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Geology of Denver, Colorado, United States of America

John E. Costa and Sally W. Bilodeau
Geology of Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists (August 1982) 19 (3): 261-314


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.

ISSN: 0004-5691
Coden: ENGEA9
Serial Title: Bulletin of the Association of Engineering Geologists
Serial Volume: 19
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Geology of Denver, Colorado, United States of America
Affiliation: Univ. Denver, Dep. Geogr., Denver, CO, United States
Pages: 261-314
Published: 198208
Text Language: English
Publisher: Association of Engineering Geologists, Dallas, TX, United States
References: 130
Accession Number: 1983-026142
Categories: Engineering geology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 10 tables, sketch maps, block diag.
N39°43'60" - N39°43'60", W104°58'60" - W104°58'60"
Secondary Affiliation: ESA Geotech. Consult., Fort Collins, CO, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1983
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