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Surficial Geologic Mapping in the Southwest


To provide geologic databases for understanding the potential long-term effects of urban development and land use in the Mojave Desert near Las Vegas.


The multi-purpose surficial geologic maps and databases produced by this project contain information that is being used for land-management decisions with regard to (1) ground-water availability, (2) natural hazard risks, such as earthquakes, landslides, and debris flows, (3) ecosystem sustainability, (4) effects of climate change, and (5) soil compaction.

Study Area:

Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah

Anticipated Uses:

Hazards (Landslides), Climate Change, Ecosystem Issues, Hazards (Earthquakes)


U.S. Department of the Interior, Arizona Geological Survey, California Geological Survey, California State Parks, Death Valley National Park (CA), Humboldt State University (CA), Mojave National Preserve (CA), Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Northern Arizona University, San Jose State University (CA), U.S. Army, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Department of Defense, Universite Paris, France, University of Nevada, Reno, Utah Geological Survey

Project Status:

Current NCGMP Funding

Project Duration:


Duration of NCGMP Funding:


Contact Information:

Project Chief: David M. Miller (Western Earth Surface Processes Team)
Phone: 650-329-4923

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