Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use  on the Southwestern United States
Reactivation of Stabilized Sand Dunes on the Colorado Plateau

Sources of Geologic Information Used to Compile the Map of Eolian Sand Deposits of the Southwestern United States

compiled by
Daniel R. Muhs
U.S. Geological Survey


Beheiry, S.A., 1967, Sand forms in the Coachella Valley, southern California: Annals of the Association of American Geographers, v. 57, p. 25-48.

Billingsley, G.H., 1987, Geologic map of the southwestern Moenkopi Plateau and southern Ward terrace, Coconino County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1793, scale 1: 31,680.

Blake, E.W., 1991, Soil survey of the Mineral County area, Nevada: Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office, 1187 p.

Blount, G., and Lancaster, N., 1990, Development of the Gran Desierto sand sea, northwestern Mexico: Geology, v. 18, p. 724-728.

Brown, L.F. Jr., Goodson, J.L., and Harwood, P., 1972, Abilene Sheet, Frederick Byron Plummer Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Bryant, B., McGrew, L.W., and Wobus, R., 1981, Geologic map of the Denver 1° x 2° quadrangle, north-central Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1163, scale 1:250,000.

Carr, J.E. , and Bergman, D.L., 1976, Reconnaissance of the Water Resources of the Clinton Quadrangle: West- Central Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Map HA-5, scale 1:250,000.

Carrara, P.E., 1980, Surficial Geologic Map of Vernal 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Colorado and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1204, scale 1:250,000.

Colton, R.B., 1978, Geologic Map of the Boulder-Fort Collins-Greeley Area, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-855-G, scale 1:100,000.

Cooper, W.S., 1967, Coastal dunes of California: Geological Society of America Memoir 104, 131 p.

Dane, C.H., and Bachman, G.O., 1965, Geologic Map of New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey, scale 1:500,000.

Dietrich, J.W., Owen, D.E., and Shelby, C.A., 1990, Van Horn-El Paso Sheet, E. Russell Lloyd Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Downs, J.M., 1990, Soil survey of Henry Mountains area, Utah: Washington, U.S. Government Printing Office, 231 p.

Eardley, A.J., 1962, Gypsum dunes and evaporite history of the Great Salt Lake Desert: Utah Geological and Mineralogical Survey Special Studies 2, 27 p.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., Frye, J.C., and Leonard, A.B., 1967, Lubbock Sheet, Halbert Pleasant Bybee Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., Frye, J.C., and Leonard, A.B., 1968, Plainview Sheet, William Fletcher Cummins Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas: Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., Frye, J.C., and Leonard, A.B., 1974, Big Spring Sheet, Vincent Charles Perini, Jr., Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., and Fay, R.O., 1970, Perryton Sheet, Charles Newton Gould Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., and Reeves, C.C. Jr., 1974, Brownfield Sheet, Nelson Horatio Darton Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., and Reeves, C.C. Jr., 1976, Hobbs Sheet, William Battle Phillips Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., and Reeves, C.C. Jr., 1977, Clovis Sheet, Edwin Theodore Dumble Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., 1975, San Angelo Sheet, Helen Jeanne Plummer Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., 1976, Pecos Sheet, Johan August Udden Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., 1981, Amarillo Sheet, Leroy Thompson Patton Memorial Edition: Geologic Atas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., Trouger, F.D., Spiegel, Z., and Hawley, J.W., 1983, Tucumcari Sheet, Henryk Bronislaw Stensel Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Eifler, G.K. Jr., Fay, R.O., Trauger, F.D., and Lappala, E.G., 1984, Dalhart Sheet, John Emery Adams Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Fryberger, S.G., and Dean, G., 1979, Dune forms and wind regime, In A Study of Global Sand Seas (E.D. McKee, Ed.): U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1052, p. 137-169.

Hack, J.T., 1941, Dunes of the western Navajo Country: Geographical Review, v. 31, p. 240-263.

