Geology of Denver, Colorado, United States of America

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doi: 10.2113/gseegeosci.xix.3.261
Authors:Costa, John E.; Bilodeau, Sally W.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Univ. Denver, Dep. Geogr., Denver, CO, United States
ESA Geotech. Consult., Fort Collins, CO, United States
Volume Title:Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists
Source:Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists, 19(3), p.261-314. Publisher: Association of Engineering Geologists, Dallas, TX, United States. ISSN: 0004-5691
Publication Date:1982
Note:In English. 130 refs.; illus. incl. 10 tables, sketch maps, block diag.
Summary:Denver, known as the Mile High City, is the capital of the State of Colorado. The Denver area was originally occupied by American Indians at least 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Precambrian granites, metamorphosed igneous and sedimentary and volcanic rock form the mountains of the Front Range west of Denver. In some parts of the Denver area, bedrock appears at the surface and is covered by thin colluvium and residuum formed by in situ weathering. However, most of the bedrock is covered by alluvial and eolian deposits to depths as great as 100 ft (30 m); collapse-prone soils; lateral spreading, compressible soils; mass movements; foundation types; sand and coarse aggregate; clay; building stone; limestone, silica sand, gypsum, zeolites, organic soils; coal, uranium, oil, and gas; subsidence; landfills and methane gas; clay and coal mine subsidence; rising water tables; flooding; seismicity; water supply; wastewater disposal; solid waste disposal; hazardous waste; radioactive spoils; use of underground space; engineering geologic practice in Denver.—Modified journal abstract.
Subjects:Climate; Construction; Construction materials; Dimension stone; Earthquakes; Engineering geology; Exploration; Field studies; Foundations; Land subsidence; Reservoirs; Seismicity; Soils; Spoils; Testing; Underground installations; Waste disposal; Adams County Colorado; Arapahoe County Colorado; Colorado; Denver Basin; Denver Colorado; Denver County Colorado; Douglas County Colorado; Jefferson County Colorado; South Platte River; United States; Cherry Creek; Colorado Piedmont
Coordinates:N394400 N394400 W1045900 W1045900
Record ID:1983026142
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2018 American Geosciences Institute.
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