northwestern portions of the planet are enveloped in unusually thick water ice clouds, similar to cirrus clouds on Earth; some clouds extend as far as Lunae Planum, the slightly darker region about halfway from the center to the left side of the map. The dark spot near the terminator (boundary between day and night) at about 9:00 in the June 27 planet image is Ascraeus Mons, a 27 kilometer high volcano, protruding through the clouds.

    The remnant north polar cap, composed of water ice, is at the top of the May and June images, and a bluish south polar hood, composed of water ice clouds, is seen along the southern edge. Because the planet's axis is tipped towards us during this season, we cannot see the south polar cap, which is in winter darkness.

    This image and other images and data received from the Hubble Space Telescope are posted on the World Wide Web on the Space Telescope Science Institute home page at URL http://oposite.stsci.edu/pubinfo/

  12. ASTR/GEOL 5800 Planetary Surfaces & Interiors 7 November 2013

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    Mojzsis, Stephen J.

    magnetization #12;What do the crater populations tell you?? #12;The Grand Canyon of Mars · Valles Marineris ­ the largest canyon in the solar system ­ Formed from extensional stresses related to Tharsis ­ If laid on the U.S., the canyon would stretch from San Francisco to New York City. · 8 km deep in places #12;Valles

  13. Ares Valles

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    2002-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    This image covers a portion of Ares Valles. Ares Valles is an outflow channel carved into the surface of Mars by ancient catastrophic floods. The floods were most likely caused by huge discharges of groundwater at the channel heads. These floods are similar to (but much larger than) floods that created the Channeled Scablands in central Washington State during the last ice age on Earth. The Martian channels are hundreds of kilometers long and occur in a number of regions within equatorial Mars. The material that was eroded away by these floods was deposited as sediment in the northern lowlands. The Mars Pathfinder landing site is several hundred kilometers downstream from the location of this image and the surfaces are probably similar in nature.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  14. Hot Canyon

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    None

    2013-03-01

    This historical film footage, originally produced in the early 1950s as part of a series by WOI-TV, shows atomic research at Ames Laboratory. The work was conducted in a special area of the Laboratory known as the "Hot Canyon."

  15. Hebrus Valles

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    2002-01-01

    (Released 3 June 2002) The Science Hebrus Valles is located in the Elysium Planitia region of the northern lowlands of the planet. This image shows three sinuous tributaries of the channel system which carved up the surrounding plains. These individual tributaries are up to 3 km wide and have up to three terraces visible along their margins. These terraces may indicate separate flood events or may be the result of one flood plucking away at channel wall materials with varying strengths of resistance. It is not clear if these are separate rock layers or just the erosion of one type of material from rising and falling water levels. A streamlined island is visible in the lower third of the image. This feature indicates that flow was from the lower right to upper left in this region (the tail of the island points downstream). In places ripples, interpreted to be dunes, can also be seen along the interface of the channel floor with the walls. Smaller, fainter channels can also be seen scouring the plains, especially in the lower portion of this image. Other features of note in this image are the various inselbergs (isolated hills) located primarily in the upper portion of the image. The inselbergs are surrounded with aprons of material that was probably shed off of the hills by various processes of erosion. The Story Mars was once the scene of some major floods that rushed out upon the land, carving all kinds of channels. These signs of ancient flooding have always been exciting to scientists who want to understand the history of water on the planet. Water is important to understanding the climate and geological history of Mars, as well as whether life could ever have developed there. While we can't tell much about the life question from pictures like this one, it does give some insights into the great flood itself. You can see three tributaries of a channel system that are up to two miles wide or so. The really interesting thing is that you can see terraces of land that step down from the sides of the tributaries. How did they form? Was there one massive flood that swept through, eroding materials with varying strengths of resistance? Or was it several, separate floods? And what could the answer tell us about the types of rocks and materials in this region? No one knows if these are separate rock layers or just one type of material that has eroded from rising and falling water levels. While these questions will continue to intrigue geologists, one thing that they can tell for sure is the direction the water flowed. Can you find the tear-drop shaped island in the now dry channel? On Earth, we see these islands created in rivers all the time. The 'tail' of the island (the point on the teardrop) points downstream, so that means the flood rushed down the channel from the lower right to the upper left. Since the flood, there is some rippling evidence on the channel floor that dunes may have formed. Smaller, fainter channels can also be seen scouring the plains, especially in the lower portion of this image. Other interesting features in this image are the various inselbergs (isolated hills) located primarily in the upper portion of the image. The inselbergs are surrounded with aprons of material that was probably shed off of the hills by various processes of erosion.

  16. Mechanical approach on Deep-seated Gravitational Spreading in Coprates Chasma, Valles Marineris, Mars.

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    Makowska, M.; Gueydan, F.; Mège, D.

    2014-04-01

    Deep-seated gravitational spreading (DSGS; known also as sackung [1]) is a type of slope defamation involving collapse of a large blocks along structural features and faults, leading to formation of crestal graben, uphill-facing scarps and downslope bulging morphology. DSGS occurs on high wallslopes, with small rate of displacement but height comparable to the whole slope height. Occurences of DSGS are usually connected with formerly glaciated mountain ridges on Earth and on Mars [4] (Fig. 1). Vertical offset does usually not exceed ~10 metres on Earth, whereas on Mars it is at least one order of magnitude higher, consistent with vertical scaling between slope height and vertical fault offset [5].

  17. FLEXURAL RESPONSE TO SEDIMENT EROSION AND UNLOADING AT VALLES MARINERIS, MARS. B. J. Davis1

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    such as rift valleys on Earth form in a state of approximate vertical isostasy [2]. It is suggested of these sediments would have led to regional flexural uplift. Several studies have suggested that the present-day the difference between the present-day surface topography within the troughs and 4000 m, where 4000 m was chosen

  18. Thursday, March 26, 2009 POSTER SESSION II: MARS: AQUEOUS PROCESSES IN VALLES MARINERIS

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    Rathbun, Julie A.

    , suggesting locally efficient aeolian erosion of crater floor sediments or more volcanic resurfacing closer are exhumation from the walls; eolian, fluvial, or volcanic origin; moats and inclined layers. Lucchitta B. K

  19. Composition and orgin of low albedo sand sheets in vales marineris, Mars: 2- spectral modelling

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    Poulet, F.; Mangold, N.; Erard, S.

    2003-04-01

    To help address the questions of the nature of the low albedo regions in Valles Marineris (see Mangold et al., this meeting), we revisited the composition of these regions by modeling ISM spectra. The spectra are characterized by 1- and 2-micron absorptions diagnostic of pyroxenes, albedo (with aerosols and Minnaert corrections) lower than 15% and weak red slope between 0.8 and 2.5 ?m. To reproduce these spectral characteristics, the transfer radiative theory of Shkuratov is used. The strength of this modeling method is to aid in determining appropriate end-members as well as their abundance, their grain size, and the type of mixtures (sand/dust). Low- and high-calcium pyroxenes were included in the scattering calculations. Spectrally featureless low albedo component in near-infrared to lower the average spectral reflectance is required. Oxides such as magnetite display this behavior. Hematite (a ferric oxide) was also considered because of its low albedo and its 0.85 micron absorption. Other minerals such as common amphiboles, obsidians and phyllosilicates were included in some scattering calculations, but we showed that these different minerals are unlikely because of the frustating lack of diagnostic features other than due to pyroxene. Other common minerals with weaker absorptions such as feldspar and olivine were considered. Three types of surface were investigated: dust (mixture of particles of size << wavelength), sand (intimate mixture of particles of size >> wavelength), dust/sand mixture. The best fits of the entire 0.8-2.5 micron spectra are obtained with a mixture of five components: a four-components intimate mixture of low- (<20%) and high-calcium (<30%) pyroxenes, olivine (<10%), and hematite (10%) mixed with a large proportion of dusty grains of hematite and magnetite (about 55%). There is no significant difference of composition between the different spectra. This suggests that most rocks units are similar in composition, hidden by homogenized surface materials, or some combination of both.

  20. The Valles natural analogue project

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    Stockman, H.; Krumhansl, J.; Ho, C. [Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States); McConnell, V. [Alaska Univ., Fairbanks, AK (United States). Geophysical Inst.

    1994-12-01

    The contact between an obsidian flow and a steep-walled tuff canyon was examined as an analogue for a highlevel waste repository. The analogue site is located in the Valles Caldera in New Mexico, where a massive obsidian flow filled a paleocanyon in the Battleship Rock tuff. The obsidian flow provided a heat source, analogous to waste panels or an igneous intrusion in a repository, and caused evaporation and migration of water. The tuff and obsidian samples were analyzed for major and trace elements and mineralogy by INAA, XRF, X-ray diffraction; and scanning electron microscopy and electron microprobe. Samples were also analyzed for D/H and {sup 39}Ar/{sup 4O} isotopic composition. Overall,the effects of the heating event seem to have been slight and limited to the tuff nearest the contact. There is some evidence of devitrification and migration of volatiles in the tuff within 10 meters of the contact, but variations in major and trace element chemistry are small and difficult to distinguish from the natural (pre-heating) variability of the rocks.

  1. Marte Valles site

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    Rice, Jim W.

    1994-01-01

    This site is located at 16 deg N, 177 deg W on the flood plains of Marte Valles, which is perhaps the youngest channel system on Mars. The young age of this channel warrants investigation because of climatic implications for fluvial activities in recent geologic time. The paucity of craters makes this an excellent site in terms of safety requirements. Some of the objectives stated previously for the Maja Valles region would also apply to this site (grab bag of rock types, etc.).

  2. Mapping the Canyon

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    In this activity, students will learn about the bathymetry of Hudson Canyon, a submarine canyon on the Atlantic coast of North America. As they study Hudson Canyon, they will compare and contrast topographic maps and bathymetric maps, investigate the various ways in which bathymetric maps are made, and learn how to interpret bathymetric maps.

  3. Seismic expression of Late Quaternary Banda submarine canyon and fan offshore northern Baja California

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    Legg, M.R.

    1987-05-01

    High-resolution seismic reflection profiles obtained throughout the inner California continental borderland offshore northwestern Baja California, Mexico, show the presence of numerous modern submarine canyons and associated fans. One set of these, the Banda submarine canyon/fan, is of relatively recent origin, as demonstrated by onlap of the basal fan sediments against an acoustically transparent, presumably hemipelagic deposit. Late Quaternary sedimentation rates inferred from isotopically dated piston core samples place the age of the postulated hemipelagic unit at approximately 650,000 years ago. The Banda submarine canyon heads within the Bahia Todos Santo and passes through a narrow gorge between Punta Banda and Islas Todos Santos. It is proposed that this submarine canyon and fan system formed entirely during late Quaternary time, following the breach of the Punta Banda ridge during a late Pleistocene high sea level stand. The presence of an ancient, buried channel exiting to the north out of Bahia Todos Santos probably marks the head of an earlier submarine canyon which acted as the conduit of clastic sediments from Valle Maneadero to the deep borderland basins. The now active Banda submarine canyon pirated the supply of terrigenous clastics from this older canyon. The active Agua Blanca fault zone cuts across the head of Banda submarine canyon, suggesting that tectonic movements may have played a role in the development of the Banda submarine canyon and fan system.

  4. Grand Canyon University Portland State University Grand Canyon University

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    Caughman, John

    Grand Canyon University Portland State University Grand Canyon University Transfer Worksheet College-level transferable academic courses taken at Grand Canyon University (GCU) will transfer. Academic Major Requirements 2. Degree Requirements (BA, BS) 3. General Education Requirements #12;Grand

  5. Marte Valles Crater 'Island'

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2004-01-01

    10 April 2004 Marte Valles is an outflow channel system that straddles 180oW longitude between the region south of Cerberus and far northwestern Amazonis. The floor of the Marte valleys have enigmatic platy flow features that some argue are formed by lava, others suggest they are remnants of mud flows. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an island created in the middle of the main Marte Valles channel as fluid---whether lava or mud---flowed past two older meteor impact craters. The craters are located near 21.5oN, 175.3oW. The image covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  6. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Hoodoos

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  7. Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  8. Bryce Canyon Hoodoo

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  9. Bryce Canyon Hoodoo

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sands...

  10. Bryce Canyon Cedars

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  11. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  12. Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

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    Sandstone hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park. In the background, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can be seen. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different er...

  13. Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  14. Bryce Canyon Sandstone

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  15. Bryce Canyon Hoodoos

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sands...

  16. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sands...

  17. Bryce Canyon's Cedar Valley

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  18. Bryce Canyon Amphitheater Panorama

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  19. Bryce Canyon Benchmark

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    A USGS elevation benchmark in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that ...

  20. Bryce Canyon Rim

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    The rim of Bryce Canyon, viewed from Rainbow Point. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms ...

  1. Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge

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    The Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge. Technically, this is not a natural bridge, which forms when running water erodes a tunnel into a rock formation. Instead, this is a natural arch, similar to the ones in nearby Arches National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is...

  2. Hoodoos of Bryce Canyon

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sands...

  3. Bryce Canyon Vistas

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sands...

  4. Bryce Canyon Natural Bridge

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    Bryce Canyon's Natural Bridge is technically a natural arch, similar to those in the nearby Arches National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates...

  5. Glen Canyon Dam

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    The USGS Glen Canyon Adaptive Management Working Group took a trip in August from Glen Canyon Dam to Lees Ferry on Friday, August 31, 2012. This spot at Four Mile (four miles downstream from the dam) is where a lot of people fish: There were fishermen that day that claimed to have c...

  6. Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Inventory

    E-print Network

    Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Inventory May 2004 Prepared for the Northwest Power and Conservation .................................................................................................................................. 62 8 APPENDIX A APRE SUMMARIES FOR HELLS CANYON SUBBASIN.................. 63 Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Inventory i May 2004 #12;LIST OF FIGURES FIGURE 1.LAND MANAGEMENT IN THE SNAKE HELLS CANYON

  7. Spatial variations in composition of the Valles Marineris and Isidis Planitia regions of Mars derived from ISM data

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    Erard, S.; Bibring, J.-P.; Forni, O.; Mustard, J.; Head, J. W.

    1991-01-01

    The present study summarizes preliminary results of an analysis of spaceborne near-infrared imaging spectroscopic data obtained from the martian surface. The sources of spectral variation are identified and surface units are mapped on the basis of the observed spectral properties. The findings indicate that strong spectral variations exist down to the limit of spatial resolution (22 x 22 sq km) of the ISM instrument. The most discriminant criteria are brightness, strength of the 3-micron absorption due to hydration, and near-infrared spectral slope. Bright areas are relatively featureless, but spectral subunits can be delimited within them. Dark areas are heterogeneous, with variations related to mafic mineralogy and partial coatings by fine material. Topographic and spectroscopic maps compiled from the ISM data agree in general with previous results, but provide additional detail and compositional information.

  8. Central Valles Marineris: uncontrolled Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbital Camera (MOC) digital context photomosaic (250 megapixel resolution)

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    Noreen, Eric

    2000-01-01

    These images were processed from a raw format using Integrated Software for Images and Spectrometers (ISIS) to perform radiometric corrections and projection. All the images were projected in sinusoidal using a center longitude of 70 degrees. There are two versions of the mosaic, one unfiltered (vallesmos.tif), and one produced with all images processed through a box filter with an averaged pixel tone of 7.699 (vallesmosflt.tif). Both mosaics are ArcView-ArcInfo ready in TIF format with associated world files (*.tfw).

  9. The Grand Canyon

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    Brieske, Joel A.

    2002-01-01

    The first site from PBS.org, called Lost in the Canyon (1), offers an excellent online learning experience. Visitors learn about John Wesley Powell's expedition down the Colorado River, covered in transcripts from the companion television show and a timeline of Powell's life. Other features include an interactive lesson on running rapids and a look at the unique geologic history of the area. Next, from StudyWorks! Online comes the lesson entitled Sleuthing at the Grand Canyon: Using Rocks to Tell Us About the Past (2). Through basic descriptions, photographs, and illustrations, students learn how rocks form, how scientists use them to find out about past environments, and much more. The third site is provided by the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center called The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center Fiscal Year 2000-2004 Monitoring and Research Strategic Plan (3). Readers will discover the mission of the center, history of monitoring in the area, management strategies, research activities, and much more. Next is a site offered by Richard S. Naylor of Northeastern University's Department of Geology called Unconformities in the Grand Canyon (4). Visitors will find descriptions and photographs of several sites in the Grand Canyon that exhibit geologic unconformities or surfaces that represent a break in the geologic record. The fifth site is maintained by kaibob.org called the Geology of Grand Canyon (5). This site contains basic information on how the canyon was formed, where all the rock came from, why it looks like it does, and when it all happened. From NASA's Visible Earth Web site comes the 3-D View of Grand Canyon (6) page. The canyon can be viewed in a low or high resolution JPEG format, which shows the surrounding area, part of the Colorado river, and the canyon itself in dynamic colors. Part of Northern Arizona University, the seventh site is entitled Canyons, Culture, and Environmental Change: An Introduction to the Land Use History of the Colorado Plateau (7). The site provides an introduction to the environmental history of the Colorado Plateau and summarizes a vast body of research from multiple disciplines in an easily accessible format. The last site from NOAA's Colorado River Basin Forecast Center is the River Forecasts and Data page (8). Provided are data from various sites along the river that offer a wide range of relevant information such as simulated hydrographs.

  10. Constraints on the Martian cratering rate imposed by the SNC meteorites and Vallis Marineris layered deposits

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    Brandenburg, J. E.

    1993-01-01

    Following two independent lines of evidence -- estimates of the age and formation time of a portion of the Martian geologic column exposed in the layered deposits and the crystallization and ejection ages of the SNC meteorites -- it appears that the Martian cratering rate must be double the lunar rate or even higher. This means models such as NHII or NHIII (Neukum and Hiller models II and III), which estimate the Martian cratering rate as being several times lunar are probably far closer to reality on Mars than lunar rates. The effect of such a shift is profound: Mars is transformed from a rather Moon-like place into a planet with vigorous dynamics, multiple large impacts, erosion, floods, and volcanism throughout its history. A strong shift upward in cratering rates on Mars apparently solves some glaring problems; however, it creates others. The period of time during which Earth-like atmospheric conditions existed, the liquid water era on Mars, persists in NHIII up to only 0.5 b.y. ago. Scenarios of extended Earth-like conditions on Mars have been discounted in the past because they would have removed many of the craters from the early bombardment era found in the south. It does appear that some process of crater removal was quite vigorous in the north during Mars' past. Evidence exists that the northern plains may have been the home of long-lived seas or perhaps even a paleo-ocean, so models exist for highly localized destruction of craters in the north. However, the question of how the ancient crater population could be preserved in the south under a long liquid-water era found in any high-cratering-rate models is a serious question that must be addressed. It does appear to be a higher-order problem because it involves low-energy dynamics acting in localized areas, i.e., erosion of craters in the south of Mars, whereas the two problems with the low-cratering-rate models involve high-energy events acting over large areas: the formation of the Vallis Marineris, the SNC ejecting impacts, and the global atmospheric pressure and temperature conditions that allow liquid water to exist as a robust entity anywhere on the Martian surface. In any case, it appears Mars is a more complex and dynamic planet than previously supposed. It has canyons dating from the middle to late period of its history that contain apparent lake sediments bedded deeper than most sediments on Earth. Recent multiple, violent impacts on Mars have apparently provided us with multiple random samples of its surface that all crystallized less than 1.5 b.y. ago. These things cannot be accommodated in our present cratering chronologies of Mars, based on 1x lunar cratering rates, without great difficulties. These difficulties suggest that a new chronology, probably based on NHII or even NHIII, should be adopted; this new chronology will provide us with a new view of Mars as a dynamic planet of rich history.

  11. 18. VIEW OF A CANYON IN THE CLEANUP PHASE. CANYONS ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    18. VIEW OF A CANYON IN THE CLEANUP PHASE. CANYONS WERE PROCESSING ROOMS USED TO HOUSE PLUTONIUM HANDLING OPERATIONS THAT WERE NOT CONTAINED WITHIN GLOVE BOXES. CANYONS WERE DESIGNED TO BECOME CONTAMINATED. (5/10/88) - Rocky Flats Plant, Plutonium Recovery Facility, Northwest portion of Rocky Flats Plant, Golden, Jefferson County, CO

  12. Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Assessment

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    Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Assessment May 2004 Prepared for the Northwest Power and Conservation, Ecovista Angela Sondenaa, Nez Perce Tribe Darin Saul, Ecovista #12;Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Assessment Table of Contents 0 INTRODUCTION TO SNAKE HELLS CANYON SUBBASIN ASSESSMENT............ 1 1 SUBBASIN

  13. Kasei Valles Scene

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-483, 14 September 2003

    This is a May 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) picture of terrain in the Kasei Valles region. The lower third of the image shows flow patterns formed by mud or lava from some of the youngest flow events that occurred in the valley system. These events occurred some time ago, however, because there has been sufficient time for a plethora of small impact craters to form on the surface. In addition, large, ripple-like, windblown bedforms occur along the margin of the flow materials and the adjacent upland. At least two generations of ripples are recognized--a suite of larger ones with groups of smaller ripples located between them. The image is located near 16.4oN, 74.9oW. This picture covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

  14. Landslide in Kasei Valles

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    The Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) continues in 2003 to return excellent, high resolution images of the red planet's surface. This nearly 1.5 meters (5 ft.) per pixel view of a landslide on a 200 meter-high (219 yards-high) slope in Kasei Valles was specifically targeted for scientific investigation by rotating the MGS spacecraft about 7.8o off-nadir in January 2003. The scar left by the landslide reveals layers in the bedrock at the top the slope and shows a plethora of dark-toned, house-sized boulders that rolled down the slope and collected at the base of the landslide scar. A few meteor impact craters have formed on the landslide deposit and within the scar, indicating that this landslide occurred a very long time ago. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the left/lower left; the landslide is located near 28.3oN, 71.9oW.

  15. Grand Canyon Explorer

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Maintained by Bob Ribokas, Grand Canyon Explorer is quite extraordinary for a unaffiliated Web site. Updated regularly, it contains everything from stunning photography and geologic descriptions to information about hiking permits and park trials for users planning a trip. A highlight of the site is the guided tour, which provides descriptions and pictures from the park entrance to the Grand Canyon's spectacular formations like Mohave Point on the South Rim. The author has even provided a downloadable version of the Web site for Pocket PC's and PDA's, enabling users to have all the information at their finger tips when visiting the park.

  16. Camp Pendleton Kings Canyon

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    Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base Kings Canyon National Park China Lake Naval Weapons Center Edwards-Borrego Desert State Park Sequoia National Forest Los Padres National Forest Angeles National Forest San Bernardino National Forest Cleveland National Forest Sierra National Forest Joshua Tree National Park Death

  17. Glen Canyon Dam

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    The Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in Arizona. At noon Monday, Nov. 19, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will open the dam’s river outlet tubes, releasing controlled flows larger than the usual 8,000-25,000 cubic feet per second that flows through the turbines of the Glen...

  18. Black Canyon Outreach Education

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    This portal features links to K-12 outreach education units on the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area. They focus on topics such as trees, habitats, fossils, animal adaptations, seasons, weather, the water cycle, mapping and geology. There are also downloadable activities for sutdents to perform either before or after their visits to the area.

  19. Bryce Canyon National Park

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    The Bryce Canyon National Park website contains geology, history, and nature reference sections as well as maps, a photo gallery, and information for planning a trip to the park. The kids page includes the GeoDetectives earth history and physical earth science program. This program has units on earth systems, rocks and minerals, landforms, hydrology, plate tectonics, and paleontology.

  20. Sedimentary facies in submarine canyons

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    Sumner, E.; Paull, C. K.; Gwiazda, R.; Anderson, K.; Lundsten, E. M.; McGann, M.

    2013-12-01

    Submarine canyons are the major conduits by which sediment, pollutants and nutrients are transported from the continental shelf out into the deep sea. The sedimentary facies within these canyons are remarkably poorly understood because it has proven difficult to accurately sample these heterogeneous and bathymetrically complex environments using traditional ship-based coring techniques. This study exploits a suite of over 100 precisely located vibracores collected using remotely operated vehicles in ten canyons along the northern Californian margin, enabling better understanding of the facies that exist within submarine canyons, their distribution, and the processes responsible for their formation. The dataset reveals three major facies types within the submarine canyons: extremely poorly sorted, coarse-grained sands and gravels with complex and indistinct internal grading patterns and abundant floating clasts; classical normally graded thin bedded turbidites; and a variety of fine-grained muddy deposits. Not all facies are observed within individual canyons, in particular coarse-grained deposits occur exclusively in canyons where the canyon head cuts up to the modern day beach, whereas finer grained deposits have a more complex distribution that relates to processes of sediment redistribution on the shelf. Pairs of cores collected within 30 meters elevation of one another reveal that the coarse-grained chaotic deposits are restricted to the basal canyon floor, with finer-grained deposits at higher elevations on the canyon walls. The remarkable heterogeneity of the facies within these sediment cores illustrate that distinctive processes operate locally within the canyon. In the authors' experience the canyon floor facies represent an unusual facies rarely observed in ancient outcrops, which potentially results from the poor preservation of ancient coarse-grained canyon deposits in the geological record.

  1. Downstream in Mawrth Valles

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    The THEMIS VIS camera is capable of capturing color images of the Martian surface using five different color filters. In this mode of operation, the spatial resolution and coverage of the image must be reduced to accommodate the additional data volume produced from using multiple filters. To make a color image, three of the five filter images (each in grayscale) are selected. Each is contrast enhanced and then converted to a red, green, or blue intensity image. These three images are then combined to produce a full color, single image. Because the THEMIS color filters don't span the full range of colors seen by the human eye, a color THEMIS image does not represent true color. Also, because each single-filter image is contrast enhanced before inclusion in the three-color image, the apparent color variation of the scene is exaggerated. Nevertheless, the color variation that does appear is representative of some change in color, however subtle, in the actual scene. Note that the long edges of THEMIS color images typically contain color artifacts that do not represent surface variation.

    This false color image is from further downstream in Mawrth Valles than yesterday's image. The channel here is at the end of the vallis. This image was collected during the Northern Spring season.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 26.7, Longitude 340.2 East (19.8 West). 37 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  2. The Nearshore Canyon Experiment

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    Elgar, S.

    2002-12-01

    Observations collected in Fall 2003 during the Nearshore Canyon Experiment (NCEX) will be used to test hypotheses about the effect of complex continental-shelf bathymetry on surface gravity waves and on wave-driven circulation. Refraction, diffraction, reflection, scattering, and trapping by abrupt shelf bathymetry can result in dramatic alongshore variations in wave height and direction. Onshore of the irregular bathymetry, alongcoast changes in breaking waves can force complicated circulation, including alongshore flows that reverse direction across the surf zone and along the shoreline, and strong offshore-directed rip currents that may be an important mechanism for transport of water, sediment, and pollution between the surf zone and inner shelf. Observations for NCEX will be obtained along the southern California coast near two steep submarine canyons (separated alongshore by a few km) that cross the shelf from about 300-m water depth to just seaward of the surfzone near Black's Beach (famous for large waves) and La Jolla Shores (well known as a calm area with small waves). Frequency-directional spectra of incident waves estimated from observations offshore of the canyons will be used to initialize models that predict the effect of the canyons on infragravity waves, swell, sea, and wave-driven circulation. Model predictions will be tested with observations from alongshore arrays deployed near, between, and onshore (including the surf and swash zones) of the canyons. Arrays also will be deployed to investigate wave reflection and scattering from the steep canyon walls, and cross-shore changes in surf and swash zone circulation. Additional instrumentation will be used to study alongcoast changes in wave breaking and set-up, details of surface currents in the surf and swash, and breaking-induced turbulence and dissipation. The NCEX instrument arrays will be designed in collaboration with modelers, and near-real time data will be used to initialize and test model predictions. In addition, model forecasts will be used to guide placement of movable sensors, allowing predictions of nearshore waves and currents to be tested during the observational period. NCEX~team~members~are~listed~on http://science.whoi.edu/PVLAB/NCEX/ncex.html. Funding for NCEX is provided by the US Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation.

  3. The Grand Canyon

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    This lesson plan is part of the DiscoverySchool.com lesson plan library for grades 6-8. It focuses on the ecology of the Grand Canyon area. Students act as scientists investigating the damming of the Colorado River by the Glen Canyon dam and experimental flooding that took place in 1996. They then write a proposal as to whether or not more experimental flooding should be done on the area considering the ecological effects. It includes objectives, materials, procedures, discussion questions, evaluation ideas, extensions, suggested readings, and vocabulary. There are videos available to order which complement this lesson, an audio-enhanced vocabulary list, and links to teaching tools for making custom quizzes, worksheets, puzzles and lesson plans.

  4. Analysis of an evaporitic dome in eastern Tithonium Chasma (Mars): the result of diapirism processes?

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Baioni Davide; Wezel Forese Carlo

    2010-01-01

    The Tithonium Chasma (TC) is the northern trench of the western troughs of Valles Marineris (Mars). In the easternmost part of the canyon system a mountain displaying dome shape morphology is located. The mineralogical characteristics of the dome have been indicated by the OMEGA image spectrometer data that mapped it as a sulphate deposit (OMEGA data orbit 531_3). Studies on

  5. Mars

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    Robert Crippen

    1999-01-21

    The true global geography of Mars first emerged with comprehensive maps from Mariner 9 and Viking during the 1970s. This visualization tours the Red Planet using the Viking dataset, hitting such features as the Valles Marineris canyons and the Olympus Mons volcano.

  6. Flushing submarine canyons

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Miquel Canals; Pere Puig; Xavier Durrieu de Madron; Serge Heussner; Albert Palanques; Joan Fabres

    2006-01-01

    The continental slope is a steep, narrow fringe separating the coastal zone from the deep ocean. During low sea-level stands, slides and dense, sediment-laden flows erode the outer continental shelf and the continental slope, leading to the formation of submarine canyons that funnel large volumes of sediment and organic matter from shallow regions to the deep ocean1. During high sea-level

  7. Ancient Observatories: Chaco Canyon

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    Located in the northwest corner of New Mexico, Chaco Canyon is a shallow, ten-mile canyon accessible only by washboard dirt roads. It is an area of tremendous cultural importance, as it was once the center of an elaborate system of buildings, roadways, and other construction. Intense building activity continued at the site until about AD 1150, and then it was quickly abandoned. Today, it is a National Historic Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On this site created by the Exploratorium in San Francisco, visitors can learn about this unique place via sections that provide insight into its layout, its history of human habitation, and also its various celestial alignments. First-time visitors can click on the Sense of Place tab to view a time-lapse video of the site. The Time area is remarkable, as visitors can read an essay titled "How Old Is It?" and then watch "Migration Stories," which talks about the experiences that humans have had there over the centuries. The site is rounded out by the Observation area, which allows users to learn about how the canyon's unique qualities have fascinated visitors, explorers, and others.

  8. Plunge Pools in Submarine Canyons

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    Caress, D. W.; Greene, H. G.; Paull, C. K.

    2002-12-01

    Many submarine canyon systems include well-defined intra-canyon depressions. Often, these depressions are found at the base of scarps along the canyon thalweg, with morphologic characteristics similar to subarial plunge pools formed at waterfalls. One plausible mechanism for the origin of these features is scouring during submarine debris flows. Other processes which can plausibly contribute to the formation of re-entrants and depressions in submarine canyons include erosion by spring sapping, slumping, collapse following gas expulsion or subsurface dissolution, and channel damming by mass wasting of canyon walls. We have examined multibeam bathymetry surveys of a number of submarine canyons, and identified more than fifteen apparent plunge pools within submarine canyon systems offshore of Australia, Hawaii, and North America. These features range in scale from 2 km long, 6 km across, and 300 m deep (the largest plunge pool in Perth Canyon, offshore Australia) down to as small as 10 m deep and 150 m across (the smallest plunge pool identified offshore Kohala, Hawaii). Although these features vary considerably in scale, they share common characteristics. Each basin is located at the base of a headwall scarp within the canyon, and is bounded on the down-canyon side by a sill. Measurements of the characteristic dimensions of the plunge pools show that the basin depth (defined relative to the down-canyon sill) increases with the headwall scarp height,. However, the across and down canyon basin widths do not strongly correlate with the scarp height, and seem to be more closely related to the width of the overall canyon channel. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute investigated three apparent plunge pools using ROV Tiburon during a spring 2001 expedition to the Hawaiian Islands. These basins are located in submarine canyons on the north side of Molokai and the Kohala coast of Hawaii. Our ROV observations support the hypothesis that these intra-canyon depressions are formed through scouring during submarine debris flows. In all cases the down-canyon depression sills are dams composed of debris piles, with angular rubble exposed on the depression side and sand covering the down-canyon side. The Molokai plunge pool is draped with mud and silt, suggesting no recent activity. However, the Kohala plunge pools show clear signs of recent scour and no sediment cover. The headwalls above the plunge pools expose layered volcanoclastic and lava flow units, with more resistant layers frequently forming vertical or overhanging walls. We interpret these canyons as being largely formed through retrogressive (headward) erosion and slope failure. Periodic rockfalls and debris flows following undercutting of the headwalls scours the depressions, builds the pool dams, and both lengthens and deepens the canyons. Modern bathymetric surveys indicate that plunge pools occur in many, but not most submarine canyons. Our ROV observations suggest that stratigraphic variability is a key prerequisite for plunge pool formation. Headwall scarps can persist within active canyons when the existence of more and less resistive layers allows for differential erosion. In turn, plunge pools form when headwall scarps are persistent features.

  9. Sunset over Red Rock Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  10. Yucca in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  11. Sunset in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  12. Yuccas in Pine Creek Canyon

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    The Mojave Desert, home to drought-tolerant plants like yuccas, gradually mixes with loblolly pine ecosystems in Pine Creek Canyon. Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Cany...

  13. Chollas in Pine Creek Canyon

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    The Mojave Desert, home to drought-tolerant plants like Cholla cacti, gradually mixes with loblolly pine ecosystems in Pine Creek Canyon. Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Roc...

  14. Manzanita in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  15. Cedar Forests of Bryce Canyon

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  16. Snow-covered Bryce Canyon

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  17. Bryce Canyon Wall of Windows

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    Bryce Canyon's Wall of Windows, a series of sandstone arches and hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolom...

  18. Rainbow Point of Bryce Canyon

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    View of Bryce Canyon National Park from Rainbow Point. In the foreground are sandstone hoodoos. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite ...

  19. Cedar Tree in Bryce Canyon

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    A cedar tree in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their ba...

  20. Bryce Canyon's Navajo Loop Trail

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    Views along the Navajo Loop Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandston...

  1. Rainbow Point of Bryce Canyon

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    View of Bryce Canyon National Park from Rainbow Point. In the foreground are sandstone hoodoos and in the background is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a ...

  2. Bryce Canyon's Wall of Windows

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    Bryce Canyon's Wall of Windows, a series of sandstone arches and hoodoos in the Bryce Amphitheater. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolom...

  3. Cedar Forest in Bryce Canyon

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    A cedar forest in Bryce Canyon National Park, viewed from Rainbow Point. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the ...

  4. Cedar Valley in Bryce Canyon

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  5. Sunset over Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  6. Canyon in DCS Color

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    2004-01-01

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    Released July 26, 2004 This image shows two representations of the same infra-red image covering a portion of Ganges Chasma. On the left is a grayscale image showing surface temperature, and on the right is a false-color composite made from 3 individual THEMIS bands. The false-color image is colorized using a technique called decorrelation stretch (DCS), which emphasizes the spectral differences between the bands to highlight compositional variations.

    The northern canyon at the top of this image is dominated by a bright red/magenta area consisting primarly basaltic materials on the floor of the canyon and atmospheric dust. Within that area, there are patches of purple, on the walls and in the landslides, that may be due to an olivine rich mineral layer. In the middle of the image, the green on the mesa between the two canyons is from a layer of dust. The patchy blue areas in the southern canyon are likely due to water ice clouds.

    Image information: IR instrument. Latitude -6.6, Longitude 316 East (44 West). 100 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  7. The Grand Canyon

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    2001-01-01

    Northern Arizona and the Grand Canyon are captured in this pair of MISR images from December 31, 2000 (Terra orbit 5525). The left-hand image is a true color view from the nadir (vertical) camera. The right-hand image is a stereo composite generated using data from MISR's vertical and 46-degree-forward cameras. Viewing the stereo image in 3-D requires the use of red/blue glasses with the red filter placed over your left eye. To facilitate stereo viewing, the images have been oriented with north at the left.

    In addition to the Grand Canyon itself, which is visible in the western (lower)half of the images, other landmarks include Lake Powell, on the left, and Humphreys Peak and Sunset Crater National Monument on the right. Meteor Crater appears as a small dark depression with a brighter rim, and is just visible along the upper right-hand edge. Can you find it?

    MISR was built and is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Office of Earth Science, Washington, DC. The Terra satellite is managed by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology.

  8. Geologic map of the Valle 30' x 60' quadrangle, Coconino County, northern Arizona

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    Billingsley, George H.; Felger, Tracey J.; Priest, Susan S.

    2006-01-01

    The geologic map of the Valle 30' x 60' quadrangle is the result of a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service to provide geologic information for regional resource management and visitor information services for Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The map area encompasses approximately 1,960 sq.mi. within Coconino County, northern Arizona and is bounded by long 112 deg to 113 deg W. and lat 35 deg 30 min to 36 deg N. and lies within the southern Colorado Plateaus geologic province (herein Colorado Plateau). The map area is locally subdivided into four physiographic parts; (1) the Grand Canyon (Cataract Canyon and extreme northeast corner of the map area), (2) the Coconino Plateau, (3) the Mount Floyd Volcanic Field, and (4) the San Francisco Volcanic Field as defined by Billingsley and others, 1997. Elevations range from 7,460 ft (2,274 m) on the Coconino Plateau along State Highway 64 northeast corner of the map area, to about 4,200 ft (1,280 m) at the bottom of Cataract Canyon. Settlements within the map area include Tusayan and Valle, Arizona. State Highway 64 and U.S. Highway 180 provide access to the Tusayan and Valle areas. Indian Route 18 is a paved highway in the northwest corner of the map area that is maintained by the Hualapai and Havasupai Indian Tribes and leads from State Route 66 about 7 mi (11 km) east of Peach Springs, Arizona to Hualapai Hilltop, a parking lot just north of the map area at the rim of Cataract Canyon where visitors begin an 8 mi (13 km) hike into Havasupai, Arizona. Other remote parts of the map are accessed by two dirt roads, which are maintained by Coconino County, and by several unmaintained local ranch roads. Weather conditions restrict travel within the area and visitors must obtain permission to access a few local ranch lands in the south-central edge of the map area. Extra water and food are highly recommended when traveling in this remote region. Access into Cataract Canyon is restricted to horse or foot travel and visitors must obtain permission from the Havasupai Tribe to hike within the Havasupai Indian Reservation. In the central part of the map area, most of the land is privately owned and managed by the Babbitt Ranches Inc. in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy and the Navajo Tribe. In the southern half of the map, land alternates between privately owned land and State land forming a checkerboard pattern. The National Park Service manages land in Grand Canyon National Park (extreme northeast edge of map area), the U.S. Forest Service manages lands in the Kaibab National Forest, the Hualapai Tribe manages lands in the northwest quarter of the map area, and the Havasupai Tribe manages lands within Cataract Canyon and adjacent parts of the Coconino Plateau.

  9. Grand Canyon Explorer: The Geology of the Grand Canyon

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    Bob Ribokas

    This site provides an overview of how the Grand Canyon was formed. Concepts discussed include erosion by water, ice and wind, continental drift, and deposition. A photo gallery and stratigraphic figures support the text.

  10. New York Canyon Stimulation

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    Raemy, Bernard

    2012-06-21

    The New York Canyon Stimulation Project was to demonstrate the commercial application of Enhanced Geothermal System techniques in Buena Vista Valley area of Pershing County, Nevada. From October 2009 to early 2012, TGP Development Company aggressively implemented Phase I of Pre-Stimulation and Site/Wellbore readiness. This included: geological studies; water studies and analyses and procurement of initial permits for drilling. Oversubscription of water rights and lack of water needed for implementation of EGS were identified and remained primary obstacles. Despite extended efforts to find alternative solutions, the water supply circumstances could not be overcome and led TGP to determine a "����No Go"��� decision and initiate project termination in April 2012.

  11. 1996 Grand Canyon Flood Analysis

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    Mark Manone

    Mark Manone, Northern Arizona University Summary Analyze the effect of a 1996 controlled flood on a sandbar in Grand Canyon. This exercise uses Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst Context Type and level of course ...

  12. Grand Canyon: The Hidden Secrets

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    Summertime means vacations for many people, and for many of these sojourning to the American Southwest, this may mean a trip to the brilliance that is the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona. The people at National Geographic certainly know this area quite well, as they have sponsored a number of research expeditions there over the past century or so. Designed as a way to publicize the film that the organization plays at their canyon visitor center, this site contains a number of helpful features for those persons who may be visiting the canyon. First, visitors will want to look at the interactive map of the South Rim offered here. The map allows visitors to learn about selected features of the area, such as the famous bald eagles, the various outlooks, and the plants indigenous to the region. The site also includes a section for young people, a number of free screensavers and wallpapers, along with a travel guide to visiting the Grand Canyon.

  13. Canyon waste dump case study

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    Land, M.D.; Brothers, R.R. (Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN (United States)); McGinn, C.W. (Oak Ridge National Lab., TN (United States))

    1991-01-01

    This data packet contains the Canyonville Canyon Waste Dump results of the various physical environmental sampling. Core samples were taken from the on site waste material. Vertical grab samples were made from these borings. The waste samples were screened fro volatile organic compounds (VOC) and logged for lithology. Soil samples were also tested for VOC. Composite sediment samples were taken using a coring device known as a clam gun. No surface water was available for testing from the intermittent Canyon Wash. The hydrogeology of the Canyon Waste Dump was inferred from lithologic logs and hydraulic data from the five monitoring wells located along the canyon floor. Groundwater was monitored through five wells. The soil vapor and air screening techniques used were adaptations of the EPA ERT and NIOSH methodologies. 4 figs., 9 tabs.