Havens, J.S., 1977, Reconnaissance of the Water Resources of the Lawton Quadrangle, Southwestern Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Map HA-6, scale 1:250,000.

Haynes, D.D., Vogel, J.D., and Wyant, D.G., 1972, Geology, structure, and uranium deposits of the Cortez quadrangle, Colorado and Utah. U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-629, scale 1: 250,000.

Hendricks, D.M., 1985, Arizona soils. Tucson, College of Agriculture, University of Arizona, 244 p.

Hentz, T.F., and Brown, L.F., Jr., 1987, Wichita Falls-Lawton sheet, Alfred Sherwood Romer Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Hintze, L.F., 1980, Geologic map of Utah: Utah Geological and Mineral Survey, scale 1: 500,000.

Hunt, C.B., 1977, Surficial geology of northeast New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Geologic Map 40, scale 1: 500,000.

Hunt, C.B., 1977, Surficial geology of southeast New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Geologic Map 41, scale 1: 500,000

Hunt, C.B., 1978, Surficial geology of southwest New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Geologic Map 42, scale 1: 500,000.

Hunt, C.B., 1978, Surficial geology of northwest New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Geologic Map 43, scale 1: 500,000.

Jennings, C.W., 1967, Geologic Map of California Salton Sea sheet: Sacramento, California, California Division of Mines and Geology, scale 1:250,000.

Jennings, C.W., 1977, Geologic map of California: California Geologic Data Map Series Map No. 2, Sacramento, California, California Division of Mines and Geology, scale 1:750,000.

Kier, R.S., Brown, L.F. Jr., and Harwood, P., 1986, Brownwood Sheet, Monroe George Cheney Memorial Edition: Geologic Atlas of Texas, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, scale 1:250,000.

Kundert, C.J., 1955, Geologic Map of California Trona sheet: State of California, Department of Natural Resources, Division of Mines, scale 1:250,000.

Kupfer, D.H., and Bassett, A.M., 1962, Geologic reconnaissance map of part of the southeastern Mojave Desert, California: U.S. Geological Survey Mineral Investigations Field Studies Map MF-205, scale 1: 125,000.

Lammers, D.A., 1991, Soil survey of Canyonlands area, Utah: Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 293 p.

Lancaster, N., 1994, Controls on aeolian activity: some new perspectives from the Kelso Dunes, Mojave Desert, California: Journal of Arid Environments, v. 27, p. 113-125.

Lancaster, N., and Tchakerian, V.P., 1996, Geomorphology and sediments of sand ramps in the Mojave Desert: Geomorphology, v. 17, p. 151-165.

Lancaster, N., Greeley, R., and Christensen, P.R., 1987, Dunes of the Gran Desierto sand-sea, Sonora, Mexico: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 12, p. 277-288.

Loeltz, O.J., Irelan, B., Robison, J.H., and Olmsted, F.H., 1975, Geohydrologic reconnaissance of the Imperial Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 486-K.

Love, J.D., and Christiansen, A.C., 1985, Geologic Map of Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey, scale 1:500,000.

Maker, H.J., Dregne, H.E., Link, V.G., and Anderson, J.U., 1978, Soils of New Mexico: Las Cruces, New Mexico State University Agricultural Experiment Station Research Report 285, 132 p.

Madole, R.F., 1982, Surficial Geologic Map of the Craig 1/2° x 1° Quadrangle, Moffat and Routt Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigation Series Map I-1346, scale 1:100,000.

Madole, R.F., 1991, Surficial Geologic Map of the Walden 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Jackson, Larimer, and Routt Counties, Colorado: Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1824, scale 1:100,000.

Marchand, D.E., and Allwardt, A., Late Cenozoic stratigraphic units, northeastern San Joaquin Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1470, 70 p.

Muhs, D.R., Bush, C.A., Cowherd, S.D., and Mahan, S., 1995, Geomorphic and geochemical evidence for the source of sand in the Algodones dunes, Colorado Desert, southeastern California, In "Desert Aeolian Processes" (V.P. Tchakerian, Ed.), Chapman and Hall, London, p. 37-74.

