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FEDMAP Project Summary

Geologic Mapping in Support of Land, Resources and Hazards Issues in Alaska

Purpose:

To understand geologic hazards and available natural resources for constructing a proposed natural gas pipeline along the Alaska Highway corridor.

Description:

This cooperative effort with the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys is conducting reconnaissance geologic mapping as a first step in determining future detailed geologic mapping needs for a proposed transportation corridor in Alaska. If the gas reserves under Alaska's North Slope and adjacent Yukon Territory are to be developed and transported out of the area, it is critical to understand the geologic hazards, availability and proximity of construction materials, and knowledge of the engineering characteristics of the surficial deposits along the proposed high-pressure natural gas pipeline route. The potential geologic hazards include active faults, earthquakes, landslides, debris flows, snow avalanches, flooding, ice jams, and permafrost. The project's surficial engineering maps are critical for providing the necessary information.

Study Area:

Alaska

Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Hazards (Earthquakes), Resources (Aggregates)

Cooperators/Collaborators/Clients:

Alaska Department of Natural Resources/Division of Oil & Gas, Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities, Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys, Alaska Miners Association, British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines, and Petroleum Resources, Calista Corporation, Denali National Park & Preserve (AK), Geological Survey of Canada, Native Village of Tanacross (AK), U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S.D.A./ Forest Service, U.S. Minerals Management Service, U.S. National Park Service

Project Status:

Current NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:

1999-2006

Duration of NCGMP Funding:

1999-2006


Contact Information:

Project Chief: Paul E. Carrara (Central Earth Surface Processes Team)
E-mail: pcarrara@usgs.gov
Phone: 303-236-1287

Related Links:

Project Website: http://esp.cr.usgs.gov/research/tok/