  14. Holden Crater/Uzboi Valles

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    2002-01-01

    (Released 17 April 2002) The Science This image, located near 27.0S and 35.5W (324.5E), displays the intersection of Holden Crater with Uzboi Valles. This region of Mars contains a number of features that could be related to liquid water on the surface in the Martian past. Holden Crater contains finely layered sedimentary units that have been subsequently dissected. The hummucky terrain in the bottom half of the image is the remnants of this terrain, though the fine layers are not visible in this image at this resolution. The sedimentary units could have formed through deposition of material in a lacustrine type environment. Alternately, these layers could also be volcanic ash deposits. Uzboi Valles, which enters the crater from the southwest, is a catastrophic outflow channel that formed in the Martian past. The streamlined nature of the topographic features at the intersection of the crater with Uzboi Valles record the erosional pattern of flowing liquid water on the surface of Mars during the episodic outflow event. The Story Mars doesn't have a shortage of rugged terrain, and this area is no exception. While things look pretty quiet now, this cratered region was once the scene of some tremendous action. Long ago in Martian history, an incoming meteoroid probably smashed into the planet and produced a giant impact crater named Holden Crater, which stretches 88 miles across the Martian surface. The history of the area around Holden Crater doesn?t stop there. At some point, a catastrophic flood burst forth on the surface, forming an impressive outflow channel called Uzboi Valles. No one knows exactly how that happened, or whether the water might even have rushed into Holden Crater at some point, forming a long-ago lake. What we do know is that there is a lot of sedimentary material that could have formed in two hypothesized ways: in an ancient lake environment or as volcanic-ash deposits. Scientists are searching for the answers by studying the region where Uzboi Valles meets the crater. You can see the rough edge of Holden Crater running diagonally down in a sharply edged swath (from the top left-hand corner of this image to the center right-hand side). Just below it, running almost smoothly down the right-hand side of the image is an intriguing channel where water may once have flowed. Much of the terrain in the bottom half of the image, in fact, seems to be cut into a swish-swash of dissected sedimentary terrain. Sliced through in such a way, the terrain ends up carrying bunches of small, rounded hills called 'hummocks.' Earth can boast of its own rolling, hummocky terrain too, such as that found in the ravine-cut Missouri Hills and High Plains areas of South Dakota.

  15. Mineral resources of the Desolation Canyon, Turtle Canyon, and Floy Canyon Wilderness Study Areas, Carbon Emery, and Grand counties, Utah

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    Cashion, W.B.; Kilburn, J.E.; Barton, H.N.; Kelley, K.D.; Kulik, D.M. (US Geological Survey (US)); McDonnell, J.R. (Bureau of Mines (US))

    1990-09-01

    This paper reports on the Desolation Canyon, Turtle Canyon, and Floy Canyon Wilderness Study Areas which include 242,000 acres, 33,690 acres, and 23,140 acres. Coal deposits underlie all three study areas. Coal zones in the Blackhawk and Nelsen formations have identified bituminous coal resources of 22 million short tons in the Desolation Canyon Study Area, 6.3 million short tons in the Turtle Canyon Study Area, and 45 million short tons in the Floy Canyon Study Area. In-place inferred oil shale resources are estimated to contain 60 million barrels in the northern part of the Desolation Canyon area. Minor occurrences of uranium have been found in the southeastern part of the Desolation Canyon area and in the western part of the Floy Canyon area. Mineral resource potential for the study areas is estimated to be for coal, high for all areas, for oil and gas, high for the northern tract of the Desolation Canyon area and moderate for all other tracts, for bituminous sandstone, high for the northern part of the Desolation Canyon area, and low for all other tracts, for oil shale, low in all areas, for uranium, moderate for the Floy Canyon area and the southeastern part of the Desolation Canyon area and low for the remainder of the areas, for metals other than uranium, bentonite, zeolites, and geothermal energy, low in all areas, and for coal-bed methane unknown in all three areas.

  16. Red Canyon Terrace Project

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    Dennis Dahms

    We know that glacial cycles produce changes in stream regimens downstream from the active ice margin, and that successive glacial cycles often result in separate (and usually lower) floodplains that become terraces following each cycle of stream incision. Using a suite of 4-5 glacio-fluvial terraces outside the mouth of Little PopoAgie Canyon on the east flank of Wyoming's Wind River Range, students do the following: (1) produce a map of the major terrace landforms, (2) observe the geomorphic characteristics of each map unit (this includes height above present stream, depth of fine overbank material above coarse bedload, and general weathering characteristics of the units, and whether the unit is a cut or fill terrace), and (3) measure the characteristics of soil profiles dug into each unit (including horizons Id's, depth and thickness of horizons, and carbonate morphology). Students use all this information to place the terrace units into the regional glacio-fluvial chronology by matching the relative age-data with the Pinedale/Bull Lake/Pre-Bull Lake regional sequence. Final project must include a graphic representation of stream heights that fit their interpretations of the regional glacio-fluvial stratigraphy.

  17. Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Management Plan

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    Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Management Plan May 2004 Prepared for the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Subbasin Team Leader Nez Perce Tribe Watershed Division Written by Ecovista #12;Snake...............................................................................8 4 VISION FOR THE SNAKE HELLS CANYON SUBBASIN

  18. How Was the Grand Canyon Formed?

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    In this lesson students will learn about how the Grand Canyon was formed, focusing on the process of erosion. They will examine the canyon's rock layers to infer what the area looked like when the layers were created. Students will conclude by creating posters illustrating and describing what the Grand Canyon looks like today and what it looked in the past. Students will locate Arizona on a United States map and find the Grand Canyon. They will locate the Colorado River and trace its route from east to west through the canyon. Students will study a photograph of the Grand Canyon, brainstorm how the canyon was formed, and discuss their ideas. They will also view and discuss drawings of the Grand Canyon region as its various rock layers were deposited.

  19. Geology Fieldnotes: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

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    Visitors can access park geology information, photographs, related links, visitor information, multimedia resources, and resources for teaching geology with National Park examples. The park geology section discusses the Grand Canyon's geologic history, structural geology, and features a question-and-answer section about the canyon. The history of the canyon as a park and environmental issues surrounding it are also discussed. A geologic cross section of the canyon showing the various rock layers is included.

  20. Currents in monterey submarine canyon

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    Xu, J.P.; Noble, M.A.

    2009-01-01

    Flow fields of mean, subtidal, and tidal frequencies between 250 and 3300 m water depths in Monterey Submarine Canyon are examined using current measurements obtained in three yearlong field experiments. Spatial variations in flow fields are mainly controlled by the topography (shape and width) of the canyon. The mean currents flow upcanyon in the offshore reaches (>1000 m) and downcanyon in the shallow reaches (100-m amplitude isotherm oscillations and associated high-speed rectilinear currents. The 15-day spring-neap cycle and a ???3-day??? band are the two prominent frequencies in subtidal flow field. Neither of them seems directly correlated with the spring-neap cycle of the sea level.

  1. Layering in the wall rock of Valles Marineris: intrusive and extrusive Jean-Pierre Williams, David A. Paige, and Craig E. Manning

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    Manning, Craig

    effusive flood basalt volcanism or interbedded sediments and volcanics. We present observations igneous province associated with crustal rifting and exposures of thick sequences of layered flood basalts, low-viscosity flood basalts. Subsequently, Malin and Edgett [2000] with further observations noted

  2. Tubes at Glen Canyon Dam

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    The river outlet tubes at Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in Arizona. At noon Monday, Nov. 19, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will open the dam's river outlet tubes, releasing controlled flows larger than the usual 8,000-25,000 cubic feet per second that flows through the turbines of...

  3. The canyon system on Mars

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    Lucchitta, B. K.; Mcewen, A. S.; Clow, G. D.; Geissler, P. E.; Singer, R. B.; Schultz, R. A.; Squyres, S. W.

    1992-01-01

    Individual Martian equatorial troughs are described, and their stratigraphy, geomorphology and structure are discussed. Possible origins and the overall sequence of events are addressed. Wall rock, interior layered deposits, irregular floor deposits, fractured floor material, and surficial deposits are examined. Chasma walls, wall stability, pits and pit chains, tributary canyons, and the transition from troughs to channels are also discussed.

  4. Thomas Moran: "The Grand Canyon."

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    Brubaker, Ann

    1986-01-01

    Presents a lesson plan for introducing students in grades four through six to Thomas Moran's painting, "The Grand Canyon." The goal of the lesson is to illustrate the importance of the American West as a subject for artists in the nineteenth century. (JDH)

  5. Amplification of bedrock canyon incision by wind

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    Perkins, J. P.; Finnegan, N. J.; de Silva, S. L.

    2013-12-01

    Bedrock canyons etch much of the surface of Earth and Mars, and commonly inform interpretations of long-term hydrologic or tectonic changes within these landscapes. However, many bedrock canyons (particularly on Mars) exist in arid environments where wind abrasion can dramatically alter surface morphology. Although it is hypothesized that wind carves or modifies bedrock canyons on Mars, the interplay of wind and fluvial processes in shaping canyon landscapes is, to our knowledge, unexplored. Consequently, here we exploit a natural experiment along the 4.09 Ma Puripicar ignimbrite, situated on the western slope of the Andes in the Atacama Desert and subject to significant erosion from both wind and rivers. The Puripicar exhibits a series of bedrock gorges nested behind a broad north-south escarpment whose southern half is protected from wind by a large topographic barrier. This shielding provides a natural control to examine the effects of wind abrasion on canyon morphology and in particular knickpoint retreat. Our results show that for a given drainage area, knickpoints in wind-affected canyons have incised an order of magnitude farther upstream than wind-protected canyons. In addition, wind-affected canyons are wider and have more streamlined aspect ratios for a given drainage area than wind-protected canyons. Aeolian abrasion appears to result in knickpoints with average slopes half those of shielded canyons (0.2 and 0.4, respectively). Lastly, although the magnitude of knickpoint retreat is larger in wind-affected canyons, the scaling exponent between knickpoint retreat and drainage area is virtually identical for wind-affected canyons (0.56, R = 0.71) and wind-protected canyons (0.60, R = 0.80). Taken together, our results suggest that fluvial incision and wind abrasion are coupled processes in this landscape: convergent canyons funnel wind towards knickpoints, thereby leading to enhanced aeolian abrasion rates at knickpoints. We speculate that the apparent drainage area dependence of knickpoint retreat in wind-affected canyons reflects the fact that larger rivers create wider canyon mouths. Larger canyons mouths, in turn, increase wind convergence and drive higher aeolian abrasion rates at the heads of larger canyons. This study is the first to demonstrate knickpoint retreat via wind abrasion, and highlights that even in landscapes where large river gorges are present, wind may still exert a dominant control on canyon morphology.

  6. Geomorphic process fingerprints in submarine canyons

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    Brothers, Daniel S.; ten Brink, Uri S.; Andrews, Brian D.; Chaytor, Jason D.; Twichell, David C.

    2013-01-01

    Submarine canyons are common features of continental margins worldwide. They are conduits that funnel vast quantities of sediment from the continents to the deep sea. Though it is known that submarine canyons form primarily from erosion induced by submarine sediment flows, we currently lack quantitative, empirically based expressions that describe the morphology of submarine canyon networks. Multibeam bathymetry data along the entire passive US Atlantic margin (USAM) and along the active central California margin near Monterey Bay provide an opportunity to examine the fine-scale morphology of 171 slope-sourced canyons. Log–log regression analyses of canyon thalweg gradient (S) versus up-canyon catchment area (A) are used to examine linkages between morphological domains and the generation and evolution of submarine sediment flows. For example, canyon reaches of the upper continental slope are characterized by steep, linear and/or convex longitudinal profiles, whereas reaches farther down canyon have distinctly concave longitudinal profiles. The transition between these geomorphic domains is inferred to represent the downslope transformation of debris flows into erosive, canyon-flushing turbidity flows. Over geologic timescales this process appears to leave behind a predictable geomorphic fingerprint that is dependent on the catchment area of the canyon head. Catchment area, in turn, may be a proxy for the volume of sediment released during geomorphically significant failures along the upper continental slope. Focused studies of slope-sourced submarine canyons may provide new insights into the relationships between fine-scale canyon morphology and down-canyon changes in sediment flow dynamics.

  7. Mineral resources of the Coal Canyon, Spruce Canyon, and Flume Canyon Wilderness Study Areas, Grand county, Utah

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    Dickerson, R.P.; Gaccetta, J.D.; Kulik, D.M.; Kreidler, T.J.

    1990-01-01

    This paper reports on the Coal Canyon, Spruce Canyon, and Flume Canyon Wilderness Study Areas in the Book and Roan Cliffs in Grand Country, Utah, approximately 12 miles west of the Colorado state line. The wilderness study areas consist of a series of deep, stair-step-sided canyons and high ridges eroded into the flatlying sedimentary rocks of the Book Cliffs. Demonstrated coal reserves totaling 22,060,800 short tons and demonstrated subeconomic coal resources totaling 39,180,000 short tons are in the Coal Canyon Wilderness Study Area. Also, inferred subeconomic coal resources totaling 143,954,000 short tons are within the Coal Canyon Wilderness Study Area. No known deposits of industrial minerals are in any of the study area. All three of the wilderness study areas have a high resource potential for undiscovered deposits of coal and for undiscovered oil and gas.

  8. A GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL STUDY OF THE BACA GEOTHERMAL FIELD, VALLES CALDERA, NEW MEXICO

    SciTech Connect

    Wilt, M.; Haar, S.V.

    1982-03-01

    The Baca location {number_sign}1 geothermal field is located in north-central New Mexico within the western half of the Plio-Pleistocene valles Caldera. Steam and hot water are produced primarily from the northeast-trending Redondo Creek graben, where downhole temperatures exceed 500 F. Stratigraphically the reservoir region can be described as a five-layer sequence that includes (1) caldera fill and the upper units of the Bandelier ash flow tuff, (2) the lower members of this tuff, which comprise the main reservoir rock at Baca, (3) the Pliocene Paliza Canyon volcanics, (4) Tertiary sands and Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, and (5) Precambrian granitic basement. Production is controlled by fractures and faults that are ultimately related to activity in the Rio Grande Rift system. Geophysically, the caldera is characterized by a gravity minimum and a resistivity low. A 40-mgal gravity minimum over the caldera is due mostly to the relatively low-density volcanics and sediments that fill the caldera and probably bears no relation to deep-seated magmatic sources. Two-dimensional gravity modeling indicates that the depth to Precambrian basement in Redondo Canyon is probably at least 3 km and may exceed 5 km in eastern parts of the caldera. Telluric and magnetotelluric surveys have shown that the reservoir region is associated with low resistivity and that a deep low-resistivity zone correlates well with the depth of the primary reservoir inferred from well data.

  9. Klettafjllin og Grand Canyon 1 Klettafjllin, Grand Canyon og Laramide byltingin

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    Ingólfsson, �lafur

    Klettafjöllin og Grand Canyon 1 Klettafjöllin, Grand Canyon og Laramide byltingin Kristbjörg María farið í Colorado, vestan við Klettafjöllin, en þar er að finna hið mikilfenglega Grand Canyon sem sker. Myndun Klettafjallanna og Grand Canyon hefur lengi valdið miklum heilabrotum meðal vísindamanna, enda er

  10. 36 CFR 7.92 - Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ... Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. 7.92 Section... Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area. (a) Aircraft-designated...in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, except in the following...protection, and other management activities and objectives. [36...

  11. Megabreccias, Early Lakes, and Duration of Resurgence Recorded in Valles Caldera, New Mexico

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goff, F.; Goff, C. J.; Phillips, E. H.; Kyle, P. R.; McIntosh, W. C.; Chipera, S.; Gardner, J. N.

    2003-12-01

    New 1:24,000 scale geologic mapping combined with previous and ongoing geoscientific studies are revealing significant new findings on intracaldera stratigraphy and structure, initial development of intracaldera lakes, and the duration of resurgence within the ca. 1.25 Myr Valles caldera. The caldera is about 22 km in diameter and contains a resurgent dome that is a northeast-trending oval roughly11 x 9 km in dimension. Maximum resurgence (uplift) was more than 1000 m, during which the dome split into three principal segments herein named the Redondo Peak, Redondo Border, and Valle San Luis segments. These segments are separated from each other by long, narrow grabens herein called the Redondo Creek, Jaramillo Creek, and San Luis Creek grabens. Differential uplift accompanied by intense faulting has exposed large, rootless megabreccia (Mbx) blocks composed of precaldera rocks submerged in densely welded, intracaldera upper Bandelier Tuff. The largest Mbx blocks are roughly 0.2 to 2.0 km long and consist primarily of Abo Fm (Permian), Gallisteo Fm (?) (Eocene), Santa Fe Group (Miocene), Paliza Canyon Fm (late Miocene) and lower Bandelier Tuff (ca. 1.62 Ma). Deep geothermal wells drilled within the Redondo Creek graben from 1970 to 1983 penetrate as much as 2032 m of intracaldera Bandelier Tuff and post-Bandelier rocks before intersecting caldera floor rocks (average = 1646 m, n = 23 wells). Evidence that a lake developed within the caldera depression is preserved in finely laminated lacustrine beds and rhyolitic, hydromagmatic tuffs that overlie intracaldera Bandelier Tuff on the resurgent dome. The lacustrine rocks contain organic remains and the hydromagmatic tuffs contain accretionary lapilli. In some locations, lacustrine and hydromagmatic rocks are interbedded. Earliest post-caldera rhyolite lavas (Deer Canyon Member) display occasional pepperite and pillow textures. Many lavas contain significant amounts of fine, opalized flow breccia indicating interaction with water. Associated Deer Canyon tuffs are altered to variable mixtures of silica, smectite, clinoptilolite, mordenite and other phases. Slightly younger rhyolite lava flows (Redondo Creek Member) occasionally display upper flow surfaces in which cracks are filled with zeolitized mud. The combined geologic evidence indicates that the initial Valles lake was widespread and relatively shallow, containing waters with neutral to alkaline pH and relatively high K/Na ratios. 40Ar/39Ar dating of sanidine separates from Deer Canyon and Redondo Creek rhyolites yields ages that are statistically indistinguishable from the age of underlying upper Bandelier Tuff. These results indicate that the intracaldera lake developed immediately after the caldera formed and that the resurgent dome rose out of a lake. Most resurgence occurred after Redondo Creek rhyolite was erupted because the unit is intensely faulted and associated lacustrine beds are now as much as 500 m above the undeformed caldera moat. In contrast, rhyolite lavas of the first post-caldera moat complex, Cerro del Medio (about 1.22 Ma) show no apparent deformation or uplift due to resurgence. Within the errors of the various 40Ar/39Ar dates, the apparent duration of resurgence was no longer than about 50,000 years yielding a minimum resurgence rate of about 2 cm/y.

  12. Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) in Equatorial Mars

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    McEwen, A. S.; Dundas, C.; Mattson, S.; Toigo, A.; Ojha, L.; Murchie, S.; Thomas, N.; Wray, J.; Byrne, S.; Chojnacki, M.

    2013-09-01

    Here we report on RSL (possible water seeps) in equatorial regions of Mars, especially in the deep canyons of Valles Marineris (VM). They are active on north-facing slopes in northern spring and summer and on south-facing slopes in southern spring and summer, following the peak solar warming of these steep slopes. This equatorial activity places new constraints on the origin of RSL and has implications for future exploration.

  13. ACCELERATED PILOT PROJECT FOR U CANYON DEMOLITION

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    KEHLER KL

    2011-01-13

    At the U.S. Department of Energy's Hanford Site in southeast Washington State, CH2M HILL Plateau Remediation Company (CH2M HILL) is underway on a first-of-a-kind project with the decommissioning and demolition of the U Canyon. Following the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA) Record of Decision for the final remediation of the canyon, CH2M HILL is combining old and new technology and techniques to prepare U Canyon for demolition. The selected remedial action called first for consolidating and grouting equipment currently in the canyon into lower levels of the plant (openings called cells), after which the cell galleries, hot pipe trench, ventilation tunnel, drains and other voids below the operating deck and crane-way deck levels will be filled with approximately 20,000 cubic yards of grout and the canyon roof and walls demolished down to the approximate level of the canyon deck. The remaining canyon structure will then be buried beneath an engineered barrier designed to control potential contaminant migration for a 500-year life. Methods and lessons learned from this project will set the stage for the future demolition of Hanford's four other canyon-type processing facilities.

  14. Barrel Cactus in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  15. Sunset Panorama in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  16. Loblolly Pines in Pine Creek Canyon

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    Pine Creek Canyon is a remnant ecosystem of loblolly pines. A remnant ecosystem is the last vestige of an ecosystem type that used to be more widespred. Red Rock Canyon is a National Conservation Area managed by the Bureau of Land Management, located just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. It is part of...

  17. Snow-covered Sandstone at Bryce Canyon

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  18. Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante

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    Views along the Queen's Garden Trail in Bryce Canyon National Park; Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument can be seen in the background. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed d...

  19. Panorama of Bryce Canyon National Park

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  20. Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante

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    Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars of rock that formed due to different erosion rates for the dolomite that caps them and the sandstone that forms their base. Bryce Canyon is also home to large numbe...

  1. Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Lynn Rasmussen; Shannon Richardson

    2007-01-01

    He-yey, Nez Perce for steelhead or rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), are a culturally and ecologically significant resource within the Big Canyon Creek watershed; they are also part of the federally listed Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS. The majority of the Big Canyon Creek drainage is considered critical habitat for that DPS as well as for the federally listed Snake River

  2. Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Hamill, John F.

    2009-01-01

    The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River, one of the world's most spectacular gorges, is a premier U.S. National Park and a World Heritage Site. The canyon supports a diverse array of distinctive plants and animals and contains cultural resources significant to the region's Native Americans. About 15 miles upstream of Grand Canyon National Park sits Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1963, which created Lake Powell. The dam provides hydroelectric power for 200 wholesale customers in six western States, but it has also altered the Colorado River's flow, temperature, and sediment-carrying capacity. Over time this has resulted in beach erosion, invasion and expansion of nonnative species, and losses of native fish. Public concern about the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations prompted the passage of the Grand Canyon Protection Act of 1992, which directs the Secretary of the Interior to operate the dam 'to protect, mitigate adverse impacts to, and improve values for which Grand Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area were established...' This legislation also required the creation of a long-term monitoring and research program to provide information that could inform decisions related to dam operations and protection of downstream resources.

  3. Comparing ecological restoration alternatives: Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Peter Z. Fulé; W. Wallace Covington; H. B. Smith; Judith D. Springer; Thomas A. Heinlein; Kristin D. Huisinga; Margaret M. Moore

    2002-01-01

    Three treatments designed to initiate the process of restoring the surface fire regime and open forest structure of a southwestern ponderosa pine forest were compared on the Kaibab National Forest along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim. The treatments were: (1) full restoration (FULL)—thinning trees to emulate stand structure prior to fire regime disruption ca. 1887, forest floor fuel treatment, and

  4. Primary Initiation of Submarine Canyons

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    Herndon, J Marvin

    2011-01-01

    The discovery of close-to-star gas-giant exo-planets lends support to the idea of Earth's origin as a Jupiter-like gas-giant and to the consequences of its compression, including whole-Earth decompression dynamics that gives rise, without requiring mantle convection, to the myriad measurements and observations whose descriptions are attributed to plate tectonics. I propose here another, unanticipated consequence of whole-Earth decompression dynamics: namely, a specific, dominant, non-erosion, underlying initiation-mechanism precursor for submarine canyons that follows as a direct consequence of Earth's early origin as a Jupiter-like gas-giant.

  5. Primary Initiation of Submarine Canyons

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    J. Marvin Herndon

    2011-02-02

    The discovery of close-to-star gas-giant exo-planets lends support to the idea of Earth's origin as a Jupiter-like gas-giant and to the consequences of its compression, including whole-Earth decompression dynamics that gives rise, without requiring mantle convection, to the myriad measurements and observations whose descriptions are attributed to plate tectonics. I propose here another, unanticipated consequence of whole-Earth decompression dynamics: namely, a specific, dominant, non-erosion, underlying initiation-mechanism precursor for submarine canyons that follows as a direct consequence of Earth's early origin as a Jupiter-like gas-giant.

  6. Geology and biology of Oceanographer submarine canyon.

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Valentine, P.C.; Uzmann, J.R.; Cooper, R.A.

    1980-01-01

    Santonian beds more than 100 m thick are the oldest rocks collected from the canyon. Quaternary silty clay veneers the canyon walls in many places and is commonly burrowed by benthic organisms that cause extensive erosion of the canyon walls, especially in the depth zone (100-1300 m) inhabited by the crabs Geryon and Cancer. Bioerosion is minimal on high, near-vertical cliffs of sedimentary rock, in areas of continual sediment movement, and where the sea floor is paved by gravel. A thin layer of rippled, unconsolidated silt and sand is commonly present on the canyon walls and in the axis. Shelf sediments are transported from Georges Bank over the E rim and in the Canyon by the SW drift and storm currents; tidal currents and internal waves move the sediment downcanyon along the walls and axis.- from Authors

  7. Third hole planned at Valles Caldera

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gardner, Jamie

    Valles caldera, N. Mex., is the culmination of more than 13 million years of volcanism in the Jemez volcanic field and is an excellent model for resurgent calderas and for the high-temperature geothermal systems found with them. This month one of the biggest diamond drills in the world will start the third research core hole in the caldera. Valles Caldera 2B will be the tenth core hole in the Department of Energy's Continental Scientific Drilling Program.CSDP drilling in the 1.1-million-year-old caldera began in 1984 in the southwest moat zone when the research hole Valles Caldera 1 was continuously cored to 856 m. VC-1 intersected a hydrothermal outflow plume from the deep geothermal system. Data indicate multiple episodes of hydrothermal activity in the volcanic field's history, as well as multiple episodes of rhyolite magma generation during evolution of the caldera. The June 10, 1988 (vol. 63), issue of Journal of Geophysical Research—Solid Earth and Planets carried a special section on results from VC-1.

  8. Isotope geochemistry of thermal and nonthermal waters in the Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains, Northern New Mexico

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Vuataz, FrançOis D.; Goff, Fraser

    1986-02-01

    Over 100 stable isotope and 45 tritium analyses from thermal and nonthermal waters of the Jemez Mountains region, New Mexico, have been used to define the hydrodynamics of the Valles caldera (Baca) geothermal system and related geothermal fluids of the region. Evaluation of 36 cold meteoric waters yields an equation for the Jemez Mountains meteoric water line of ?D = 8?18O + 12, while further evaluation of nine cold meteoric waters yields an equation relating recharge elevation to deuterium content of E(meters) = -44.9 (?D) - 1154. Based on the deuterium content of five Baca well waters (223°-294°C), the average recharge elevation of the Valles geothermal system ranges from 2530 to 2890 m. This range of elevations falls between the elevations of the lowest point of the caldera floor (2400 m) and the summit of the resurgent dome inside the caldera (3430 m). Thus stable isotopes indicate that the caldera depression probably serves as a recharge basin for the deep geothermal system. Although cold spring waters of the Jemez Mountains region consist of meteoric water, tritium analyses show that most of them contain water between 20 and 75 years old. The two major streams draining the Valles moat zone, San Antonio Creek and East Fork Jemez River, may contain more than 50% of this relatively old groundwater depending on the season. In contrast, streams draining the central resurgent dome of the caldera contain present-day meteoric water. Using piston flow and homogeneously mixed reservoir models as end-member cases, the tritium contents of the Baca fluids (0.18-1.10 tritium units (TU)) indicate that the mean residence time of water in the reservoir is between 60 and 10,000 years old. Deep geothermal fluids display a positive oxygen 18 shift of not less than 2‰ because of rock-water isotopic exchange at 220°-300°C. The Valles geothermal system is capped by a vapor zone that is roughly 600 m thick and best developed at Sulphur Springs. Fumarolic steam at Sulphur Springs is unusually depleted in oxygen 18, suggesting that it is probably derived by boiling of near-surface groundwater at 200°C. Surface acid-sulfate waters are mixtures of condensed steam and surficial groundwaters that display the isotopic processes of evaporation and exchange between H2O and CO2. A lateral outflow plume discharges from the Valles geothermal system down the Jemez fault zone and feeds two sets of thermal springs in San Diego Canyon. Isotopic evidence shows that these springs consist of three components: (1) deep geothermal fluid, (2) surficial and/or near-surface groundwater, and (3) relatively old, but cold, mineralized water. This latter component presumably circulates in Paleozoic strata underlying the western caldera flank. Hot, Precambrian, pore fluid brine occurs beneath the main Valles caldera hydrothermal system and may be generated by metamorphic processes in the relatively impermeable conductive regime above the magmatic heat source of the caldera.

  9. Prehistoric deforestation at Chaco Canyon?

    PubMed Central

    Wills, W. H.; Drake, Brandon L.; Dorshow, Wetherbee B.

    2014-01-01

    Ancient societies are often used to illustrate the potential problems stemming from unsustainable land-use practices because the past seems rife with examples of sociopolitical “collapse” associated with the exhaustion of finite resources. Just as frequently, and typically in response to such presentations, archaeologists and other specialists caution against seeking simple cause-and effect-relationships in the complex data that comprise the archaeological record. In this study we examine the famous case of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, during the Bonito Phase (ca. AD 860–1140), which has become a prominent popular illustration of ecological and social catastrophe attributed to deforestation. We conclude that there is no substantive evidence for deforestation at Chaco and no obvious indications that the depopulation of the canyon in the 13th century was caused by any specific cultural practices or natural events. Clearly there was a reason why these farming people eventually moved elsewhere, but the archaeological record has not yet produced compelling empirical evidence for what that reason might have been. Until such evidence appears, the legacy of Ancestral Pueblo society in Chaco should not be used as a cautionary story about socioeconomic failures in the modern world. PMID:25071220

  10. Prehistoric deforestation at Chaco Canyon?

    PubMed

    Wills, W H; Drake, Brandon L; Dorshow, Wetherbee B

    2014-08-12

    Ancient societies are often used to illustrate the potential problems stemming from unsustainable land-use practices because the past seems rife with examples of sociopolitical "collapse" associated with the exhaustion of finite resources. Just as frequently, and typically in response to such presentations, archaeologists and other specialists caution against seeking simple cause-and effect-relationships in the complex data that comprise the archaeological record. In this study we examine the famous case of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, during the Bonito Phase (ca. AD 860-1140), which has become a prominent popular illustration of ecological and social catastrophe attributed to deforestation. We conclude that there is no substantive evidence for deforestation at Chaco and no obvious indications that the depopulation of the canyon in the 13th century was caused by any specific cultural practices or natural events. Clearly there was a reason why these farming people eventually moved elsewhere, but the archaeological record has not yet produced compelling empirical evidence for what that reason might have been. Until such evidence appears, the legacy of Ancestral Pueblo society in Chaco should not be used as a cautionary story about socioeconomic failures in the modern world. PMID:25071220

  11. Plunge Pools in Hawaiian Submarine Canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Caress, D. W.; Greene, H. G.; Greene, H. G.; Paull, C. K.; Ussler, W.; Clague, D.; Moore, J. G.; Maher, N. H.

    2001-12-01

    Many submarine canyon systems include well-defined intra-canyon depressions. Often, these depressions are found at the base of scarps along the canyon thalweg, with morphologic characteristics similar to subarial plunge pools formed at waterfalls. One plausible mechanism for the origin of these features is scouring during submarine debris flows. Other processes which can plausibly contribute to the formation of re-entrants and depressions in submarine canyons include erosion by spring sapping, slumping, collapse following gas expulsion or subsurface dissolution, and channel damming by mass wasting of canyon walls. The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institution conducted ROV dives around the Hawaiian Islands during a spring 2001 expedition of the R/V Western Flyer and ROV Tiburon. Three ROV dives investigated submarine canyons on the north (windward) sides of Molokai and Hawaii that exhibit well-developed intra-canyon depressions. These depressions ranged from 10 m deep and 150 m across to 90 m deep and 750 m across. The headwall scarps ranged from 20 m to 350 m. ROV video observations combined with rock and sediment sampling allowed us to characterize the depressions' detailed morphology, relate the morphology to the underlying geology, and view the genesis of these features in the context of the origin and evolution of the canyon systems as a whole. Our observations support the hypothesis that these intra-canyon depressions, or plunge pools, are formed through scouring during submarine debris flows. In all cases the down-canyon depression sills are dams composed of debris piles, with angular rubble exposed on the depression side and sand covering the down-canyon side. The Molokai plunge pool is draped with mud and silt, suggesting no recent activity. However, the Kohala plunge pools show clear signs of recent scour and no sediment cover. The headwalls above the plunge pools expose layered volcanoclastic and lava flow units, with more resistant layers frequently forming vertical or overhanging walls. We interpret these canyons as being largely formed through retrogressive (headward) erosion and slope failure. Periodic rockfalls and debris flows following undercutting of the headwalls scours the depressions, builds the pool dams, and both lengthens and deepens the canyons. >http://www.mbari.org/education/cruises/Hawaii/

  12. Supplement to The Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Plan Introduction

    E-print Network

    1 Supplement to The Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Plan Introduction This document was written draft Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Assessment and Snake Hells Canyon Subbasin Management Plan prepared species in the Snake Hells Canyon subbasin. Section II summarizes the prioritization of these limiting

  13. Predictability of Turbulent Flow in Street Canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lo, K. W.; Ngan, K.

    2015-03-01

    Although predictability is a subject of great importance in atmospheric modelling, there has been little research on urban boundary-layer flows. Here the predictability of street-canyon flow is examined numerically via large-eddy simulation of a unit-aspect-ratio canyon and neutrally stratified atmosphere. In spectral space there is indication of cascade-like behaviour away from the canyon at early times, but the error growth is essentially independent of scale inside the canyon; in physical space the error field is rather inhomogeneous and shows clear differences among the canyon, shear layer and inertial sublayer. The error growth is largely driven by the shear layer: errors generated above roof level are advected into the canyon while contributions from intermittent bursting and in situ development within the canyon play a relatively minor role. This work highlights differences between the predictability of urban flows and canonical turbulent flows and should be useful in developing modelling strategies for more realistic time-dependent urban flows.

  14. Flow dynamics around downwelling submarine canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spurgin, J. M.; Allen, S. E.

    2014-10-01

    Flow dynamics around a downwelling submarine canyon were analysed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model. Blanes Canyon (northwestern Mediterranean) was used for topographic and initial forcing conditions. Fourteen scenarios were modelled with varying forcing conditions. Rossby and Burger numbers were used to determine the significance of Coriolis acceleration and stratification (respectively) and their impacts on flow dynamics. A new non-dimensional parameter (?) was introduced to determine the significance of vertical variations in stratification. Some simulations do see brief periods of upwards displacement of water during the 10-day model period; however, the presence of the submarine canyon is found to enhance downwards advection of density in all model scenarios. High Burger numbers lead to negative vorticity and a trapped anticyclonic eddy within the canyon, as well as an increased density anomaly. Low Burger numbers lead to positive vorticity, cyclonic circulation, and weaker density anomalies. Vertical variations in stratification affect zonal jet placement. Under the same forcing conditions, the zonal jet is pushed offshore in more uniformly stratified domains. The offshore jet location generates upwards density advection away from the canyon, while onshore jets generate downwards density advection everywhere within the model domain. Increasing Rossby values across the canyon axis, as well as decreasing Burger values, increase negative vertical flux at shelf break depth (150 m). Increasing Rossby numbers lead to stronger downwards advection of a passive tracer (nitrate), as well as stronger vorticity within the canyon. Results from previous studies are explained within this new dynamic framework.

  15. Flow dynamics around downwelling submarine canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Spurgin, J. M.; Allen, S. E.

    2014-05-01

    Flow dynamics around a downwelling submarine canyon were analysed with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology general circulation model. Blanes Canyon (Northwest Mediterranean) was used for topographic and initial forcing conditions. Fourteen scenarios were modelled with varying forcing conditions. Rossby number and Burger number were used to determine the significance of Coriolis acceleration and stratification (respectively) and their impacts on flow dynamics. A new non-dimensional parameter (?) was introduced to determine the significance of vertical variations in stratification. Some simulations do see brief periods of upwards displacement of water during the 10 day model period, however, the presence of the submarine canyon is found to enhance downwards advection of density in all model scenarios. High Burger numbers lead to negative vorticity and a trapped anticyclonic eddy within the canyon, as well as an increased density anomaly. Low Burger numbers lead to positive vorticity, cyclonic circulation and weaker density anomalies. Vertical variations in stratification affect zonal jet placement. Under the same forcing conditions, the zonal jet is pushed offshore in more uniformly stratified domains. Offshore jet location generates upwards density advection away from the canyon, while onshore jets generate downwards density advection everywhere within the model domain. Increasing Rossby values across the canyon axis, as well as decreasing Burger values, increase negative vertical flux at shelf break depth (150 m). Increasing Rossby numbers lead to stronger downwards advection of a passive tracer (nitrate) as well as stronger vorticity within the canyon. Results from previous studies were explained within this new dynamic framework.

  16. Juventae Chasma and Maja Valles, Mars: Further Evidence for Multiple Flooding Events

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Gross, C.; Wendt, L.; Dumke, A.; Neukum, G.

    2009-04-01

    Introduction: In this study we investigate the age relationship of Juventae Chasma to the adjacent Maja Valles in order to gain a feasible explanation for the formation and evolution of rhythmic light-toned layered deposits (LLD). In this first step, we use impact crater size-frequency distributions for dating the planetary surface in the regions of interest. Juventae Chasma is located at the northern side of the Valles Marineris and stretches for approximately 150 km east-west and 250 km north-south. The basin floor shows a depth of 5 km and more below the surrounding surface. To the north lies the adjacent Maja Valles, a 50 km to 150 km wide channel extending for 1600 km northward and discharging into the Chryse Planitia plains. Various investigations of several authors have been carried out on this subject in the past, but the formation of the LLD in Juventae Chasma is still poorly understood. The formation theories range from a volcanic origin [1], lake deposits, delta deposits [2] to spring deposits [3]. A very different hypothesis for the formation of the sulfates is deposition from airfall. This could happen as dry deposition from the atmosphere or in co-precipitation with icy materials such as snow crystals or dust particles. This phenomenon is observed at the poles of Mars, where rhythmic layerings occur showing high similarities to the sulfate deposits in Juventae Chasma. The light-toned materials in the chasma show a spectral signature indicative of kieserite in the outcrops A, C and D and in the lower part of B, whereas the upper part of B was described as gypsum [4]. Wendt et al. [5] identified different mineral assemblages in the cap rock of mount B, using the CRISM instrument and the Multiple-Endmember Linear Spectral Unmixing Model (MELSUM). HRSC DTM: The Digital Terrain Model (DTM ) mosaic (see Fig. 1) was derived from 11 HRSC orbits at approximately -7° S to 8° N and 295° to 301° E with a ground resolution of 100 m per pixel and an ortho-image mosaic with a ground resolution of 12.5 m per pixel. The main processing tasks for the DTM derivation are first a pre-rectification of image data using the global MOLA- based DTM, then a least-squares area-based matching between nadir and the other channels (stereo and photometry) in a pyramidal approach and finally, DTM raster generation. Improved orientation data are necessary for high-resolution digital terrain models and orthoimage mosaics. For this purpose, new exterior and interior orientation data, based on tie-point matching have been used. The bundle adjustment approach for photogrammetric point determination with a three-line camera is a least squares adjustment based on the well known collinearity equations [6]. The construction of the HRSC-DTM is the basis for further investigation of the masses and volumes, transported from Juventae Chasma through Maja Valles. We use HRSC and OMEGA (Mars Express), as well as HiRise and CRISM (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) data for generally mapping the target area. Crater counting is carried out using CTX and HRSC images. Results: The results of the first determinations of the impact crater size-frequency distributions are presented in Fig. 2 and 3 and show an age of 1.22 Ga (+/- 0.16 Ga) for the western part of the Maja Valles channel. The southeastern channel (close to the streamlined island) shows older ages of 3.68 Ga (+0.08/-0.17 Ga) and 2.18 Ga (+/- 0.31 Ga). This clearly indicates, that multiple flooding events took place in the area. The first results for Juventae Chasma age determinations indicate an age of 3.33 Ga. Conclusions: The HRSC-DTM enables us to examine the study area most accurately. We dated the formation of the Juventae Chasma with an age of at least 3.33 Ga. The investigated sites at Maja Valles clearly show evidences for multiple outflow events. Some of these events took place before the formation of the sulfate deposits in Juventae Chasma. Further age determinations and mapping will be carried out in this area to obtain a chronology of events of this highly interesting area in the equatoria

  17. Rapid canyon formation by extreme floods

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    Lamb, M. P.; Mackey, B. H.; Lapotre, M. G.

    2012-12-01

    The formation of river gorges generally occurs over geomorphic timescales, with rates of river incision into bedrock infrequently exceeding millimeters per year. This is in contrast to relatively rare examples of bedrock canyons that have been cut in a matter of days or weeks by catastrophic floods. Here we report on several case studies of canyons inferred to have been cut by large magnitude, short-lived flood events. Canyon Lake Gorge, Texas, was cut ~ 10 m into jointed bedrock during a three-day historic flood event, illustrating that short lived floods can efficiently mobilize and transport large quantities of rock. New cosmogenic exposure dating of multiple features at Malad Gorge, Idaho, indicates that it was formed ~ 48 ka, equivalent to the age of Box Canyon located 18 km to the south, suggesting that flooding there was regional in scale. In all cases, we attribute extremely rapid canyon erosion (i.e., meters per day) to the dominance of plucking and toppling of jointed rock rather than the relatively slow process of fluvial abrasion. Large magnitude flows are inferred from the threshold required to topple blocks and transport boulders. The lack of upstream drainage-network development and the lack of fluvial abrasion features indicate the floods must have been short-lived. Canyons cut into plateau terrain by large magnitude, short duration floods appear to have distinctive morphologies including steep canyon headwalls with semi-circular planforms, suggesting flow focusing and toppling at the headwall, despite the largely flat initial topography. In contrast, neighboring canyons undergoing active fluvial abrasion tend to show potholes, polished and fluted rock, headwalls that are pointed in planform, and more gradual knickzones extending into well-developed drainage networks upstream. Modeling suggests that the rate of canyon cutting by large-scale floods in jointed rock may be limited only by the sediment transport capacity of the flow.

  18. The Grand Canyon: How It Formed

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    Today, in the deepest part of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River flows past rocks that are 1.7 billion years old. This video describes how the river cut vertically through layers of pre-existing rock as the plateau beneath it was uplifted by tectonic forces. It also explains that other forces worked to widen the canyon, particluarly the activity of tributary streams and debris flows caused by flash flooding from intense rainfall or rapid snowmelt moving loose rock and boulders down canyon walls and side channels. A background essay and list of discussion questions are also provided.

