Boulder Creek: A stream ecosystem in an urban landscape
Published:January 01, 2010
Sheila F. Murphy, Philip L. Verplanck, Peter W. Birkeland, John Pitlick, Larry B. Barber, Sarah A. Spaulding, 2010. "Boulder Creek: A stream ecosystem in an urban landscape", Through the Generations, Lisa A. Morgan, Steven L. Quane
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The Boulder Creek Watershed, like many western watersheds, is composed of a high-gradient upper reach mostly fed by snowmelt, a substantial change in gradient at the range front, and an urban corridor within the lower section. Water from Boulder Creek provides many services, including drinking water, crop irrigation, power plant cooling, wastewater disposal, recreation, and aquatic life habitat. A multi-use path follows Boulder Creek through the city of Boulder, serving as a link to parks, schools, a hospital, a library, public transportation, and businesses, and provides the opportunity to observe many of the important uses and features of the...
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Through the Generations
The tradition of Rocky Mountain geology remains strong at all scales, spatially and temporally. This volume fosters that tradition with its collection of peer-reviewed papers associated with the 2010 GSA Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. Spatially, this volume discusses theories of continental mountain building events in tandem with microscopic observations and parts per billion trace element concentrations. Temporally, the volume covers geologic history from the Precambrian to modern issues of climate change and energy, groundwater contamination, geologic hazards, and landscape evolution. Many of the trips propose new interpretations of famous geologic ideas and environs such as Laramide deformation, the Colorado Mineral Belt, the Lewis and Clark Line, the Chalk Cliffs, and Garden of the Gods.