Colorado Plateau - Member States
The Colorado Plateau is a physiographic region roughly centered on the Four Corners region of the Southwestern US: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
The geologic formations present in this area cover a timespan ranging from almost 2 billion years ago (Precambrian) to recent deposits. Since the plateau straddles 4 states, the respective geological surveys of those states contribute to the study and research of the geology of the plateau. These state organizations are partners on the RMCCS project:
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- The Arizona Geological Survey (http://www.azgs.az.gov/)
- The Colorado Geological Survey ( /Pages/CGSHome.aspx)
- The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (http://geoinfo.nmt.edu/about/home.html)
- The Utah Geological Survey (http://geology.utah.gov/)
- The University of Utah (http://www.utah.edu/)
Each of these participating agencies plays a major collaborative role in the local and regional characterization of the 3 most promising deep-saline geologic sequestration formations (the Entrada, Dakota and Weber Sandstones). All but the Weber sandstone are widespread in the Rocky Mountains and the Colorado Plateau. The RMCCS team will characterize the local and regional storage potential of these three formations using fundamental geological, geochemical, geophysical analyses as well as data from existing wells from all areas of the region. The team will interpret regional sequestration potential by calibrating regional analyses (models) with results from the focused case study of the Craig Power Station site.