Muhs, D.R., Stafford, T.W., Jr., Cowherd, S.D., Mahan, S.A., Kihl, R., Maat, P.B., Bush, C.A., and Nehring J., 1996, Origin of the late Quaternary dune fields of northeastern Colorado: Geomorphology v. 17, p. 129-149.

Nielson, W., and Erickson, A.J., 1980, Soil survey of Navajo Indian Reservation, San Juan County, Utah: Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 119 p.

Norris, R.M., 1966, Barchan dunes of Imperial Valley, California: Journal of Geology, v. 74, p. 292-306.

Olmsted, F.H., Loeltz, O.J., and Irelan, B., 1973, Geohydrology of the Yuma area, Arizona and California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 486-H.

Ross, J.A., 1991, Geologic Map of Kansas: Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas Map M-23, scale 1:500,000.

Scott, G.R., 1968, Geologic and structure contour map of the La Junta quadrangle, Colorado and Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-560, scale 1:250,000.

Scott, G.R., 1978, Map Showing Geology, Structure and Oil and Gas Fields in the Sterling 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1092, scale 1:250,000.

Scott, G..R., Taylor, R.B., Epis, R.C., and Wobus, R.A., 1978, Geologic map of the Pueblo 1° x 2° quadrangle, south-central Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1022, scale 1:250,000.

Sharps, J.A., 1976, Geologic map of the Lamar quadrangle, Colorado and Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-944, scale 1:250,000.

Sharps, J.A., 1980, Geologic Map of the Limon 1° x 2° Quadrangle, Colorado and Kansas: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1250, scale 1:250,000.

Shelton, J.S., Papson, R.P., and Womer, M., 1978, Aerial guide to geological features of southern California. In R. Greeley, M.B. Womer, R.P. Papson, and P.D. Spudis (eds.) Aeolian Features of Southern California: A Comparative Planetary Geology Guidebook. Office of Planetary Geology, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C., p. 216-249.

Smith, R.S.U., 1982, Sand dunes in the North American deserts. In G.L. Bender (ed.) Reference Handbook on the Deserts of North America. Greenwood Press, Westport, Connecticut, p. 481-524.

Smith, R.S.U., 1984, Eolian geomorphology of the Devils Playground, Kelso dunes and Silurian Valley, California. In J.C. Dohrenwend (ed.) Surficial Geology of the Eastern Mojave Desert, California. Geological Society of America, 1984 Annual Meeting, Field Trip 14 Guidebook, p. 162-174.

Stott, L.H., 1977, Soil survey of Delta area, Utah: Washington, D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 77 p.

Strand, R.G., 1962, Geologic Map of California San Diego-El Centro sheet: California Division of Mines and Geology, Sacramento, California, scale 1:250,000.

Swinehart, J.B., 1990, Wind-blown Deposits In An atlas of the Sand Hills (A. Bleed and C. Flowerday, Eds.): Resource Atlas No. 5a, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, p. 43-56.

Swinehart, J.B., Dreeszen, V.H., Richmond, G.M., Tipton, M.J., Bretz, R., Steece, F.V., Hallberg, G.R., and Goebel, J.E., 1994, Quaternary geologic map of the Platte River 4° x 6° quadrangle, United States: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1420 (NK-14), scale 1: 1,000,000.

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U.S. Soil Conservation Service, unpublished STATSGO soil association map of Colorado.

U.S. Soil Conservation Service, unpublished STATSGO soil association map of Oklahoma.

Wahl, R.R., Sawyer, D.A., Minor, S.A., Carr, M.D., Cole, J.C., Swadley, W C, Laczniak, R.J., Warren, R.G., Green, K.S., and Engle, C.M., 1997, Digital geologic map database of the Nevada Test Site area, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 97-XX (CD ROM), 78 p., scale 1: 100,000.

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