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Title: Geology, climate, land, and water quality [chapter 4]

Author: Fox, Douglas G.; Jemison, Roy; Potter, Deborah Ulinski; Valett, H. Maurice; Watts, Ray;

Date: 1995

Source: In: Finch, Deborah M.; Tainter, Joseph A., tech eds. Ecology, diversity, and sustainability of the Middle Rio Grande Basin. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-268. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 52-79.

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

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Description: The Middle Rio Grande is part of the chain of structural basins, known as the Rio Grande depression, that extends from the San Luis Valley in Colorado to El Paso, Texas, and through which the Rio Grande flows (Chapin and Seager 1975). Bryan (1938) is credited with designating this reach as the Rio Grande "depression," because of his early research and the level of understanding he provided on the geology of the region. This area is also known as the Rio Grande "rift," a term coined by Kelly (1952), based on his belief in the possibility of significant longitudinal displacement in the "trough" or depression (Baltz 1978). The Rio Grande rift will be the term used in this discussion.

Keywords: Rio Grande, sustainability, riparian, environmental history, climate change, pinyon-juniper, desert grasslands, ecosystem restoration

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Fox, Douglas G.; Jemison, Roy; Potter, Deborah Ulinski; Valett, H. Maurice; Watts, Ray. 1995. Geology, climate, land, and water quality [chapter 4]. In: Finch, Deborah M.; Tainter, Joseph A., tech eds. Ecology, diversity, and sustainability of the Middle Rio Grande Basin. Gen. Tech. Rep. RM-GTR-268. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station. p. 52-79.

 


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