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Challenge theme 5: current and future needs of energy and mineral resources in the Borderlands and the effects of their development: Chapter 7 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science

Circular 1380-7

This report in Chapter 7 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science (CIR 1380)
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Abstract

Exploration and extraction activities related to energy and mineral resources in the Borderlands—such as coal-fired power plants, offshore drilling, and mining—can create issues that have potentially major economic and environmental implications. Resource assessments and development projects, environmental studies, and other related evaluations help to understand some of these issues, such as power plant emissions and the erosion/denudation of abandoned mine lands. Information from predictive modeling, monitoring, and environmental assessments are necessary to understand the full effects of energy and mineral exploration, development, and utilization. The exploitation of these resources can negatively affect human health and the environment, its natural resources, and its ecological services (air, water, soil, recreation, wildlife, etc.). This chapter describes the major energy and mineral issues of the Borderlands and how geologic frameworks, integrated interdisciplinary (geobiologic) investigations, and other related studies can address the anticipated increases in demands on natural resources in the region.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Challenge theme 5: current and future needs of energy and mineral resources in the Borderlands and the effects of their development: Chapter 7 in United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow’s challenges through USGS science
Series title:
Circular
Series number:
1380-7
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location:
Reston, VA
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Region
Description:
26 p.
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Larger Work Title:
United States--Mexican Borderlands--facing tomorrow�s challenges through USGS science (CIR 1380)
First page:
154
Last page:
179
Country:
United States;Mexico