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Simulation of mine drainage for preliminary development of oil shale and associated minerals, Piceance basin, northwestern Colorado

Water-Resources Investigations Report 86-4011

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Abstract

The Piceance basin of northwestern Colorado contains large resources of oil shale, nahcolite, and dawsonite. Development of these minerals will require drainage of water from mines. A six-layer hydrologic model of the basin was prepared to simulate mine drainage for mineral development. Streams and major tributaries were simulated as head-dependent nodes. Stream nodes were gaining or losing, but the rate of loss was constrained by the leakance of the streambed and the stream stage. Springs also were simulated as head-dependent nodes that stop flowing if the aquifer head declines below the spring orifice. (USGS)

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Simulation of mine drainage for preliminary development of oil shale and associated minerals, Piceance basin, northwestern Colorado
Series title:
Water-Resources Investigations Report
Series number:
86-4011
Edition:
-
Year Published:
1986
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey,
Description:
iv, 25 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm. 1 over-size sheet