  19. XVIII. TEST HOLES IN THE VALLE TOLEDO AND VALLE GRANDE (1948)

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    , gravel, with some clay lenses, all volcanic rock, containing much pumice 350 361 Note: The whole section and pumice 130 140 7. Test Hole 7 Location: Valle Grande Depth: 40 ft Depth to water: 5.5 ft (6-29-48); 6

  20. Mars Science Laboratory at Canyon

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    2003-01-01

    December 2, 2003

    NASA's Mars Science Laboratory travels near a canyon on Mars in this artist's concept. The mission is under development for launch in 2009 and a precision landing on Mars in 2010.

    Once on the ground, the Mars Science Laboratory would analyze dozens of samples scooped up from the soil and cored from rocks as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover. It would investigate the past or present ability of Mars to support life. NASA is considering nuclear energy for powering the rover to give it a long operating lifespan.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is managing development of the Mars Smart Laboratory for the NASA Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.

  1. 77 FR 48151 - Boulder Canyon Project

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    2012-08-13

    ...email jmurray@wapa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Hoover Dam, authorized by the Boulder Canyon Project Act (45 Stat...Colorado River along the Arizona and Nevada border. Hoover Dam power plant has nineteen (19) generating units...

  2. Wintertime meteorology of the Grand Canyon region

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    Whiteman, C.D.

    1992-09-01

    The Grand Canyon region of the American Southwest is an interesting region meteorologically, but because of its isolated location, the lack of major population centers in the region, and the high cost of meteorological field experiments, it has historically received little observational attention. In recent years, however, attention has been directed to episodes of visibility degradation in many of the US National parks, and two recent field studies focused on this visibility problem have greatly increased the meteorological data available for the Grand Canyon region. The most recent and comprehensive of these studies is the Navajo Generating Station Winter Visibility Study of 1989--90. This study investigated the sources of visibility degradation in Grand Canyon National Park and the meteorological mechanisms leading to low visibility episodes. In this paper we present analyses of this rich data set to gain a better understanding of the key wintertime meteorological features of the Grand Canyon region.

  3. Flow Structure in a Bedrock Canyon (Invited)

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    Venditti, J. G.; Rennie, C. D.; Church, M. A.; Bomhof, J.; Lin, M.

    2013-12-01

    Bedrock canyon incision is widely recognized as setting the pace of landscape evolution. A variety of models link flow and sediment transport processes to the bedrock canyon incision rate. The model components that represent sediment transport processes are quite well developed in some models. In contrast, the model components that represent fluid flow remain rudimentary. Part of the reason is that there have been relatively few observations of flow structure in a bedrock canyon. Here, we present observations of flow obtained using an array of three acoustic Doppler current profilers during a 524 km long continuous centerline traverse of the Fraser River, British Columbia, Canada as it passes through a series of bedrock canyons. Through this portion of the river, the channel alternates between gravel-bedded reaches that are deeply incised into semi-consolidated glacial deposits and solid bedrock-bound reaches. We present observations of flow through 41 bedrock bound reaches of the river, derived from our centerline traverses and more detailed three-dimensional mapping of the flow structure in 2 canyons. Our observations suggest that flow in the most well-defined canyons (deep, laterally constrained, completely bedrock bound) is far more complex than that in a simple prismatic channel. As flow enters the canyon, a high velocity core plunges from the surface to the bed, causing a velocity inversion (high velocities at the bed and low velocities at the surface). This plunging flow then upwells along the canyon wall, resulting in a three-dimensional flow with counter-rotating, along-stream eddies that diverge near the bed. We observe centerline ridges along the canyon floors that result from the divergence and large-scale surface boils caused by the upwelling. This flow structure causes deep scour in the bedrock channel floor, and ensures the base of the canyon walls are swept of debris that otherwise may be deposited due to lower shear stresses abutting the walls. The observations suggest that the modeling approaches currently included in landscape evolution theories may be inadequate to capture the morphodynamics of bedrock canyons.

  4. Simulating the effects of Glen Canyon Dam releases on Grand Canyon river trips

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    Ronald E. Borkan; A. Heaton Underhill

    1989-01-01

    The Shechter-Lucas wilderness use simulation model (WUSM) has been modified to quantify the effects of fluctuating Glen Canyon Dam releases on Grand Canyon river trips. The model now simulates changes in flow as predicted by the Streamflow Synthesis and Reservoir Regulation computer model for the Colorado River. This revised WUSM provides data on several flow-related effects, including delays at rapids,

  5. Origin of Florida Canyon and the role of spring sapping on the formation of submarine box canyons

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    Paull, Charles K.; Spiess, Fred N.; Curray, Joseph R.; Twichell, David C.

    1990-01-01

    Florida Canyon, one of a series of major submarine canyons on the southwestern edge of the Florida Platform, was surveyed using GLORIA, SeaBeam, and Deep-Tow technologies, and it was directly observed during three DSRV Alvin dives. Florida Canyon exhibits two distinct morphologies: a broad V-shaped upper canyon and a deeply entrenched, flat-floored, U-shaped lower canyon. The flat- floored lower canyon extends 20 km into the Florida Platform from the abyssal Gulf. The lower canyon ends abruptly at an ?3 km in diameter semicircular headwall that rises 750 m with a >60° slope angle to the foot of the upper canyon. The sides of the lower canyon are less steep than its headwall and are characterized by straight faces that occur along preferred orientations and indicate a strong joint control. The upper canyon is characterized by a gently sloping, straight V-shaped central valley cut into a broad terrace. The flat floor of the upper canyon continues as terraces along the upper walls of the lower canyon. On the flanks of the upper canyon, there are five >50-m-deep, >0.5-km-wide, closed sink-hole-like depressions which indicate subsurface dissolution within the platform. The origin of the lower canyon is difficult to explain with traditional models of submarine canyon formation by external physical processes. The movement of ground water, probably with high salinities and reduced compounds along regional joints, may have focused the corrosive force of submarine spring sapping at the head of the lower canyon to produce the canyon's present shape.

  6. Grand Canyon Humpback Chub Population Improving

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    Andersen, Matthew E.

    2007-01-01

    The humpback chub (Gila cypha) is a long-lived, freshwater fish found only in the Colorado River Basin. Physical adaptations-large adult body size, large predorsal hump, and small eyes-appear to have helped humpback chub evolve in the historically turbulent Colorado River. A variety of factors, including habitat alterations and the introduction of nonnative fishes, likely prompted the decline of native Colorado River fishes. Declining numbers propelled the humpback chub onto the Federal list of endangered species in 1967, and the species is today protected under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Only six populations of humpback chub are currently known to exist, five in the Colorado River Basin above Lees Ferry, Ariz., and one in Grand Canyon, Ariz. The U.S. Geological Survey's Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center oversees monitoring and research activities for the Grand Canyon population under the auspices of the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program (GCDAMP). Analysis of data collected through 2006 suggests that the number of adult (age 4+ years) humpback chub in Grand Canyon increased to approximately 6,000 fish in 2006, following an approximate 40-50 percent decline between 1989 and 2001. Increasing numbers of adult fish appear to be the result of steadily increasing numbers of juvenile fish reaching adulthood beginning in the mid- to late-1990s and continuing through at least 2002.

  7. Contemporary sediment-transport processes in submarine canyons.

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    Puig, Pere; Palanques, Albert; Martín, Jacobo

    2014-01-01

    Submarine canyons are morphological incisions into continental margins that act as major conduits of sediment from shallow- to deep-sea regions. However, the exact mechanisms involved in sediment transfer within submarine canyons are still a subject of investigation. Several studies have provided direct information about contemporary sedimentary processes in submarine canyons that suggests different modes of transport and various triggering mechanisms. Storm-induced turbidity currents and enhanced off-shelf advection, hyperpycnal flows and failures of recently deposited fluvial sediments, dense shelf-water cascading, canyon-flank failures, and trawling-induced resuspension largely dominate present-day sediment transfer through canyons. Additionally, internal waves periodically resuspend ephemeral deposits within canyons and contribute to dispersing particles or retaining and accumulating them in specific regions. These transport processes commonly deposit sediments in the upper- and middle-canyon reaches for decades or centuries before being completely or partially flushed farther down-canyon by large sediment failures. PMID:23937169

  8. Flow and mixing in Juan de Fuca Canyon, Washington

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    Alford, Matthew H.; MacCready, Parker

    2014-03-01

    We report breaking internal lee waves, strong mixing, and hydraulic control associated with wind-driven up-canyon flow in Juan de Fuca Canyon, Washington. Unlike the flow above the canyon rim, which shows a tidal modulation typical on continental shelves, the flow within the canyon is persistently up-canyon during our observations, with isopycnals tilted consistent with a geostrophic cross-canyon momentum balance. As the flow encounters a sill near the canyon entrance at the shelf break, it accelerates significantly and undergoes elevated mixing on the upstream and downstream sides of the sill. On the downstream side, a strong lee wave response is seen, with displacements of O(100 m) and overturns tens of meters high. The resulting diffusivity is O(10-2 m2 s-1), sufficient to substantially modify coastal water masses as they transit the canyon and enter the Salish Sea estuarine system.

  9. Overview of the Colorado River Canyon from the helicopter pad. ...

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    Overview of the Colorado River Canyon from the helicopter pad. View of the Nevada side where new bridge will cross canyon, view northwest - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  10. Contemporary Sediment-Transport Processes in Submarine Canyons

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    Puig, Pere; Palanques, Albert; Martín, Jacobo

    2014-01-01

    Submarine canyons are morphological incisions into continental margins that act as major conduits of sediment from shallow- to deep-sea regions. However, the exact mechanisms involved in sediment transfer within submarine canyons are still a subject of investigation. Several studies have provided direct information about contemporary sedimentary processes in submarine canyons that suggests different modes of transport and various triggering mechanisms. Storm-induced turbidity currents and enhanced off-shelf advection, hyperpycnal flows and failures of recently deposited fluvial sediments, dense shelf-water cascading, canyon-flank failures, and trawling-induced resuspension largely dominate present-day sediment transfer through canyons. Additionally, internal waves periodically resuspend ephemeral deposits within canyons and contribute to dispersing particles or retaining and accumulating them in specific regions. These transport processes commonly deposit sediments in the upper- and middle-canyon reaches for decades or centuries before being completely or partially flushed farther down-canyon by large sediment failures.

  11. Submarine origin for the Neoproterozoic Wonoka canyons, South Australia

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    Giddings, J. A.; Wallace, M. W.; Haines, P. W.; Mornane, K.

    2010-01-01

    An examination of the deeply incised Ediacaran Wonoka canyons in the Adelaide Geosyncline (most recently interpreted as subaerial valleys) demonstrates their submarine origin, and confirms them as some of the best examples of ancient outcropping submarine canyons in the world. The entire canyon-fill succession is interpreted to be of deep-water (below wave base) origin, consisting of calcareous shale and siltstone together with a variety of mass-flow deposits including turbidites, grain flows and debris flows. The canyon fill lacks definitive shallow-water structures (e.g. mud cracks, fenestral fabrics or wave ripples) at all stratigraphic levels. Canyon-lining carbonate crusts that have previously been interpreted as non-marine calcretes or tufas (and used to suggest a non-marine origin for the canyons) are argued to be of deep-water, marine, microbial origin. Extremely negative carbon isotope values from the canyon-fill and canyon-lining crusts have a primary marine origin. Previously interpreted deepening upward trends in the canyon fill (used as evidence of a subaerial erosion episode followed by drowning) are suggested to be fining upward trends, caused by the transition from canyon cutting to canyon filling, with the majority of the fill being of deep-water slope origin. The basal conglomeratic canyon-fill sediments represent the last vestiges of the high-energy, deep-water, canyon-erosion environment in which the incisions formed. A deep-water origin for the canyons is consistent with all previous stratigraphic observations of the Wonoka canyons, including the conspicuous lack of regional unconformities in the lower Wonoka Formation, and their emanation from the deep-water facies of the Wonoka Formation. A submarine canyon origin also removes the need for extreme (~ 1 km) relative sea level fluctuation and associated problems (i.e. an enclosed basin with Messinian-style evaporative drawdown or thermal uplift above a migrating mantle plume) required by the subaerial valley hypotheses.

  12. Upwelling flow dynamics in long canyons at low Rossby number

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    Waterhouse, Amy F.; Allen, Susan E.; Bowie, Alexander W.

    2009-05-01

    Submarine canyons, topographic features incising the continental slope, vary in both shape and size. The dynamics of short canyons have been observed and described in the field, in the laboratory, and with numerical simulations. Flow within long canyons, such as Juan de Fuca canyon, located between Vancouver Island and Washington State in the Pacific Northwest, is less well understood. Physical models of both long and short canyons have been constructed to understand the upwelling dynamics in long canyons and how upwelling changes, as compared with the dynamics of short canyons, at low Rossby number. Stratification and rotation, both important parameters in determining the dynamics in canyons, can be controlled and scaled accordingly for replication of oceanic conditions. The physical model is spun up to an initial rotation rate, and the flow is forced by increasing the rotation rate over the equivalent of several days. Flow visualization is used to determine the strength and location of upwelling, the strength and mechanisms generating vorticity, as well as the differences between the flow within the long and short canyons. The pattern of upwelling between the two canyons is significantly different in the horizontal with upwelling occurring through the canyon head in the short canyon and upwelling occurring close to the mouth along the downstream rim in the long canyon. At high Rossby number, upwelling is similar in both the long and short canyon and is driven by advection. However, as Rossby number decreases, the flow in the long canyon is more strongly affected by the strong convergence of the isobaths near the canyon than by advection alone.

  13. Populating a Control Point Database: A cooperative effort between the USGS, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center and the Grand Canyon Youth Organization

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    K. M. Brown; C. Fritzinger; E. Wharton

    2004-01-01

    The Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center measures the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on the resources along the Colorado River from Glen Canyon Dam to Lake Mead in support of the Grand Canyon Adaptive Management Program. Control points are integral for geo-referencing the myriad of data collected in the Grand Canyon including aerial photography, topographic and bathymetric data

  14. Geomorphic clues to the Martian volatile inventory: Landslides

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    Pieri, D.; Kirkpatrick, A.

    1984-01-01

    Eight landslide locales were selected in Valles Marineris for preliminary geomorphological mapping. Four main suites of morphological features were identified. In four order outward from the head scarp they are: (1) large ridges in head area, transverse to movement direction, probably slump blocks or pieces of wall that fell or toppled, possibly backward rotated; (2) smaller ridges, convex toward distal edge of slides, many with lobate pattern, some possibly step like scarps rather than ridges; (3) thin, sheet like debris cover, forms discrete fan shaped lobe with edge scarps unconfined; and (4) low transverse, continuous ridges (possibly folds) found at distal edge of slides, where debris appears to have encountered obstructions (e.g., opposing canyon walls), but not all confined slides exhibit this feature. Any one landslide can possess all or some of these features. Slides in the western Valles Marineris are more complex and show more variety than those in the eastern part.

  15. Financial Analysis of Experimental Releases Conducted at Glen Canyon Dam

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    Kemner, Ken

    Financial Analysis of Experimental Releases Conducted at Glen Canyon Dam during Water Years 2006 Canyon Dam during Water Years 2006 through 2010 ANL/DIS-11-4 by L.A. Poch,1 T.D. Veselka,1 C.S. Palmer,2 Canyon Dam (GCD) conducted for the U.S. Department of Energy's Western Area Power Administration (Western

  16. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ODOR FOR BEES ORIENTING ACROSS A CANYON

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    Boyer, Edmond

    THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ODOR FOR BEES ORIENTING ACROSS A CANYON Franz Josef BOGDANY* Stephen TABER, III* SUMMARY Honey bees (Apis mellifera L.) were step-guided across a 1,200 m wide and 200 m deep canyon. When the food source on the opposite rim of the canyon as opposed to when no scent was presented. No bees were

  17. CURRICULUM VITAE: THEODORE KENNEDY Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

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    Lovich, Jeffrey E.

    CURRICULUM VITAE: THEODORE KENNEDY Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center United States/RESEARCH: 2/05 - present. Aquatic Ecologist, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center, USGS, Flagstaff.S. 1/03 - 3/04. Postdoctoral researcher, Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center,USGS, Flagstaff

  18. Wintertime Boundary Layer Structure in the Grand Canyon

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    C. David Whiteman; Shiyuan Zhong; Xindi Bian

    1999-01-01

    Wintertime temperature profiles in the Grand Canyon exhibit a neutral to isothermal stratification during both daytime and nighttime, with only rare instances of actual temperature inversions. The canyon warms during daytime and cools during nighttime more or less uniformly through the canyon's entire depth. This weak stability and temperature structure evolution differ from other Rocky Mountain valleys, which develop strong

  19. The Grand Canyon: Its Youngest Rocks

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    This video segment adapted from NOVA shows a dramatic landscape created by relatively recent rock-forming activity in the Grand Canyon. Volcanic eruptions only a million years ago created the canyon's youngest rocks. In contrast with the much older Vishnu Schist formation, this younger rock has been much more susceptible to physical change. When three-hundred-meter (thousand-foot) lava dams periodically blocked the river, they were quickly eroded away and river flow restored. A background essay and list of dis

  20. Geology Fieldnotes: Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

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    Annabelle Foos

    Located on the Colorado Plateau in Utah, this canyon is comprised mostly of sedimentary rocks, and continues to be eroded and shaped by the Paria River. Its geologic and human history are outlined on this site, including the formation of the canyon, from the Cretaceous period (144 million years ago) to the present, and geologic features, such as fins, columns, pinnacles, and hoodoos. Visitor information, links to other resources, maps, and a teacher feature (resources for teaching geology with National Park examples) are also available.

  1. The Grand Canyon: Its Youngest Rocks

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This video segment adapted from NOVA shows a dramatic landscape created by relatively recent rock-forming activity in the Grand Canyon. Volcanic eruptions only a million years ago created the canyon's youngest rocks. In contrast with the much older Vishnu Schist formation, this younger rock has been much more susceptible to physical change. When three-hundred-meter (thousand-foot) lava dams periodically blocked the river, they were quickly eroded away and river flow restored. A background essay and list of discussion questions are included.

  2. Let's Bet on Sediments! Hudson Canyon Cruise--Grades 9-12. Focus: Sediments of Hudson Canyon.

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC), Rockville, MD.

    These activities are designed to teach about the sediments of Hudson Canyon. Students investigate and analyze the patterns of sedimentation in the Hudson Canyon, observe how heavier particles sink faster than finer particles, and learn that submarine landslides are avalanches of sediment in deep ocean canyons. The activity provides learning…

  3. 78 FR 35640 - Establishment of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

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    2013-06-13

    ...Establishment of the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, Bernalillo County, New Mexico AGENCY...has established the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge as a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System. The Service established...

  4. Interacting ocean waves explain powerful seafloor canyon flows

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    Schultz, Colin

    2012-02-01

    Off the southwestern coast of Taiwan the Gaoping Submarine Canyon meanders in a giant backward S shape as it stretches southwestward toward the South China Sea. In the canyon, a 200-meter-deep cut into the seafloor that lies 300 meters below the sea's surface, the waters carry an usually large amount of internal tidal power—9.1 megawatts from the canyon's mouth to its head. Along with the strong flows a region of enhanced vertical mixing sits at the canyon's head. Researchers had previously attributed the anomalous flows to internal waves pushing through the Gaoping Canyon, though the source of the energy remained an open question.

  5. Geologic Map of the Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico

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    Goff, F.; Gardner, J. N.; Reneau, S. L.; Kelley, S. A.; Kempter, K. A.; Lawrence, J. R.

    2011-12-01

    Valles caldera is famous as the type locality of large resurgent calderas (Smith and Bailey, 1968), the location of a classic 260-300 °C liquid-dominated geothermal system (Goff and Gardner, 1994), and the site of a long-lived late Pleistocene lake (Fawcett et al., 2011). We have published a detailed color geologic map of the Valles caldera and surrounding areas at 1:50,000 scale obtainable from New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (geoinfo.nmt.edu/publications/maps/geologic/gm/79/). The new Valles map has been compiled from all or parts of nine 1:24,000 geologic maps completed between 2004 and 2008 (Bland, Cerro del Grant, Jarosa, Jemez Springs, Polvadera Peak, Redondo Peak, Seven Springs, Valle San Antonio, and Valle Toledo). Our map provides more detailed geology on the resurgent dome, caldera collapse breccias, post-caldera lava and tuff eruptions, intracaldera sedimentary and lacustrine deposits, and precaldera volcanic and sedimentary rocks than previous maps and incorporates recent stratigraphic revisions to the geology of the Jemez Mountains volcanic field. Three cross sections supported by surface geology, geophysical data and deep borehole logs (?4500 m) show an updated view of the caldera interior, depict a modern interpretation of caldera collapse and resurgence, and provide caldera-wide subsurface isotherms (?500 °C). A 30 page booklet included with the map contains extensive rock descriptions for 162 stratigraphic units and figures showing physiographic features, structural relations between Valles (1.25 Ma) and the earlier, comparably sized Toledo caldera (1.62 Ma), correlation charts of map units, and the distribution of pre- and post-caldera hydrothermal alteration styles, including recently documented zeolite-type alteration. Finally, the booklet includes a generalized model showing our interpretation of intracaldera structure and subjacent magma chambers, and relations of Valles to earlier Quaternary-Precambrian units.

  6. Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, and Lake Mead

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    2002-01-01

    A snowfall in the American West provides contrast to the landscape's muted earth tones and indicates changes in topography and elevation across (clockwise from top left) Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. In Utah, the southern ranges of the Wasatch Mountains are covered in snow, and the Colorado River etches a dark ribbon across the red rock of the Colorado Plateau. In the center of the image is the reservoir created by the Glen Canyon Dam. To the east are the gray-colored slopes of Navaho Mountain, and to the southeast, dusted with snow is the region called Black Mesa. Southwest of Glen Canyon, the Colorado enters the Grand Canyon, which cuts westward through Arizona. At a deep bend in the river, the higher elevations of the Keibab Plateau have held onto snow. At the end of the Grand Canyon lies another large reservoir, Lake Mead, which is formed by the Hoover Dam. Credit: Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA/GSFC

  7. Bryce Canyon and Grand Staircase-Escalante

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    In the foreground are sandstone hoodoos and in the background is the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, which is managed by the Bureau of Land Management. Bryce Canyon is a unique sandstone formation in southern Utah. It is home to a large number of hoodoos, which are oddly shaped pillars...

  8. Map Your Way to the Grand Canyon

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    Yoder, Holly

    2005-01-01

    In the introductory assignment, each randomly assigned group spends about 10 to 15 minutes at each station. The author incorporates as much sensory stimulation in the activity as possible. At the first station, students view a PowerPoint show from a geology class the author participated in at the Grand Canyon. At station two, students look at a…

  9. The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Speece, Susan

    1991-01-01

    An assessment of the water quality of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon was made, using the following parameters: dissolved oxygen, water temperature, hydrogen ion concentration, total dissolved solids, turbidity, and ammonium/nitrogen levels. These parameters were used to provide some clue as to the "wellness" and stability of the aquatic…

  10. Navajo generating plant and Grand Canyon haze

    SciTech Connect

    Norris, J.E.

    1991-01-15

    This article examines the question of whether the Navajo generating plant pollution is contributing to pollution of the air in the Grand Canyon region. The topics include the regulatory context of the plant, the experiment known as the Winter Haze Intensive Tracer Experiment (WHITEX), the National Research Council evaluation of the WHITEX, and The Navajo Generating Station Visibility Study.

  11. Anatomy of La Jolla submarine canyon system; offshore southern California

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Paull, C.K.; Caress, D.W.; Lundsten, E.; Gwiazda, R.; Anderson, K.; McGann, M.; Conrad, J.; Edwards, B.; Sumner, E.J.

    2013-01-01

    An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) carrying a multibeam sonar and a chirp profiler was used to map sections of the seafloor within the La Jolla Canyon, offshore southern California, at sub-meter scales. Close-up observations and sampling were conducted during remotely operated vehicle (ROV) dives. Minisparker seismic-reflection profiles from a surface ship help to define the overall geometry of the La Jolla Canyon especially with respect to the pre-canyon host sediments. The floor of the axial channel is covered with unconsolidated sand similar to the sand on the shelf near the canyon head, lacks outcrops of the pre-canyon host strata, has an almost constant slope of 1.0° and is covered with trains of crescent shaped bedforms. The presence of modern plant material entombed within these sands confirms that the axial channel is presently active. The sand on the canyon floor liquefied during vibracore collection and flowed downslope, illustrating that the sediment filling the channel can easily fail even on this gentle slope. Data from the canyon walls help constrain the age of the canyon and extent of incision. Horizontal beds of moderately cohesive fine-grained sediments exposed on the steep canyon walls are consistently less than 1.232 million years old. The lateral continuity of seismic reflectors in minisparker profiles indicate that pre-canyon host strata extend uninterrupted from outside the canyon underneath some terraces within the canyon. Evidence of abandoned channels and point bar-like deposits are noticeably absent on the inside bend of channel meanders and in the subsurface of the terraces. While vibracores from the surface of terraces contain thin (< 10 cm) turbidites, they are inferred to be part of a veneer of recent sediment covering pre-canyon host sediments that underpin the terraces. The combined use of state of the art seafloor mapping and exploration tools provides a uniquely detailed view of the morphology within an active submarine canyon.

  12. Creationism in the Grand Canyon, Texas Textbooks

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Folger, Peter

    2004-01-01

    AGU President Bob Dickinson, together with presidents of six other scientific societies, have written to Joseph Alston, Superintendent of Grand Canyon National Park, pointing out that a creationist book, The Grand Canyon: A Different View, is being sold in bookstores within the borders of the park as a scientific explanation about Grand Canyon geologic history. President Dickinson's 16 December letter urges that Alston clearly separate The Grand Canyon: A Different View from books and materials that discuss the legitimate scientific understanding of the origin of the Grand Canyon. The letter warns the Park Service against giving the impression that it approves of the anti-science movement known as young-Earth creationism, or that it endorses the advancement of religious tenets disguised as science. The text of the letter is on AGU's Web site http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/sci_pol.html. Also, this fall, AGU sent an alert to Texas members about efforts by intelligent design creationists aimed at weakening the teaching of biological evolution in textbooks used in Texas schools. The alert pointed scientists to a letter, drafted by AGU, together with the American Institute of Physics, the American Physical Society, the Optical Society of America, and the American Astronomical Society, that urged the Texas State Board of Education to adopt textbooks that presented only accepted, peer-reviewed science and pedagogical expertise. Over 550 scientists in Texas added their names to the letter (http://www.agu.org/sci_soc/policy/texas_textbooks.pdf ), sent to the Board of Education on 1 November prior to their vote to adopt a slate of new science textbooks. The Board voted 11-5 in favor of keeping the textbooks free of changes advocated by groups supporting intelligent design creationism.

  13. Big Canyon Creek Ecological Restoration Strategy.

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    Rasmussen, Lynn; Richardson, Shannon

    2007-10-01

    He-yey, Nez Perce for steelhead or rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss), are a culturally and ecologically significant resource within the Big Canyon Creek watershed; they are also part of the federally listed Snake River Basin Steelhead DPS. The majority of the Big Canyon Creek drainage is considered critical habitat for that DPS as well as for the federally listed Snake River fall chinook (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) ESU. The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (District) and the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resources Management-Watershed (Tribe), in an effort to support the continued existence of these and other aquatic species, have developed this document to direct funding toward priority restoration projects in priority areas for the Big Canyon Creek watershed. In order to achieve this, the District and the Tribe: (1) Developed a working group and technical team composed of managers from a variety of stakeholders within the basin; (2) Established geographically distinct sub-watershed areas called Assessment Units (AUs); (3) Created a prioritization framework for the AUs and prioritized them; and (4) Developed treatment strategies to utilize within the prioritized AUs. Assessment Units were delineated by significant shifts in sampled juvenile O. mykiss (steelhead/rainbow trout) densities, which were found to fall at fish passage barriers. The prioritization framework considered four aspects critical to determining the relative importance of performing restoration in a certain area: density of critical fish species, physical condition of the AU, water quantity, and water quality. It was established, through vigorous data analysis within these four areas, that the geographic priority areas for restoration within the Big Canyon Creek watershed are Big Canyon Creek from stream km 45.5 to the headwaters, Little Canyon from km 15 to 30, the mainstem corridors of Big Canyon (mouth to 7km) and Little Canyon (mouth to 7km). The District and the Tribe then used data collected from the District's stream assessment and inventory, utilizing the Stream Visual Assessment Protocol (SVAP), to determine treatment necessary to bring 90% of reaches ranked Poor or Fair through the SVAP up to good or excellent. In 10 year's time, all reaches that were previously evaluated with SVAP will be reevaluated to determine progress and to adapt methods for continued success. Over 400 miles of stream need treatment in order to meet identified restoration goals. Treatments include practices which result in riparian habitat improvements, nutrient reductions, channel condition improvements, fish habitat improvements, invasive species control, water withdrawal reductions, improved hydrologic alterations, upland sediment reductions, and passage barrier removal. The Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District (District) and the Nez Perce Tribe Department of Fisheries Resource Management Watershed Division (Tribe) developed this document to guide restoration activities within the Big Canyon Creek watershed for the period of 2008-2018. This plan was created to demonstrate the ongoing need and potential for anadromous fish habitat restoration within the watershed and to ensure continued implementation of restoration actions and activities. It was developed not only to guide the District and the Tribe, but also to encourage cooperation among all stakeholders, including landowners, government agencies, private organizations, tribal governments, and elected officials. Through sharing information, skills, and resources in an active, cooperative relationships, all concerned parties will have the opportunity to join together to strengthen and maintain a sustainable natural resource base for present and future generations within the watershed. The primary goal of the strategy is to address aquatic habitat restoration needs on a watershed level for resident and anadromous fish species, promoting quality habitat within a self-sustaining watershed. Seven objectives have been developed to support this goal: (1) Identify factors limiting quality

  14. Athabasca Valles, Mars: a lava-draped channel system.

    PubMed

    Jaeger, W L; Keszthelyi, L P; McEwen, A S; Dundas, C M; Russell, P S

    2007-09-21

    Athabasca Valles is a young outflow channel system on Mars that may have been carved by catastrophic water floods. However, images acquired by the High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft reveal that Athabasca Valles is now entirely draped by a thin layer of solidified lava-the remnant of a once-swollen river of molten rock. The lava erupted from a fissure, inundated the channels, and drained downstream in geologically recent times. Purported ice features in Athabasca Valles and its distal basin, Cerberus Palus, are actually composed of this lava. Similar volcanic processes may have operated in other ostensibly fluvial channels, which could explain in part why the landers sent to investigate sites of ancient flooding on Mars have predominantly found lava at the surface instead. PMID:17885126

  15. Lava Flows in the Grand Canyon

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2003-01-01

    Over vast expanses of time, natural processes like floods and volcanoes deposit layers of rock on the Earth's surface. To delve down through layers of rock is to explore our planet's history. Sometimes rock layers are exposed through human activity, such as drilling or excavation. Other times, rivers carve through the rock. One of the best, and most well-known, examples of a river exposing ancient rocks is Colorado River in Arizona's Grand Canyon. What fewer people know is that the Grand Canyon also has a history of relatively recent (on geologic time scales) volcanism. The evidence--hardened lava--spills down the canyon walls all the way to the river. On June 22, 2003, the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this image of the Grand Canyon, near 36.2 degrees north latitude and 113.2 degrees west longitude. ASTER detects light visible to human eyes as well as 'invisible' infrared light. Because different minerals reflect different portions of the light spectrum, ASTER can see varying mineral compositions of the rocks it observes, as well as detecting vegetation. In this three-dimensional visualization, lava fields appear brownish gray, darker than the layers of limestone, sandstone and other rock in the canyon. Vegetation appears green, and sparsely vegetated areas appear mustard. Water in the Colorado River is blue-purple. Geologists estimate that between 1.8 million and 400,000 years ago, lava flows actually dammed the Colorado River more than a dozen times. Some of the lava dams were as high as 600 meters (about 1,969 feet), forming immense reservoirs. Over time, enough water and sediment built up to push the river flow over the tops of these dams and eventually erode them away. Today, remnants of these lava dams remain throughout the area, along with the much older rock layers they cover. Among the most well known examples of these 'frozen' lava cascades is Lava Falls, which spills down to the river next to a cinder cone known as Volcan's Throne. Numerous flows spread down into Whitmore Canyon, a Colorado River tributary, as well.

  16. 3D View of Grand Canyon, Arizona

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2000-01-01

    The Grand Canyon is one of North America's most spectacular geologic features. Carved primarily by the Colorado River over the past six million years, the canyon sports vertical drops of 5,000 feet and spans a 445-kilometer-long stretch of Arizona desert. The strata along the steep walls of the canyon form a record of geologic time from the Paleozoic Era (250 million years ago) to the Precambrian (1.7 billion years ago).

    The above view was acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) instrument aboard the Terra spacecraft. Visible and near infrared data were combined to form an image that simulates the natural colors of water and vegetation. Rock colors, however, are not accurate. The image data were combined with elevation data to produce this perspective view, with no vertical exaggeration, looking from above the South Rim up Bright Angel Canyon towards the North Rim. The light lines on the plateau at lower right are the roads around the Canyon View Information Plaza. The Bright Angel Trail, which reaches the Colorado in 11.3 kilometers, can be seen dropping into the canyon over Plateau Point at bottom center. The blue and black areas on the North Rim indicate a forest fire that was smoldering as the data were acquired on May 12, 2000.

    Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) is one of five Earth-observing instruments launched December 18, 1999, on NASA's Terra satellite. The instrument was built by Japan's Ministry of International Trade and Industry. A joint U.S./Japan science team is responsible for validation and calibration of the instrument and the data products. Dr. Anne Kahle at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is the U.S. Science team leader; Moshe Pniel of JPL is the project manager. ASTER is the only high resolution imaging sensor on Terra. The primary goal of the ASTER mission is to obtain high-resolution image data in 14 channels over the entire land surface, as well as black and white stereo images. With revisit time of between 4 and 16 days, ASTER will provide the capability for repeat coverage of changing areas on Earth's surface.

    The broad spectral coverage and high spectral resolution of ASTER will provide scientists in numerous disciplines with critical information for surface mapping, and monitoring dynamic conditions and temporal change. Example applications are: monitoring glacial advances and retreats, monitoring potentially active volcanoes, identifying crop stress, determining cloud morphology and physical properties, wetlands Evaluation, thermal pollution monitoring, coral reef degradation, surface temperature mapping of soils and geology, and measuring surface heat balance.

  17. Workshop on recent research in the Valles caldera

    SciTech Connect

    Heiken, G. (comp.)

    1985-02-01

    Over the last 5 years, there has been increased interest in the geology of the Jemez Mountains volcanic field, New Mexico. Of special interest is the Toledo-Valles caldera complex, which is targeted for research coring as part of the Continental Scientific Drilling Program. The general topics covered in this workshop were (1) hydrothermal systems and rock-water interactions, (2) volcanology and structural framework of the Jemez volcanic field, (3) determining the presence or absence of melt below the Valles caldera, and (4) deep coring and drilling technology. Separate abstracts were prepared for each presentation.

  18. History of the youngest members of the Valles Rhyolite, Valles caldera, New Mexico using ESR dating method

    SciTech Connect

    Ogoh, K.; Toyoda, S.; Ikeda, S.; Ikeya, M. (Osaka Univ., Toyonaka (Japan). Dept. of Physics); Goff, F. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States))

    1991-01-01

    The cooling history of the Valles caldera was studied by the electron spin resonance (ESR) dating method using Al and Ti centers in quartz grains which were separated from the youngest units of the Valles Rhyolite. The ESR apparent ages are much younger than fission track ages and {sup 39}Ar- {sup 40}Ar ages. Three possibilities are suggested, the first is that the ESR ages are real, the second is that ESR method did not work for these samples, and the third is that about 10--40 ka, the signal intensity was partially reduced by a thermal event such as proposed by Harrison et al. (1986). Research on the first and second possibilities is continuing. The third possibility might explain the difference between ESR ages and those by other methods (fission track and {sup 39}Ar- {sup 40}Ar). ESR dating has produced new insights regarding the history of the Valles caldera.

  19. Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Created in 1995, the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC) was created in order to measure the effects of Glen Canyon Dam operations on natural and physical resources along the Colorado River. As such, the GCMRC's projects also monitor and examine the biological, cultural, and physical resources of the entire Colorado River ecosystem. The materials on their site are divided into five primary sections, including "News & Info", "Research", and "Products". In the "News & Info" area visitors can learn about the endangered species that reside in the area covered by the GCMRC and also take a look at their outreach materials, which include fact sheets, posters, and transcripts from recent symposia. The "Research" area is a bit more technical in nature, containing papers on water flow simulations and elevation data. The site is rounded out by the "Products" area, where visitors can look over new publications and evaluate simulation models.

  20. 75 FR 71102 - Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing and...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-11-22

    ...Regulatory Commission [Project No. 13860-000] Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC; Notice of Preliminary Permit...Applications November 12, 2010. On October 14, 2010, Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC (Jones Canyon Hydro) filed an application for a...

  1. Holocene sedimentary activity in a non-terrestrially coupled submarine canyon: Cook Strait Canyon system, New Zealand

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Mountjoy, J. J.; Micallef, A.; Stevens, C. L.; Stirling, M. W.

    2014-06-01

    The Cook Strait Canyon system, located between the North and South islands of New Zealand, is a large (1800 km2), multi-branching, shelf-indenting canyon on an active subduction margin. The canyon comes within 1 km of the coast, but does not intercept fluvial or littoral sediment systems and is therefore defined as a non-terrestrially coupled system. Sediment transport associated with a strong tidal stream, and seafloor disturbance related to numerous high-activity faults, is known from previous studies. Little is known, however, about the rates of sedimentary activity in the canyon and the processes driving it. A substantial dataset of EM300 multibeam bathymetry, gravity cores, 3.5 kHz seismic reflection profiles, camera and video transects and current meter data have been collected across the region between 2002 and 2011. The canyon system therefore provides an excellent study area for understanding sediment transport in a non-coupled submarine canyon system. Analysis of the data reveals a two-staged sediment transport system where: (1) oceanographic (tidal) processes mobilise sediment from the continental shelf and transport it to depocentres in the upper-central canyons, and (2) tectonic (earthquake) processes remobilise sediment that is transported through the lower canyon to the deep ocean. Tidal boundary-layer currents within the canyon reach velocities up to 0.53 m/s and are capable of mobilising fine sand in the central reach of the upper canyons. The velocity is higher at the canyon rim and capable of mobilising coarse sand. Sediment depocentres resulting from this tidally forced sediment transport have a well formed geomorphology within the mid-upper canyon arms of Cook Strait and Nicholson Canyons. Pseudo-static stability modelling, supported by sediment core analysis, indicates that sediment accumulated in the upper canyons fails during seismic events approximately every 100 years. The 100 year return period ground shaking-level (peak ground acceleration, ignoring the effect of the water column above the seabed) at this site is estimated to be 0.23g. Fresh rock outcrops and bed-scour in the lower canyon floor indicate that remobilised material is transported to the deep ocean. The processes identified here are likely to be analogous to those occurring in many non-coupled shelf-indenting canyons on active margins globally, and provide a framework within which the biological response to geomorphic processes in submarine canyons can be assessed.

  2. Greening of the Grand Canyon -- developing a sustainable design for the Grand Canyon National Park

    SciTech Connect

    Gordon, H.T. [Burt Hill Kosar Rittelmann Associates, Washington, DC (United States)

    1995-11-01

    The Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) is faced with increasing visitor demand that is threatening the natural and cultural resources of one of the most popular recreation sites in the United States. The National Park Service (NPS) developed a draft General Management Plan (GMP), which provides management objectives and visions for the entire park, with alternative plans for the park`s developed areas. With the GMP as a starting point, a Grand Canyon Sustainable Design Workshop was conducted to make the Grand Canyon National Park more environmentally and economically sustainable. The workshop, which used the Environmental Design Charrette process, addressed integrated environmental solutions and their implementation in three primary areas: Integrated Information, Visitor Experience, and Resource Efficiency. This paper describes the Environmental Design Charrette process and the efforts of the Resource Efficiency group.

  3. Uranium-series age determination of calcite veins, VC-1 drill core, Valles Caldera, New Mexico

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sturchio, Neil C.; Binz, Carl M.

    1988-06-01

    Uranium-series analysis (238U-234U-230Th) of 13 calcite veins from the hydrothermally altered Madera Limestone in the VC-1 drill core was performed to determine the ages of the veins and their relation to the Valles hydrothermal system. Thermal water from VC-1 and two hot springs in San Diego Canyon was analyzed for U and (234U/238U) to help evaluate the constancy of initial (234U/238U). The (230Th/234U) age of one of the veins is ˜95 kyr, and those of two other veins are ˜230 and ˜250 kyr. Five of the veins have near equilibrium (230Th/234U) and are probably older than ˜0.3 m.y. Uranium concentrations in the remaining veins are too low for analysis by the ?-spectrometry techniques employed in this study. Of the five veins near (230Th/234U) equilibrium, four are also near (234U/238U) equilibrium, suggesting ages greater than ˜1.0 m.y., but one has (234U/238U) = 1.15, suggesting an age between ˜0.3 and ˜1.0 m.y. Calculated initial (234U/238U) of the veins yielding relatively young ages are neither equal to each other nor to (234U/238U) in thermal water from VC-1, indicating inconstancy of initial (234U/238U) that may be related to variations in groundwater mixing proportions. Three of the four veins that yield relatively young ages consist of coarse, sparry, vuggy calcite, suggesting that this may be the type of calcite vein which forms under conditions resembling those encountered presently in VC-1. The analytical data are consistent with closed-system behavior of U and Th in the VC-1 calcite veins.

  4. Ascension Submarine Canyon, California - Evolution of a multi-head canyon system along a strike-slip continental margin

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Nagel, D.K.; Mullins, H.T.; Greene, H. Gary

    1986-01-01

    Ascension Submarine Canyon, which lies along the strike-slip (transform) dominated continental margin of central California, consists of two discrete northwestern heads and six less well defined southeastern heads. These eight heads coalesce to form a single submarine canyon near the 2700 m isobath. Detailed seismic stratigraphic data correlated with 19 rock dredge hauls from the walls of the canyon system, suggest that at least one of the two northwestern heads was initially eroded during a Pliocene lowstand of sea level ???3.8 m.y. B.P. Paleogeographic reconstructions indicate that at this time, northwestern Ascension Canyon formed the distal channel of nearby Monterey Canyon and has subsequently been offset by right-lateral, strike-slip faulting along the San Gregorio fault zone. Some of the six southwestern heads of Ascension Canyon may also have been initially eroded as the distal portions of Monterey Canyon during late Pliocene-early Pleistocene sea-level lowstands (???2.8 and 1.75 m.y. B.P.) and subsequently truncated and offset to the northwest. There have also been a minimum of two canyon-cutting episodes within the past 750,000 years, after the entire Ascension Canyon system migrated to the northwest past Monterey Canyon. We attribute these late Pleistocene erosional events to relative lowstands of sea level 750,000 and 18,000 yrs B.P. The late Pleistocene and Holocene evolution of the six southeastern heads also appears to have been controlled by structural uplift of the Ascension-Monterey basement high at the southeastern terminus of the Outer Santa Cruz Basin. We believe that uplift of this basement high sufficiently oversteepened submarine slopes to induce gravitational instability and generate mass movements that resulted in the erosion of the canyon heads. Most significantly, though, our results and interpretations support previous proposals that submarine canyons along strike-slip continental margins can originate by tectonic trunction and lateral offset. ?? 1986.

