N.M. Geology magazine Studies Espanola Basin, June 28, 2001

SOCORRO, N.M., June 28, 2001 -- The newest issue of New Mexico Geology focuses on a geologic study of the depositional environments which make up the alluvial slopes found in a section on the east side of the Española Basin, about 25 miles directly north of Santa Fe.

"Alluvial-slope deposition of the Skull Ridge Member of the Tesuque Formation, Española Basin, New Mexico" details a study of the geologic setting of the sedimentary deposits which have formed along the western flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, a study which may eventually aid in basin analysis, delineation of rift-basin hydrocarbon reservoirs, and evaluating groundwater flow and contaminant transport in other areas in the western United States.

Another article in the periodical highlights several abstracts of award-winning research projects presented earlier this year at the 2001 New Mexico Science and Engineering Fair, which also were bestowed with "Excellence in Geoscience" awards from the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources (NMBGMR). Nearly 50 young scientists from middle and high schools throughout the state presented geoscience-related research projects at this year's science fair.

In addition, another article in New Mexico Geology's popular New Mexico State Park series describes the history and geology of the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, which is located just north of Carlsbad.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park, which was established in 1971 to preserve and display the wide variety of animals, plants, and natural environments found in the Chihuahuan Desert, currently offers several outdoor and indoor exhibits, a museum gift shop, information booth, restrooms, picnic tables and mineral displays. Camping, however, is not allowed within the confines of this particular state park.

New Mexico Geology is published quarterly by NMBGMR, a service division of New Mexico Tech. A subscription to the award-winning journal costs $10 per year or $18 for two years.
For more information about New Mexico Geology, or any other NMBGMR publications, write to the Bureau Publications Office, New Mexico Tech, 801 Leroy Place, Socorro, NM 87801, or call (505) 835-5410, or visit the Bureau's website at http://geoinfo.nmt.edu.