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Profile surveys in the Colorado River basin in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico

Water Supply Paper 396

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Abstract

In connection with studies of the utilization of rivers the United States Geological Survey has from time to time made surveys and profiles of some of the more important streams of the country and published the results in its series of water-supply papers. In some parts of the country these surveys were made chiefly to determine the location of power sites on streams adapted to the development of power by low or medium heads of 20 to 100 feet; in others the purpose of the surveys was more closely related to the possibility of storing water at certain points and diverting it for use in irrigation.

The earlier surveys, such as those of Green River above Fontenelle, Wyo., made in 1909 (Pls. I-V) were of a reconnaissance type and as a rule show no contours along the banks. The later surveys are typified by that of the Gila in the vicinity of Cliff and Redrock, N. Mex., made in 1915 (Pls. XLI-XLIII) and show conditions in much greater detail. These later surveys were made by means of plane table and stadia. Elevations are based on heights derived from primary or precise levels of the United States Geological Survey. The maps are made in the field and show not only the outlines of river banks, the islands, the positions of rapids, falls, shoals, and existing dams, and the crossings of all ferries and roads, but the contours of banks to an elevation high enough to indicate the possibility of using the stream.

Additional publication details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Profile surveys in the Colorado River basin in Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico
Series title:
Water Supply Paper
Series number:
396
Year Published:
1917
Language:
English
Publisher:
Government Printing Office
Publisher location:
Washington, DC
Contributing office(s):
Utah Water Science Center
Description:
Report: 6 p.; Plates I - XV: up to 19.50 x 17.74 inches