  5. STYLIZATION AND DEFORMATION IN VALLE-INCLÁN'S LA REINA CASTIZA

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sumner M. Greenfield

    1962-01-01

    The year 1920 was a momentous one in the development of Valle-Inclán literature. Four major obras dialogadas were published in rapid succession, each of them revealing fundamental changes in stylistic and thematic orientation, and all of them manifesting a new and vital integration of style with moral and psychological substance. Evil, immorality and perversity had been things of beauty designed

  6. Geomorphic characterization of four shelf-sourced submarine canyons along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental margin

    E-print Network

    ten Brink, Uri S.

    Geomorphic characterization of four shelf-sourced submarine canyons along the U.S. Mid Washington Canyon Norfolk Canyon Turbidity flow a b s t r a c t Shelf-sourced submarine canyons are common of major submarine canyons. Submarine canyons on passive margins are primarily the result of erosion

  7. Observations of upwelling events in the Petacalco submarine canyon

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Ruiz-Angulo, A.; Zavala-Hidalgo, J.

    2011-12-01

    The head of the Petacalco canyon is located in the Petacalco Bay, in the Pacific Ocean (ca. 18N and 102W). The bathymetry of this submarine canyon, close to the head, shows steep slopes from the crests to the bottom and an average along axis slope of 6% within the studied region. The extension of this canyon goes as far as 110 km offshore, reaching the Central America Trench at 4600 m depth. The importance of the canyon in the region is mainly noticeable by the high fishing activity. Besides the windriven upwelling due to Ekman transport near coastal regions, the presence of the canyon enhances the upwelling of deep water from the adjacent oceanic region bringing the nutrients, which are injected into the bay, enhancing primary productivity, very much desire by fishery activities. During, at least six CTD surveys in the area, strong upwelling has been noticed, based on those observations a later survey was designed covering the Petacalco canyon with much larger spatial resolution. Along with those measurements, two thermistor arrays were deployed on the SW crest of the canyon at depths of approximately 60 [m], two ADCP current meters were deployed at 20 [m] depth on the opposite sides of the canyon's axis close to the head of the canyon. Figure 1 shows the CTD stations network and the location of all the instruments. The observations, from the thermistor arrays, show that temperature variations, at a given depth, could span ranges from 28 to 14 Celsius (during the fall period of September 2010). This variations, suggest the presence of internal waves; submarine canyons act as regions of enhanced mixing with focusing and amplification of internal waves. Individual profiles of potential density in the water column show, just below the thermocline, the existence of overturns just over the rim of the canyon suggesting turbulent mixing processes due to possible breakage of internal waves.

  8. 4. VISTA POINT AND INTERPRETIVE PLAQUE AT LEE VINING CANYON. ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    4. VISTA POINT AND INTERPRETIVE PLAQUE AT LEE VINING CANYON. NOTE ROAD CUT ON CANYON WALL. LOOKING NNE. GIS: N-37 56 30.3 / 119 13 44.8 - Tioga Road, Between Crane Flat & Tioga Pass, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

  9. Sediment Flux in Hueneme and Mugu Submarine Canyons

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. Xu; P. Swarzenski; M. Noble; A. Li

    2008-01-01

    Subsurface moorings were deployed at ~190 m water depth for 6 months (9\\/07 - 3\\/08) inside Hueneme and Mugu submarine canyons in southern California. Data collected from the sediment traps, located at 30 and 60 meters above canyon floor, showed marked temporal and spatial variations of sediment flux. Not surprisingly, high sediment flux correlated well with high river discharge, which

  10. The Grand Canyon: The Top Two Rock Layers

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    2006-01-01

    Watch this short video clip to learn more about the rock layers of the Grand Canyon. This video discusses the two sandstone formations that comprise the uppermost part of the canyon. The video also discusses how the two sandstone layers were formed.

  11. The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone Online Tour

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Yellowstone National Park

    This Yellowstone National Park website offers an online tour of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Prominent viewpoints of the canyon are highlighted with photos and information concerning their history. Other stops include information on giant glacial boulders and waterfalls. Similar tours of the Old Faithful area, the Norris Geyser Basin, the Fountain Paint Pots, and the Mammoth Hot Springs are also available online.

  12. Green Machine Florida Canyon Hourly Data 20130731

    SciTech Connect

    Vanderhoff, Alex

    2013-08-30

    Employing innovative product developments to demonstrate financial and technical viability of producing electricity from low temperature geothermal fluids, coproduced in a mining operation, by employing ElectraTherm's modular and mobile heat-to-power "micro geothermal" power plant with output capacity expected in the 30-70kWe range. The Green Machine is an Organic Rankine Cycle power plant. The Florida Canyon machine is powered by geothermal brine with air cooled condensing. The data provided is an hourly summary from 7/1/13 to 7/31/13.

  13. 20130416_Green Machine Florida Canyon Hourly Data

    SciTech Connect

    Vanderhoff, Alex

    2013-04-24

    Employing innovative product developments to demonstrate financial and technical viability of producing electricity from low temperature geothermal fluids, coproduced in a mining operation, by employing ElectraTherm's modular and mobile heat-to-power "micro geothermal" power plant with output capacity expected in the 30-70kWe range. The Green Machine is an Organic Rankine Cycle power plant. The Florida Canyon machine is powered by geothermal brine with air cooled condensing. The data provided is an hourly summary from 4/16/13.

  14. 20140430_Green Machine Florida Canyon Hourly Data

    SciTech Connect

    Thibedeau, Joe

    2014-05-05

    Employing innovative product developments to demonstrate financial and technical viability of producing electricity from low temperature geothermal fluids, coproduced in a mining operation, by employing ElectraTherm's modular and mobile heat-to-power "micro geothermal" power plant with output capacity expected in the 30-70kWe range. The Green Machine is an Organic Rankine Cycle power plant. The Florida Canyon machine is powered by geothermal brine with air cooled condensing. The data provided is an hourly summary from 01 April to 30 April 2014.

  15. Green Machine Florida Canyon Hourly Data

    SciTech Connect

    Vanderhoff, Alex

    2013-07-15

    Employing innovative product developments to demonstrate financial and technical viability of producing electricity from low temperature geothermal fluids, coproduced in a mining operation, by employing ElectraTherm's modular and mobile heat-to-power "micro geothermal" power plant with output capacity expected in the 30-70kWe range. The Green Machine is an Organic Rankine Cycle power plant. The Florida Canyon machine is powered by geothermal brine with air cooled condensing. The data provided is an hourly summary from 6/1/13 to 6/30/13

  16. Evolution of surface gravity waves over a submarine canyon

    E-print Network

    Magne, R; Herbers, T H C; Ardhuin, F; O'Reilly, W C; Rey, V; Magne, Rudy; Belibassakis, Kostas; Herbers, Thomas H. C.; Ardhuin, Fabrice; Reilly, William C. O'; Rey, Vincent

    2006-01-01

    The effects of a submarine canyon on the propagation of ocean surface waves are examined with a three-dimensional coupled-mode model for wave propagation over steep topography. Whereas the classical geometrical optics approximation predicts an abrupt transition from complete transmission at small incidence angles to no transmission at large angles, the full model predicts a more gradual transition with partial reflection/transmission that is sensitive to the canyon geometry and controlled by evanescent modes for small incidence angles and relatively short waves. Model results for large incidence angles are compared with data from directional wave buoys deployed around the rim and over Scripps Canyon, near San Diego, California, during the Nearshore Canyon Experiment (NCEX). Wave heights are observed to decay across the canyon by about a factor 5 over a distance shorter than a wavelength. Yet, a spectral refraction model predicts an even larger reduction by about a factor 10, because low frequency components c...

  17. The Black Canyon of the Gunnison: Today and Yesterday

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Hansen, Wallace R.

    1965-01-01

    Since the early visit of Captain John William Gunnison in the middle of the last century, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison has stirred mixed apprehension and wonder in the hearts of its viewers. It ranks high among the more awesome gorges of North America. Many great western canyons are as well remembered for their brightly colored walls as for their airy depths. Not so the Black Canyon. Though it is assuredly not black, the dark-gray tones of its walls and the hazy shadows of its gloomy depths join together to make its name well deserved. Its name conveys an impression, not a picture. After the first emotional impact of the canyon, the same questions come to the minds of most reflective viewers and in about the following order: How deep is the Black Canyon, how wide, how does it compare with other canyons, what are the rocks, how did it form, and how long did it take? Several western canyons exceed the Black Canyon in overall size. Some are longer; some are deeper; some are narrower; and a few have walls as steep. But no other canyon in North American combines the depth, narrowness, sheerness, and somber countenance of the Black Canyon. In many places the Black Canyon is as deep as it is wide. Between The Narrows and Chasm View in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument (fig. 15) it is much deeper than wide. Average depth in the monument is about 2,000 feet, ranging from a maximum of about 2,700 feet, north of Warner Point (which also is the greatest depth anywhere in the canyon), to a minimum of about 1,750 feet at The Narrows. The stretch of canyon between Pulpit Rock and Chasm View, including The Narrows, though the shallowest in the monument, is also the narrowest, has some of the steepest walls, and is, therefore, among the most impressive segments of the canyon (fig. 3). Profiles of several well-known western canyons are shown in figure 1. Deepest of these by far is Hells Canyon of the Snake, on the Idaho-Oregon border. Clearly, it dwarfs the Black Canyon in the immensity of its void, though its flaring walls lack the alarming verticality of the Black Canyon. Arizona's Grand Canyon of the Colorado is acknowledged as the greatest of them all; it is not as deep as Hells Canyon, but it is wider, longer, more rugged, and far more colorful. Its depth is two to three times that of the Black Canyon. Zion Canyon, Utah, combines depth, sheerness, serenity, and color in a chasm that ranges from capacious to extremely narrow. Its Narrows have a depth-to-width ratio unmatched by any other major American canyon. California's Yosemite Valley, in a setting of sylvan verdure, is unique among the gorges shown in profile in figure 1 in being the only glacial trough; its monolithic walls bear witness to the abrasive power of moving ice. Few cliffs in the world match the splendor of its El Capitan. Lodore Canyon, on the Green River in Dinosaur National Monument, Colorado, is best known, perhaps, for its noisy splashy rapids, first made famous by John Wesley Powell. Lodore Canyon also features towering cliffs of deep-red quartzite. Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone River, Wyoming, is noted for its great waterfalls, dashing river, and bright coloration. The Royal Gorge of the Arkansas River, Colorado, features the 'world's highest suspension bridge'. The profiles shown in figure 1 afford some basis for comparing one canyon with another. They cannot abstract in two dimensions the overall impression that each canyon makes. Color, vegetation, outcrop habit, vantage point, season of year, length of visit - even the roar of the river or lack thereof - all contribute to this highly personal effect. For a river of its size, the Gunnison has an unusually steep gradient through the Black Canyon. The river falls about 2,150 feet from the head of the canyon at Sapinero to the mouth at its junction with North Fork - a distance of about 50 miles and an average rate of fall of about 43 feet per mile. By comparison, the Green

  18. Cosmogenic 3 He ages and frequency of late Holocene debris flows from Prospect Canyon, Grand Canyon, USA

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    Thure E. Cerling; Robert H. Webb; Robert J. Poreda; Alan D. Rigby; Theodore S. Melis

    1999-01-01

    Lava Falls Rapid, which was created and is maintained by debris flows from Prospect Canyon, is the most formidable reach of whitewater on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and is one of the most famous rapids in the world. Debris flows enter the Colorado River at tributary junctures, creating rapids. The frequency of debris flows is an important consideration

  19. Couper l'eau d'un canal d'irrigation dans la valle peut

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    Couper l'eau d'un canal d'irrigation dans la vallée peut être passible de la plus lourde amende micro-aspersion. Un bras du canal d'irrigation de la vallée dans le village de Joch. La vallée de la'hui pour l'essentiel à l'arboriculture. Un canal l'alimente, dérivant une partie des eaux de la rivière

  20. Atmospheric Fragmentation of the Canyon Diablo Meteoroid

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    Pierazzo, E.; Artemieva, N. A.

    2005-01-01

    About 50 kyr ago the impact of an iron meteoroid excavated Meteor Crater, Arizona, the first terrestrial structure widely recognized as a meteorite impact crater. Recent studies of ballistically dispersed impact melts from Meteor Crater indicate a compositionally unusually heterogeneous impact melt with high SiO2 and exceptionally high (10 to 25% on average) levels of projectile contamination. These are observations that must be explained by any theoretical modeling of the impact event. Simple atmospheric entry models for an iron meteorite similar to Canyon Diablo indicate that the surface impact speed should have been around 12 km/s [Melosh, personal comm.], not the 15-20 km/s generally assumed in previous impact models. This may help explaining the unusual characteristics of the impact melt at Meteor Crater. We present alternative initial estimates of the motion in the atmosphere of an iron projectile similar to Canyon Diablo, to constraint the initial conditions of the impact event that generated Meteor Crater.

  1. Glen Canyon Dam, Fluctuating Water Levels, and Riparian Breeding Birds: The Need for Management Compromise

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    I ;'. I Glen Canyon Dam, Fluctuating Water Levels, and Riparian Breeding Birds: The Need.--Large water releases from Glen Canyon Dam in May and June are harmful to riparian breeding birds along' INTRODUCTION 100,000,.... COLORAOQ RIVER NEAR GRAND CANYON (PHANTOM RANCHi The completion of Glen Canyon Dam

  2. 28. Fern Canyon (Meier 1979) This established RNA is on the San Dimas

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    Standiford, Richard B.

    28. Fern Canyon (Meier 1979) Location This established RNA is on the San Dimas Experimental Forest of bigcone Douglas-fir (BDF) at Fern Canyon have burned recently (1975). Poor reproduction suggestsUSDA Forest Service General Technical Report PSW-GTR-188. 2004. 28. Fern Canyon Figure 58--Fern Canyon

  3. A submarine canyon as the cause of a mud volcano Liuchieuyu Island in Taiwan

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    Lin, Andrew Tien-Shun

    A submarine canyon as the cause of a mud volcano Ð Liuchieuyu Island in Taiwan J. Chowa,*, J, we also discuss the relationship between a nearby submarine canyon (Kaoping Submarine Canyon¯ection; Submarine canyon; Mud volcano 1. Introduction In the early Pliocene, the paleoenvironment of the offshore

  4. The Extent and Recurrence of Holocene Turbidity Currents in Monterey Canyon and Fan Channel, offshore California

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    J. E. Johnson; C. K. Paull; W. Normark; W. Ussler

    2006-01-01

    The Monterey Canyon and fan channel system is a large and active conduit for sediment transport on the central California margin. The proximity of the canyon head to the shoreline, coupled with longshore sand transport in Monterey Bay, allows frequent (several\\/year) sediment gravity flows to enter the canyon and deposit coarse gravel and sand down the canyon axis. ROV-guided observations

  5. Land- and resource-use issues at the Valles Caldera

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    Intemann, P.R.

    1981-01-01

    The Valles Caldera possesses a wealth of resources from which various private parties as well as the public at large can benefit. Among the most significant of these are the geothermal energy resource and the natural resource. Wildlife, scenic, and recreational resources can be considered components of the natural resource. In addition, Native Americans in the area value the Valles Caldera as part of their religion. The use of land in the caldera to achieve the full benefits of one resource may adversely affect the value of other resources. Measures can be taken to minimize adverse affects and to maximize the benefits of all the varied resources within the caldera as equitably as possible. An understanding of present and potential land and resource uses in the Caldera, and who will benefit from these uses, can lead to the formulation of such measures.

  6. Episodes of fluvial and volcanic activity in Mangala Valles, Mars

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    Keske, Amber L.; Hamilton, Christopher W.; McEwen, Alfred S.; Daubar, Ingrid J.

    2015-01-01

    A new mapping-based study of the 900-km-long Mangala Valles outflow system was motivated by the availability of new high-resolution images and continued debates about the roles of water and lava in outflow channels on Mars. This study uses photogeologic analysis, geomorphic surface mapping, cratering statistics, and relative stratigraphy. Results show that Mangala Valles underwent at least two episodes of fluvial activity and at least three episodes of volcanic activity during the Late Amazonian. The occurrence of scoured bedrock at the base of the mapped stratigraphy, in addition to evidence provided by crater retention ages, suggests that fluvial activity preceded the deposition of two of the volcanic units. Crater counts performed at 30 locations throughout the area have allowed us to construct the following timeline: (1) formation of Noachian Highlands and possible initial flooding event(s) before ?1 Ga, (2) emplacement of Tharsis lava flows in the valley from ?700 to 1000 Ma, (3) a megaflooding event at ?700-800 Ma sourced from Mangala Fossa, (4) valley fill by a sequence of lava flows sourced from Mangala Fossa ?400-500 Ma, (5) another megaflooding event from ?400 Ma, (6) a final phase of volcanism sourced from Mangala Fossa ?300-350 Ma, and (7) emplacement of eolian sedimentary deposits in the northern portion of the valley ?300 Ma. These results are consistent with alternating episodes of aqueous flooding and volcanism in the valles. This pattern of geologic activity is similar to that of other outflow systems, such as Kasei Valles, suggesting that there is a recurring, and perhaps coupled, nature of these processes on Mars.

  7. 2005 Geological Society of America. For permission to copy, contact Copyright Permissions, GSA, or editing@geosociety.org. Geology; August 2005; v. 33; no. 8; p. 625628; doi: 10.1130/G21270.1; 4 figures; 1 table. 625

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    Montgomery, David R.

    ; 1 table. 625 Formation of Martian outflow channels by catastrophic dewatering of evaporite deposits channels through catastrophic dewatering of evaporite deposits. MOLA transects across Valles Marineris show

  8. Sediment Flux in Hueneme and Mugu Submarine Canyons

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    Xu, J.; Swarzenski, P.; Noble, M.; Li, A.

    2008-12-01

    Subsurface moorings were deployed at ~190 m water depth for 6 months (9/07 - 3/08) inside Hueneme and Mugu submarine canyons in southern California. Data collected from the sediment traps, located at 30 and 60 meters above canyon floor, showed marked temporal and spatial variations of sediment flux. Not surprisingly, high sediment flux correlated well with high river discharge, which occurs mostly during episodic winter storms and precipitation, from Santa Clara River, ~12 km upcoast of Hueneme Canyon, and Calleguas Creek, which empties directly into Mugu Canyon. But the observation that both of the Hueneme traps had much higher sediment flux than the Mugu traps was unexpected, because the Mugu canyon head is right next to the mouth of Calleagus Creek whereas the Hueneme canyon is more than 12 km from either Calleguas Creek or Santa Clara River. In this presentation we attempt to characterize the relationships between sediment flux and turbidity current pulses, whose down-canyon speed exceeded 250 cm/s. These pulses seem closely correlated with high waves in the region. We will also describe and discuss the grain size, isotope, and mineral properties of the sediment during high sediment flux events and relate these fluxes to different sediment sources.

  9. Physical modeling of tidal resonance in a submarine canyon

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    Souëf, K. E.; Allen, S. E.

    2014-02-01

    Current observations in submarine canyons poleward of 30° are usually dominated by the semidiurnal (M2) tidal frequency, which is superinertial at these latitudes. Observations from a submarine canyon at 44°N (the Gully, Nova Scotia) suggest that canyons can be dominated by the subinertial (K1) tidal frequency if length scales are correct for resonance of the K1 frequency. A model of the Gully was constructed in a tank on a rotating table and tidal currents generated to determine factors that influence resonance. Resonance curves were fit to measurements from the laboratory canyon for a range of stratifications, background rotation rates, and forcing amplitudes. Dense water was observed upwelling onto the continental shelf on either side of the laboratory canyon and traveled at least one canyon width along the shelf. Friction values measured in the laboratory were much higher than expected, probably due to upwelled water surging onto the shelf on each tidal cycle, similar to a tidal bore. By scaling observations from the laboratory to the ocean and assuming friction in the ocean is also affected by water traveling onto the shelf, a resonance curve for the ocean was created. Because of the broad resonance curve, the diurnal tide remains strong year round at the Gully, even as stratification at the shelf break changes. Dense water surging onto the shelf on tidal frequencies may affect friction and mixing at other nonresonant canyons.

  10. Significance of the fine drainage pattern for submarine canyon evolution: The Foix Canyon System, Northwestern Mediterranean Sea

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    Tubau, Xavier; Lastras, Galderic; Canals, Miquel; Micallef, Aaron; Amblas, David

    2013-02-01

    Submarine gullies are relatively small valleys that occur in a variety of submarine slopes. They are very common in continental slopes and in submarine canyon heads and flanks, where they often form tributary networks. Gullies are smaller than submarine canyons, though there is no standardised size criterion to distinguish between them. Gullies and gully networks have been often viewed as initial steps in the development of larger submarine canyons and more mature drainage networks. The shelf-incising submarine Foix Canyon System (FCS) is located in the northwestern Mediterranean Sea. Numerous, well-developed and morphologically diverse gullies carve its two heads and flanks. The objective of this study is to analyse the drainage network of the FCS and decipher the role of gullies in its evolution. Submarine gully and canyon networks were extracted from swath bathymetry data of 50 m grid size using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). A systematic morphometric analysis was carried out on drainage network of the FCS by using the Horton-Strahler method. Our results show that the FCS is formed by 1660 streams, 1000 km in total length, which can be classified to six stream orders. To detect relevant morphological changes along valley sections, the drainage density, the stream frequency and the drainage area relief parameters were applied. Furthermore, a branching index (Ib) was developed to characterise the geometry of the submarine drainage network. In the canyon heads Ib values are ~ 1.7, which correspond to a dendritic network, whereas Ib in the canyon branches displays values of ~ 2.2 corresponding to a pinnate one. At a finer scale, we have identified two types of canyon flank gullies, namely "rim gullies" and "toe gullies": (1) rim gullies form large, dendritic networks that extend from the canyon thalweg up to the canyon rim, and (2) toe gullies form smaller pinnate networks restricted to the lower part of the canyon flanks. The formation and development of rim gullies are interpreted as the main process responsible for canyon head growth and across-flank transport of material from the continental shelf. Toe gullies, on the other hand, are the morphological expression of the rejuvenation of rim gullies and the canyon itself. Axial incision and toe gully formation are interpreted as the result of bottom-to-top erosive processes acting at different scales, in response to regional and local changes of the factors controlling the system, respectively. This study helps to identify a variety of gullies and the processes they result from and provides a morphometric methodology to characterise submarine drainage networks at fine resolution scales.

  11. Inner gorge-slot canyon system produced by repeated stream incision (eastern Alps): Significance for development of bedrock canyons

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    Sanders, Diethard; Wischounig, Lukas; Gruber, Alfred; Ostermann, Marc

    2014-06-01

    Many inner bedrock gorges of the Alps show abrupt downstream changes in gorge width, as well as channel type and gradient, as a result of epigenetic incision of slot canyons. Many slot canyons also are associated with older gorge reaches filled with Quaternary deposits. The age of slot canyons and inner bedrock gorges, however, commonly is difficult to constrain. For the inner-bedrock gorge system of the Steinberger Ache catchment (eastern Alps), active slot canyons as well as older, abandoned gorge reaches filled with upper Würmian proglacial deposits record three phases of gorge development and slot-canyon incision. A 234U/230Th age of cement of 29.7 ± 1.8 ka in fluvial conglomerates onlapping the flank of an inner gorge fits with late Würmian valley-bottom aggradation shortly before pleniglacial conditions; in addition, the age indicates that at least the corresponding canyon reach must be older. During advance of ice streams in the buildup of the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM), the catchment was blocked, and a proglacial lake formed. Bedrock gorges submerged in that lake were filled with fluviolacustrine deposits. During the LGM, the entire catchment was overridden by ice. During post-glacial reincision, streams largely found again their preexisting inner bedrock canyons. In some areas, however, the former stream course was 'missed', and a slot canyon formed. The distribution of Pleistocene deposits, the patterns of canyon incision, and the mentioned U/Th cementation age, however, together record a further discrete phase of base-level rise and stream incision well before the LGM. The present course of Steinberger Ache and its tributaries is a patchwork of (1) slot canyons incised during post-glacial incision; (2) vestiges of slot canyons cut upon an earlier (middle to late Würmian?) cycle of base-level rise and fall; (3) reactivated reaches up to ~ 200 m in width of inner bedrock gorge that are watershed at present, and more than at least ~ 30 ka in age; and (4) abandoned, sediment-filled reaches of bedrock canyons that also must be older than 30 ka and that are exposed alongside the active streams. 'Multi-cyclic' bedrock canyon systems composed of reaches of markedly different ages may be common in mountain ranges subject to glaciations and/or mass wasting.

  12. Upper Los Alamos canyon fact sheet

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    Berger, Jeffrey H [Los Alamos National Laboratory

    2007-01-01

    Los Alamos National Laboratory is planning to make environmental assessments in portions of Upper Los Alamos Canyon. Upper Los Alamos Canyon is one of the areas included in the 2005 Consent Order agreed to by Los Alamos National Laboratory, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the New Mexico Environment Department. As such, it must be evaluated for potential contamination. The area is located within and south of the Los Alamos townsite in Technical Areas 00, 01, 03, 32, 41, 43, and 61 of Los Alamos National Laboratory and includes a total of 115 solid waste management units and areas of concern. This area was home to some of the earliest operations at Los Alamos, dating from the 1940s. Of the 115 solid-waste management units and areas of concern, 54 have been addressed previously. The remaining 61 are the focus of this project. These include septic tanks and outfalls, sanitary and industrial waste lines, storm drains, soil contamination areas, landfill and surface disposal areas, transformer sites, and incinerators. The Consent Order requires the Laboratory to evaluate historical work sites for the potential presence of residual contamination. It also requires the Laboratory to identify and implement corrective actions should contamination be found. The Laboratory began performing these types of activities in the 1990s. The Upper Los Alamos Canyon project entails: (1) collecting soil and rock samples using the most efficient and least-invasive methods practicable; (2) defining the nature and extent of any residual contamination associated with each solid waste management unit or area of concern; and (3) gathering additional data if needed to evaluate potential remedial alternatives. A variety of methods, including studies of engineering drawings, nonintrusive geophysical surveys, and trenching, may be used to identify the final sampling locations. The field team then determines which collection method to use at each location, based on such site conditions as topography, the nature of the material to be sampled, the required sample-depth intervals, accessibility, permission from the property owner, and the potential to disrupt access by the property owner or the public. The field team typically collects samples using spades, scoops, or hand augers unless site conditions require a drill rig.

  13. Geology of the Big Brushy canyon area, Brewster County, Texas

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    Howle, Arlen Guy

    1964-01-01

    canyons elsewhere' Boo'k types and structure are the controlling faotors in tbe de- velopment of the high esoarpments and steep walled canyons oommon over most of the area, Tbe maJor topographio features were developed by differential erosion of tilted...'s and sheer oanyon walls Xn Dig Brushy Canyon erosion has produood vortical clif'fs as muob as 266 f'oet in height Along tbc f'aces of high precipitous cliffs tho Georgetown weathers to produce numerous small oaves, ~x. its x*: . ? sn r ass m o ave e o C...

  14. The Controlled Flood in Grand Canyon

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    Webb, Robert H.; Schmidt, John C.; Marzolf, G. Richard; Valdez, Richard A.

    The natural flow of almost every river in the United States has been modified to meet various socioeconomic goals—navigation, irrigation, power generation and flood control. The success of the dams and reservoirs built to achieve these goals has been accompanied by changes in the status of riverine resources downstream, a cause of growing environmental and ecological concern. For example, before Glen Canyon Dam was completed, the Colorado River transported large quantities of sediment in floods as large as 8500 m3/s. After the dam was closed in 1963, dam releases typically were less than the powerplant capacity of 890 m3/s and exhibited large daily flow fluctuations. The river carried little sediment. The daily fluctuations in flow eroded sand bars, and the smaller, controlled flow did not redeposit them. The clear, cold water resulted in increased aquatic productivity such that rainbow trout and other nonnative fishes thrived while most native species were lost or endangered.

  15. Report Summary, Final Hells Canyon Environmental Investigation.

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    United States. Bonneville Power Administration.

    1985-01-01

    The Northwest Electric Power Planning and Conservation Act of 1980 provided for the establishment of a Regional Power Planning Council (Regional Council) and mandated the development of a Columbia River Basin Fish and Wildlife Program (F&W Program). The F&W Program was adopted by the Regional Council in November 1982. and is intended to mitigate fish and wildlife losses resulting from the development of hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers. One element of the FLW Program is the Water Budget. It calls for additional flows in the Columbia and Snake Rivers between April 15 and June 15 to improve the survival of juvenile salmon and steelhead migrating downstream. The Snake River's contribution to the Water Budget is 20,000 cubic feet per second-months (A volume of water equal to a flow of 20.000 cubic feet per second, 24 hours per day, for a period of a month) over and above water that would normally flow for power production. The water for the Water Budget would come out of Idaho Power Company's (IPCo) Hells Canyon Complex and the Corps of Engineers' (Corps) Dvorshak Reservoir. IPCo's Hells Canyon Complex consists of three dams, Brownlee, Oxbow, and Hells Canyon. Brownlee, at the upstream end, contains a large reservoir and controls flow to the lower dams. IPCo's participation in the Water Budget could affect the level of the Brownlee Reservoir and flows downstream of the Hells Canyon Complex on the Snake River. In light of this, Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and IPCo contracted with the consulting firm of CH2!4 Hill to study the potential changes that could occur to the environment. The Environmental Investigation (EI) takes into account concerns that were expressed by the public at a series of public meetings held in the Snake River area during June 1983 and again during September 1984. Existing information and consultations with agencies which have management responsibilities in the project area formed the basis for the data used in the EI. This document summarizes the findings of the final EI in the following areas: (1) natural features, water use, and air and water quality; (2) fish, wildlife, and vegetation; (3) land use, recreation, and aesthetics; and (4) historical and archaeological resources. The EI provides information to be used by IPCo as they assess the effect on the system operations (power and nonpower) resulting from Water Budget participation. BPA and IPCo are continuing to discuss the prospects for IPCo's involvement in implementation of the Water Budget on the Snake River. When IPCo reaches a decision on whether and to what extent it wishes to participate in a Water Budget agreement with BPA, the proposed agreement will be subject to analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). That analysis will consider alternatives, significance of impacts to the environment, and mitigative measures.

  16. Compositional range in the Canyon Diablo meteoroid

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    Wasson, John T.; Ouyang, Xinwei

    1990-11-01

    The compositional range within the Canyon Diablo (CD) iron meteorites associated with the formation of the Meteor Crater (Arizona) was examined, using the INAA to analyze a set of CD samples consisting of nine irons collected within 7 km of the Meteor Crater, four Arizona IAB irons that were identified by Wasson (1968) as transported CD fragments, and irons from Las Vegas (Nevada) and Moab (Utah) that Buchwald (1975) suggested to be transported CD fragments. Results show that the irons named Helt Township, Idaho, Las Vegas, Mamaroneck, Moab, and Pulaski County are, most likely, mislabeled CD specimens. On the other hand, meteorites named Alexander County, Allan Hills A77283, Ashfork, Fairfield, and Rifle are identified as compositionally distinct independent falls.

  17. Compositional range in the Canyon Diablo meteoroid

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    Wasson, John T.; Ouyang, Xinwei

    1990-01-01

    The compositional range within the Canyon Diablo (CD) iron meteorites associated with the formation of the Meteor Crater (Arizona) was examined, using the INAA to analyze a set of CD samples consisting of nine irons collected within 7 km of the Meteor Crater, four Arizona IAB irons that were identified by Wasson (1968) as transported CD fragments, and irons from Las Vegas (Nevada) and Moab (Utah) that Buchwald (1975) suggested to be transported CD fragments. Results show that the irons named Helt Township, Idaho, Las Vegas, Mamaroneck, Moab, and Pulaski County are, most likely, mislabeled CD specimens. On the other hand, meteorites named Alexander County, Allan Hills A77283, Ashfork, Fairfield, and Rifle are identified as compositionally distinct independent falls.

  18. Bird remains from the Mousterian levels of Baume-Valle (Haute-Loire, France): preliminary results

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    Bird remains from the Mousterian levels of Baume-Vallée (Haute-Loire, France): preliminary results de Géologie, avenue des Facultés, 33405 Talence Cedex, France Running title: Bird remains from results of the study of the bird remains from the Baume- Vallée rock shelter in the French Central Massif

  19. MAMÍFEROS DE LA RESERVA DEL VALLE DE LOS CIRIOS, BAJA CALIFORNIA, MÉXICO

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    Evelyn RIOS; Sergio TICUL ÁLVAREZ-CASTAÑEDA

    2002-01-01

    El Valle de los Cirios es el área natural protegida más extensa de México. En la península de Baja California existe el mayor número de subespecies de mamíferos endémicos por área de distribución en todo el país, sin embargo, los trabajos mastofaunísticos realizados en la región son escasos. Por ende, el Valle de los Cirios no cuenta con algún estudio

  20. Shed Some Light on the Subject: Teaching Ramon del Valle-Inclan's "Luces de bohemia"

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    Parker, Jason Thomas

    2011-01-01

    This essay seeks to provide parallel and interchangeable approaches to teaching Ramon del Valle-Inclan's challenging play "Luces de bohemia". A greater understanding of the cultural and mental frameworks of the early twentieth-century Spanish spectator will permit students to penetrate the dense intertextuality that characterizes Valle's…

  1. Content Analysis Schedule for Bilingual Education Programs: Del Valle Bilingual Education Program.

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    Ehrlich, Roselin; Shore, Marietta Saravia

    This content analysis schedule for the Del Valle Bilingual Education Program of Del Valle, Texas, presents information on the history, funding, and scope of the project. Included are sociolinguistic process variables such as the native and dominant languages of students and their interaction. Information is provided on staff selection and the…

  2. 2 Grjota Valles and implications for flood sediment deposition on Mars 3 Devon M. Burr1

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    Perfect, Ed

    2 Grjota´ Valles and implications for flood sediment deposition on Mars 3 Devon M. Burr1 and Alex H Month 2006. 6 [1] Grjota´ Valles is one of Mars' four Amazonian-aged, 7 fissure-headed, catastrophic unlikely on Mars and that their observance indicates 24 special paleohydraulic conditions. Citation: Burr

  3. 60. SUPPORT CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY AT ISLIP CANYON SHOWING CURVED RAILS ...

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    60. SUPPORT CARRIAGE ASSEMBLY AT ISLIP CANYON SHOWING CURVED RAILS AND FLOATING BARGE IN BACKGROUND, February 16, 1948. - Variable Angle Launcher Complex, Variable Angle Launcher, CA State Highway 39 at Morris Reservior, Azusa, Los Angeles County, CA

  4. VIEW TO THE SOUTH OVER CAJON CANYON THROUGH BLOOMING YUCCA, ...

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    VIEW TO THE SOUTH OVER CAJON CANYON THROUGH BLOOMING YUCCA, TOWARDS THE BNSF RAILROAD TRACKS. 124 - Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad, Cajon Subdivision, Between Cajon Summit and Keenbrook, Devore, San Bernardino County, CA

  5. A view in Lapwai Canyon at Milepost 18 of the ...

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    A view in Lapwai Canyon at Milepost 18 of the grade cut through basalt - Camas Prairie Railroad, Second Subdivision, From Spalding in Nez Perce County, through Lewis County, to Grangeville in Idaho County, Spalding, Nez Perce County, ID

  6. Fossil Woodwardia virginica Foliage From the Middle Miocene Yakima Canyon

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    Kathleen B. Pigg (Arizona State University; Department of Plant Biology ADR; POSTAL)

    2004-03-09

    Fossil Woodwardia virginica foliage from the middle Miocene Yakima Canyon flora of central Washington State, USA. Vegetative and fertile features of this fossil are remarkably similar to those of the modern ""Virginia chain fern"" of the Atlantic coastal region, USA.

  7. View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon taken from ...

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    View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon taken from Lower Portal Road looking up towards area where new bridge will be located, view northwest - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  8. View of the Colorado River Canyon showing lower portal road ...

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    View of the Colorado River Canyon showing lower portal road in background taken from the rim of Hoover Dam, view south - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  9. View of Arizona side of Colorado River Canyon taken from ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    View of Arizona side of Colorado River Canyon taken from Lower Portal Road looking up towards area where new bridge will be located, view northeast - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  10. View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon showing US ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon showing US 93, Visitor Center parking lot, transmission lines, and static towers in background, view west - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  11. View of the Colorado River Canyon form the Nevada side ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    View of the Colorado River Canyon form the Nevada side showing the Nevada rim towers and portions of US 93, view south - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  12. View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon showing US ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    View of Nevada side of Colorado River Canyon showing US 93 in foreground, transmission towers and static towers in background, view west - Hoover Dam, Spanning Colorado River at Route 93, Boulder City, Clark County, NV

  13. The Shape of Trail Canyon Alluvial Fan, Death Valley

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Farr, Tom G.; Dohrenwend, John C.

    1993-01-01

    A modified conic equation has been fit to high-resolution digital topographic data for Trail Canyon alluvial fan in Death Valley, California. Fits were accomplished for 3 individual fan units of different age.

  14. Review: Zion Canyon: A Storied Land by Greer K. Chesher

    E-print Network

    Anderson, Byron

    2007-01-01

    beauty of Zion Canyon, a magnificent national park. Zion'snational park ranger, believes that "each of us looks at Zion andZion National Monument, and in 1919, the monument was expanded and protected as the national park

  15. H CANYON PROCESSING IN CORRELATION WITH FH ANALYTICAL LABS

    SciTech Connect

    Weinheimer, E.

    2012-08-06

    Management of radioactive chemical waste can be a complicated business. H Canyon and F/H Analytical Labs are two facilities present at the Savannah River Site in Aiken, SC that are at the forefront. In fact H Canyon is the only large-scale radiochemical processing facility in the United States and this processing is only enhanced by the aid given from F/H Analytical Labs. As H Canyon processes incoming materials, F/H Labs provide support through a variety of chemical analyses. Necessary checks of the chemical makeup, processing, and accountability of the samples taken from H Canyon process tanks are performed at the labs along with further checks on waste leaving the canyon after processing. Used nuclear material taken in by the canyon is actually not waste. Only a small portion of the radioactive material itself is actually consumed in nuclear reactors. As a result various radioactive elements such as Uranium, Plutonium and Neptunium are commonly found in waste and may be useful to recover. Specific processing is needed to allow for separation of these products from the waste. This is H Canyon's specialty. Furthermore, H Canyon has the capacity to initiate the process for weapons-grade nuclear material to be converted into nuclear fuel. This is one of the main campaigns being set up for the fall of 2012. Once usable material is separated and purified of impurities such as fission products, it can be converted to an oxide and ultimately turned into commercial fuel. The processing of weapons-grade material for commercial fuel is important in the necessary disposition of plutonium. Another processing campaign to start in the fall in H Canyon involves the reprocessing of used nuclear fuel for disposal in improved containment units. The importance of this campaign involves the proper disposal of nuclear waste in order to ensure the safety and well-being of future generations and the environment. As processing proceeds in the fall, H Canyon will have a substantial number of samples being sent to F/H Labs. All analyses of these samples are imperative to safe and efficient processing. The important campaigns to occur would be impossible without feedback from analyses such as chemical makeup of solutions, concentrations of dissolution acids and nuclear material, as well as nuclear isotopic data. The necessity of analysis for radiochemical processing is evident. Processing devoid of F/H Lab's feedback would go against the ideals of a safety-conscious and highly accomplished processing facility such as H Canyon.

  16. Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk creates excitement and controversy

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Grinnell, Max

    Skywalk at Grand Canyon making its debuthttp://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/0320grandcanyonskywalk20-ON.htmlGrand Canyon National Park [pdf]http://www.nps.gov/grca/Hualapai Tribehttp://www.itcaonline.com/tribes_hualapai.htmlASU Libraries: Native Americans Onlinehttp://www.asu.edu/lib/archives/links.htmGrand Canyon Skywalk [Macromedia Flash Player]http://www.grandcanyonskywalk.com/Over the millennia, the Grand Canyon has been the source of wonder and amazement as it was traversed first by indigenous people and a host of other individuals, including John Wesley Powell, who surveyed the area in 1869. This Tuesday saw the formal opening of a recent man-made addition to the rim of the Canyon that generated plenty of commentary and controversy months before it opened. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, which resembles a massive horseshoe, extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge. The Las Vegas developer, David Jin, created this project. Visitors to the Skywalk who pay $25 will get to look down through glass panels to the canyon floor some 4000 feet below, which could be both exhilarating and frightening, depending one one's temperament and tolerance for heights. The Hualapai Indians, who have aggressively defended the Skywalk as a form of effective economic development, approved the Skywalk and Sheri Yellowhawk who has been overseeing the project commented, "When we have so much poverty and so much unemployment, we have to do something." Other individuals and organizations have voiced strong concerns about the Skywalk, and Kieran Suckling, policy director for the Center for Biological Diversity is one of their number. In a recent interview, he commented "The tribe has repeatedly brought tacky, gross commercial ventures into the canyon, and it's inappropriate."The first link will take users to a well-written piece from Devika Bhat of the Times which comments on the opening of the Skywalk. The second link takes users to another piece on the Skywalk, offered courtesy of the Arizona Republic. Moving along, the third link leads to the very authoritative and informative National Park Service site dedicated to the natural history and geography of the Grand Canyon. The fourth link whisks users away to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona's site on the Hualapai Tribe. The fifth link will take users to the Arizona State University Libraries' Native Americans Online site. Here, visitors can look over an extensive set of links that lead to a variety of online resources, such as digital collections and such. The final link leads to the official homepage of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is available in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English.

