The purpose of this map is to describe the geologic setting, structure, geologic hazards, and mineral and ground-water resources of this 7.5-minute quadrangle located to the northwest of Colorado Springs in central Colorado. Consulting geologists Jay Temple and Alan Busacca completed the field work on this project during the summer of 2008. Jay Temple was the principal mapper and author for this report, using maps and field notes generated by both investigators. The bedrock mapping and unit descriptions, structural geology, and water resource sections of this report were written by Mr. Temple. Dr. Busacca completed the mapping and sections of the report on surficial deposits and geologic hazards. Digital PDF/ZIP download. OF-09-02D
From the Author’s Notes:
The Divide 7.5-minute quadrangle is located in Teller County, Colorado, in the southern part of the Colorado Front Range. The mapped area is predominantly mountainous terrain that surrounds a rolling grassy hill region in the east-central part of the quadrangle where the town of Divide is located. The city of Colorado Springs (Census 2000 population of 360,890) is located approximately 28 miles southeast of the quadrangle. The town of Woodland Park (Census 2000 population of 6,515) is located 8 miles northeast of the quadrangle. U.S. Highway 24 transects the central part of the Divide quadrangle as the major east-west artery and connects the town of Divide with Woodland Park to the east and Florissant to the west. State Highway 67 connects the town of Divide with the mining town of Cripple Creek, 14 miles to the south.
The quadrangle lies within the South Platte River basin, which supplies a large share of water consumed by Denver and other cities to the north and east along the foothills of the Front Range. The highest point in the mapped area is an unnamed peak located in the extreme southeast part of the quadrangle in sec. 32 of T. 13 S., R. 69 W. (elevation 10,720 feet). The lowest point (elevation 8,580 feet) is in the west-central part of the quadrangle where U.S. Highway 24 joins the Lake George quadrangle.