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FEDMAP Project Summary

Basins and Landscape Co-evolution (BALANCE): an integrated geologic and geomorphic approach to understanding earth-science processes related to ground water, geologic hazards, and ecosystems

Purpose:

To understand the earth-surface processes related to ground water, geologic hazards, and ecosystems in southern California.

Description:

The modern landscape of southern California is the product of complex interactions between tectonic and climatic influences. This project is using geologic mapping that is integrated with landscape studies to investigate the geology, geomorphic history, and tectonic evolution of the mountain ranges, mountain fronts, and valleys in the region to improve understanding of landscape evolution as it bears on ground-water resources, geologic hazards, and ecosystem structure and health.

Study Area:

California

Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Ecosystem Issues, Hazards (Earthquakes), Resources (Water)

Cooperators/Collaborators/Clients:

Joshua Tree National Park Association (CA), Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms (CA), Mojave Water Agency (CA), San Bernardino National Forest (CA), San Bernardino Valley Municipal Water District (CA), U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Project Status:

Current NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:

2004-2010

Duration of NCGMP Funding:

2004-2006


Contact Information:

Project Chief: Jonathan C. Matti (Western Earth Surface Processes Team)
E-mail: jmatti@usgs.gov
Phone: 520-670-5577

 

 
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