  17. A submarine canyon conduit under typhoon conditions off Southern Taiwan

    Microsoft Academic Search

    James T. Liu; Hui-Ling Lin; Jia-Jang Hung

    2006-01-01

    The function of a submarine conduit under typhoon conditions is examined. The study site is the Kao-ping river, shelf, and submarine canyon (KPRSC) system located off southern Taiwan on a wave-dominated microtidal coast. The head of the canyon is located approximately 1km off the river mouth. Two comprehensive 1-month field experiments were carried out in 2000 and 2002 during the

  18. Safety Evaluation for Packaging (onsite) T Plant Canyon Items

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    OBRIEN, J.H.

    2000-07-14

    This safety evaluation for packaging (SEP) evaluates and documents the ability to safely ship mostly unique inventories of miscellaneous T Plant canyon waste items (T-P Items) encountered during the canyon deck clean off campaign. In addition, this SEP addresses contaminated items and material that may be shipped in a strong tight package (STP). The shipments meet the criteria for onsite shipments as specified by Fluor Hanford in HNF-PRO-154, Responsibilities and Procedures for all Hazardous Material Shipments.

  19. Geology Fieldnotes: Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Utah and Arizona

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    This Glen Canyon National Recreation Area site contains park geology information, photographs, related links, visitor information, multimedia resources, and teacher features (resources for teaching geology with National Park examples). The park geology section briefly discusses the Park's geologic history, structural geology, Navajo sandstone, and fossil beds. The park maps section contains a link to a features/relief map of Glen Canyon and the surrounding area, from the University of Texas at Austin Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection.

  20. Is Canyon Width a Diagnostic Indicator of the Discharge of Megafloods on Earth and Mars?

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Lapotre, M. G.; Lamb, M. P.

    2013-12-01

    On Earth, large floods have carved steep-walled and amphitheater-headed canyons from the Pleistocene (e.g. Box Canyon, ID) through the Holocene (e.g. Asbyrgi Canyon, Iceland), to historic times (e.g. Canyon Lake Gorge, TX). The geologic record on Mars suggests that similar floods have carved canyons by waterfall retreat about 3.5 billion years ago, when the red planet was wetter and possibly warmer. We currently lack robust paleo-hydraulic tools to reconstruct the discharge of ancient floods, especially on Mars where sediment sizes are obscured from observation. To address this issue, we hypothesize that the width of canyon escarpment is controlled by the hydraulics of the canyon-carving flood due to focusing of the flood into the canyon head. We compiled field data from multiple canyons and floods on Earth and Mars and show that there is a correlation between estimated flood discharge and canyon headwall width. To explore what sets this relationship, we identified five important parameters using dimensional analysis: the Froude number, the ratio of backwater length to canyon length, the ratio of backwater length to flood width, the ratio of canyon width to flood width, and the topographic slope upstream of the canyon. We used the hydraulic numerical modeling suite ANUGA to simulate overland flow over different canyon geometries and flood parameters to systematically explore the relative bed shear stresses along the canyon rim as a metric for flow focusing. Results show that canyons that exceed a certain length, scaling with the hydraulic backwater length, have shear stresses at their heads that are significantly higher than near the canyon mouth. Shear stresses along the rim of the canyon sidewalls are limited, in comparison to stresses along the canyon head, when the flood width is of the order of the backwater length. Flow focusing only occurs for subcritical flow. Together, these results suggest that canyons may only grow from a perturbation that is large enough to instigate flow focusing. Once canyon growth is initiated, the equilibrium width of canyons may arise from the competition between the cross-stream backwater effects along the canyon sidewalls, which promote widening of the escarpment, and the geometry of the canyon flood system, which promote a drying of the canyon sidewalls. These results show promise for a new paleohydraulic tool to infer discharges of ancient floods on Earth and Mars.

  1. Microthermometry of fluid inclusions from the VC-1 core hole in Valles Caldera, New Mexico

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sasada, Masakatsu

    1988-06-01

    Fluid inclusions in vein quartz and calcite from core samples of the VC-1 hole were studied with microscope heating/freezing and crushing stages. All samples originate from hydrothermally altered Paleozoic rocks predating formation of the Jemez Mountains volcanic field and Valles caldera. Most homogenization temperatures (Th) of the liquid-rich inclusions are above the present well temperature, but some Th of primary inclusions from 515 m and those of secondary inclusions from 723 m fit the present well temperature curve measured 10 months after completion of the well. The maximum temperature recorded by the primary inclusions is 275°C from hydrothermal quartz in the Sandia Formation at 811-m depth. The total range of Th for samples from several depths (90°C) indicates cooling from the maximum temperature. The salinity of fluid inclusions in hydrothermal quartz and calcite is generally low, <1 wt % NaCl eq. High-salinity fluid, up to 5 wt % NaCl eq, has been found in several calcite veins from the lower part of the Madera Limestone. The salinity decreases with decrease of Th of the secondary inclusions, and that with lowest Th at the lower part of the Madera Limestone is similar to those from the other depths. These data show that early hot water circulation system involved several types of fluid, whereas the later one was a homogeneous fluid. The salinity of fluid inclusions in detrital quartz (presumably inherited inclusions) is higher than that in hydrothermal minerals. Some of these inclusions show extraordinary low temperatures of final melting point of ice (about -40°C), suggesting that a CaCl2 component is present. CO2 contents in fluid inclusions were estimated by the bubble behavior on crushing. Crushing results indicate that CO2 content of the early fluid is ?0.35 wt %, and that of the later fluid is ˜0.2-0.3 wt %. Geothermal fluid trapped in the fluid inclusions representing the present temperature regime is comparable in composition to those from the Baca geothermal field inside the caldera and to those from hot springs in San Diego Canyon.

  2. Brighty, donkeys and conservation in the Grand Canyon.

    PubMed

    Wills, John

    2006-09-01

    The Grand Canyon is a vast place. It is almost incomprehensible in size. And yet it can also seem strangely crowded. Millions of tourists flock to the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona every year. In 1999, almost 5 million people visited, the highest figure in Canyon history. And each one of them expected to see a wild, free and untrammelled landscape. Despite the obvious natural resources, this expectation has proved anything but easy to satisfy. The US National Park Service (NPS), responsible for the management of most large North American parks (along with several historic sites and museums), has struggled to make or keep the canyon "grand". Park rangers have grappled with a multitude of issues during the past century, including automobile congestion, drying of the Colorado River and uranium mining inside the park. Conservation has posed a unique set of challenges. On a fundamental level, "restoring" the Grand Canyon to its "original" wilderness setting has proved intensely problematic. In the field of wildlife management, restoring the Canyon to its pre-Columbian splendour has entailed some tough decisions--none more so than a 1976 plan to eliminate a sizeable population of feral burros (wild donkeys) roaming the preserve, animals classified as exotics by the NPS. PMID:16904748

  3. 2008 High-Flow Experiment at Glen Canyon Dam Benefits Colorado River Resources in Grand Canyon National Park

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Melis, Theodore S.; Topping, David J.; Grams, Paul E.; Rubin, David M.; Wright, Scott A.; Draut, Amy E.; Hazel, Joseph E., Jr.; Ralston, Barbara E.; Kennedy, Theodore A.; Rosi-Marshall, Emma; Korman, Josh; Hilwig, Kara D.; Schmit, Lara M.

    2010-01-01

    On March 5, 2008, the Department of the Interior began a 60-hour high-flow experiment at Glen Canyon Dam, Arizona, to determine if water releases designed to mimic natural seasonal flooding could be used to improve downstream resources in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Grand Canyon National Park. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists and their cooperators undertook a wide range of physical and biological resource monitoring and research activities before, during, and after the release. Scientists sought to determine whether or not high flows could be used to rebuild Grand Canyon sandbars, create nearshore habitat for the endangered humpback chub, and benefit other resources such as archaeological sites, rainbow trout, aquatic food availability, and riverside vegetation. This fact sheet summarizes research completed by January 2010.

  4. SRTM Anaglyph: Pinon Canyon region, Colorado

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2001-01-01

    Erosional features are prominent in this view of southern Colorado taken by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM). The area covers about 20,000square kilometers and is located about 50 kilometers south of Pueblo, Colorado. The prominent mountains near the left edge of the image are the Spanish Peaks, remnants of a 20 million year old volcano. Rising 2,100 meters (7,000 feet) above the plains to the east, these igneous rock formations with intrusions of eroded sedimentary rock historically served as guiding landmarks for travelers on the Mountain Branch of the Santa Fe Trail.

    Near the center of the image is the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, a training area for soldiers of the U.S. Army from nearby Fort Carson. The site supports a diverse ecosystem with large numbers of big and small game, fisheries, non-game wildlife, forest, range land and mineral resources. It is bounded on the east by the dramatic topography of the Purgatoire River Canyon, a 100 meter (328 feet) deep scenic red canyon with flowing streams, sandstone formations and exposed geologic processes.

    This anaglyph was produced by first shading a preliminary SRTM elevation model. The stereoscopic effect was then created by generating two differing perspectives, one for each eye. When viewed through special glasses, the result is a vertically exaggerated view of the Earth's surface in its full three dimensions. Anaglyph glasses cover the left eye with a red filter and cover the right eye with a blue filter.

    Elevation data used in this image was acquired by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour, launched on Feb. 11, 2000. SRTM used the same radar instrument that comprised the Spaceborne Imaging Radar-C/X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SIR-C/X-SAR)that flew twice on the Space Shuttle Endeavour in 1994. SRTM was designed to collect three-dimensional measurements of the Earth's surface. To collect the 3-D data, engineers added a 60-meter-long (200-foot) mast, installed additional C-band and X-band antennas, and improved tracking and navigation devices. The mission is a cooperative project between the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) of the U.S. Department of Defense, and the German and Italian space agencies. It is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, for NASA's Earth Science Enterprise, Washington, DC.

    Size: 177.8 x 111.3 kilometers ( 110.5 x 69.2 miles) Location: 37.5 deg. North lat., 104 deg. West lon. Orientation: North toward the top Original Data Resolution: SRTM 1 arcsecond (30 meters or 99 feet) Image Data: Shaded and colored SRTM elevation model

  5. 14 CFR Appendix to Subpart U of... - Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Appendix to Subpart U of...in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Pt. 93, Subpt. U, App...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ...

  6. 14 CFR Special Federal Aviation... - 2-Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Federal Special Federal...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Section 1. Applicability...designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area: That...

  7. 14 CFR Appendix to Subpart U of... - Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Appendix to Subpart U of...in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Pt. 93, Subpt. U, App...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ...

  8. 14 CFR Special Federal Aviation... - 2-Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Federal Special Federal...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Section 1. Applicability...designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area: That...

  9. 14 CFR Appendix to Subpart U of... - Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

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  10. 14 CFR Appendix to Subpart U of... - Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Appendix to Subpart U of...in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Pt. 93, Subpt. U, App...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ...

  11. 14 CFR Special Federal Aviation... - 2-Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Federal Special Federal...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Section 1. Applicability...designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area: That...

  12. 14 CFR Special Federal Aviation... - 2-Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Federal Special Federal...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Section 1. Applicability...designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area: That...

  13. 77 FR 67391 - Notice of Proposed Supplementary Rules on Public Land in Water Canyon, Humboldt County, NV

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    2012-11-09

    ...Proposed Supplementary Rules on Public Land in Water Canyon, Humboldt County, NV AGENCY...and resources on public land within the Water Canyon Recreation Area. These proposed...restrictions included within the decisions of the Water Canyon Recreation Area Management...

  14. 14 CFR Special Federal Aviation... - 2-Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Federal Special Federal...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Section 1. Applicability...designated as the Grand Canyon National Park Special Flight Rules Area: That...

  15. 14 CFR Appendix to Subpart U of... - Special Flight Rules in the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-01-01

    ...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Appendix to Subpart U of...in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, AZ Pt. 93, Subpt. U, App...the Vicinity of the Grand Canyon National Park, AZ...

  16. Metamorphic signature of the Gneiss Canyon Shear Zone, Lower Granite Gorge, Grand Canyon, Arizona

    SciTech Connect

    Robinson, K.; Williams, M.L. (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (United States). Dept. of Geology and Geography)

    1992-01-01

    The Proterozoic orogen in Arizona consists of structural blocks separated by NE trending shear zones. The Gneiss Canyon Shear Zone (GCSZ) is important because it appears to define in part the boundary between the amphibolite facies Yavapai Province and the granulite facies Mojave Province. An early NW striking foliation is clearly visible in many samples from the Lower Granite Gorge (LGG). In Travertine Canyon, east of the GCSZ, pelitic schists contain And-Sil-Crd-Bi and Gar-Sil-Sta-Bi. Mafic rocks exhibit complex phase relations between cummingtonite, anthophyllite, gedrite, garnet, and cordierite. The coexistence of cordierite-cummingtonite is indicative of low pressure metamorphism. Microprobe analyses of garnets reveal prograde growth zoning profiles. Temperature and pressure estimates of peak metamorphism are 550--600 C and 3 kb. Just east of the GCSZ, pelitic assemblages contain Gar-Bi [+-] Sil [+-] Mus, and garnet zoning profiles are flat in the cores. In Spencer Canyon, west of the GCSZ, samples commonly contain Gar-Bi-Sil-Crd, and in many samples cordierite is being replaced by sillimanite. Thermobarometric calculations yield temperature and pressure estimates of 650 C and 3.5 kb. Mineral assemblages and quantitative thermobarometry suggest higher peak metamorphic temperature west of the GCSZ but relatively constant pressures across the LGG. On the east side of the GCSZ, temperatures increase toward the Shear Zone, probably due to the presence of extensive dikes, pods, and veins of variably deformed granite. Peak mineral assemblages are syntectonic with respect to the NE-striking GCSZ fabric. If a suture exists in the LGG, the GCSZ fabrics apparently reflect post-accretionary tectonism, with accretion occurring prior to the peak of metamorphism.

  17. Gynandromorphs in mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) from Valle del Cauca, Colombia.

    PubMed

    Barreto, Mauricio; Burbano, María E; Barreto, Pablo

    2008-01-01

    Gynandromorphs of Culex nigripalpus Theobald (2), Cx. pedroi Sirivanakarn and Belkin (1) and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) (2) are described. Two individuals of the latter species were reared in the laboratory, while the remaining three specimens were wild-caught with different traps in rural areas in Valle del Cauca department, southwestern Colombia. All of the individuals were mounted on microscopic slides with Canada balsam. From each mosquito, main morphological characteristics are described and illustrated. Due to the paucity of information about this subject, these findings as well as other relevant cases are discussed. PMID:18641900

  18. Quantification of Upwelling through Steep Continental Shelf Canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Allen, Susan; Howatt, Tara

    2013-04-01

    Submarine canyons that cut into the continental shelf are regions of enhanced upwelling during coast-wide upwelling events. Enhanced upwelling can occur due to four different processes: time dependence- the strength of shelf-flow is increasing allowing cross-isobath flow, advection- the small spatial scales of the canyon allow strong flow to cross-isobaths, isobath convergence- isobath convergence in the region of the canyon allows cross-isobath flow and a new process that appears to be related to internal waves which allows cross-isobath flow near the mouth of the canyon. We will briefly review these different types of upwelling, the flow patterns and dynamics associated with each. Then we will focus on the usually dominant advection-driven upwelling. The depth of upwelling and flux through the canyons quantifies this exchange between the shelf and the open ocean. Scaling analysis that relate these quantities to the strength of the flow, stratification, Coriolis parameter and topographic shape parameters allow their estimation in the absence of a full numerical simulation or a detailed field study of a specific canyon. Here we add the impact of the continental shelf slope to the scaling and test the scaling using a three-dimensional primitive equation model over 18 distinct geometries. The impact of the continental shelf is significant for real canyons with changes in the depth of upwelling of 20% and of the flux of upwelling of 65%. Including the continental slope, the depth of upwelling (as given by the three-dimensional model) can be estimated to within 10% and the upwelling flux (as given by the three-dimensional model) within 25%.

  19. Discovery of two new large submarine canyons in the Bering Sea

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Carlson, P.R.; Karl, Herman A.

    1984-01-01

    The Beringian continental margin is incised by some of the world's largest submarine canyons. Two newly discovered canyons, St. Matthew and Middle, are hereby added to the roster of Bering Sea canyons. Although these canyons are smaller and not cut back into the Bering shelf like the five very large canyons, they are nonetheless comparable in size to most of the canyons that have been cut into the U.S. eastern continental margin and much larger than the well-known southern California canyons. Both igneous and sedimentary rocks of Eocene to Pliocene age have been dredged from the walls of St. Matthew and Middle Canyons as well as from the walls of several of the other Beringian margin canyons, thus suggesting a late Tertiary to Quaternary genesis of the canyons. We speculate that the ancestral Yukon and possibly Anadyr Rivers were instrumental in initiating the canyon-cutting processes, but that, due to restrictions imposed by island and subsea bedrock barriers, cutting of the two newly discovered canyons may have begun later and been slower than for the other five canyons. ?? 1984.

  20. Formation of the Grand Canyon 5 to 6 million years ago through integration of older palaeocanyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Karlstrom, Karl E.; Lee, John P.; Kelley, Shari A.; Crow, Ryan S.; Crossey, Laura J.; Young, Richard A.; Lazear, Greg; Beard, L. Sue; Ricketts, Jason W.; Fox, Matthew; Shuster, David L.

    2014-03-01

    The timing of formation of the Grand Canyon, USA, is vigorously debated. In one view, most of the canyon was carved by the Colorado River relatively recently, in the past 5-6 million years. Alternatively, the Grand Canyon could have been cut by precursor rivers in the same location and to within about 200 m of its modern depth as early as 70-55 million years ago. Here we investigate the time of formation of four out of five segments of the Grand Canyon, using apatite fission-track dating, track-length measurements and apatite helium dating: if any segment is young, the old canyon hypothesis is falsified. We reconstruct the thermal histories of samples taken from the modern canyon base and the adjacent canyon rim 1,500 m above, to constrain when the rocks cooled as a result of canyon incision. We find that two of the three middle segments, the Hurricane segment and the Eastern Grand Canyon, formed between 70 and 50 million years ago and between 25 and 15 million years ago, respectively. However, the two end segments, the Marble Canyon and the Westernmost Grand Canyon, are both young and were carved in the past 5-6 million years. Thus, although parts of the canyon are old, we conclude that the integration of the Colorado River through older palaeocanyons carved the Grand Canyon, beginning 5-6 million years ago.

  1. Hematite-bearing materials surrounding Candor Mensa in Candor Chasma, Mars: Implications for hematite origin and post-emplacement modification

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Fergason, R. L.; Gaddis, L. R.; Rogers, A. D.

    2014-07-01

    The Valles Marineris canyon system on Mars is of enduring scientific interest in part due to the presence of interior mounds that contain extensive layering and water-altered minerals, such as crystalline gray hematite and hydrated sulfates. The presence of hematite and hydrated sulfate minerals is important because their host rock lithologies provide information about past environments that may have supported liquid water and may have been habitable. This work further defines the association and relationship between hematite-bearing materials and low albedo (presumably aeolian) deposits and layered materials, identifies physical characteristics that are strongly correlated with the presence of hematite, and refines hypotheses for the origin and post-emplacement modification (including transport) of these hematite-bearing and associated materials. There are only three regions surrounding Candor Mensa where hematite has been identified, even though morphologic properties are similar throughout the entire mensa. Three possible explanations for why hematite is only exposed in these regions include: (1) the topographic structure of the mensa walls concentrates hematite at the base of the layered deposits, influencing the ability to detect hematite from orbit; (2) the presence of differing amounts of “dark mantling material” and hematite-free erosional sediment; (3) the potential fracturing of the mensa and the influence of these structures on fluid flow and subsequent digenesis. The observations of hematite-bearing materials in this work support the hypothesis that hematite is eroding from a unit in the Candor Mensa interior layered deposits (ILD) and is being concentrated as a lag deposit adjacent to the lower layers of Candor Mensa and at the base in the form of dark aeolian material. Due to the similar geologic context associated with hematite-bearing and ILD materials throughout the Valles Marineris canyon system, the insight gained from studying these materials surrounding Candor Mensa can likely be applicable to similar layered deposits throughout Valles Marineris.

  2. Downstream effects of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon: A review

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Webb, R. H.; Wegner, D. L.; Andrews, E. D.; Valdez, R. A.; Patten, D. T.

    Glen Canyon Dam, completed in 1963, has altered geomorphic and ecological processes and resources of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. Before the dam was completed, the river transported large quantities of sediment during spring floods as large as 8500 m3/s. After 1963, dam releases typically were less than 900 m3/s with large diurnal fluctuations and little sediment. The 2-yr peak discharge decreased by a factor of 2.5, resulting in aggraded rapids and a large increase in riparian vegetation. The clearwater releases from the dam eroded sand deposited on the bed and banks. Although pre-dam water temperatures varied seasonally, dam releases typically are about 8°C year round. Because of the clear, cold water and reduced flooding, post-dam aquatic productivity is considerably higher in the tailwater. Rainbow trout and other non-native fishes are now common, 3 native species have been extirpated, and the remaining species, including the endangered humpback chub, cannot successfully reproduce in the river.

  3. Evidence for late stage fluvial activity in Kasei Valles, Mars

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Williams, Rebecca M. E.; Malin, Michael C.

    2004-06-01

    Two inner channels in the southern branch of Kasei Valles are among the best preserved examples of fluvial erosion on Mars. Attributes of the channels include arcuate alcoves, perched boulders, and a concave-up longitudinal profile, all of which are consistent with the interpretation that these channels were carved by a Newtonian fluid. The sharp concavity of the longitudinal profile is comparable to a terrestrial alluvial system with a minimum work profile. The shape of the profile suggests that the system was in a quasi-equilibrium state but was not active long enough to achieve grade. Associated with these channels is a ``platy'' meter-scale texture, identified in high-resolution Mars Orbiter Camera images. Although a lava flow could explain many of the material properties of the platy surface texture, we speculate that this texture in the immediate proximity to the southern Kasei Valles inner channels may be related to waning floodwaters moving through the inner channels and is a mudflow deposit.

  4. Is the Valles caldera entering a new cycle of activity?

    SciTech Connect

    Wolff, J.A. [Univ. of Texas, Arlington, TX (United States)] [Univ. of Texas, Arlington, TX (United States); Gardner, J.N. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)] [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1995-05-01

    The Valles caldera formed during two major rhyolitic ignimbrite eruptive episodes (the Bandelier Tuff) at 1.61 and 1.22 Ma, after some 12 m.y. of activity in the Jemez Mountains volcanic field, New Mexico. Several subsequent eruptions between 1.22 and 0.52 Ma produced dominantly high-silica rhyolite lava domes and tephras within the caldera. These were followed by a dormancy of 0.46 m.y. prior to the most recent intracaldera activity, the longest hiatus since the inception of the Bandelier magma system at approximately 1.8 Ma. The youngest volcanic activity at approximately 60 ka produced the SW moat rhyolites, a series of lavas and tuffs that display abundant petrologic evidence of being newly generated melts. Petrographic textures conform closely to published predictions for silicic magmas generated by intrusion of basaltic magma into continental crust. The Valles caldera may currently be the site of renewed silicic magma generation, induced by intrusion of mafic magma at depth. Recent seismic investigations revealed the presence of a large low-velocity anomaly in the lower crust beneath the caldera. The generally aseismic character of the caldera, despite abundant regional seismicity, may be attributed to a heated crustal column, the local effect of 13 m.y. of magmatism and emplacement of mid-crustal plutons. 24 refs., 3 figs.

  5. Origin of Hot Creek Canyon, Long Valley caldera, California

    SciTech Connect

    Maloney, N.J. (California State Univ., Fullerton, CA (United States). Dept. of Geological Sciences)

    1993-04-01

    Hot Creek has eroded a canyon some thirty meters deep across the Hot Creek rhyolite flows located in the southeastern moat of Long Valley Caldera. Maloney (1987) showed that the canyon formed by headward erosion resulting from spring sapping along hydrothermally altered fractures in the rhyolite, and the capture of Mammoth Creek. This analysis ignored the continuing uplift of the central resurgent dome. Reid (1992) concluded that the downward erosion of the canyon must have kept pace with the uplift. Long Valley Lake occupied the caldera until 100,000 to 50,000 years before present. The elevation of the shoreline, determined by trigonometric leveling, is 2,166 m where the creek enters the canyon and 2,148 m on the downstream side of the rhyolite. The slope of the strand line is about equal to the stream gradient. The hill was lower and the stream gradient less at the time of stream capture. Rotational uplift increased the stream gradient which increased the rate of downward erosion and formed the V-shaped canyon

  6. BotEC: The Grand Canyon's Rate of Erosion

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    Peter Kresan

    Question: Some geologic processes, like volcanism and earthquakes, occur intermittently but can cause significant and sometimes catastrophic change very quickly. Others, like weathering, act continuously but gradually, in fact, imperceptibly slow. Regardless of how they operate, geologic processes, acting over long periods of time (thousands and millions of years) will produce significant change in the earth's surface. If you were to occasionally visit the Grand Canyon over a period of many years, you would most likely notice no change. Even the details in the walls would probably seem frozen forever. Yet the Colorado River is continuously, albeit very slowly, cutting into and eroding the Colorado Plateau. The Grand Canyon is gradually being deepened and enlarged. Some geologists are finding evidence that suggests that this mile deep canyon may have been cut with the last 4 million years. Assuming a uniform rate of erosion and without considering canyon widening due to slop retreat, calculate how much (in millimeters per year) the Colorado River would have to downcut per year to form this mile-deep canyon in 4 million years.

  7. 33 CFR 165.1155 - Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. 165.1155 Section 165.1155 Navigation and Navigable...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. (a) Location. The following area is a security...

  8. 33 CFR 165.1155 - Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. 165.1155 Section 165.1155 Navigation and Navigable...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. (a) Location. The following area is a security...

  9. 33 CFR 165.1155 - Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. 165.1155 Section 165.1155 Navigation and Navigable...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. (a) Location. The following area is a security...

  10. 33 CFR 165.1155 - Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. 165.1155 Section 165.1155 Navigation and Navigable...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. (a) Location. The following area is a security...

  11. 33 CFR 165.1155 - Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. 165.1155 Section 165.1155 Navigation and Navigable...Security Zone; Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Avila Beach, California. (a) Location. The following area is a security...

  12. 75 FR 76650 - Proposed Modification of Class E Airspace; Bryce Canyon, UT

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-12-09

    ...This action proposes to modify Class E airspace at Bryce Canyon, UT to accommodate Area Navigation (RNAV) Global Positioning System (GPS) Standard Instrument Approach Procedures at Bryce Canyon Airport. The FAA is proposing this action...

  13. 75 FR 10308 - Fire Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement, Record of Decision, Grand Canyon...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-03-05

    ...DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Fire Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact...Environmental Impact Statement for the Fire Management Plan, Grand Canyon National...availability of the Record of Decision for the Fire Management Plan, Grand Canyon...

  14. 75 FR 27550 - Electrical Interconnection of the Juniper Canyon I Wind Project

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-05-17

    ...OF ENERGY Bonneville Power Administration Electrical...the Juniper Canyon I Wind Project AGENCY: Bonneville Power Administration (BPA...Transmission System. The power would be generated from...proposed Juniper Canyon I Wind Energy Project...

  15. 76 FR 42654 - Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Petition To List Grand Canyon Cave Pseudoscorpion

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-07-19

    ...ceilings, and floors for animals and invertebrates. He identified 12 invertebrates from the 8 caves. The Grand Canyon cave...unpublished literature on cave-dwelling invertebrates within Grand Canyon National Park, as...

  16. 76 FR 29280 - Diablo Canyon Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation; Notice of Docketing for Amendment...

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2011-05-20

    ...associated with spent fuel storage at the Diablo Canyon Independent Spent Fuel Storage Installation...Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant, Unit Nos. 1...support of high burnup fuel (HBF) selection criteria...addition of neutron source assemblies (NSAs), and...

  17. Hudson Submarine Canyon Head Offshore New York and New Jersey: A Dynamic Interface

    Microsoft Academic Search

    P. Rona; V. Guida; M. Sullivan; S. Haag; L. Macelloni; E. Sweeney; M. Scranton; J. Hobbs; V. Asper

    2007-01-01

    Hudson Canyon is the largest submarine canyon on the U. S. Atlantic continental margin. Having completed a surface ship multi-beam bathymetric map of the Hudson Canyon region (resolution 100m; http:\\/\\/pubs.usgs.gov\\/of\\/2004\\/1441\\/index\\/html), we report preliminary results of mapping portions of the canyon head (75 square km, water depth 200-500 m) using the Eagle Ray autonomous underwater vehicle (Explorer 27- BO1-2200 AUV, ISE

  18. Marine geology of the Quaternary Bass Canyon system, southeast Australia: A cool-water carbonate system

    Microsoft Academic Search

    J. K. Mitchell; G. R. Holdgate; M. W. Wallace; S. J. Gallagher

    2007-01-01

    The modern Bass Canyon is one of the world's largest submarine canyon systems that is entirely located within a cool-water carbonate environment. Five large shelf-breaching and three slope-confined tributary canyons coalesce on the lower slope and enter the massive deep-water Bass Canyon at 3000 m depth. Normal slope sediments consist predominantly of sandy calcilutite and muddy calcarenite interpreted as mud flow

  19. Origin of Izu-Bonin forearc submarine canyons

    SciTech Connect

    Fujioka, Kantaro (Univ. of Tokyo (Japan)); Yoshida, Haruko (Chiba Univ. (Japan))

    1990-06-01

    Submarine canyons on the Izu-Bonin forearc are morphologically divided from north to south into four types based on their morphology, long profiles, and seismic profiles: Mikura, Aogashima, Sofu, and Chichijima types, respectively. These types of canyons are genetically different from each other. Mikura group is formed by the faults related to bending of the subducting Philippine Sea Plate. Aogashima type genetically relates to the activity of large submarine calderas that supply large amounts of volcaniclastic material to the consequent forearc slope. The third, Sofu group, is thought to be formed by the large-scale mega mass wasting in relation to the recent movement of the Sofugan tectonic line. The last, Chichijima group, is formed by collision of the Uyeda Ridge and the Ogasawara Plateau on the subducting Pacific Plate with Bonin Arc. Long profiles of four types of submarine canyons also support this.

  20. Explaining the relationship between prehistoric agriculture and environment at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

    E-print Network

    Gang, G-Young

    1993-01-01

    LIST OF FIGURES CHAPTER X I INTRODUCTION. Environment and Background of the Anasazi. . Modern Environment of Chaco Canyon. . . . . . . . . Reconstructing Paleoenvironment at Chaco Canyon The Impact of the Environment on the Development... and Abandonment of Chaco Canyon. . . . . . . . . . . Chaco Chronology and Regional System. . . . . . . Statement of Problem 7 12 15 19 21 27 II HISTORY OF CHACOAN ARCHAEOLOGY. . Discovery and Early Exploration. Scientific Excavations...

  1. 33 CFR 165.1171 - Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated Navigation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated...Coast Guard District § 165.1171 Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River...navigation area: (1) In the water area of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado...

  2. 75 FR 26098 - Safety Zone; Under Water Clean Up of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, AZ

    Federal Register 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

    2010-05-11

    ...1625-AA00 Safety Zone; Under Water Clean Up of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, AZ AGENCY: Coast...the navigable waters of Lake Havasu in the Copper Canyon in support of the underwater cleanup of Copper Canyon. This temporary safety zone is...

  3. Formation of Box Canyon, Idaho, by Megaflood: Implications for Seepage Erosion on Earth and Mars

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Michael P. Lamb; William E. Dietrich; Sarah M. Aciego; Donald J. DePaolo; Michael Manga

    2008-01-01

    Amphitheater-headed canyons have been used as diagnostic indicators of erosion by groundwater seepage, which has important implications for landscape evolution on Earth and astrobiology on Mars. Of perhaps any canyon studied, Box Canyon, Idaho, most strongly meets the proposed morphologic criteria for groundwater sapping because it is incised into a basaltic plain with no drainage network upstream, and approximately 10

  4. 33 CFR 165.1171 - Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated Navigation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 2011-07-01 false Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated...Coast Guard District § 165.1171 Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River...navigation area: (1) In the water area of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado...

  5. 33 CFR 165.1171 - Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated Navigation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 2013-07-01 false Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated...Coast Guard District § 165.1171 Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River...navigation area: (1) In the water area of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado...

  6. 33 CFR 165.1171 - Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated Navigation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2014-07-01 2014-07-01 false Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated...Coast Guard District § 165.1171 Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River...navigation area: (1) In the water area of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado...

  7. 33 CFR 165.1171 - Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated Navigation Area.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2012-07-01 2012-07-01 false Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River-Regulated...Coast Guard District § 165.1171 Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado River...navigation area: (1) In the water area of Copper Canyon, Lake Havasu, Colorado...

  8. Temperature decreases in an urban canyon due to green walls and green roofs in diverse climates

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Eleftheria Alexandri; Phil Jones

    2008-01-01

    This paper discusses the thermal effect of covering the building envelope with vegetation on the microclimate in the built environment, for various climates and urban canyon geometries. A two-dimensional, prognostic, micro scale model has been used, developed for the purposes of this study. The climatic characteristics of nine cities, three urban canyon geometries, two canyon orientations and two wind directions

  9. Dense shelf water cascades in two northwestern Mediterranean submarine canyon heads during winters 2007 and 2008

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Marta Ribo; Pere Puig; Albert Palanques; Claudio Lo Iacono

    2010-01-01

    Submarine canyons incised in continental margins are considered to be preferential pathways for the exchange of water and particles between the coastal area and the open sea. Hydrodynamics and sediment transport processes in submarine canyons depend upon several forcing conditions in the region such as general circulation, seafloor morphology and atmospheric regime. The off-shelf sediment transport trough submarine canyons, due

  10. Depth Distribution for the Order Cydippid (Phylum Ctenophora, Class Tentaculata) in the Monterey Submarine Canyon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Laura Dippold; Judith Connor; Nancy Jacobsen

    This paper will discuss depth distribution analysis of cydippids in the Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon. Cydippids in the Monterey Canyon have been sighted at many different depths and areas. Since 1989, ten different cydippid species, including two new cydippids this year, were recorded on video using a remotely operated vehicle in ten sites within the Monterey Canyon. Because most of

  11. Sedimentary features and processes in the Nazaré and Setúbal submarine canyons, west Iberian margin

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Raquel G. Arzola; Russell B. Wynn; Galderic Lastras; Douglas G. Masson; Philip P. E. Weaver

    2008-01-01

    Here we present part of the first complete sidescan sonar dataset of the Nazaré and Setúbal Canyons, west Iberian margin, which, in combination with multibeam bathymetry, shallow seismic profiles and precise piston coring of intra-canyon targets, are used to characterise the sedimentary dynamics of these deep-sea settings. The results show that Nazaré and Setúbal Canyons are highly complex environments. They

  12. Morphotectonics and incision of the Kaoping submarine canyon, SW Taiwan orogenic wedge

    E-print Network

    Lin, Andrew Tien-Shun

    Morphotectonics and incision of the Kaoping submarine canyon, SW Taiwan orogenic wedge Cheng February 2006 Available online 24 March 2006 Abstract The Kaoping submarine canyon developed on the frontal; Incision; Submarine canyon; Taiwan 1. Introduction 1.1. Geological settings The island of Taiwan is located

  13. Evidence of a turbidity current in Monterey Submarine Canyon associated with the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Newell Garfield; Thomas A. Rago; Kurt J. Schnebele; Curtis A. Collins

    1994-01-01

    Evidence of a turbidity current sweeping through the Monterey Submarine Canyon following the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake was documented by the movement of bottom-deployed acoustic transponders used to navigate free-falling oceanographic instrumentation. Measuring sites located along the Canyon at distances of 55, 130 and 190 km from the Canyon head off Moss Landing, CA, all showed evidence of tectonically

  14. Effects of tributary debris on the longitudinal profile of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon

    E-print Network

    Effects of tributary debris on the longitudinal profile of the Colorado River in Grand Canyon January 2006; published 17 June 2006. [1] The Colorado River in Grand Canyon has long been known debris flow activity in Grand Canyon. At all wavelengths the most likely cause for these river profile

  15. Magnitude and Frequency Data for Historic Debris Flows in Grand Canyon

    E-print Network

    Magnitude and Frequency Data for Historic Debris Flows in Grand Canyon National Park and Vicinity with the BUREAU OF RECLAMATION #12;Magnitude and Frequency Data for Historic Debris Flows in Grand Canyon National.............................................................................................................................. 6 Debris flows in Grand Canyon National Park

  16. Debris flow deposition and reworking by the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona

    E-print Network

    Debris flow deposition and reworking by the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona Brian J reworking to limit the rate of debris fan aggradation in Grand Canyon. Citation: Yanites, B. J., R. H. Webb in Grand Canyon, Arizona, Water Resour. Res., 42, W11411, doi:10.1029/2005WR004847. 1. Introduction [2

  17. MAPPING COLORADO RIVER ECOSYSTEM RESOURCES IN GLEN CANYON: ANALYSIS OF HYPERSPECTRAL LOW-ALTITUDE AVIRIS IMAGERYT

    E-print Network

    Merényi, Erzsébet

    Space Science Institute, Boulder, CO (william.farrand@colorado.edu) Lawrence E. Stevens Grand Canyon Wildlands Council, Flagstaff, AZ (farvana@aol.com) Theodore S. Melis Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research companies, and others ( U.S. Bureau of Reclamation 1995, Schmidt et al. 1998). The Grand Canyon Monitoring

  18. Age and Evolution of the Grand Canyon Revealed by UPb Dating of Water Table Type Speleothems

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Victor Polyak; Carol Hill; Yemane Asmerom

    2008-01-01

    The age and evolution of the Grand Canyon have been subjects of great interest and debate since its discovery. We found that cave mammillaries (water table indicator speleothems) from nine sites in the Grand Canyon showed uranium-lead dating evidence for an old western Grand Canyon on the assumption that groundwater table decline rates are equivalent to incision rates. Samples in

  19. Regional economic impacts of Grand Canyon river runners.

    PubMed

    Hjerpe, Evan E; Kim, Yeon-Su

    2007-10-01

    Economic impact analysis (EIA) of outdoor recreation can provide critical social information concerning the utilization of natural resources. Outdoor recreation and other non-consumptive uses of resources are viewed as environmentally friendly alternatives to extractive-type industries. While outdoor recreation can be an appropriate use of resources, it generates both beneficial and adverse socioeconomic impacts on rural communities. The authors used EIA to assess the regional economic impacts of rafting in Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon region of northern Arizona represents a rural US economy that is highly dependent upon tourism and recreational expenditures. The purpose of this research is twofold. The first is to ascertain the previously unknown regional economic impacts of Grand Canyon river runners. The second purpose is to examine attributes of these economic impacts in terms of regional multipliers, leakage, and types of employment created. Most of the literature on economic impacts of outdoor recreation has focused strictly on the positive economic impacts, failing to illuminate the coinciding adverse and constraining economic impacts. Examining the attributes of economic impacts can highlight deficiencies and constraints that limit the economic benefits of recreation and tourism. Regional expenditure information was obtained by surveying non-commercial boaters and commercial outfitters. The authors used IMPLAN input-output modeling to assess direct, indirect, and induced effects of Grand Canyon river runners. Multipliers were calculated for output, employment, and income. Over 22,000 people rafted on the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park in 2001, resulting in an estimated $21,100,000 of regional expenditures to the greater Grand Canyon economy. However, over 50% of all rafting-related expenditures were not captured by the regional economy and many of the jobs created by the rafting industry are lower-wage and seasonal. Policy recommendations are given for increasing the regional retention of rafting expenditures and for understanding both the beneficial and adverse impacts that accompany outdoor recreation in rural areas. PMID:17070647

  20. Recent sediment studies refute Glen Canyon Dam hypothesis

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Rubin, David M.; Topping, David J.; Schmidt, John C.; Hazel, Joe; Kaplinski, Matt; Melis, Theodore S.

    2002-01-01

    Recent studies of sedimentology hydrology, and geomorphology indicate that releases from Glen Canyon Dam are continuing to erode sandbars and beaches in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park, despite attempts to restore these resources. The current strategy for dam operations is based on the hypothesis that sand supplied by tributaries of the Colorado River downstream from the dam will accumulate in the channel during normal dam operations and remain available for restoration floods. Recent work has shown that this hypothesis is false, and that tributary sand inputs are exported downstream rapidly typically within weeks or months under the current flow regime.

  1. Review of the Diablo Canyon probabilistic risk assessment

    SciTech Connect

    Bozoki, G.E.; Fitzpatrick, R.G.; Bohn, M.P. [Sandia National Lab., Albuquerque, NM (United States); Sabek, M.G. [Atomic Energy Authority, Nuclear Regulatory and Safety Center, Cairo (Egypt); Ravindra, M.K.; Johnson, J.J. [EQE Engineering, San Francisco, CA (United States)

    1994-08-01

    This report details the review of the Diablo Canyon Probabilistic Risk Assessment (DCPRA). The study was performed under contract from the Probabilistic Risk Analysis Branch, Office of Nuclear Reactor Research, USNRC by Brookhaven National Laboratory. The DCPRA is a full scope Level I effort and although the review touched on all aspects of the PRA, the internal events and seismic events received the vast majority of the review effort. The report includes a number of independent systems analyses sensitivity studies, importance analyses as well as conclusions on the adequacy of the DCPRA for use in the Diablo Canyon Long Term Seismic Program.

  2. Experimental evaluation of solids suspension uniformity in canyon process vessels

    SciTech Connect

    Hassan, N.M.

    1996-06-25

    Experimental evaluation of solids suspension in canyon process vessels was performed at several paddle agitator speeds and different volume levels in a geometrically similar vessel. The paddle agitator speeds examined were 280, 370, 528, and 686 rpm and volume levels were 30%, 50%, and 70% fill capacity. Experiments were conducted with simulated solid particles that have particle size range and density similar to plutonium particles and corrosion products typically seen in canyon vessels. Solids suspension took place in baffled cylindrical vessel equipped with two flat-blade agitators and cooling helices.

  3. The kinematics of debris flow transport down a canyon

    E-print Network

    Santi, Paul M.

    1988-01-01

    simultaneous processes Figure 33. Debris thickness vs. slope showing both hypotheses Page 56 58 59 65 LIST OF TABLES Table 1. Atterberg Limits for 12 Lightning Canyon samples Table 2. Grain size analysis for 12 Lightning Canyon samples . . Table 3...), and plasticity index is 5 (Standard Deviation =1)(Figure 6, Table 1). The Atterberg Limits were determined on material passing the ?40 sieve (about 20'/o of the total material). Since there is a great amount of coarse material, much of it relatively "inert...

