Geoscience for Colorado
The Colorado Geological Survey (CGS) is a state government agency situated within the Colorado School of Mines. We provide a wide range of science-driven services—this website being one—bringing the best of Colorado geoscience to the public.
To help reduce the impact of geologic hazards on the citizens of Colorado; to promote responsible economic development of mineral and energy resources; to provide geologic insight into water resources; and to proffer sound geologic advice and information to a variety of constituencies.
ON-010 Colorado Groundwater Atlas
Groundwater—as a critical natural resource for Colorado—is the focus of this informative and data-rich online publication from the CGS. Building on our previous award-winning Ground Water Atlas of Colorado, it features a wide range of easily accessible data from a variety of sources.ON-010
ON-007-01 Colorado Aggregate Resources Map
This interactive map includes the digital versions of our sand, gravel, and quarry aggregate publications for most of the Front Range counties, Garfield County, and includes a statewide map of older quarry locations. Locations and resource ratings of these deposits are included to assist with land use planning and resource development in the Front Range and beyond.ON-007-01
Points of Geologic Interest
Given the spectacular geology that graces our state, we are happy to report that our new POGI map is now live! Check it out and let us know if you have any questions or additions!Learn More
Case in point ::
Landslide Case Study
2015 West Salt Creek
On May 25, 2014 the longest landslide in Colorado’s historical record occurred in west-central Colorado, taking the lives of three local men.
Case in point ::
Rockfall Case Study
Manitou Springs occupies a narrow valley where Fountain Creek emerges from the foothills northeast of Pikes Peak and west of Colorado Springs. The valley slopes are composed of interbedded resistant sandstone and conglomerates (i.e., gravelly sandstone), and weaker mudstones and shale.
Case in point ::
Land Use Case Study
Landslides in Colorado Springs
The city of Colorado Springs lies at the boundary between the Great Plains and the Front Range of the southern Rocky Mountains. Western sections of the city are underlain by weak claystones and shales that are prone to landslides.
Latest Reports & Featured Topics
Exploring the seismic history of Colorado ::
MI-97 Paleoseismic Investigation of the Cheraw Fault, Colorado: Trenching Investigations at Haswell, and LiDAR-based Mapping of the Fault Scarp
Tracking the mineral resources of Colorado ::
IS-82 Colorado Mineral and Energy Industry Activities 2018-2019: Graphs and maps of current and historic oil, gas, and other commodity production statistics.
Newest Miscellaneous Investigation (MI-) Series
MI-98 Catastrophic Glacial Outburst Floods on the Upper Arkansas River, Colorado
This publication from Mines Geology Professor Emeritus Keenan Lee is an in-depth exploration that illustrates one facet of the dramatic sweep of Colorado’s glacial past. With their high altitude, the central Rockies of Colorado saw numerous waves of intense glaciation, giving broad form to the mountains we see today. In particular, the Sawatch Range, with its Collegiate Peaks area to the west of the Upper Arkansas River valley was the site of glaciation several times in the last 700,000 years. Glacial terrains often feature dramatic ice- and land-forms. Lesser known are the occasional catastrophic events — also known as jökulhlaups — as are detailed in this report.
Check out the >RockTalk< blog for the latest news on the CGS and Colorado geoscience ::
- The Snowy TorrentsHere in Colorado, avalanche season is not over yet, and it’s been another deadly one with 26 fatalities so far […]
- Re-introducing: Historic Metal Mining DistrictsAs the reconstruction of our website continues, we recently redeployed a popular package of information that was compiled and made […]
- Seismometer installed on campusMines students partner with the CGS to install seismometer on campus Colorado School of Mines geophysics students enrolled in Assistant Professor Ebru Bozdag’s […]
- Recent STATEMAP quadranglesThe CGS actively participates in the STATEMAP portion of the US Geological Survey’s National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program (NCGMP), a […]
- Field SafetyIt’s field mapping time, and much of our staff are out in several different areas of the state, doing field work. A majority of the field work is part of the STATEMAP program—preparing geologic maps of particular quadrangles for the US Geological Survey sponsors of that nation-wide program.
- Colorado Scientific Society lecture onlineTITLE: Historic Avalanches in Hinsdale County, Colorado: Impacts to Lake City, old mining dams, and new evidence for the association […]
SP-43 A Guide to Swelling Soils for Colorado Homebuyers and Homeowners
SP-44 Geologic Excursions to the Rocky Mountain and Beyond, Field Trip Guidebook for the 1996 GSA Annual Meeting, Denver
SP-52 Messages in Stone: Colorado’s Colorful Geology (2nd Edition)
MI-66 Colorado Rockfall Simulation Program, Version 4.0