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Geologic applications of ERTS images on the Colorado Plateau, ArizonaThree areas in central and northern Arizona centered on the (1) Verde Valley, (2) Coconino Plateau, and (3) Shivwits Plateau were studied using ERTS photography. Useful applications results include: (1) upgrading of the existing state geologic map of the Verde Valley region; (2) detection of long NW trending lineaments in the basalt cap SE of Flagstaff which may be favorable locations for drilling for new water supplies; (3) tracing of the Bright Angel and Butte faults to twice their previously known length and correlating the extensions with modern seismic events, showing these faults to be present-day earthquake hazards; (4) discovering and successfully drilling perched sandstone aquifers in the Kaibab Limestone on the Coconino Plateau; and (5) determining the relationship between the Shivwits lavas and the formation of the lower Grand Canyon and showing that the lavas should be an excellent aquifer, as yet untapped.
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Goetz, A. F. H.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Billingsley, F. C.
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Elston, D. P.
(Geological Survey Flagstaff, Ariz., United States)
Lucchitta, I.
(Geological survey Flagstaff, Ariz., United States)
Shoemaker, E. M.
(Calif. Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, United States)
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August 7, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1974
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Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center 3d ERTS-1 Symp., Vol. 1, Sect. A
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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