  4. Early Agriculture in the Eastern Grand Canyon of Arizona, USA

    USGS Publications Warehouse

    Davis, S.W.; Davis, M.E.; Lucchitta, I.; Finkel, R.; Caffee, M.

    2000-01-01

    Abandoned fields in Colorado River alluvium in the eastern Grand Canyon show signs of primitive agriculture. Presence of maize pollen in association with buried soils near Comanche Creek suggests that farming began prior to 3130 yr B.P. Cotton pollen, identified in buried soils near Nankoweap Creek, dates to 1310 yr B.P., approximately 500 years earlier than previously reported anywhere on the Colorado Plateau. Farming spanned three millennia in this reach of the canyon. Entrenchment, starting approximately 700 yr B.P., making water diversion to fields infeasible, was likely responsible for field abandonment. ?? 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

  5. Reviewing the success of intentional flooding of the Grand Canyon

    SciTech Connect

    Wirth, B.D. [Bureau of Reclamation, Salt Lake City, UT (United States)

    1997-04-01

    A description and evaluation of the results of an intentional flooding experiment at the Grand Canyon are described. The purpose of the 7-day release of flood waters from the Glen Canyon Dam was to determine if managed floods have the ability to predictably restore the riverine environment. A summary of environmental conditions leading to the experiment is provided and flood results are listed. Initial results showed significant improvement in the size and number of the river`s beaches, creation of backwater habitat for endangered species, and no adverse impact to the trout fishery, Indian cultural sites, and other resources.

  6. Surprise and Opportunity for Learning in Grand Canyon: the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Melis, T. S.; Walters, C. J.; Korman, J.

    2013-12-01

    With a focus on resources of the Colorado River ecosystem downstream of Glen Canyon Dam in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area (GCNRA) and Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP) of northern Arizona, the Glen Canyon Dam Adaptive Management Program has evaluated experimental flow and nonflow policy tests since 1990. Flow experiments have consisted of a variety of water releases from the dam within pre-existing annual downstream delivery agreements. The daily experimental dam operation, termed the Modified Low Fluctuating Flow (MLFF), implemented in 1996 to increase daily low flows and decrease daily peaks were intended to limit daily flow range to conserve tributary sand inputs and improve navigation among other objectives, including hydropower energy. Other flow tests have included controlled floods with some larger releases bypassing the dam's hydropower plant to rebuild and maintain eroded sandbars in GCNP. Experimental daily hydropeaking tests beyond MLFF have also been evaluated for managing the exotic recreational rainbow trout fishery in the dam's GCNRA tailwater. Experimental nonflow policies, such as physical removal of exotic fish below the tailwater, and experimental translocation of endangered native humpback chub from spawning habitats in the Little Colorado River (the largest natal origin site for chub in the basin) to other tributaries within GCNP have also been monitored. None of these large-scale field experiments has yet produced unambiguous results in terms of management prescriptions, owing to inadequate monitoring programs and confounding of treatment effects with effects of ongoing natural changes; most notably, a persistent warming of the river resulting from reduced storage in the dam's reservoir after 2003. But there have been several surprising results relative to predictions from models developed to identify monitoring needs and evaluate experimental design options at the start of the adaptive ecosystem assessment and management program in 1997. The repeated surprises were initially viewed with dismay by some managers and stakeholders who had unrealistic expectations about science and modeling to start with, yet actually represent scientific successes in terms of revealing new opportunities for developing better flow and non-flow policies. A new Long Term Experiment and Management Plan EIS (see URL) started in 2011, and co-led by the U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service, is underway and provides Colorado River managers, other stakeholders and the public a unique opportunity to refocus and weight resource objectives, conduct trade-off evaluations within the context of structured decision analyses, and identify key uncertainties with the goal of improving past experimental designs and monitoring strategies so as to take advantage of future learning opportunities over the next two decades. Perhaps the single greatest uncertainty now facing river managers is trying to anticipate how climate change and global warming will affect the supply of water from the Upper Colorado River Basin, Lake Powell storage that is known to control the river's thermal regime and native and nonnative fish interactions in GCNP, and the already highly-limited tributary sand supply below the dam from the Paria and Little Colorado Rivers required to manage sandbars along river shorelines.

  7. Multi-stage uplift of the Colorado Plateau and the age of Grand Canyon and precursor canyons

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Karlstrom, K. E.; Lee, J. P.; Kelley, S. A.; Crow, R.

    2012-12-01

    Debates about the age of Grand Canyon link to debates about the timing of surface uplift(s) of the Colorado Plateau- Rocky Mountain (CP-RM) region. One "old Grand Canyon" model proposes that a paleocanyon of almost the same depth and location as today's Grand Canyon was carved by a NE-flowing "California" paleoriver 80-70 Ma, then was re-used at ~55 Ma by a SW-flowing "Arizona" paleoriver. This model postulates the CP-RM region was uplifted to near modern elevations during the Laramide orogeny. A second model postulates a 17 Ma Grand Canyon; this time corresponds to Basin and Range extension and postulated mantle-driven surface uplift. The "young Grand Canyon" model postulates that >2/3 of modern Grand Canyon was carved by W-flowing Colorado River that became integrated to the Gulf of California at 5-6 Ma during Neogene mantle-driven uplift of the CP/RM region. Thermochronologic data are poised to substantially resolve these debates. Our thermochronology dataset combines published and new apatite fission-track and helium analyses, and joint thermal history modeling using both systems. This dataset reveals three major cooling episodes: 1) a multi-stage Sevier-Laramide contraction episode from about 90 Ma to 50 Ma with structural relief on upwarps on the order 0.5-1 km, compatible with a similar magnitude of surface uplift; 2) 30-20 Ma cooling that was associated with denudation and northward cliff retreat of most of the Mesozoic section from Grand Canyon region; 3) <10 Ma cooling that is best documented in eastern Grand Canyon as part of a general pattern of decreasing age of cooling/denudation to the NE. Combined geologic and thermochronologic data define the age and 3-D geometry of Cenozoic paleotopography that led to Grand Canyon carving. Combined AHe and AFT data indicate 2-4 km of sedimentary rocks covered the Grand Canyon region until about 40 Ma, negating the California River model. These strata were not removed from the Marble Canyon area until after about 25 Ma, negating the Arizona River hypothesis. However, significant paleorelief and paleovalleys were present and their geometry is coming into focus. 1) A long-recognized N-flowing "Peach Springs paleocanyon" existed from Eocene to about 17 Ma and potentially helped carve a paleocanyon along the Hurricane fault, from Truxton to river mile (RM) 225-190. Drill data and modern topography suggest that the NE slope of this paleodrainage has been inverted to a modern SW slope by surface tilting of the CP. 2) An "East Kaibab" paleocanyon was carved across the southern Kaibab uplift to below the Kaibab surface during 30-20 Ma exhumation. This Miocene paleocanyon extended from RM 65 to 116 in the present position of Upper Granite Gorge and may have flowed west (Crooked Ridge River) or east (as an outlet for the 18 Ma Peach Springs paleocanyon). These data support a model of multiple exhumation episodes leading to a 5-6 Ma Grand Canyon that was mainly carved by the W-flowing Colorado River, but that re-used and deepened older paleovalley segments

  8. MEVTV Workshop on Tectonic Features on Mars

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    Watters, Thomas R. (editor); Golombek, Matthew P. (editor)

    1989-01-01

    The state of knowledge of tectonic features on Mars was determined and kinematic and mechanical models were assessed for their origin. Three sessions were held: wrinkle ridges and compressional structure; strike-slip faults; and extensional structures. Each session began with an overview of the features under discussion. In the case of wrinkle ridges and extensional structures, the overview was followed by keynote addresses by specialists working on similar structures on the Earth. The first session of the workshop focused on the controversy over the relative importance of folding, faulting, and intrusive volcanism in the origin of wrinkle ridges. The session ended with discussions of the origin of compressional flank structures associated with Martian volcanoes and the relationship between the volcanic complexes and the inferred regional stress field. The second day of the workshop began with the presentation and discussion of evidence for strike-slip faults on Mars at various scales. In the last session, the discussion of extensional structures ranged from the origin of grabens, tension cracks, and pit-crater chains to the origin of Valles Marineris canyons. Shear and tensile modes of brittle failure in the formation of extensional features and the role of these failure modes in the formation of pit-crater chains and the canyons of Valles Marineris were debated. The relationship of extensional features to other surface processes, such as carbonate dissolution (karst) were also discussed.

  9. Submarine canyons as important habitat for cetaceans, with special reference to the Gully: A review

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    Moors-Murphy, Hilary B.

    2014-06-01

    There has been much research interest in the use of submarine canyons by cetaceans, particularly beaked whales (family Ziphiidae), which appear to be especially attracted to canyon habitats in some areas. However, not all submarine canyons are associated with large numbers of cetaceans and the mechanisms through which submarine canyons may attract cetaceans are not clearly understood. This paper reviews some of the cetacean associations with submarine canyons that have been anecdotally described or presented in scientific literature and discusses the physical, oceanographic and biological mechanisms that may lead to enhanced cetacean abundance around these canyons. Particular attention is paid to the Gully, a large submarine canyon and Marine Protected Area off eastern Canada for which there exists some of the strongest evidence available for submarine canyons as important cetacean habitat. Studies demonstrating increased cetacean abundance in the Gully and the processes that are likely to attract cetaceans to this relatively well-studied canyon are discussed. This review provides some limited evidence that cetaceans are more likely to associate with larger canyons; however, further studies are needed to fully understand the relationship between the physical characteristics of canyons and enhanced cetacean abundance. In general, toothed whales (especially beaked whales and sperm whales) appear to exhibit the strongest associations with submarine canyons, occurring in these features throughout the year and likely attracted by concentrating and aggregating processes. By contrast, baleen whales tend to occur in canyons seasonally and are most likely attracted to canyons by enrichment and concentrating processes. Existing evidence thus suggests that at least some submarine canyons are important foraging areas for cetaceans, and should be given special consideration for cetacean conservation and protection.

  10. Giant submarine canyons: is size any clue to their importance in the rock record?

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    Normark, William R.; Carlson, Paul R.

    2003-01-01

    Submarine canyons are the most important conduits for funneling sediment from continents to oceans. Submarine canyons, however, are zones of sediment bypassing, and little sediment accumulates in the canyon until it ceases to be an active conduit. To understand the potential importance in the rock record of any given submarine canyon, it is necessary to understand sediment-transport processes in, as well as knowledge of, deep-sea turbidite and related deposits that moved through the canyons. There is no straightforward correlation between the final volume of the sedimentary deposits and size o fthe associated submarine canyons. Comparison of selected modern submarine canyons together with their deposits emphasizes the wide range of scale differences between canyons and their impact on the rock record. Three of the largest submarine canyons in the world are incised into the Beringian (North American) margin of the Bering Sea. Zhemchug Canyon has the largest cross-section at the shelf break and greatest volume of incision of slope and shelf. The Bering Canyon, which is farther south in the Bering Sea, is first in length and total area. In contrast, the largest submarine fans-e.g., Bengal, Indus, and Amazon-have substantially smaller, delta-front submarine canyons that feed them; their submarine drainage areas are one-third to less than one-tenth the area of Bering Canyon. some very large deep-sea channells and tubidite deposits are not even associated with a significant submarine canyon; examples include Horizon Channel in the northeast Pacific and Laurentian Fan Valley in the North Atlantic. Available data suggest that the size of turbidity currents (as determined by volume of sediment transported to the basins) is also not a reliable indicator of submarine canyon size.

  11. Coprates Chasma

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    2002-01-01

    (Released 21 May 2002) The Science This THEMIS visible image shows the northern interior wall of Coprates Chasma, one of the major canyons that form Valles Marineris. The cliff face seen in this image drops over 8 km from the plateau of Ophir Planum to the north (top) to the floor of Coprates. A complex set of ridges and chutes has been eroded into the layered rock that forms the canyon walls. Streamers of bright and dark material can be seen in many of the chutes, suggesting that loose material (sediment) is moving down the chutes toward the canyon floor. In many places this sediment has completely buried the wall. The uppermost layers near the rim of the canyon are brighter than the lower layers, suggesting that the upper layers are composed of different materials than occur further down the wall. Very few small impact craters can be seen in this image, indicating that the erosion and transport of material down the canyon wall and across the floor is occurring at a relatively rapid rate, so that any craters that form are rapidly buried or eroded. The Story From the smooth plateau of Ophir Planum (top of image), the dramatic canyon wall of Coprates Chasma falls in chutes and ridges for almost five miles to the dark floor of the canyon, where one lone, brooding impact crater can be seen. It is a rare sight in this part of the canyon, because all of the erosion on the cliff face happens so fast that most craters are rapidly buried or eroded. You can see how looser material is transported down the canyon by observing all of the bright and dark streaks streaming down the wall. A particularly good example of this continuing descent is in the left-most canyon shoot, where material has tumbled down into its center crevice, gathering in a pile about mid-way down (left-hand side of the image, right at the point where the bright material meets the dark). A canyon like this one is kind of like a slice through the geologic history of the planet. Each layer in the rock formed at different times, with different materials. You can tell that the bright material in this image is made of different rocks and minerals than the darker layers toward the bottom. If a lander or a rover ever went to study a Martian canyon up close, a good place to land would be at the bottom. That's because all of the rock and soil from the top layers are carried down to the bottom. Without needing to climb up the steep canyon wall for a closer look, scientific instruments on the lander or rover would be able to study all the different kinds of materials right there at the bottom and determine what kinds of rock and soil formed through the ages. Coprates Chasma is one of the major canyons that form Valles Marineris, the largest canyon system in the solar system. If Valles Marineris were on Earth, it would stretch all the way from California to Washington, D.C. Since it also slices a few miles down into the planet's interior, it's the perfect place to study the geological history of Mars.

  12. Energy integrated farm system: Del Valle Hog Farm

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    Not Available

    1984-01-01

    The Del Valle Hog Farm, a Texas hog farm with grain crops, is designed to conserve energy through methane generation, alcohol production, and efficient use of electrical energy. The integrated energy concepts to be demonstrated are: methane generation from swine manure to produce electricity and heat for alcohol fermentation and distillation and to produce hot water for heating the digester reactors and the hog feeding pens; and alcohol production from milo and distillation of 170 proof alcohol by use of methane and generated electricity. Specific energy technologies to be implemented are: anaerobic digester; gas compressors to store methane for peak demands; engine generator powered by methane; waste-heat exchanger on engine generator to produce hot water; continuous-process alcohol facility to produce 24 gal/day; and crop management.

  13. Workshop weighs climate change studies at Valles caldera

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Goff, Fraser; Heikoop, Jeffrey M.

    The 22-km-diameter Valles caldera is the world's type resurgent caldera and is host to a 280°C liquid-dominated hydrothermal system [Smith and Bailey, 1968; Goffand Gardner, 1994]. The caldera also contains various lacustrine sediments and hydromagmatic deposits dating from the inception of caldera formation to roughly 50 ka. More recent bog deposits are also present. Many of these deposits are presumably buried within the caldera moat and overlain and interbedded with post-caldera moat rhyolite eruptions. New geologic mapping at the 1:24,000 scale shows that the best exposures of lacustrine rocks occur on the uplifted flanks of the central resurgent dome [Goff et al., 2003] and as eroded remnants within the encircling valleys.

  14. Habitat characterization of deep-water coral reefs in La Gaviera Canyon (Avilés Canyon System, Cantabrian Sea)

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Sánchez, Francisco; González-Pola, Cesar; Druet, María; García-Alegre, Ana; Acosta, Juan; Cristobo, Javier; Parra, Santiago; Ríos, Pilar; Altuna, Álvaro; Gómez-Ballesteros, María; Muñoz-Recio, Araceli; Rivera, Jesus; del Río, Guillermo Díaz

    2014-08-01

    Surveys conducted at the complex Avilés Canyon System (southern Bay of Biscay) in order to identify vulnerable habitats and biological communities revealed the presence of noteworthy deep-water coral reefs in one of the tributaries of the system (La Gaviera Canyon). The aim of the present study is to determine why this deep-sea canyon provides suitable environmental conditions for corals to grow. This hanging canyon is characterized by an irregular U-shaped floor with two narrow differentiated flanks. Sand ripples and rocky outcrops structured in diverse W-E directed steps are observed on the canyon floor, suggesting intense hydrodynamic activity. Accordingly, high-frequency near-bottom current and thermal structure profiles showed that there occur strong shifts in currents/hydrography behaving as front-like features at each tidal cycle. These involve the sudden increase of along-axis velocities to over 50 cm/s and vertical velocities of over 5 cm/s in each tidal cycle associated with the passage of sharp thermal fronts and thermal inversions suggesting overturning. A year-long near-bottom current record showed events with near-bottom velocities well over 1 m/s lasting for several days. Three cold-water coral settings were distinguished: a dense coral reef located on stepped rocky bottoms of the eastern and western flanks, carbonate mounds (20-30 m high) located on the canyon floor, and a cluster of shallower water dead coral framework at the head sector of the canyon. Video and still images from a towed sled and ROV verified the presence of dropstones and rippled sand sheets surrounding the mounds and revealed changes in the coral population (alive or dead; total or patchy coverage) in coral reef and carbonate mound areas. The dominant species of the reef are Lophelia pertusa and Madrepora oculata, which considerably increase the habitat?s complexity and biodiversity in relation to other facies described in the canyon. The presence of living cold-water reefs is directly related to a high-energy environment at depths between 700 and 1200 m in the levels between the lower bound of Eastern North Atlantic Central Water (ENACW) and the core of Mediterranean Water (MW). Such level matches the water density range ??=27.35-27.65 kg m-3 which has been identified as limits for cold-water coral distribution in the North Atlantic.

  15. External threats: the dilemma of resource management on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National park, USA

    Microsoft Academic Search

    R. Roy Johnson; Steven W. Carothers

    1987-01-01

    The United States Congress established Grand Canyon National Park in 1919 to preserve for posterity the outstanding natural attributes of the canyon cut by the Colorado River. In some cases National Park Service attempts to maintain Grand Canyon's natural environment have been thwarted by activities outside the park. One of the most obvious external threats is Glen Canyon Dam, only

  16. Morpho-sedimentary features and sediment dispersal of the Fangliao Submarine Canyon in the active margin offshore SW Taiwan

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Y. H. Chang; C. S. Chiang; H. S. Yu

    2009-01-01

    Using newly collected multi-channel seismic profiles and bathymetric data this paper characterizes morphology and relates it to structural and sedimentary processes in the Fangliao Submarine Canyon and contrasts with the nearby Kaoping Canyon about 20 km in distance by the sediment dispersal in terms of source to sink. The Fangliao Canyon consists of three distinct morphologic parts: an upper canyon,

  17. Morphological features and forming mechanism of Central Canyon in the Qiongdongnan basin, northern South China Sea

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    Su, M.; Xie, X.; Jiang, T.; Zhang, C.; Li, J.; Zhang, C.; He, Y.

    2010-12-01

    The Central Canyon in the Qiongdongnan basin, northern South China Sea, with an "S-shaped" geometry, trends NE across the Ledong-Lingshui, Songnan, Baodao and Changchang depressions. According to the morphology, filling and stratigraphic architectures, the Central Canyon can be divided into 4 types in shape: V, U, W, and Complex types, and 3 segments in aera: Eastern, Western and Transfer segments. The Transfer segment aparting the NE to NEE or EW striking of the canyon was coincided with the tectonic transfer zone, located in the Baodao depression. The formation and development of the Central Canyon was response of the tectonic activity and deep-water deposition. Eastern segment was controlled by submarine uplift, as barrier to limit the generation of Central Canyon in Huangliu Formation and supply the restricted channel for the later canyon. The West segemnt was associated with the deep-water deposition. The origin of the filling in the Central Canyon can be ascribed to the gravity sediment. At each stage, the generation of the Central Canyon is simultaneous to or a litter earlier than the one of contemporaneous slope, it can be proposed that the canyon formed initially at the east of Qiongdongnan basin and spread westwards gradually. The planar distribution of the Central Canyon The morphological classification of the Central Canyon

  18. Context view from NE ridge of Daybreak Canyon running NE ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    Context view from NE ridge of Daybreak Canyon running NE from lookout tower shows fire line on right and NE side of lookout tower in the far distance. Tree in foreground is Pondaross Pine that survived fires of 1991 and 1994. Camera is pointed SW with wide-angle lens. - Chelan Butte Lookout, Summit of Chelan Butte, Chelan, Chelan County, WA

  19. 9. COULTERVILLE ROAD VIEW AND MERCED RIVER CANYON. NOTE CUT ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    9. COULTERVILLE ROAD VIEW AND MERCED RIVER CANYON. NOTE CUT FACE OF STANDING ROCK AT RIGHT. LOOKING N. GIS: N-37 42 52.1 / W-119 43 17.5 - Coulterville Road, Between Foresta & All-Weather Highway, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

  20. 66. VAL BRIDGE AND BARGES FLOATING FROM ISLIP CANYON TO ...

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    66. VAL BRIDGE AND BARGES FLOATING FROM ISLIP CANYON TO THE VAL SITE, April 12, 1948. (Original photograph in possession of Dave Willis, San Diego, California.) - Variable Angle Launcher Complex, Variable Angle Launcher, CA State Highway 39 at Morris Reservior, Azusa, Los Angeles County, CA

  1. 36 CFR 7.4 - Grand Canyon National Park.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2011 CFR

    2011-07-01

    ...2011-07-01 false Grand Canyon National Park. 7.4 Section 7.4 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.4 Grand...

  2. 36 CFR 7.4 - Grand Canyon National Park.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2013 CFR

    2013-07-01

    ...2013-07-01 false Grand Canyon National Park. 7.4 Section 7.4 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.4 Grand...

  3. 36 CFR 7.4 - Grand Canyon National Park.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2014 CFR

    2014-07-01

    ...2014-07-01 false Grand Canyon National Park. 7.4 Section 7.4 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.4 Grand...

  4. 36 CFR 7.4 - Grand Canyon National Park.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2012 CFR

    2012-07-01

    ...2012-07-01 false Grand Canyon National Park. 7.4 Section 7.4 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.4 Grand...

  5. Geology Fieldnotes: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, California

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    Ranging from 1500' to 14,494' in elevation, these adjoining California parks protect immense mountains, deep canyons, huge trees, and stunningly diverse habitats. The site briefly discusses Moro Rock and the process of exfoliation, which causes such dome-like forms, and includes links to visitor information and additional resources.

  6. GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK: ASSESSMENT OF TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Melissa Laube; Robert Stout

    2000-01-01

    Continuing traffic growth on roadways in the Grand Canyon National Park is a significant problem, detracting from the park as a natural, scenic environment and generating unacceptable levels of noise, air pollution, and congestion. A 1995 General Management Plan for the park identified transportation as the most significant issue affecting preservation of the park's unique natural resources. In FY 1999,

  7. Grand Canyon Investigations: 131 Years in the Field

    USGS Multimedia Gallery

    Staff at the USGS Central Region Library created two displays for an open-house in celebration of National Library Week, April, 2010. This display on USGS scientific investigtations of the Grand Canyon displays field records, historical photography,historical surveying equipment, and publications fr...

  8. Grand Canyon Investigations: 131 years in the field

    USGS Multimedia Gallery

    Staff at the USGS Central Region Library created two displays for an open-house in celebration of National Library Week, April, 2010. This display on USGS scientific investigtations of the Grand Canyon displays field records, historical photography,historical surveying equipment, and publications fr...

  9. 33. VIEW OF TIOGA ROAD DESCENDING LEE VINING CANYON. SAME ...

    Library of Congress Historic Buildings Survey, Historic Engineering Record, Historic Landscapes Survey

    33. VIEW OF TIOGA ROAD DESCENDING LEE VINING CANYON. SAME VIEW AS CA-149-3. LOOKING ESE. GIS: N-37 56 58.2 / W-119 13 28.1 - Tioga Road, Between Crane Flat & Tioga Pass, Yosemite Village, Mariposa County, CA

  10. Grand Canyon Trekkers: School-Based Lunchtime Walking Program

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    Hawthorne, Alisa; Shaibi, Gabriel; Gance-Cleveland, Bonnie; McFall, Sarah

    2011-01-01

    The incidence of childhood overweight is especially troubling among low income Latino youth. Grand Canyon Trekkers (GCT) was implemented as a quasi-experimental study in 10 Title 1 elementary schools with a large Latino population to examine the effects of a 16-week structured walking program on components of health-related physical fitness: Body…

  11. Reach-averaged sediment routing model of a canyon river

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. M. Wiele; P. R. Wilcock; P. E. Grams

    2007-01-01

    Spatial complexity in channel geometry indicates that accurate prediction of sediment transport requires modeling in at least two dimensions. However, a one-dimensional model may be the only practical or possible alternative, especially for longer river reaches of practical concern in river management or landscape modeling. We have developed a one-dimensional model of the Colorado River through upper Grand Canyon that

  12. Geology Fieldnotes: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colorado

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    Geologic information on this site includes details about how the Black Canyon was formed by the Gunnison river, metamorphic rock types, wildlife, archeology, and early exploration of the area. Also provided are links to visitor information, multimedia resources, park maps, and photographs.

  13. Modelling air quality in street canyons: a review

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Sotiris Vardoulakis; Bernard E. A Fisher; Koulis Pericleous; Norbert Gonzalez-Flesca

    2003-01-01

    High pollution levels have been often observed in urban street canyons due to the increased traffic emissions and reduced natural ventilation. Microscale dispersion models with different levels of complexity may be used to assess urban air quality and support decision-making for pollution control strategies and traffic planning. Mathematical models calculate pollutant concentrations by solving either analytically a simplified set of

  14. College of the Canyons New Faculty Survey. Report #104.

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    Dixon, P. Scott; Gribbons, Barry C.

    In 2001, the College of the Canyons (COC) (California) surveyed all faculty members hired between May 2000 and March 2001 to gather information about the experiences of newly hired faculty. Thirty-eight anonymous questionnaires (with both open- and closed-ended questions) were placed in the mailboxes of new faculty; 23 were completed and returned,…

  15. Geology Fieldnotes: Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Montana/Wyoming

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    This site contains Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area information, including geology, maps, photographs, visitor information, and links for additional facts about this area of Wyoming and Montana. Included are details about the geologic history of the area, formations, the Pryar and Bighorn Mountains, and the exploration history of the land.

  16. Lapwai Canyon looking north with Bridges 221 and 222 in ...

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    Lapwai Canyon looking north with Bridges 22-1 and 22-2 in the distance. Bridge 19 ic crossing over Highway 95 - Camas Prairie Railroad, Second Subdivision, From Spalding in Nez Perce County, through Lewis County, to Grangeville in Idaho County, Spalding, Nez Perce County, ID

  17. 36 CFR 7.4 - Grand Canyon National Park.

    Code of Federal Regulations, 2010 CFR

    2010-07-01

    ...2010-07-01 false Grand Canyon National Park. 7.4 Section 7.4 Parks, Forests, and Public Property NATIONAL PARK SERVICE, DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR...SPECIAL REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.4 Grand...

  18. Arctic ocean-shelf exchange: Measurements in Barrow Canyon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    K. Aagaard; A. T. Roach

    1990-01-01

    Two closely instrumented arrays were deployed within Barrow Canyon during 1986-1987 in an attempt to measure the outflow of dense, hypersaline plumes created during sea ice formation along the Alaskan coast. However, no hypersaline plumes were observed. Rather, we found cold, relatively fresh waters advected downcanyon by the mean flow alternating with upcanyon flow of warm and saline water upwelled

  19. HELL'S CANYON STUDY, IDAHO AND NEZ PERCE COUNTIES, IDAHO, 1977

    EPA Science Inventory

    In September of 1975 and again in March and June of 1976, water quality survey runs were made in Hells Canyon (17060103, 17060101) to obtain information on the Snake River and its major tributaries within the area. The surveys included 5 Snake River stations from above Johnson B...

  20. When did the Grand Canyon Begin to Form?

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    Mary LeFever

    2008-03-14

    This post, originally published in the Connecting News with National Science Education Standards blog, deals with the findings suggesting the Grand Canyon is two to three times older than commonly believed. Ideas for engaging students in a thoughtful discussion about these research findings are provided.

  1. Late Quaternary Zonation of Vegetation in the Eastern Grand Canyon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Kenneth Cole

    1982-01-01

    Fossil assemblages from 53 packrat middens indicate which plant species were dominant during the last 24,000 years in the eastern Grand Canyon. Past vegetational patterns show associations that cannot be attributed to simple elevational displacement of the modern zones. A model emphasizing a latitudinal shift of climatic values is proposed.

  2. Carbonaceous aerosol particles from common vegetation in the Grand Canyon

    SciTech Connect

    Hallock, K.A.; Mazurek, M.A. (Brookhaven National Lab., Upton, NY (United States)); Cass, G.R. (California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA (United States). Dept. of Environmental Engineering Science)

    1992-05-01

    The problem of visibility reduction in the Grand Canyon due to fine organic aerosol particles in the atmosphere has become an area of increased environmental concern. Aerosol particles can be derived from many emission sources. In this report, we focus on identifying organic aerosols derived from common vegetation in the Grand Canyon. These aerosols are expected to be significant contributors to the total atmospheric organic aerosol content. Aerosol samples from living vegetation were collected by resuspension of surface wax and resin components liberated from the leaves of vegetation common to areas of the Grand Canyon. The samples were analyzed using high-resolution gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). Probable identification of compounds was made by comparison of sample spectra with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) mass spectral references and positive identification of compounds was made when possible by comparison with authentic standards as well as NIST references. Using these references, we have been able to positively identify the presence of n-alkane and n-alkanoic acid homolog series in the surface waxes of the vegetation sampled. Several monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and diterpenes were identified also as possible biogenic aerosols which may contribute to the total organic aerosol abundance leading to visibility reduction in the Grand Canyon.

  3. National Uranium Resource Evaluation, Grand Canyon Quadrangle, Arizona

    SciTech Connect

    Baillieul, T.A.; Zollinger, R.C.

    1982-06-01

    The Grand Canyon Quadrangle (2/sup 0/), northwestern Arizona, was evaluated to identify environments and delineate areas favorable for the occurrence of uranium deposits. This was done using criteria developed for the National Uranium Resource Evaluation. General surface reconnaissance and geochemical sampling were carried out in all geologic environments within the quadrangle. Aerial radiometric and hydrochemical and stream-sediment reconnaissance surveys were performed, although results were not available in time for field checking. The results of this investigation indicate environments favorable for: channel-controlled, peneconcordant sandstone deposits in the Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation in the north-central part of the quadrangle, vein-type deposits in collapse breccias in all areas underlain by the Redwall Limestone, and unconformity-related deposits in the metasediments of the Vishnu Group within the Grand Canyon. All other rock units examined are considered unfavorable for hosting uranium deposits. Younger Precambrian rocks of the Grand Canyon Supergroup, exposed only within the Grand Canyon National Park, remain unevaluated.

  4. Natural variability in forests of the Grand Canyon, USA

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Peter Z. Fule; W. Wallace Covington; Margaret M. Moore; Thomas A. Heinlein; Amy E. M. Waltz

    2002-01-01

    Abstract Aim Compare contemporary with pre-fire-disruption forest structures, assessing the influence,of factors,that,caused,ecological,change,and,evaluating,remote,sites as relatively natural areas. Location,Grand,Canyon,National,Park contains,the largest never-harvested,and,long-

  5. Crisscrossing "Grand Canyon": Bridging the Gaps with Computer Conferencing.

    ERIC Educational Resources Information Center

    Minock, Mary; Shor, Francis

    1995-01-01

    Notes that Interdisciplinary Studies Program faculty at Wayne State University devised courses and assignments using computer conferencing to create a collaborative, democratic, and nonauthoritarian learning community. Discusses an assignment based on the film "Grand Canyon" that encouraged students to take on roles of their racial and gender…

  6. Cenozoic Landscape Evolution of the Grand Canyon Region, Arizona

    E-print Network

    Lee, John

    2008-02-26

    patterns by recording the thermal history of rocks in the subsurface. This study utilizes apatite (U-Th)/He and fission track analysis of a several newly collected datasets to constrain the unroofing of the Grand Canyon region. Assessment of topographic...

  7. Small Mammal Sampling in Mortandad and Los Alamos Canyons, 2005

    SciTech Connect

    Bennett, Kathy; Sherwood, Sherri; Robinson, Rhonda

    2006-08-15

    As part of an ongoing ecological field investigation at Los Alamos National Laboratory, a study was conducted that compared measured contaminant concentrations in sediment to population parameters for small mammals in the Mortandad Canyon watershed. Mortandad Canyon and its tributary canyons have received contaminants from multiple solid waste management units and areas of concern since establishment of the Laboratory in the 1940s. The study included three reaches within Effluent and Mortandad canyons (E-1W, M-2W, and M-3) that had a spread in the concentrations of metals and radionuclides and included locations where polychlorinated biphenyls and perchlorate had been detected. A reference location, reach LA-BKG in upper Los Alamos Canyon, was also included in the study for comparison purposes. A small mammal study was initiated to assess whether potential adverse effects were evident in Mortandad Canyon due to the presence of contaminants, designated as contaminants of potential ecological concern, in the terrestrial media. Study sites, including the reference site, were sampled in late July/early August. Species diversity and the mean daily capture rate were the highest for E-1W reach and the lowest for the reference site. Species composition among the three reaches in Mortandad was similar with very little overlap with the reference canyon. Differences in species composition and diversity were most likely due to differences in habitat. Sex ratios, body weights, and reproductive status of small mammals were also evaluated. However, small sample sizes of some species within some sites affected the analysis. Ratios of males to females by species of each site (n = 5) were tested using a Chi-square analysis. No differences were detected. Where there was sufficient sample size, body weights of adult small mammals were compared between sites. No differences in body weights were found. Reproductive status of species appears to be similar across sites. However, sample size prevents a detailed examination of reproduction composition. Because of small sample size of some species and differences that might occur on a seasonal basis, additional sampling would need to be conducted to further evaluate sex ratios, body weights, and reproductive characteristics.

  8. Predicting velocities and turbulent momentum exchange in isolated street canyons

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    Hall, Terianne C.; Britter, Rex E.; Norford, Leslie K.

    2012-11-01

    A simplified way of studying the transport of mass and momentum through dense neighborhoods is to consider the flow field as a combination of a mainly horizontal flow along street canyons and a vertical flow into and out of street canyons. In this paper, we derive a simple, semi-analytical model for calculating the expected wind speeds in narrow, isolated, idealized street canyons of uniform height that are aligned with and at an angle to the wind through the introduction of a non-dimensional parameterization of the vertical turbulent exchange of horizontal momentum between the urban canopy layer (UCL) and the urban boundary layer (UBL). The model is closed and evaluated using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in a generic way. The RMSE of the normalized bulk velocity in the street canyon in the direction of the freestream flow is 1.8 × 10-4, 2.3 × 10-2 and 9.4 × 10-2 for variations in façade roughness, aspect ratio and canyon orientation, respectively. We argue that there is a need for a fast, simple methodology to assess the impact of urban form on neighborhood microclimate, especially in dense neighborhoods, and specifically for use in the early phases of design. This methodology should be able to predict areas in a neighborhood that are prone to low wind speeds or weak mass and momentum exchange rates with the UBL above because these areas may be particularly susceptible to pollutant retention and the urban heat island (UHI) effect. Current methodologies are often inadequate for this purpose because they use computationally intensive techniques to solve for flow through a neighborhood and often require a strong technical background to support their use. The work in this paper addresses this problem for an idealized, narrow street canyon, and we discuss the need for parameterizations for urban form that are relevant to mass and momentum exchange rates to extend this model beyond a single street canyon. Finally, we discuss how this work could be further developed into generalized planning guidelines and incorporated into a comprehensive urban planning methodology that aims to passively mitigate the UHI effect and pollutant retention through the clever design of urban form.

  9. Thermal bioclimate in idealized urban street canyons in Campinas, Brazil

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    Abreu-Harbich, Loyde V.; Labaki, Lucila C.; Matzarakis, Andreas

    2014-01-01

    Among several urban design parameters, the height-to-width ratio (H/W) and orientation are important parameters strongly affecting thermal conditions in cities. This paper quantifies changes in thermal comfort due to typical urban canyon configurations in Campinas, Brazil, and presents urban guidelines concerning H/W ratios and green spaces to adapt urban climate change. The study focuses on thermal comfort issues of humans in urban areas and performs evaluation in terms of physiologically equivalent temperature (PET), based on long-term data. Meteorological data of air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and solar radiation over a 7-year period (2003-2010) were used. A 3D street canyon model was designed with RayMan Pro software to simulate the influence of urban configuration on urban thermal climate. The following configurations and setups were used. The model canyon was 500 m in length, with widths 9, 21, and 44 m. Its height varied in steps of 2.5 m, from 5 to 40 m. The canyon could be rotated in steps of 15°. The results show that urban design parameters such as width, height, and orientation modify thermal conditions within street canyons. A northeast-southwest orientation can reduce PET during daytime more than other scenarios. Forestry management and green areas are recommended to promote shade on pedestrian areas and on façades, and to improve bioclimate thermal stress, in particular for H/W ratio less than 0.5. The method and results can be applied by architects and urban planners interested in developing responsive guidelines for urban climate issues.

  10. Cosmogenic 3He ages and frequency of late Holocene debris flows from Prospect Canyon, Grand Canyon, USA

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    Cerling, T.E.; Webb, R.H.; Poreda, R.J.; Rigby, A.D.; Melis, T.S.

    1999-01-01

    Lava Falls Rapid, which was created and is maintained by debris flows from Prospect Canyon, is the most formidable reach of whitewater on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon and is one of the most famous rapids in the world. Debris flows enter the Colorado River at tributary junctures, creating rapids. The frequency of debris flows is an important consideration when management of regulated rivers involves maintenance of channel morphology. We used cosmogenic 3He, 14C, and historical photographs to date 12 late Holocene and historic debris flows from Prospect Canyon. The highest and oldest deposits from debris flows on the debris fan yielded a 3He date of about 3 ka, which indicates predominately late Holocene aggradation of one of the largest debris fans in Grand Canyon. The deposit, which has a 25-m escarpment caused by river reworking, crossed the Colorado River and raised its base level by 30 m for an indeterminate although likely short period. We mapped depositional surfaces of 11 debris flows that occurred after 3 ka. Two deposits inset against the highest deposit yielded 3He ages of about 2.2 ka, and at least two others followed shortly afterwards. At least one of these debris flows also dammed the Colorado River. The most recent prehistoric debris flow occurred no more than 0.5 ka. The largest historic debris flow, which constricted the river by 80%, occurred in 1939. Five other debris flows occurred after 1939; these debris flows constricted the Colorado River by 35-80%. Assuming the depositional volumes of late Holocene debris flows can be modeled using a lognormal distribution, we calculated recurrence intervals of 15 to more than 2000 years for debris flows from Prospect Canyon.

  11. Holocene canyon activity under a combination of tidal and tectonic forcing

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    Mountjoy, Joshu; Micallef, Aaron; Stevens, Craig; Stirling, Mark

    2013-04-01

    The majority of submarine canyon systems that are active during sea level highstands are coupled to terrestrial or littoral sediment transport systems (e.g. high sediment-yield rivers, wave-base sediment disturbance). However, non-coupled canyon systems can also exhibit sedimentary activity. Characterising the nature, origin, and spatial and temporal influence of the processes responsible for this sedimentary activity is important to understand the extent of sediment and carbon transfer to the deep sea, the impact of sedimentary flows on biological colonisation and diversity, and the control of recent seafloor processes on canyon morphology. The Cook Strait canyon system, between the North and South islands of New Zealand, is a large (1800 km2), multi-branching, shelf-indenting canyon on an active subduction margin. The canyon comes within 1 km of the coast, but does not intercept fluvial or littoral sediment systems and is therefore defined as a non-terrestrially-coupled system. Sediment transport on the continental shelf, associated with a strong tidal stream, and seafloor disturbance related to numerous high-activity faults is known from previous studies. Little is known, however, about the rates of sedimentary activity in the canyon and the processes driving it. The canyon system therefore provides an excellent study area for understanding sediment transport in a non-coupled submarine canyon system. Analysis of EM300 multibeam bathymetry, gravity cores, 3.5 kHz seismic reflection profiles, camera and video transects and current meter data reveals a system where oceanographic (tidal) and tectonic (earthquake) processes are moving sediment from the continental shelf, through the upper canyon, and finally to the deep ocean. Sediment accumulation rates may reach several mm/yr in the upper canyons, with data suggesting minimum rates of 0.5 mm/yr. We demonstrate that tidal currents are sufficient to mobilise fine to medium sand around and within the upper canyon heads, and transported sediment is accumulating in upper canyon depocentres. Based on pseudo-static stability modelling, and supported by sediment core records, we estimate that earthquake triggered failure occurs approximately every 100 years. Lower canyon geomorphology indicates that failed material is being conveyed down the length of the canyon system to the deep ocean. Thus, while flushing rates may be low, the Cook Strait Canyon system can be considered to be an active sedimentary system during the current sea level high stand. The processes identified here are likely to be analogous to those occurring in many non-coupled shelf indenting canyons on tectonically active margins globally, and provide a framework within which the biological response to intermediate disturbance geomorphic processes in submarine canyons can be assessed.

  12. Morphotectonics and evolutionary controls on the Pearl River Canyon system, South China Sea

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    Ding, Weiwei; Li, Jiabiao; Li, Jun; Fang, Yinxia; Tang, Yong

    2013-12-01

    The Pearl River Canyon system is a typical canyon system on the northern continental slope of the South China Sea, which has significant implications for hydrocarbon exploration. Through swath bathymetry in the canyon area combined with different types of seismic data, we have studied the morphotectonics and controlling factors of the canyon by analyzing its morphology and sedimentary structure, as well as the main features of the continental slope around the canyon. Results show that the Pearl River Canyon can be separated into three segments with different orientations. The upper reach is NW-oriented with a shallowly incised course, whereas the middle and lower reaches, that are located mainly in the Baiyun Sag, have a broad U-shape and have experienced consistent deposition. Seventeen deeply-cut canyons have developed in the slope north of the Baiyun Sag, playing an important role in the sedimentary processes of the middle and lower reaches of the Pearl River Canyon. These canyons display both asymmetrical V- and U-shapes along their lengths. Numerous buried channels can be identified below the modern canyons with unidirectionally migrating stacking patterns, suggesting that the canyons have experienced a cyclic evolution with several cut and fill phases of varying magnitude. These long established canyons, rather than the upper reach of the Pearl River Canyon, are the main conduits for the transport of terrigenous materials to the lower slope and abyssal basin during lowstand stage, and have contributed to the formation of vertically stacked deep-water fans in the middle reach. Canyon morphology is interpreted as a result of erosive sediment flows. The Pearl River Canyon and the 17 canyons in the slope area north of the Baiyun Sag probably have developed since the Miocene. Cenozoic tectonics, sea level change and sediment supply jointly control the morphology and sedimentary structure. The middle and lower reaches of the Pearl River Canyon developed on the paleo-terrain of the Baiyun Sag, which has been a persistently rapid depositional environment, receiving most of the materials transported via the canyons.

  13. Depositional framework and genesis of Wilcox Submarine Canyon systems, Northwest Gulf Coast

    SciTech Connect

    Galloway, W.F.; Dinqus, W.F.; Paige, R.E.

    1988-01-01

    Wilcox (late Paleocene-early Eocene) slope systems of the Texas coastal plain contain two families of paleosubmarine canyons that exhibit distinctly different characteristics and stratigraphic settings: Yoakum and Lavaca type canyons occur as widely separated features within the generally retrogradational middle Wilcox interval. Four such canyons exhibit high length to width ratios, extend far updip of the contemporaneous shelf edge, were excavated deeply into paralic and coastal-plain deposits, and were filled primarily by mud. Fills consist of a lower onlapping unit and capping progradational deposits that are genetically related to deposition of the upper Wilcox fluvial-deltaic sequence. Significantly, the canyon fills correlate with widespread transgressive marine mudstones (the Yoakum shale-Sabinetown Formation and ''Big Shale''). In contrast, Lavaca-type canyons form a system of erosional features created along the rapidly prograding, unstable lower Wilcox continental margin. Comparative analysis of the two canyon system suggests a general process model for submarine canyon formation on prograding basin margins. Key elements are depositional loading of the continental margin creating instability, initiation of a large-scale slump, family of slumps, or listric bedding-plane fault creating a depression or indentation in the margin, and headward and lateral expansion of the depression by slumping and density-underflow erosion. Extent of canyon evolution varies according to time and submerged space available for maturation; short, broad canyons form on narrow shelves of actively prograding margins, and elongate mature canyons form in retrogradational or transgressive settings.

  14. Environmental analysis of Lower Pueblo/Lower Los Alamos Canyon, Los Alamos, New Mexico

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    Ferenbaugh, R.W.; Buhl, T.E.; Stoker, A.K.; Becker, N.M.; Rodgers, J.C.; Hansen, W.R.

    1994-12-01

    The radiological survey of the former radioactive waste treatment plant site (TA-45), Acid Canyon, Pueblo Canyon, and Los Alamos Canyon found residual contamination at the site itself and in the channel and banks of Acid, Pueblo, and lower Los Alamos Canyons all the way to the Rio Grande. The largest reservoir of residual radioactivity is in lower Pueblo Canyon, which is on DOE property. However, residual radioactivity does not exceed proposed cleanup criteria in either lower Pueblo or lower Los Alamos Canyons. The three alternatives proposed are (1) to take no action, (2) to construct a sediment trap in lower Pueblo Canyon to prevent further transport of residual radioactivity onto San Ildefonso Indian Pueblo land, and (3) to clean the residual radioactivity from the canyon system. Alternative 2, to cleanup the canyon system, is rejected as a viable alternative. Thousands of truckloads of sediment would have to be removed and disposed of, and this effort is unwarranted by the low levels of contamination present. Residual radioactivity levels, under either present conditions or projected future conditions, will not result in significant radiation doses to persons exposed. Modeling efforts show that future transport activity will not result in any residual radioactivity concentrations higher than those already existing. Thus, although construction of a sediment trap in lower Pueblo Canyon is a viable alternative, this effort also is unwarranted, and the no-action alternative is the preferred alternative.

  15. Seismic stratigraphy and development of Avon canyon in Benin (Dahomey) basin, southwestern Nigeria

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Olabode, S. O.; Adekoya, J. A.

    2008-03-01

    Interpretation of a grid of high resolution seismic profiles from the offshore eastern part of the Benin (Dahomey) basin in southwestern Nigeria area permitted the identification of cyclic events of cut and fill associated with the Avon canyon. Seismic stratigraphic analysis was carried out to evaluate the canyon morphology, origin and evolution. At least three generations of ancient submarine canyons and a newly formed submarine canyon have been identified. Seismic reflection parameters of the ancient canyons are characterized by transparent to slightly transparent, continuous to slightly discontinuous, high to moderate amplitude and parallel to sub-parallel reflections. Locally, high amplitude and chaotic reflections were observed. The reflection configurations consist of regular oblique, chaotic oblique, progradational and parallel to sub-parallel types. These seismic reflection characteristics are probably due to variable sedimentation processes within the canyons, which were affected by mass wasting. Canyon morphological features include step-wise and spoon-shaped wall development, deep valley incision, a V-shaped valley, similar orientation in the southeast direction, and simple to complex erosion features in the axial floor. The canyons have a composite origin, caused partly by lowering of the sea level probably associated with the formation of the Antarctic Ice Sheet about 30 Ma ago and partly by complex sedimentary processes. Regional correlation with geological ages using the reflectors show that the canyons cut through the Cretaceous and lower Tertiary sediments while the sedimentary infill of the canyon is predominantly Miocene and younger. Gravity-driven depositional processes, downward excavation by down slope sediment flows, mass wasting from the canyon walls and variation in terrigenous sediment supply have played significant roles in maintaining the canyons. These canyons were probably conduits for sediment transport to deep-waters in the Gulf of Guinea during their period of formation.

  16. Headless submarine canyons and fluid flow on the toe of the Cascadia accretionary complex

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    Orange, D.L.; McAdoo, B.G.; Moore, J.C.; Tobin, H.; Screaton, E.; Chezar, H.; Lee, H.; Reid, M.; Vail, R.

    1997-01-01

    Headless submarine canyons with steep headwalls and shallowly sloping floors occur on both the second and third landward vergent anticlines on the toe of the Cascadia accretionary complex off central Oregon (45 ??N, 125?? 30??W). In September 1993, we carried out a series of nine deep tow camera sled runs and nine ALVIN dives to examine the relationship between fluid venting, structure and canyon formation. We studied four canyons on the second and third landward vergent anticlines, as well as the apparently unfailed intercanyon regions along strike. All evidence of fluid expulsion is associated with the canyons; we found no evidence of fluid flow between canyons. Even though all fluid seeps are related to canyons, we did not find seeps in all canyons, and the location of the seeps within the canyons differed. On the landward facing limb of the second landward vergent anticline a robust cold seep community occurs at the canyon's inflection point. This seep is characterized by chemosynthetic vent clams, tube worms and extensive authigenic carbonate. Fluids for this seep may utilize high-permeability flow paths either parallel to bedding within the second thrust ridge or along the underlying thrust fault before leaking into the overriding section. Two seaward facing canyons on the third anticlinal ridge have vent clam communities near the canyon mouths at approximately the intersection between the anticlinal ridge and the adjacent forearc basin. No seeps were found along strike at the intersection of the slope basin and anticlinal ridge. We infer that the lack of seepage along strike and the presence of seeps in canyons may be related to fluid flow below the forearc basin/slope unconformity (overpressured by the impinging thrust fault to the west?) directed toward canyons at the surface.

  17. Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in Big Canyon Creek Watershed; Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration in the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed, 1999 Annual Report.

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    Koziol, Deb (Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District, Lewiston, ID)

    2000-02-01

    Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (NPSWCD) undertook the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed Steelhead Trout Habitat Improvement Project in the spring of 1999. This Project is funded through a grant provided by the Bonneville Power Administration. The Project's purpose is to install and implement agricultural best management practices (BMPs) and riparian restorations to improve steelhead trout spawning and rearing habitat in the Nichols Canyon subwatershed of Big Canyon Creek. Improvements to spawning and rearing habitat in lower Big Canyon Creek tributaries will enhance natural production of the species in Big Canyon Creek and ultimately the Clearwater River. The following report is a summation of the activities undertaken by the NPSWCD in the first year of the project.

  18. Isotopic and geochemical constraints on the origin and evolution of postcollapse rhyolites in the Valles Caldera, New Mexico

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    Spell, Terry L.; Kyle, Philip R.; Thirlwall, Matthew F.; Campbell, Andrew R.

    1993-11-01

    Ring-fracture rhyolites of the Valles Caldera (VC) were examined to determine the evolution of the magma system following eruption of the upper Bandelier Tuff (UBT) and subsequent caldera collapse. Volcanism began with eruption of Deer Canyon (DC), Redondo Creek, and Del Medio (DM) rhyolites during the interval 1140-1133 ka. Quartz delta O-18 for the UBT, (average +8.3 %), DC (+7.9 %), and DM (+8.7 %) rhyolites indicate no significant lowering of delta O-18 following caldera collapse. In contrast, DM rhyolites record low epsilon(sub Nd) of -3.6 to -3.8 relative to the UBT (-2.7) and variable initial 87-Sr/86-Sr (0.70923-0.71307). Del Abrigo (DA) and Santa Rosa I rhyolites (973-915 ka) exhibit lower epsilon(Sub Nd) (-4.4 to -4.6) and initial 87-Sr/86-Sr (0.70707-0.71009), as well as shifts in compatible and incompatible trace element ratios. Seco, San Luis, and Santa Rosa II rhyolites (800-787 ka) have epsilon(Sub Nd) (-4.0 to -4.3) similar to the 973 to 915 ka rhyolites but lower initial 87-Sr/86-Sr (0.70616-0.70747). After a hiatus of 230 ka, San Antonio (SA), South Mountain (SM), and La Jara (LJ) rhyolites (557-521 ka) were erupted with epsilon(Sub Nd) of -3.7 to 4.3, distinctly lower initial 87-Sr/86-Sr of 0.70513-0.70553 and less evolved trace element compositions. The youngest rhyolites, the El Cajete-Banco Bonito group (EC-BB) (300-170 ka) are petrographically and geochemically distinct with the highest epsilon(Sub Nd) (-2.7 to -3.0) and the lowest initial 87-Sr/86-Sr (0.70464-0.70478) of postcollapse rhyolites. The isotopic data indicate that Valles rhyolites are not direct melts of Proterozoic basement (epsilon(Sub Nd) of -10 to -15) and indicate a significant mantle-derived (basaltic) component. Elevated initial 87-Sr/86-Sr is restricted to rhyolites depleted in Sr (less than 10 ppm) and probably reflects minor upper crustal assimilation. Calculated magma delta 0-18 values (+6.6 to +7.0 %) indicate no substantial supracrustal sediment in the source region, nor interaction with hydrothermal fluids (or altered wall rock) in the upper crust. The intermittent volcanic activity and the heterogeneity of petrographic, geochemical, and isotopic compositions from one eruptive interval to the next suggests that these rhyolites were vented from a series of temporally and spatially separated magma chambers. Parental melts supplied to these magma chambers were most probably produced by basalt-induced fusion events in a hybridized deep crustal environment.

  19. A mineralized zone in Western Candor Chasma, Mars

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    Geissler, P. E.; Singer, R. B.; Komatsu, G.

    1993-03-01

    Spectral evidence from Viking and Phobos orbiting spacecraft suggests the local development of crystalline ferric oxides in a small region within Mars' equatorial Valles Marineris canyon system. This is the same area noted for its anomalous coloration in Viking Orbiter image 583 A by McEwen. The unique hue of the region in Viking color data is due to a reduced green filter reflectance, relative to violet and red, in comparison to surrounding materials of similar albedo or average reflectance. For this reason, the region does not appear spectrally distinctive in later Survey Mission images which were acquired without the green filter. In high resolution, the spectral unit can be seen to correspond to two 20 km long depressions on the margins of Candor Mensa, a heavily eroded plateau-forming deposit on the canyon floor. Laminae are conspicuous in several places on the plateau, particularly where 15 to 20 cycles of alternating bright and dark laminae are exposed at approximately 200 meter vertical intervals. Laminae are also visible on the steep, vertically fluted cliffs to the south of this depression. Concentric laminae indicate a basis in the depression on the southeastern margin of Candor Mensa at the location of the less pronounced hue anomaly. A distinct lineation at the base of the scarp at the western end of the canyon transects mottled canyon floor deposits believed to be among the youngest in the Valles marineris. Water is implicated in the formation of the iron oxides, since the steep surfaces of layered sediments elsewhere on Candor Mensa show no evidence of unusual coloration despite the fact that these materials were deposited concurrently with the strata exposed in the depressions. This suggests that the mineralization is secondary in nature and developed locally in association with the depressions, which could have ponded surface runoff or groundwater seepage.

  20. A mineralized zone in Western Candor Chasma, Mars

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    Geissler, P. E.; Singer, R. B.; Komatsu, G.

    1993-01-01

    Spectral evidence from Viking and Phobos orbiting spacecraft suggests the local development of crystalline ferric oxides in a small region within Mars' equatorial Valles Marineris canyon system. This is the same area noted for its anomalous coloration in Viking Orbiter image 583 A by McEwen. The unique hue of the region in Viking color data is due to a reduced green filter reflectance, relative to violet and red, in comparison to surrounding materials of similar albedo or average reflectance. For this reason, the region does not appear spectrally distinctive in later Survey Mission images which were acquired without the green filter. In high resolution, the spectral unit can be seen to correspond to two 20 km long depressions on the margins of Candor Mensa, a heavily eroded plateau-forming deposit on the canyon floor. Laminae are conspicuous in several places on the plateau, particularly where 15 to 20 cycles of alternating bright and dark laminae are exposed at approximately 200 meter vertical intervals. Laminae are also visible on the steep, vertically fluted cliffs to the south of this depression. Concentric laminae indicate a basis in the depression on the southeastern margin of Candor Mensa at the location of the less pronounced hue anomaly. A distinct lineation at the base of the scarp at the western end of the canyon transects mottled canyon floor deposits believed to be among the youngest in the Valles marineris. Water is implicated in the formation of the iron oxides, since the steep surfaces of layered sediments elsewhere on Candor Mensa show no evidence of unusual coloration despite the fact that these materials were deposited concurrently with the strata exposed in the depressions. This suggests that the mineralization is secondary in nature and developed locally in association with the depressions, which could have ponded surface runoff or groundwater seepage.

  1. Variation of Fracturing Pressures with Depth Near the Valles Caldera

    SciTech Connect

    Dash, Zora; Murphy, Hugh

    1983-12-15

    Hydraulic Fracturing at the Fenton Hill Hot Dry Rock Geothermal site near the Valles Caldera has yielded fracturing pressures from 14 to 81 MPa (2030 to 11,750 psi) at depths ranging from 0.7 to 4.4 km (2250 to 14,400 ft). This data can be fit to a fracture gradient of 19 MPa/km (0.84 psi/ft), except for an anomalous region between 2.6 to 3.2 km where fracturing pressures are about 20 MPa lower than estiamted using the above gradient. This anomaly coincides with a biotite granodiorite intrusive emplaced into a heterogeneous jointed metamorphic complex comprised of gneisses, schists and metavolcanic rocks. Microseismic events detected with sensitive downhole geophones suggest that shear failure is an important process during hydraulic fracturing of such jointed rock. Consequently the usual relation between minimum earth stress and fracture opening pressure, based upon classic tensile failure, cannot be used apriori; fracture opening pressure is instead a complex function of joint orientation and all three components of principal earth stress.

  2. Scientific core hole VC-2A, Valles Caldera, New Mexico

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    Musgrave, J.; Goff, S. (Los Alamos National Lab., NM (USA)); Turner, T. (Turner (Tom), Salt Lake City, UT (USA))

    1990-10-01

    This report details the remedial action activities that were necessary to complete scientific core hole Valles caldera {number sign}2A (VC-2A) before it was relinquished to the landowners. Sandia National Laboratories, acting as the Geoscience Research Drilling Office (GRDO), managed the coring operations. Los Alamos National Laboratory (Los Alamos) obtained the proper drilling permits with the New Mexico State Engineers Office (SEO). A legal agreement between Los Alamos and the landowners states that the Laboratory will give the landowners the completed core hold with casing, well head, and other hardware at the end of May 1991, or earlier if scientific investigations were completed. By May 1988, the Science Team completed the planned scientific investigations in the VC-2A core hole. Upon the insistence of the GRDO, the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division (OCD) inspected the core hole, declared jurisdiction, and required that the 11.43- by 11.43-cm annular cement job be repaired to comply with OCD regulations. These regulations state that there must be a return to surface of cement in all cementing operations. We successfully completed a squeeze cementing operation and relinquished the core hold to the landowners in November 1988 to the satisfaction of the OCD, SEO, the landowners, and Los Alamos. 7 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  3. Controlled Flooding of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon

    NSDL National Science Digital Library

    1997-01-01

    The controlled flood of the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon can be monitored in real time on the U.S. Geological Survey's (USGS) Web site. Starting on March 26 and continuing for seven days, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) is releasing approximately 45,000 cubic feet of water per second from Glen Canyon Dam. Line graphs of provisional stream flow data at 15 sites in Arizona are being made available in real time on the Internet via satellite telemetry technology. "This controlled flood will provide an excellent opportunity to demonstrate the usefulness of the real-time network during flooding conditions." Historical stream flow data is also available, as are calculated hydrographs, channel sand data, and detailed fact sheets on the rationale of the study and data collection methods. http://wwwdaztcn.wr.usgs.gov/flood.html

  4. Origin of the Colorado River experimental flood in Grand Canyon

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    Andrews, E.D.; Pizzi, L.A.

    2000-01-01

    The Colorado River is one of the most highly regulated and extensively utilized rivers in the world. Total reservoir storage is approximately four times the mean annual runoff of ~17 x 109 m3 year -1. Reservoir storage and regulation have decreased annual peak discharges and hydroelectric power generation has increased daily flow variability. In recent years, the incidental impacts of this development have become apparent especially along the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and caused widespread concern. Since the completion of Glen Canyon Dam, the number and size of sand bars, which are used by recreational river runners and form the habitat for native fishes, have decreased substantially. Following an extensive hydrological and geomorphic investigation, an experimental flood release from the Glen Canyon Dam was proposed to determine whether sand bars would be rebuilt by a relatively brief period of flow substantially greater than the normal operating regime. This proposed release, however, was constrained by the Law of the River, the body of law developed over 70 years to control and distribute Colorado River water, the needs of hydropower users and those dependent upon hydropower revenues, and the physical constraints of the dam itself. A compromise was reached following often difficult negotiations and an experimental flood to rebuild sand bars was released in 1996. This flood, and the process by which it came about, gives hope to resolving the difficult and pervasive problem of allocation of water resources among competing interests.The Colorado River is one of the most highly regulated and extensively utilized rivers in the world. Total reservoir storage is approximately four times the mean annual runoff of approximately 17??109 m3 year-1. Reservoir storage and regulation have decreased annual peak discharges and hydroelectric power generation has increased daily flow variability. In recent years, the incidental impacts of this development have become apparent especially along the Colorado River through Grand Canyon National Park downstream from Glen Canyon Dam and caused widespread concern. Since the completion of Glen Canyon Dam, the number and size of sand bars, which are used by recreational river runners and form the habitat for native fishes, have decreased substantially. Following an extensive hydrological and geomorphic investigation, an experimental flood release from the Glen Canyon Dam was proposed to determine whether sand bars would be rebuilt by a relatively brief period of flow substantially greater than the normal operating regime. This proposed release, however, was constrained by the Law of the River, the body of law developed over 70 years to control and distribute Colorado River water, the needs of hydropower users and those dependent upon hydropower revenues, and the physical constraints of the dam itself. A compromise was reached following often difficult negotiations and an experimental flood to rebuild sand bars was released in 1996. This flood, and the process by which it came about, gives hope to resolving the difficult and pervasive problem of allocation of water resources among competing interests.

  5. Geomorphic characterization of four shelf-sourced submarine canyons along the U.S. Mid-Atlantic continental margin

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    Obelcz, Jeffrey; Brothers, Daniel S.; Chaytor, Jason D.; ten Brink, Uri S.; Ross, Steve W.; Brooke, Sandra

    2013-01-01

    Shelf-sourced submarine canyons are common features of continental margins and are fundamental to deep-sea sedimentary systems. Despite their geomorphic and geologic significance, relatively few passive margin shelf-breaching canyons worldwide have been mapped using modern geophysical methods. Between 2007 and 2012 a series of geophysical surveys was conducted across four major canyons of the US Mid-Atlantic margin: Wilmington, Baltimore, Washington, and Norfolk canyons. More than 5700 km2 of high-resolution multibeam bathymetry and 890 line-km of sub-bottom CHIRP profiles were collected along the outer shelf and uppermost slope (depths of 80-1200 m). The data allowed us to compare and contrast the fine-scale morphology of each canyon system. The canyons have marked differences in the morphology and orientation of canyon heads, steepness and density of sidewall gullies, and the character of the continental shelf surrounding canyon rims. Down-canyon axial profiles for Washington, Baltimore and Wilmington canyons have linear shapes, and each canyon thalweg exhibits morphological evidence for recent, relatively small-scale sediment transport. For example, Washington Canyon displays extremely steep wall gradients and contains ~100 m wide, 5–10 m deep, v-shaped incisions down the canyon axis, suggesting modern or recent sediment transport. In contrast, the convex axial thalweg profile, the absence of thalweg incision, and evidence for sediment infilling at the canyon head, suggest that depositional processes strongly influence Norfolk Canyon during the current sea-level high-stand. The north walls of Wilmington, Washington and Norfolk canyons are steeper than the south walls due to differential erosion, though the underlying cause for this asymmetry is not clear. Furthermore, we speculate that most of the geomorphic features observed within the canyons (e.g., terraces, tributary canyons, gullies, and hanging valleys) were formed during the Pleistocene, and show only subtle modification by Holocene processes active during the present sea-level high-stand.

  6. Influence of San Gabriel submarine canyon on narrow-shelf sediment dynamics, southern California

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    Karl, Herman A.

    1980-01-01

    A conceptual model attributes the PTC to modification of shelf circulation patterns by San Gabriel Canyon. Surface waves diverge over the canyon head resulting in differential wave set up at the shore face. This forces back turbid nearshore water for a distance of a few kilometers toward the canyon. At some point on the shelf, seaward nearshore flow overlaps offshore currents generated or modified by internal waves focused onto the shelf by the canyon and/or turbulent eddies produced by flow separation in currents moving across the canyon axis. At times, these subtle processes overprint tidal and wind-driven currents and thereby create the PTC. The model suggests that canyons heading several kilometers from shore can have a regulatory effect on narrow-shelf sediment dynamics.

  7. Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He Evidence for an Ancient Grand Canyon

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    Flowers, R. M.; Farley, K. A.

    2012-12-01

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most dramatic features on Earth, yet when and why it was carved have been controversial topics for more than 150 years. Here, we present apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry data from the Grand Canyon basement that tightly constrain the near-surface cooling history associated with canyon incision. 4He/3He spectra for eastern Grand Canyon apatites of differing He date, radiation damage, and U-Th zonation yield a self-consistent cooling history that substantially validates the He diffusion kinetic model applied here. Similar data for the western Grand Canyon provide evidence that it was excavated to within a few hundred meters of modern depths by ~70 million years ago (Ma), in contrast to the conventional model in which the entire canyon was carved since 5 to 6 Ma.

  8. Apatite 4He/3He and (U-Th)/He evidence for an ancient Grand Canyon.

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    Flowers, R M; Farley, K A

    2012-12-21

    The Grand Canyon is one of the most dramatic features on Earth, yet when and why it was carved have been controversial topics for more than 150 years. Here, we present apatite (4)He/(3)He thermochronometry data from the Grand Canyon basement that tightly constrain the near-surface cooling history associated with canyon incision. (4)He/(3)He spectra for eastern Grand Canyon apatites of differing He date, radiation damage, and U-Th zonation yield a self-consistent cooling history that substantially validates the He diffusion kinetic model applied here. Similar data for the western Grand Canyon provide evidence that it was excavated to within a few hundred meters of modern depths by ~70 million years ago (Ma), in contrast to the conventional model in which the entire canyon was carved since 5 to 6 Ma. PMID:23196906

  9. Canyon Creek: A late Pleistocene vertebrate locality in interior Alaska

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    Weber, Florence R.; Hamilton, Thomas D.; Hopkins, David M.; Repenning, Charles A.; Haas, Herbert

    1981-09-01

    The Canyon Creek vertebrate-fossil locality is an extensive road cut near Fairbanks that exposes sediments that range in age from early Wisconsin to late Holocene. Tanana River gravel at the base of the section evidently formed during the Delta Glaciation of the north-central Alaska Range. Younger layers and lenses of fluvial sand are interbedded with arkosic gravel from Canyon Creek that contains tephra as well as fossil bones of an interstadial fauna about 40,000 years old. Solifluction deposits containing ventifacts, wedge casts, and rodent burrows formed during a subsequent period of periglacial activity that took place during the maximum phase of Donnelly Glaciation about 25,000-17,000 years ago. Overlying sheets of eolian sand are separated by a 9500-year-old paleosol that may correlate with a phase of early Holocene spruce expansion through central Alaska. The Pleistocene fauna from Canyon Creek consists of rodents (indicated by burrows), Mammuthus primigenius (woolly mammoth), Equus lambei (Yukon wild ass), Camelops hesternus (western camel), Bison sp. cf. B. crassicornis (large-horned bison), Ovis sp. cf. O. dalli (mountain sheep), Canis sp. cf. C. lupus (wolf), Lepus sp. cf. L. othus or L. arcticus (tundra hare), and Rangifer sp. (caribou). This assemblage suggests an open landscape in which trees and tall shrubs were either absent or confined to sheltered and moist sites. Camelops evidently was present in eastern Beringia during the middle Wisconsin interstadial interval but may have disappeared during the following glacial episode. The stratigraphic section at Canyon Creek appears to demonstrate that the Delta Glaciation of the north-central Alaska Range is at least in part of early Wisconsin age and was separated from the succeeding Donnelly Glaciation by an interstadial rather than interglacial episode.

  10. A review of proposed Glen Canyon Dam interim operating criteria

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    LaGory, K.; Hlohowskyj, I.; Tomasko, D.; Hayse, J.; Durham, L.

    1992-04-01

    Three sets of interim operating criteria for Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River have been proposed for the period of November 1991, to the completion of the record of decision for the Glen Canyon Dam environmental impact statement (about 1993). These criteria set specific limits on dam releases, including maximum and minimum flows, up-ramp and down-ramp rates, and maximum daily fluctuation. Under the proposed interim criteria, all of these parameters would be reduced relative to historical operating criteria to protect downstream natural resources, including sediment deposits, threatened and endangered fishes, trout, the aquatic food base, and riparian plant communities. The scientific bases of the three sets of proposed operating criteria are evaluated in the present report:(1) criteria proposed by the Research/Scientific Group, associated with the Glen Canyon Environmental Studies (GCES); (2) criteria proposed state and federal officials charged with managing downstream resources; and (3) test criteria imposed from July 1991, to November 1991. Data from Phase 1 of the GCES and other sources established that the targeted natural resources are affected by dam operations, but the specific interim criteria chosen were not supported by any existing studies. It is unlikely that irreversible changes to any of the resources would occur over the interim period if historical operating criteria remained in place. It is likely that adoption of any of the sets of proposed interim operating criteria would reduce the levels of sediment transport and erosion below Glen Canyon Dam; however, these interim criteria could result in some adverse effects, including the accumulation of debris at tributary mouths, a shift of new high-water-zone vegetation into more flood-prone areas, and further declines in vegetation in the old high water zone.

  11. Pollution Sources Over the Grand Canyon and Canyonlands National Parks

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    S. Huang; C. J. Popp; R. Arimoto; R. S. Martin

    2003-01-01

    To investigate pollution sources that are degrading the visibility of two national parks, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ, and Canyonlands National Park, UT, daily samples of total suspended particulates (TSP), PM2.5, trace gases, and organic compounds were collected in the two parks in the summer (July) of 2001 and winter (December-January) of 2001-2002. Factor analysis results show a number of

  12. The Dissolution of Desicooler Residues in H-Canyon Dissolvers

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    Gray, J.H.

    2003-06-23

    A series of dissolution and characterization studies has been performed to determine if FB-Line residues stored in desicooler containers will dissolve using a modified H-Canyon processing flowsheet. Samples of desicooler materials were used to evaluate dissolving characteristics in the low-molar nitric acid solutions used in H-Canyon dissolvers. The selection for the H-Canyon dissolution of desicooler residues was based on their high-enriched uranium content and trace levels of plutonium. Test results showed that almost all of the enriched uranium will dissolve from the desicooler materials after extended boiling in one molar nitric acid solutions. The residue that contained uranium after completion of the extended boiling cycle consisted of brown solids that had agglomerated into large pieces and were floating on top of the dissolver solution. Addition of tenth molar fluoride to a three molar nitric acid solution containing boron did not dissolve remaining uranium from the brown solids. Only after boiling in an eight molar nitric acid-tenth molar fluoride solution without boron did remaining uranium and aluminum dissolve from the brown solids. The amount of uranium associated with brown solids would be approximately 1.4 percent of the total uranium content of the desicooler materials. The brown solids that remain in the First Uranium Cycle feed will accumulate at the organic/aqueous interface during solvent extraction operations. Most of the undissolved white residue that remained after extended boiling was aluminum oxide containing additional trace quantities of impurities. However, the presence of mercury used in H-Canyon dissolvers should complete the dissolution of these aluminum compounds.

  13. Environmental geochemistry of the Bingham Canyon porphyry copper deposit, Utah

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    Richard K. Borden

    2003-01-01

    At the Bingham Canyon porphyry copper deposit, sulfide mineralization progresses outward from a low-grade core through the following general zones: (1) molybdenite, (2) chalcopyrite-bornite, (3) chalcopyrite-pyrite, (4) pyrite, and (5) sphalerite-galena. The low-grade core and the molybdenite zone are composed of net neutralizing rock and will generally not acidify when exposed to surface weathering conditions. The copper-bearing zones of the

  14. A Tracer Test at the Los Alamos Canyon Weir

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    D. G. Levitt; W. J. Stone; D. L. Newell; D. S. Wykoff

    2002-01-01

    A low-head weir was constructed in the Los Alamos Canyon to reduce the transport of contaminant-bearing sediment caused by fire-enhanced runoff off Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) property towards the Rio Grande following the May 2000 Cerro Grande fire at Los Alamos, New Mexico. Fractured basalt was exposed in the channel by grading during construction of the weir, and water

  15. Landslides and debris flows in Ephraim Canyon, central Utah

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    Baum, R.L.; Fleming, R.W.

    1989-01-01

    The geology of 36 km{sup 2} in Ephraim Canyon, on the west side of the Wasatch Plateau, central Utah, was mapped at a scale of 1:12,000 following the occurrence of numerous landslides in 1983. The geologic map shows the distribution of the landslides and debris flows of 1983-86, as well as older landslide deposits, other surficial deposits, and bedrock. Several of the recent landslides are described and illustrated by means of maps or photographs.

  16. Natural variability in forests of the Grand Canyon

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    Peter Z. Fule ´; W. Wallace Covington; Margaret M. Moore; Thomas A. Heinlein

    2002-01-01

    Aim Compare contemporary with pre-fire-disruption forest structures, assessing the influence of factors that caused ecological change and evaluating remote sites as relatively natural areas. Location Grand Canyon National Park contains the largest never-harvested and long- term ungrazed forest ecosystem in Arizona, providing valuable sites for measuring natural variability. However, anthropogenic disruption of natural fire regimes since Euro-American settlement c. 1880

  17. Grand Canyon Exercise: Geological Time, History, and Sedimentary Environments.

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    Dexter Perkins

    1998-01-01

    This site presents a take-home web-based project for introductory geology students. The exercise has the students interpreting the sedimentary geology (lithology and fossils) of the Grand Canyon to create a geological history for the region. It is an open-ended exercise with no absolutely correct answer; it involves students acting as scientists - that is, the way real scientists think and combine information to come up with explanations.

  18. Science Sampler: Map your way to the Grand Canyon

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    Holly Yoder

    2005-10-01

    How do urban eighth graders from the flatlands of Indiana capture the poetry and grandeur of the Grand Canyon without ever leaving the classroom? By talking and touching and seeing and smelling and listening and...writing. Enhance your eighth-grade geology unit by implementing this inquiry-based activity that stimulates the senses and uses writing as a means of assessment and as a creative outlet into your science curriculum.

  19. LITTLE DOG AND PUP CANYONS ROADLESS AREA, NEW MEXICO.

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    Hayes, Philip T.; Bigsby, Philip R.

    1984-01-01

    The Little Dog and Pup Canyons Roadless Area comprises about 41 sq mi along the precipitous west escarpment of the Guadalupe Mountains in southeastern New Mexico. On the basis of a mineral survey area is considered to have a portable potential for oil and (or) gas resources and little likelihood for the occurrence of other mineral or energy resources. Only the drilling of exploratory holes in or near the roadless area could conclusively determine its resource potential for oil and (or) gas.

  20. Basaltic Ring Structures as an Analog for Ring Features in Athabasca Valles, Mars

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    Jaeger, W. L.; Keszthelyi, L. P.; Burr, D. M.; Emery, J. P.; Baker, V. R.; McEwen, A. S.; Miyamoto, H.

    2005-01-01

    Basaltic ring structures (BRSs) are enigmatic, quasi-circular landforms in eastern Washington State that were first recognized in 1965. They remained a subject of geologic scrutiny through the 1970 s and subsequently faded from the spotlight, but recent Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) images showing morphologically similar structures in Athabasca Valles, Mars, have sparked renewed interest in BRSs. The only known BRSs occur in the Channeled Scabland, a region where catastrophic Pleistocene floods from glacial Lake Missoula eroded into the Miocene flood basalts of the Columbia Plateau. The geologic setting of the martian ring structures (MRSs) is similar; Athabasca Valles is a young channel system that formed when catastrophic aqueous floods carved into a volcanic substrate. This study investigates the formation of terrestrial BRSs and examines the extent to which they are appropriate analogs for the MRSs in Athabasca Valles.

  1. Field trip guide to the Valles Caldera and its geothermal systems

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    Goff, F.E.; Bolivar, S.L.

    1983-12-01

    This field trip guide has been compiled from extensive field trips led at Los Alamos National Laboratory during the past six years. The original version of this guide was designed to augment a workshop on the Valles Caldera for the Continental Scientific Drilling Program (CSDP). This workshop was held at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 5-7 October 1982. More stops were added to this guide to display the volcanic and geothermal features at the Valles Caldera. The trip covers about 90 miles (one way) and takes two days to complete; however, those who wish to compress the trip into one day are advised to use the designated stops listed in the Introduction. Valles Caldera and vicinity comprise both one of the most exciting geothermal areas in the United States and one of the best preserved Quaternary caldera complexes in the world.

  2. Do urban canyons influence street level grass pollen concentrations?

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    Peel, Robert George; Kennedy, Roy; Smith, Matt; Hertel, Ole

    2014-08-01

    In epidemiological studies, outdoor exposure to pollen is typically estimated using rooftop monitoring station data, whilst exposure overwhelmingly occurs at street level. In this study the relationship between street level and roof level grass pollen concentrations was investigated for city centre street canyon environments in Aarhus, Denmark, and London, UK, during the grass pollen seasons of 2010 and 2011 respectively. For the period mid-day to late evening, street level concentrations in both cities tended to be lower than roof-level concentrations, though this difference was found to be statistically significant only in London. The ratio of street/roof level concentrations was compared with temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and solar radiation. Results indicated that the concentration ratio responds to wind direction with respect to relative canyon orientation and local source distribution. In the London study, an increase in relative humidity was linked to a significant decrease in street/roof level concentration ratio, and a possible causative mechanism involving moisture mediated pollen grain buoyancy is proposed. Relationships with the other weather variables were not found to be significant in either location. These results suggest a tendency for monitoring station data to overestimate exposure in the canyon environment. PMID:24037300

  3. Aquatic macroinvertebrates and water quality in Sandia Canyon

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    Bennett, K.

    1994-05-01

    In 1990, field studies of water quality and stream macroinvertebrate communities were initiated in Sandia Canyon at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The studies were designed to establish baseline data and to determine the effects of routine discharges of industrial and sanitary waste. Water quality measurements were taken and aquatic macroinvertebrates sampled at three permanent stations within the canyon. Two of the three sample stations are located where the stream regularly receives industrial and sanitary waste effluents. These stations exhibited a low diversity of macroinvertebrates and slightly degraded water quality. The last sample station, located approximately 0.4 km (0.25 mi) downstream from the nearest wastewater outfall, appears to be in a zone of recovery where water quality parameters more closely resemble those found in natural streams in the Los Alamos area. A large increase in macroinvertebrate diversity was also observed at the third station. These results indicate that effluents discharged into Sandia Canyon have a marked effect on water quality and aquatic macroinvertebrate communities.

  4. Episodic incision of the Colorado River in Glen Canyon, Utah

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    Garvin, C.D.; Hanks, T.C.; Finkel, R.C.; Heimsath, A.M.

    2005-01-01

    Incision rates of the Colorado River are integral to understanding the development of the Colorado Plateau. Here we calculate episodic incision rates of the Colorado River based on absolute ages of two levels of Quaternary deposits adjacent to Glen Canyon, Utah, along the north flank of Navajo Mountain. Minimum surface ages are determined by a combination of cosmogenic radionuclide surface exposure ages, uranium series and soil-development formation times. Bedrock incision rates of the Colorado River between c. 500 ka and c. 250 ka, and c. 250 ka to present are c. 0??4 m ka-1 and c. 0??7 m ka-1, respectively. These rates are more than double the rates reported in the Grand Canyon, suggesting that the Colorado River above Lees Ferry is out of equilibrium with the lower section of the river. We also determine incision rates of two tributaries to the Colorado River. Oak Creek and Bridge Creek flow off Navajo Mountain into Glen Canyon from the southeast. Oak Creek and Bridge Creek both have incision rates of c. 0??6 m ka-1 over the past c. 100 ka at points about 9 km away from the main stem of the Colorado River. Copyright ?? 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  5. Do urban canyons influence street level grass pollen concentrations?

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    Peel, Robert George; Kennedy, Roy; Smith, Matt; Hertel, Ole

    2014-08-01

    In epidemiological studies, outdoor exposure to pollen is typically estimated using rooftop monitoring station data, whilst exposure overwhelmingly occurs at street level. In this study the relationship between street level and roof level grass pollen concentrations was investigated for city centre street canyon environments in Aarhus, Denmark, and London, UK, during the grass pollen seasons of 2010 and 2011 respectively. For the period mid-day to late evening, street level concentrations in both cities tended to be lower than roof-level concentrations, though this difference was found to be statistically significant only in London. The ratio of street/roof level concentrations was compared with temperature, relative humidity, wind speed and direction, and solar radiation. Results indicated that the concentration ratio responds to wind direction with respect to relative canyon orientation and local source distribution. In the London study, an increase in relative humidity was linked to a significant decrease in street/roof level concentration ratio, and a possible causative mechanism involving moisture mediated pollen grain buoyancy is proposed. Relationships with the other weather variables were not found to be significant in either location. These results suggest a tendency for monitoring station data to overestimate exposure in the canyon environment.

  6. Landslide assessment of Newell Creek Canyon, Oregon City, Oregon

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    Growney, L.; Burris, L.; Garletts, D.; Walsh, K. (Portland State Univ., OR (United States). Dept. of Geology)

    1993-04-01

    A study has been conducted in Newell Creek Canyon near Oregon City, Oregon, T3S, T2S, R2E. A landslide inventory has located 53 landslides in the 2.8 km[sup 2] area. The landslides range in area from approximately 15,000m[sup 2] to 10m[sup 2]. Past slides cover an approximate 7% of the canyon area. Landslide processes include: slump, slump-translational, slump-earthflow and earthflow. Hard, impermeable clay-rich layers in the Troutdale Formation form the failure planes for most of the slides. Slopes composed of Troutdale material may seem to be stable, but when cuts and fills are produced, slope failure is common because of the perched water tables and impermeable failure planes. Good examples of cut and fill failures are present on Highway 213 which passes through Newell Creek Canyon. Almost every cut and fill has failed since the road construction began. The latest failure is in the fill located at mile-post 2.1. From data gathered, a slope stability risk map was generated. Stability risk ratings are divided into three groups: high, moderate and low. High risk of slope instability is designated to all landslides mapped in the slide inventory. Moderate risk is designated to slopes in the Troutdale Formation greater than 8[degree]. Low risk is designated to slopes in the Troutdale Formation less than 8[degree].

  7. Electrical resistance sensors record spring flow timing, Grand Canyon, Arizona

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    Adams, E.A.; Monroe, S.A.; Springer, A.E.; Blasch, K.W.; Bills, D.J.

    2006-01-01

    Springs along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, are important ecological and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and are discharge points for regional and local aquifers of the Coconino Plateau. This study evaluated the applicability of electrical resistance (ER) sensors for measuring diffuse, low-stage (<1.0 cm) intermittent and ephemeral flow in the steep, rocky spring-fed tributaries of the south rim. ER sensors were used to conduct a baseline survey of spring flow timing at eight sites in three spring-fed tributaries in Grand Canyon. Sensors were attached to a nearly vertical rock wall at a spring outlet and were installed in alluvial and bedrock channels. Spring flow timing data inferred by the ER sensors were consistent with observations during site visits, with flow events recorded with collocated streamflow gauging stations and with local precipitation gauges. ER sensors were able to distinguish the presence of flow along nearly vertical rock surfaces with flow depths between 0.3 and 1.0 cm. Laboratory experiments confirmed the ability of the sensors to monitor the timing of diffuse flow on impervious surfaces. A comparison of flow patterns along the stream reaches and at springs identified the timing and location of perennial and intermittent flow, and periods of increased evapotranspiration.

  8. Electrical resistance sensors record spring flow timing, Grand Canyon, Arizona.

    PubMed

    Adams, Eric A; Monroe, Stephen A; Springer, Abraham E; Blasch, Kyle W; Bills, Donald J

    2006-01-01

    Springs along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, are important ecological and cultural resources in Grand Canyon National Park and are discharge points for regional and local aquifers of the Coconino Plateau. This study evaluated the applicability of electrical resistance (ER) sensors for measuring diffuse, low-stage (<1.0 cm) intermittent and ephemeral flow in the steep, rocky spring-fed tributaries of the south rim. ER sensors were used to conduct a baseline survey of spring flow timing at eight sites in three spring-fed tributaries in Grand Canyon. Sensors were attached to a nearly vertical rock wall at a spring outlet and were installed in alluvial and bedrock channels. Spring flow timing data inferred by the ER sensors were consistent with observations during site visits, with flow events recorded with collocated streamflow gauging stations and with local precipitation gauges. ER sensors were able to distinguish the presence of flow along nearly vertical rock surfaces with flow depths between 0.3 and 1.0 cm. Laboratory experiments confirmed the ability of the sensors to monitor the timing of diffuse flow on impervious surfaces. A comparison of flow patterns along the stream reaches and at springs identified the timing and location of perennial and intermittent flow, and periods of increased evapotranspiration. PMID:16961484

  9. Sediment transport in the Mississippi Canyon: the role of currents and storm events on optical variability

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    Burden, Cheryl A

    1999-01-01

    or submarine canyons, can act as conduits for particle flux (Nittrouer and Wright, 1994). Overlapping the region between deep-sea circulation and shelf dynamics, submarine canyons can be regions of complex fluid flow and enhanced mixing, and therefore... regions of enhanced transfer of chemical, biological, and physical properties between continental shelves and the continental slope and rise (Hotchkiss and Wunsch, 1982). Submarine canyons are a ubiquitous feature of continental slopes, but vary...

  10. Distribution and transport of suspended particulate matter in Monterey Canyon, California

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    Xu, J.P.; Noble, M.; Eittreim, S.L.; Rosenfeld, L.K.; Schwing, F.B.; Pilskaln, C.H.

    2002-01-01

    From August 1993 to August 1994, six moorings that measure current, temperature, salinity, and water clarity were deployed along the axis of Monterey Canyon to study the circulation and transport of water and suspended particulate matter through the canyon system. The moorings occupied three sites that are morphologically different: a narrow transverse section (axis width 900 m) at 1450 m water depth, a wide transverse section at 2837 m, and a third site in the fan valley axis farther offshore at 3223 m that recorded for 3 yr. In addition, CTD/transmissometer casts were conducted within and near the Monterey Canyon during four cruises. Our data show a mainly biogenic, surface turbid layer, a limited intermediate nepheloid layer, and a bottom nepheloid layer. There is a consistent presence of a turbid layer within the canyon at a water depth of about 1500 m. Tidal flow dominates at all sites, but currents above the canyon rim and within the canyon appear to belong to two distinct dynamic systems. Bottom intensification of currents plays an important role in raising the near-bottom shear stress high enough that bottom sediments are often, if not always, resuspended. Mean flow pattern suggests a convergence zone between the narrow and wide site: the near-bed (100 m above bottom where the lowest current meter was located) mean transport is down-canyon at the 1450-m site, while the near-bottom transport at the 2837-m site is up-canyon, at a smaller magnitude. Transport at the 3223-m site is dominantly NNW, cross-canyon, with periods of up-canyon flow over 3 yr. A very high-turbidity event was recorded 100 m above the canyon bottom at the narrow site. The event started very abruptly and lasted more than a week. This event was not detected at either of the deeper sites. A canyon head flushing event is likely the cause. ?? 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Deepwater canyons: An escape route for methane sealed by methane hydrate

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    Davies, Richard J.; Thatcher, Kate E.; Mathias, Simon A.; Yang, Jinxiu

    2012-03-01

    Three-dimensional seismic imaging and modelling of gas hydrates from offshore of west Africa (Mauritania) shows that submarine canyons on stable continental slopes can capture and release methane that is sealed by methane hydrate. We demonstrate this by focussing on a canyon which is ~ 200 km long, 2.4 to 3.1 km wide, up to 550 m deep and has canyon walls that dip at 25°-30°. Incision of the canyon causes cooling of the surrounding sediment and deepening of the base of the methane hydrate stability zone. The base of the hydrate deepens by up to 550 m and also dips at 25°-30°, parallel to the canyon margins. It forms a continuous or semi-continuous wall of lower permeability sediment that can be mapped along the canyon margins on the basis of aligned high amplitude reflection terminations. Theoretically these methane barriers could extend for 10 s to 100 s of kilometres parallel to both canyon walls. Several free gas accumulations are sealed laterally in this way in a canyon margin free gas zone. Large failures of the sides of the canyon, remove the lower permeability hydrate, allowing free methane to leak. Globally, submarine canyons and marine gas hydrates occur in similar places on continental margins and canyons incise to depths that are comparable with the position of base of the methane hydrate stability zone. Therefore deepening of the base of the hydrate as a result of the cooling effect of canyons should be common and this mechanism for methane trapping and release could be generally applicable to present and past marine methane hydrates.

  12. Late Holocene earthquake history of the Brigham City segment of the Wasatch fault zone at the Hansen Canyon, Kotter Canyon, and Pearsons Canyon trench sites, Box Elder County, Utah

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    DuRoss, Christopher B.; Personius, Stephen F.; Crone, Anthony J.; McDonald, Greg N.; Briggs, Richard W.

    2012-01-01

    Of the five central segments of the Wasatch fault zone (WFZ) having evidence of recurrent Holocene surface-faulting earthquakes, the Brigham City segment (BCS) has the longest elapsed time since its most recent surface-faulting event (~2.1 kyr) compared to its mean recurrence time between events (~1.3 kyr). Thus, the BCS has the highest time-dependent earthquake probability of the central WFZ. We excavated trenches at three sites––the Kotter Canyon and Hansen Canyon sites on the north-central BCS and Pearsons Canyon site on the southern BCS––to determine whether a surface-faulting earthquake younger than 2.1 ka occurred on the BCS. Paleoseismic data for Hansen Canyon and Kotter Canyon confirm that the youngest earthquake on the north-central BCS occurred before 2 ka, consistent with previous north-central BCS investigations at Bowden Canyon and Box Elder Canyon. At Hansen Canyon, the most recent earthquake is constrained to 2.1–4.2 ka and had 0.6–2.5 m of vertical displacement. At Kotter Canyon, we found evidence for two events at 2.5 ± 0.3 ka and 3.5 ± 0.3 ka, with an average displacement per event of 1.9–2.3 m. Paleoseismic data from Pearsons Canyon, on the previously unstudied southern BCS, indicate that a post-2 ka earthquake ruptured this part of the segment. The Pearsons Canyon earthquake occurred at 1.2 ± 0.04 ka and had 0.1–0.8 m of vertical displacement, consistent with our observation of continuous, youthful scarps on the southern 9 km of the BCS having 1–2 m of late Holocene(?) surface offset. The 1.2-ka earthquake on the southern BCS likely represents rupture across the Weber–Brigham City segment boundary from the penultimate Weber-segment earthquake at about 1.1 ka. The Pearsons Canyon data result in a revised length of the BCS that has not ruptured since 2 ka (with time-dependent probability implications), and provide compelling evidence of at least one segment-boundary failure and multi-segment rupture on the central WFZ. Our paleoseismic investigations of the BCS clarify the timing, displacement, and extent of late Holocene earthquakes on the segment, and importantly, confirm the long elapsed time since the most recent earthquake on most of the BCS.

  13. Deep-sea scavenging amphipod assemblages from the submarine canyons of the Western Iberian Peninsula

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    Duffy, G. A.; Horton, T.; Billett, D. S. M.

    2012-11-01

    Submarine canyons have often been identified as hotspots of secondary production with the potential to house distinct faunal assemblages and idiosyncratic ecosystems. Within these deep-sea habitats, assemblages of scavenging fauna play a vital role in reintroducing organic matter from large food falls into the wider deep-sea food chain. Free-fall baited traps were set at different depths within three submarine canyons on the Iberian Margin. Amphipods from the traps were identified to species level and counted. Scavenging amphipod assemblages were compared at different depths within each canyon and between individual canyon systems. Using data from literature, abyssal plain assemblages were compared to submarine canyon assemblages. Samples from canyons were found to contain common abyssal plain species but in greater than expected abundances. It is proposed that this is a result of the high organic carbon input into canyon systems owing to their interception of sediment from the continental shelf and input from associated estuarine systems. Community composition differed significantly between the submarine canyons and abyssal plains. The cause of this difference cannot be attributed to one environmental variable due to the numerous inherent differences between canyons and abyssal plains.

  14. Recent sea beam mapping of Ascension-Monterey Submarine Canyon System

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    Greene, H.G. (Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA (USA))

    1990-06-01

    Extensive Sea Beam and Bathymetric Swatch Survey System (BS{sup 3}) data covering the Ascension-Monterey Submarine Canyon system and adjoining areas and canyons were collected offshore central California. Many discovered geomorphological features lead to significant new geologic conclusions about the formation and processes of submarine canyons in general and disclose unique sedimentary and tectonic features of the Ascension-Monterey Canyon system. The highly detailed bathymetric maps constructed from the Sea Beam data indicate that the seafloor topographic pattern is influenced by sedimentary and tectonic processes; both remain active along the central California margin. Interpretations of MOAA composite maps, final raw Sea Beam bathymetric maps, and three-dimensional physiographic renditions from bathymetric data indicate a diverse and complex geomorphology for the Ascension-Monterey Submarine Canyon system and adjoining region. Five distinct geomorphologic provinces and four well-defined geographic areas are mapped. Canyons cut by faults and canyon walls actively undergoing mass wasting are prominently displayed in the Sea Beam data. Sedimentary processes illustrating canyon channel capture and the formation of extensive mega-sedimentary wave fields where the canyons debouch onto the abyssal plain are spectacularly well defined. This new tool of seafloor mapping is contributing significant data for the geological interpretation of continental margins and seafloor in the world's oceans.

  15. UV Radiation in an Urban Canyon in Southeast Queensland

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    McKinley, A. R.; Moore, M. R.; Kimlin, M. G.

    2006-12-01

    Ultraviolet radiation (UV) has the possibility to both harm and to benefit human beings when unprotected exposure occurs. After receiving small amounts of UV our bodies begin to synthesise vitamin D, which is essential for maintaining healthy bones, however excessive UV exposure can result in a variety of damaging outcomes ranging from sunburn to skin cancer and cataracts. For this reason it is very important to understand the different environments in which people encounter UV so as to better prepare the public to make smart and healthy sun exposure decisions. Each day more and more people are moving into large cities around the world and spending their time inside the urban canyon, however UV measurements are generally taken at scientific stations in open areas or on top of tall buildings, meaning that at times the environmental characteristics measured may not accurately represent those found at street-level in these highly urbanized areas. Urban canyons are home to both very tall buildings and tropospheric air pollution, each of which reduces the amount of UV reaching street-level. This study measured the varying difference between UV measurements taken at street-level and at a standard UV monitoring site on top of a building outside of the urban canyon. Investigation was conducted in the central business district (CBD) of Brisbane, Australia, which models the CBDs of large cities around the world in that it boasts a great number of tall buildings, including many skyscrapers. Data was collected under clear sky conditions at five different street-level sites in the CBD (on either side of two streets running perpendicular to one another (four sites) and in a public square) and then compared to that obtained on the same day at the Queensland University of Technology's Australian Sun and Health Research Laboratory (ASHRL), which is located 2.5 kilometres outside Brisbane's CBD. Minimum erythemal dose (MED) data was collected at each location and it was found that throughout the day the intensity of erythemal UV measured in the city was significantly lower than that measured at the ASHRL site. On average the amount of erythemal UV measured in the urban canyon was approximately 33% of that measured at the ASHRL site. Based upon these findings we hope to conduct further study regarding UV exposure in the urban canyon.

  16. Sand Wave Migrations Within Monterey Submarine Canyon, California

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    Xu, J.; Wong, F. L.

    2006-12-01

    Repeated high-resolution multi-beam surveys revealed the existence of a sand wave field along the axis of the Monterey submarine canyon between 20 and 300 m water depth. These sand waves range in wave length from 20 to 70 m and 2 to 5 m in height. Comparison of sequential multi-beam grid data (months apart) indicates that the sand waves apparently migrate upcanyon at some places while the same data clearly show that the sand waves migrate downcanyon at other locations. One hypothesis is that strong internal tidal flows, whose upcanyon component is intensified by the narrow canyon, are responsible for forming the sand wave field and for migrating the sand waves upcanyon. Another hypothesis is that the sand wave field is formed by creeping (analogous to the movement within glaciers), and in general they move in the downcanyon direction. A field experiment was conducted in 2005-06 to measure the driving forces (in hypothesis #1) that form and move the sand waves, and to collect the internal sedimentological structure within the sand waves that could reveal information on hypothesis #2. A mooring designed to measure near-floor velocity profiles, temperature, salinity, and sediment concentration in the water column was deployed for one year (June 2005 -July 2006) at 250 m water depth, slightly downcanyon of the sand wave field. In addition, a mapping survey was conducted in February, 2006 for collecting multi-beam and chirp profiles in the canyon head area of the sand wave field. Preliminary examination of the ADCP (downward looking) showed some very interesting features - the near- floor current dramatically changes with the spring-neap cycle of the surface tide. The time variation of the along-canyon current during neap tides - a sudden jump of upcanyon velocity before gradually tapering down, is typical of internal tides (internal bores). The time variation during spring tides when along canyon velocities reverse directions from upcanyon to downcanyon and gradually ramp up the speed before suddenly shutting down, is almost the mirror opposite of the neap tide pattern. Strong flow asymmetries exist during both spring and neap tides, with much stronger semi-diurnal currents directed upcanyon during neap and larger pulses of current at diurnal frequency pointing downcanyon during spring tides. In this presentation, we will attempt to explain the sand wave migration with the hydrodynamic data from the mooring.

  17. Restoring Anadromous Fish Habitat in Big Canyon Creek Watershed; Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration in the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed, 2000 Annual Report.

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    Koziol, Deb (Nez Perce Soil and Water Conservation District, Lewiston, ID)

    2001-02-01

    Nez Perce Soil & Water Conservation District (NPSWCD) undertook the Nichols Canyon Subwatershed Steelhead Trout Habitat Improvement Project in the spring of 1999 with funding from a grant through the Bonneville Power Administration. The Project's purpose is to install and implement agricultural best management practices (MBPS) and riparian restorations with the goal of improving steelhead trout spawning and rearing habitat in the subwatershed. Improvements to fish habitat in the Big Canyon Creek tributaries enhances natural production of the species in Big Canyon Creek and ultimately the Clearwater River. This report is a summation of the progress made by the NPSWCD in the Project's second year.

  18. Space-for-time substitution and the evolution of submarine canyons in a passive, progradational margin.

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    Micallef, Aaron; Ribó, Marta; Canals, Miquel; Puig, Pere; Lastras, Galderic; Tubau, Xavier

    2013-04-01

    40% of submarine canyons worldwide are located in passive margins, where they constitute preferential conduits of sediment and biodiversity hotspots. Recent studies have presented evidence that submarine canyons incising passive, progradational margins can co-evolve with the adjacent continental slope during long-term margin construction. The stages of submarine canyon initiation and their development into a mature canyon-channel system are still poorly constrained, however, which is problematic when attempting to reconstruct the development of passive continental margins. In this study we analyse multibeam echosounder and seismic reflection data from the southern Ebro margin (western Mediterranean Sea) to document the stages through which a first-order gully develops into a mature, shelf-breaching canyon and, finally, into a canyon-channel system. This morphological evolution allows the application of a space-for-time substitution approach. Initial gully growth on the continental slope takes place via incision and downslope elongation, with limited upslope head retreat. Gravity flows are the main driver of canyon evolution, whereas slope failures are the main agent of erosion; they control the extent of valley widening, promote tributary development, and their influence becomes more significant with time. Breaching of the continental shelf by a canyon results in higher water/sediment loads that enhance canyon development, particularly in the upper reaches. Connection of the canyon head with a paleo-river changes evolution dynamics significantly, promoting development of a channel and formation of depositional landforms. Morphometric analyses demonstrate that canyons develop into geometrically self-similar systems that approach steady-state and higher drainage efficiency. Canyon activity in the southern Ebro margin is pulsating and enhanced during sea level lowstands. Rapid sedimentation by extension of the palaeo-Millars River into the outermost shelf and upper slope is inferred as the source of gravity flows driving canyon evolution. Canyon morphology is shown to be maintained over the course of more than one fall and rise in sea-level. Our model of canyon evolution is applicable to other passive margins (e.g. Argentine continental margin).

  19. Submarine canyons: hotspots of benthic biomass and productivity in the deep sea

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    De Leo, Fabio C.; Smith, Craig R.; Rowden, Ashley A.; Bowden, David A.; Clark, Malcolm R.

    2010-01-01

    Submarine canyons are dramatic and widespread topographic features crossing continental and island margins in all oceans. Canyons can be sites of enhanced organic-matter flux and deposition through entrainment of coastal detrital export, dense shelf-water cascade, channelling of resuspended particulate material and focusing of sediment deposition. Despite their unusual ecological characteristics and global distribution along oceanic continental margins, only scattered information is available about the influence of submarine canyons on deep-sea ecosystem structure and productivity. Here, we show that deep-sea canyons such as the Kaikoura Canyon on the eastern New Zealand margin (42°01? S, 173°03? E) can sustain enormous biomasses of infaunal megabenthic invertebrates over large areas. Our reported biomass values are 100-fold higher than those previously reported for deep-sea (non-chemosynthetic) habitats below 500 m in the ocean. We also present evidence from deep-sea-towed camera images that areas in the canyon that have the extraordinary benthic biomass also harbour high abundances of macrourid (rattail) fishes likely to be feeding on the macro- and megabenthos. Bottom-trawl catch data also indicate that the Kaikoura Canyon has dramatically higher abundances of benthic-feeding fishes than adjacent slopes. Our results demonstrate that the Kaikoura Canyon is one of the most productive habitats described so far in the deep sea. A new global inventory suggests there are at least 660 submarine canyons worldwide, approximately 100 of which could be biomass hotspots similar to the Kaikoura Canyon. The importance of such deep-sea canyons as potential hotspots of production and commercial fisheries yields merits substantial further study. PMID:20444722

  20. Unusually high food availability in Kaikoura Canyon linked to distinct deep-sea nematode community

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    Leduc, D.; Rowden, A. A.; Nodder, S. D.; Berkenbusch, K.; Probert, P. K.; Hadfield, M. G.

    2014-06-01

    Kaikoura Canyon, on the eastern New Zealand continental margin, is the most productive, non-chemosynthetic deep-sea habitat described to date, with megafaunal biomass 100-fold higher than those of other deep-sea habitats. The present study, which focused on free-living nematodes, provides the first comparison of faunal community structure and diversity between Kaikoura Canyon and nearby open slope habitats. Results show substantially higher food availability in the canyon relative to open slope sediments, which probably reflects greater levels of primary productivity above the canyon, coupled with downwelling and/or topographically-induced channelling, which serves to concentrate surface-derived organic matter along the canyon axis. This high food availability appears to be responsible for the elevated nematode biomass in Kaikoura Canyon, with values exceeding all published nematode biomass data from canyons elsewhere. There was also markedly lower local species diversity of nematodes inside the canyon relative to the open slope habitat, as well as a distinct community structure. The canyon community was dominated by species, such as Sabateria pulchra, which were absent from the open slope and are typically associated with highly eutrophic and/or disturbed environments. The presence of these taxa, as well as the low observed diversity, is likely to reflect the high food availability, and potentially the high levels of physically and biologically induced disturbance within the canyon. Kaikoura Canyon is a relatively small habitat characterised by different environmental conditions that makes a disproportionate contribution to deep-sea diversity in the region, despite its low species richness.

  1. 75 FR 18201 - Juniper Canyon Wind Power, LLC; Supplemental Notice That Initial Market-Based Rate Filing...

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    ...DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR National Park Service Special Flight Rules Area in the Vicinity of Grand Canyon National Park, Draft Environmental Impact Statement, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ AGENCY: National Park...

  3. Magmatic Recharge during the Formation and Resurgence of theValles Caldera, New Mexico,

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    Long, Bernard

    of a resurgent caldera system, character- ized by eruption of two voluminous high-silica rhyolite ignimbrites for single quartz crystals from (1) different stratigraphic horizons of the UBT ignimbrite, (2) samples of the Valles Caldera lifecycle. CL imaging reveals that $70% by volume of the UBT ignimbrite con- tains unzoned

  4. Channeling episodes of Kasei Valles, Mars, and the nature of ridged plains material

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    Chapman, Mary G.; Tanaka, Kenneth L.

    1991-01-01

    The geologic mapping compiled at 1:500,000 scale of the northern Kasei Valles area of Mars (MTMs 25062 and 25067) indicates (1) at least three periods of Kasei Valles channeling, (2) the development of Sacra Fossae (linear depressions on Tempe Terra and Lunae Planum) in relation to Kasei channeling episodes, and (3) the nature of ridged plains material dissected by Kasei Valles on northern Lunae Planum. (The three channeling periods consists of two flood events and a later, sapping related event). These findings suggest hydrologic conditions and processes that formed Kasei Valles and associated features and terrains. It is concluded that an early period of flooding, whose source is perhaps buried beneath lava flows of Tharsis Montes, may have eroded streamlined features in northern Lunae Planum. Also, later floods originating from Echus Chasma formed after the initial flooding and the mesas adjacent to the plateau. The Sacra Fossae formed after the initial flooding and during the second flooding by sapping, outbreak, scarp retreat, and collapse along joints and fractures in ridged plains materials.

  5. Variation of deposition depth with slope angle in snow avalanches: Measurements from Valle de la Sionne

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    McElwaine, Jim

    Click Here for Full Article Variation of deposition depth with slope angle in snow avalanches drymixed avalanches in Vallée de la Sionne during the winter of 2005­2006. The measurements were used to calculate the depth of the deposited snow along each entire avalanche path with a height resolution of 100

  6. Episodes of floods in Mangala Valles, Mars, from the analysis of HRSC, MOC and THEMIS images

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    Alexander T. Basilevsky; Gerhard Neukum; Stephanie C. Werner; Alexander Dumke; Stephan van Gasselt; Thomas Kneissl; Wilhelm Zuschneid; Daniela Rommel; Lorenz Wendt; Mary Chapman; James W. Head; Ronald Greeley

    2009-01-01

    The Mangala Valles is a 900-km long outflow channel system in the highlands adjacent to the south-eastern flank of the Tharsis bulge. This work was intended to answer the following two questions unresolved in previous studies: (1) Was there only one source of water (Mangala Fossa at the valley head which is one of the Medusae Fossae troughs or graben)

  7. Elementos estratégicos para afianzar y mejorar la competitividad del Valle del Cauca

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    Manuel Guillermo Bonilla; Juan Carlos Ramírez J

    2005-01-01

    El estudio de competitividad del departamento del Valle del Cauca aborda el análisis simultáneo de los factores competitivos que integran el desarrollo económico regional; desempeño de los sectores productivos, la inserción internacional del sector industrial, la infraestructura, el capital humano y social, el avance tecnológico, el medioambiente, y los recursos institucionales. El examen de los factores competitivos y su contraste

  8. Early HiRISE Observations of Ring/Mound Landforms in Athabasca Valles, Mars

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    Jaeger, W. L.; Keszthelyi, L. P.; McEwen, A. S.; Dundas, C. M.; Russell, P. S.; HiRISE Team

    2007-03-01

    Small ring/mound landforms (RMLs) pepper the floor of Athabasca Valles, which is a young flood-carved channel system on Mars. Early HiRISE observations of these RMLs show them to be hydrovolcanic constructs similar to terrestrial rootless cones.

  9. Initial insights from 2.5D hydraulic modeling of floods in Athabasca Valles, Mars

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    Perfect, Ed

    Initial insights from 2.5D hydraulic modeling of floods in Athabasca Valles, Mars L. P. Keszthelyi.5D hydraulic model to catastrophic floods on Mars. This model simulates flow over complex topography and incorporates flood dynamics that could not be modeled in the earlier 1D models. We apply this model

  10. Peak discharge of a Pleistocene lava-dam outburst flood in Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA

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    Peak discharge of a Pleistocene lava-dam outburst flood in Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA Cassandra R Received 6 May 2005 Availble online 7 February 2006 Abstract The failure of a lava dam 165,000 yr ago produced the largest known flood on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The Hyaloclastite Dam was up to 366

  11. Effects of building-roof cooling on flow and air temperature in urban street canyons

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    Kim, Jae-Jin; Pardyjak, Eric; Kim, Do-Yong; Han, Kyoung-Soo; Kwon, Byung-Hyuk

    2014-05-01

    The effects of building-roof cooling on flow and air temperature in 3D urban street canyons are numerically investigated using a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The aspect ratios of the building and street canyon considered are unity. For investigating the building-roof cooling effects, the building-roof temperatures are systematically changed. The traditional flow pattern including a portal vortex appears in the spanwise canyon. Compared with the case of the control run, there are minimal differences in flow pattern in the cases in which maximum building-roof cooling is considered. However, as the building roof becomes cooler, the mean kinetic energy increases and the air temperature decreases in the spanwise canyon. Building-roof cooling suppresses the upward and inward motions above the building roof, resultantly increasing the horizontal velocity near the roof level. The increase in wind velocity above the roof level intensifies the secondarily driven vortex circulation as well as the inward (outward) motion into (out of) the spanwise canyon. Finally, building-roof cooling reduces the air temperature in the spanwise canyon, supplying much relatively cool air from the streamwise canyon into the spanwise canyon.

  12. Canyon of the Ancients National Monument Amphibian and Reptile Brad Lambert

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    Canyon of the Ancients National Monument Amphibian and Reptile Inventory by Brad Lambert March 2004 .................................................................................................. 14 AMPHIBIANS OBSERVED IN 2003 SURVEYS: SEE APPENDIX A FOR INDIVIDUAL SPECIES MAPS Program to conduct field surveys for amphibians and reptiles in the Canyon of the Ancients National

  13. Influence of topographic complexity on solar insolation estimates for the Colorado River, Grand Canyon, AZ

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    Michael D. Yard; Glenn E. Bennett; Steve N. Mietz; Lewis G. Coggins Jr.; Lawrence E. Stevens; Susan Hueftle; Dean W. Blinn

    2005-01-01

    Rugged topography along the Colorado River in Glen and Grand Canyons, exemplifies features common to canyon-bound streams and rivers of the arid southwest. Physical relief influences regulated river systems, especially those that are altered, and have become partially reliant on aquatic primary production. We measured and modeled instantaneous solar flux in a topographically complex environment to determine where differences in

  14. Captured in Stone: Women in the Rock Art of Canyon de Chelly.

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    Travis, Tara

    1997-01-01

    Describes the pictographs (painted images on stone) and petroglyphs (pecked images on stone) found in the Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona. Canyon de Chelly includes one of the largest concentrations of American Indian rock art in the southwest. Discusses the depiction of women in these images. (MJP)

  15. The Glen Canyon Dam temperature control device: restoring downstream habitat for endangered fish recovery

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    Tracy B. Vermeyen

    Prior to closure of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963, the temperature of water flowing down the Grand Canyon each year varied from near freezing to 30°C during the heat of summer. Since construction of the dam, cold water (7 to 10°C) has been released from the deeper levels of the reservoir. For several miles below the dam, these cold water

  16. Amphitheater-headed canyons formed by megaflooding at Malad Gorge, Idaho.

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    Lamb, Michael P; Mackey, Benjamin H; Farley, Kenneth A

    2014-01-01

    Many bedrock canyons on Earth and Mars were eroded by upstream propagating headwalls, and a prominent goal in geomorphology and planetary science is to determine formation processes from canyon morphology. A diagnostic link between process and form remains highly controversial, however, and field investigations that isolate controls on canyon morphology are needed. Here we investigate the origin of Malad Gorge, Idaho, a canyon system cut into basalt with three remarkably distinct heads: two with amphitheater headwalls and the third housing the active Wood River and ending in a 7% grade knickzone. Scoured rims of the headwalls, relict plunge pools, sediment-transport constraints, and cosmogenic ((3)He) exposure ages indicate formation of the amphitheater-headed canyons by large-scale flooding ?46 ka, coeval with formation of Box Canyon 18 km to the south as well as the eruption of McKinney Butte Basalt, suggesting widespread canyon formation following lava-flow diversion of the paleo-Wood River. Exposure ages within the knickzone-headed canyon indicate progressive upstream younging of strath terraces and a knickzone propagation rate of 2.5 cm/y over at least the past 33 ka. Results point to a potential diagnostic link between vertical amphitheater headwalls in basalt and rapid erosion during megaflooding due to the onset of block toppling, rather than previous interpretations of seepage erosion, with implications for quantifying the early hydrosphere of Mars. PMID:24344293

  17. Lightning protection for the process canyons at the Savannah River site

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    McAfee

    1995-01-01

    Westinghouse Savannah River Company (WSRC) has performed Lightning Studies for the existing Process Canyons at the Savannah River Site (SRS). These studies were initiated to verify the lightning protection systems for the facilities and to compare the installations to the National Fire Protection (NFPA) Standard 780, Lighting Protection Code, 1992. The original study of the F-Canyon was initiated to develop

  18. Peaks, plateaus, canyons, and craters: the complex geometry of simple mid-domain effect models

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    Gotelli, Nicholas J.

    Peaks, plateaus, canyons, and craters: the complex geometry of simple mid-domain effect models by a pair of peripheral peaks, separated by a valley (one-dimensional models), or by a cratered ring (two, plateaus, canyons, and craters of species richness. Keywords: biogeography, boundary effects, doughnut

  19. Hydrogeochemical investigation of thermal springs in the Black Canyon - Hoover Dam area, Nevada and Arizona

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    W. A. McKay; D. E. Zimmerman

    1983-01-01

    An estimated 80 liters\\/sec. of spring flow discharges from both sides of the Colorado River in Black Canyon, Nevada and Arizona. The spring issue primarily from the highly faulted and fractured volcanic rocks which are exposed throughout the canyon from Hoover Dam to 9.5 kilometers downstream. Chemical analysis of the spring waters, including environmental isotope and tritium results, indicate a

  20. Patterns in biodiversity and distribution of benthic Polychaeta in the Mississippi Canyon, Northern Gulf of Mexico

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    Wang, Yuning

    2006-04-12

    not contaminated by trace metals or Polynuclear Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) in sediments, although the highest PAHs concentration occurred at the head of the Canyon, MT1. The mean density was higher in the Mississippi Canyon (1668 N/m2) than in the Central...

  1. Mineral resources of the Spring Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area, Iron County, Utah

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    R. E. Van Loenen; H. R. Jr. Blank; E. G. Sable; G. K. Lee; K. L. Cook; J. E. Zelten

    1989-01-01

    In 1986 and 1987 the US Geological Survey and the US Bureau of Mines appraised the mineral resources and the mineral resource potential of the Spring Creek Canyon Wilderness Study Area in southwestern Utah. This study area contains principally Mesozoic sedimentary rocks exposed along the Hurricane Fault and in canyons adjacent to Zion National Park. Inferred subeconomic resources of common

  2. 36 CFR 7.53 - Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument.

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    2010-07-01

    ...Public Property 1 2010-07-01 2010-07-01 false Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. 7.53 Section...REGULATIONS, AREAS OF THE NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM § 7.53 Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Monument. (a)...

  3. A reconnaissance of the Archean complex of the Granite Gorge, Grand Canyon, Arizona

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    Noble, L.F.; Hunter, J. Fred

    1917-01-01

    The field work upon which this article is based was done in March and April, 1914. From Garnet Canyon, near the west end of the Granite Gorge, the route followed the Tonto trail along the so-called lower plateau, or Tonto platform, to Red Canyon, at the east end of the Granite Gorge.

  4. Waterfall erosion, rock toppling, and the formation of amphitheater-headed canyons in fractured rock

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    M. P. Lamb; W. E. Dietrich

    2008-01-01

    Networks of valleys with amphitheater-shaped headwalls are prominent features on the surface of Mars. These landforms are commonly used as diagnostic indicators of undermining and headwall retreat by groundwater-seepage erosion. Of perhaps any canyon ever studied, Box Canyon, Idaho, most strongly meets the proposed morphologic criteria for groundwater sapping because it is incised into a basaltic plain with no drainage

  5. Nonlinear seismic response of tall concrete-faced rockfill dams in narrow canyons

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    Panos Dakoulas

    The seismic behavior of tall concrete face rockfill dams in narrow canyons is investigated, based on numerical simulation of the staged construction, creep settlements, reservoir impoundment and seismic shaking of the dam. The study takes into account the flexibility of the canyon rock, the hydrodynamic effects and potential dynamic rockfill settlements. The static analysis uses a hyperbolic model for the

  6. 78 FR 3879 - Ochoco National Forest, Paulina Ranger District; Oregon; Fox Canyon Cluster Allotment Management...

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    ...include head-cut repair, in-stream placement of wood and/or rock...riparian exclosure on .5 miles of South Fork Fox Canyon Creek. In-stream placement of wood and/or rock...take place on 1.5 miles of South Fork Fox Canyon Creek....

  7. Deep-sea scavenging amphipod assemblages from the submarine canyons of the Iberian Peninsula

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    Duffy, G. A.; Horton, T.; Billett, D. S. M.

    2012-06-01

    Submarine canyons have often been identified as hotspots of secondary production with the potential to house distinct faunal assemblages and idiosyncratic ecosystems. Within these deep-sea habitats, assemblages of scavenging fauna play a vital role in reintroducing organic matter from large food falls into the wider deep-sea food chain. Free-fall baited traps were set at different depths within three submarine canyons on the Iberian Margin. Amphipods from the traps were identified to species level and counted. Scavenging amphipod assemblages were compared at different depths within each canyon, between individual canyon systems, and between the abyssal plain and submarine canyon sites. Samples from canyons were found to contain common abyssal plain species but in greater than expected abundances. Community composition differed significantly between the submarine canyons and abyssal plains. It is proposed that this is a result of the high organic carbon input into canyon systems owing to their interception of sediment from the continental shelf and input from associated estuarine systems.

  8. Delaware River: Evidence for its former extension to Wilmington Submarine Canyon

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    Twichell, D.C.; Knebel, H. J.; Folger, D.W.

    1977-01-01

    Seismic-reflection profiles indicate that during the Pleistocene the Delaware River flowed across the continental shelf east of Delaware Bay and emptied into Wilmington Submarine Canyon. The ancestral valley (width, 3 to 8 kilometers; relief, 10 to 30 meters) is buried, is not reflected in the surface topography, and probably predates the formation of the present canyon head.

  9. Amphitheater-headed canyons formed by megaflooding at Malad Gorge, Idaho

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    Lamb, Michael P.; Mackey, Benjamin H.; Farley, Kenneth A.

    2014-01-01

    Many bedrock canyons on Earth and Mars were eroded by upstream propagating headwalls, and a prominent goal in geomorphology and planetary science is to determine formation processes from canyon morphology. A diagnostic link between process and form remains highly controversial, however, and field investigations that isolate controls on canyon morphology are needed. Here we investigate the origin of Malad Gorge, Idaho, a canyon system cut into basalt with three remarkably distinct heads: two with amphitheater headwalls and the third housing the active Wood River and ending in a 7% grade knickzone. Scoured rims of the headwalls, relict plunge pools, sediment-transport constraints, and cosmogenic (3He) exposure ages indicate formation of the amphitheater-headed canyons by large-scale flooding ?46 ka, coeval with formation of Box Canyon 18 km to the south as well as the eruption of McKinney Butte Basalt, suggesting widespread canyon formation following lava-flow diversion of the paleo-Wood River. Exposure ages within the knickzone-headed canyon indicate progressive upstream younging of strath terraces and a knickzone propagation rate of 2.5 cm/y over at least the past 33 ka. Results point to a potential diagnostic link between vertical amphitheater headwalls in basalt and rapid erosion during megaflooding due to the onset of block toppling, rather than previous interpretations of seepage erosion, with implications for quantifying the early hydrosphere of Mars. PMID:24344293

  10. Ecology of spawning humpback chub, Gila cypha, in the Little Colorado River near Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Owen T. Gorman; Dennis M. Stone

    1999-01-01

    The morphologically unique and endangered humpback chub, Gila cypha, is found in canyon-bound reaches of the Colorado River and its tributaries. Now limited to six isolated reproducing populations, this species is believed to have been once distributed over a large portion of the mainstem river. Because the species inhabits remote canyon areas, little is known about its spawning ecology. The

  11. Recirculating flow and sedimentation in the Colorado River in Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Microsoft Academic Search

    John C. Schmidt

    1990-01-01

    Debris fans debouching into the bottom of Grand Canyon create rapids and flow separation in the Colorado River. The patterns of flow and the behavior of recirculation zones formed by flow separation are consistent throughout the Canyon's length. Zones of recirculating flow occur along the margin of channel expansions. Recirculation zones are comprised of one primary eddy; secondary eddies and

  12. A Probability of Revisitation Model: The Case of Winter Visits to the Grand Canyon

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Luiz Moutinho; John Trimble

    1991-01-01

    This paper finds that on average first-time visitors to the Grand Canyon are willing to travel significantly greater distances than repeat visitors. These findings are based upon a binary logit model of repeat visitations estimated from a recent sample of Grand Canyon visitors. This model expresses the probability of repeat visitation as a function of distance travelled and visitor demographic

  13. 77 FR 19279 - Long Canyon Pumped Storage Project; Notice of Preliminary Permit Application Accepted for Filing...

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    2012-03-30

    ...Project No. 14354-000] Long Canyon Pumped Storage Project; Notice...the feasibility of the Long Canyon Pumped Storage Project to be located near the town of Moab, Grand County, Utah. The [[Page...the project's powerhouse to Grand County Highway 279; (7)...

  14. Operation of Glen Canyon Dam. Final environmental impact statement, summary, comments and responses

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    NONE

    1995-03-01

    The Federal action considered in this environmental impact statement (EIS) is the operation of Glen Canyon Dam, Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP), Arizona. The purpose of the reevaluation is to determine specific options that could be implemented to minimize--consistent with law-adverse impacts on the downstream environmental and cultural resources, as well as Native American interests in Glen and Grand Canyons.

  15. Modeling complex human–environment interactions: the Grand Canyon river trip simulator

    Microsoft Academic Search

    Catherine A. Roberts; Doug Stallman; Joanna A. Bieri

    2002-01-01

    Understanding the impacts of human recreation on natural resources is of critical importance in constructing effective management strategies. The Grand Canyon River Trip Simulator is a computer program that models complex, dynamic human–environment interactions in the river corridor of the Grand Canyon National Park. The system consists of a database and simulator engine. The database contains 487 trip diaries that

  16. Age and diet of fossil California condors in Grand Canyon, Arizona

    Microsoft Academic Search

    S. D. EMSLIE

    1987-01-01

    A dozen new radiocarbon dates, together with a thorough review of its fossil distribution, shed new light on the time and probable cause of extinction of the California condor, Gymnogyps californianus, in Grand Canyon, Arizona. The radiocarbon data indicate that this species became extinct in Grand Canyon, and other parts of the inland West, more than 10,000 years ago in

  17. The Grand Canyon and Other Holes in the Ground. Natural Wonder Notebook.

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    Markle, Sandra

    1983-01-01

    The Grand Canyon, the natural wonder visited most often in the United States, is explored on foot, on burro, and by boat in this article. Learn about the canyon's different rock layers as well as its erosion, plant life, animal life, and water flow. (JM)

  18. Small mammal study of Sandia Canyon, 1994 and 1995

    SciTech Connect

    Bennett, K.; Biggs, J.

    1996-11-01

    A wide range of plant and wildlife species utilize water discharged from facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The purpose of this study was to gather baseline data of small mammal populations and compare small mammal characteristics within three areas of Sandia Canyon, which receives outfall effluents from multiple sources. Three small mammal trapping webs were placed in the upper portion of Sandia Canyon, the first two were centered in a cattail-dominated marsh with a ponderosa pine overstory and the third web was placed in a much drier transition area with a ponderosa pine overstory. Webs 1 and 2 had the highest species diversity indices with deer mice the most commonly captured species in all webs. However, at Web 1, voles, shrews, and harvest mice, species more commonly found in moist habitats, made up a much greater overall percentage (65.6%) than did deer mice and brush mice (34.5%). The highest densities and biomass of animals were found in Web 1 with a continual decrease in density estimates in each web downstream. There is no statistical difference between the mean body weights of deer mice and brush mice between sites. Mean body length was also determined not to be statistically different between the webs (GLM [deer mouse], F = 0.89, p = 0.4117; GLM [brush mouse], F = 2.49, p = 0.0999). Furthermore, no statistical difference between webs was found for the mean lean body masses of deer and brush mice (GLM [deer mouse], F = 2.54, p = 0.0838; GLM [brush mouse], F = 1.60, p = 0.2229). Additional monitoring studies should be conducted in Sandia Canyon so comparisons over time can be made. In addition, rodent tissues should be sampled for contaminants and then compared to background or control populations elsewhere at the Laboratory or at an off-site location.

  19. Potential particulate impacts at the Grand Canyon from northwestern Mexico.

    PubMed

    Eatough, D J; Green, M; Moran, W; Farber, R

    2001-08-10

    Project MOHAVE was a major air quality and visibility research program conducted from 1990 to 1999 to investigate the causes of visibility impairment in the Grand Canyon National Park region. At Meadview, a remote monitoring site just west of the Grand Canyon National Park, on September 1 and 2, 1992, the concentrations of sulfate (3.1 and 4.3 microg sulfate/m3) were the highest seen in 6 years of monitoring at this site. During this period, the concentrations of SO2 at Meadview were also abnormally high and approximately three times the sulfate concentrations, on a nmol/m3 basis. High concentrations of sulfate and SO2 extended south into southern Arizona and northwestern Mexico. Based on ambient atmospheric conditions, emissions from the Mohave Power Project (MPP) 110 km upwind of Meadview could not have been responsible for the majority of the regionally observed sulfur oxides. The geographical distribution of SO2 and sulfate, and available source information suggest that northwestern Mexico was a significant source of the unusually high observed sulfur oxides. A CMB model developed during Project MOHAVE was used to apportion sulfur oxides at Meadview and other sampling sites throughout the study region for August 31-September 2, 1992. The results indicate that the contribution of MPP to sulfate at Meadview was typical. However, the transport of SOx from northwestern Mexico was elevated throughout much of the region during this time period. This led to the large increase in sulfate concentrations at Meadview on September 1 and 2. These results indicate that emissions from Mexico can be a significant source of particulate material in the Grand Canyon. PMID:11516140

  20. 77 FR 38051 - Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC; Notice of Application for Amendment of Preliminary Permit Accepted for...

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    2012-06-26

    ...Commission [Project No. 13860-001] Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC; Notice of Application...Intervene, and Protests On May 29, 2012, Jones Canyon Hydro, LLC filed an amendment to...preliminary permit issued March 28, 2011 for the Jones Canyon Pumped Storage Project. The...