4 Optional Online Resources – Arizona Geological Survey
Select Geologic Resources for GLG101IN, assembled by Michael Conway, PhD, Arizona Geological Survey (AZGS).
Numerous geologic maps and geohazard maps exist online for Tucson Basin and Santa Catalina Mountains and environs, too.
Online Geologic Map of Arizona
Exhuming the Remains of the Inactive Mountain-Front Pirate Fault, Santa Catalina Mountains, Southeastern Arizona
Geologic Evaluation of the Tucson Basin for Carbon Dioxide Sequestration Potential v. 1.0
Arizona is Earthquake Country – 44 p.
Mapping of Holocene River Alluvium along the San Pedro River, Aravaipa Creek, and Babocomari River, Southeastern Arizona
Homeowners Online Guide to Geologic Hazards in Arizona
A Variety of Topics: Earthquakes, Floods, Debris Flows, Radon, Land Subsidence and Earth Fissures and more
Geology and geological hazards field trip of Sabino Canyon: results of the July 2006 storms
A Field Trip Guide To Sabino Canyon and the Mount Lemmon Highway – Report
A Guide to the Geology of Catalina State Park and the Western Santa Catalina Mountains – 57 p.
Arizona Geology Articles (selected from more than 160 articles published over 40 years)
Tracking Arizona’s Ancient Landscapes (PDF, approx. 3.75 GB)
Catastrophic Natural Disasters in Arizona? (PDF, approx. 3.5 GB)
Volcanic History of Arizona (PDF, approx. 1.6 GB)
Geologic History of the South Mountains (PDF, approx. 1.9 GB)
Windows of the Past: Fossils of the San Pedro Valley (PDF, approx. 1.8 GB)
Archives of the Arizona Geology Newsletter.
See the AZGS YouTube channel for some excellent, short videos on historical seismicity in Arizona. All told the eight earthquake videos have been viewed over 10,000 times. Example: Earthquakes in Arizona: 1852-2011 – time-lapse video.
Other AZGS Publications at the AZGS Document Repository
McKittrick, M.A., 1988, Surficial geologic maps of the Tucson metropolitan area [Avra, Brown Mountain, Cat Mountain, Jaynes, Marana, Mt. Lemmon, Oro Valley, Ruelas Canyon, Sabino Canyon, Tucson, Tucson East, and Tucson North 7.5 min]: Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 88-18, 6 p., 12 sheets, scale 1:24,000.
Jackson, G.W., 1989, Surficial geologic maps of the northeastern, southeastern, and southwestern portions of the Tucson metropolitan area [Agua Caliente Hill, Tanque Verde Peak, Vail, Tucson SE, Tucson SW, San Xavier Mission, and San Xavier Mission SW 7.5 min]: Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 89-02, 6 p., 7 sheets, scale 1:24,000.
Klawon, J.E., Dickinson, W.R., and Pearthree, P.A., 1999, Surficial geology and geologic hazards of the northern Tucson Basin, Pima County, Arizona [Tucson North and Sabino Canyon 7.5 min]: Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-21, 28 p., 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000.
Pearthree, P.A., and Biggs, T.H., 1999, Surficial geology and geologic hazards of the Tucson Mountains, Pima County, Arizona [Avra, Brown Mountain, Cat Mountain, and Jaynes 7.5 min]: Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-22, 19 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:24,000.
Pearthree, P.A., and Youberg, Ann, 2000, Surficial geologic maps and geologic hazards of the Green Valley – Sahuarita area, Pima County, Arizona [Sahuarita, Green Valley, Esperanza Mill, and Twin Buttes 7.5 min]: Arizona Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-13, 21 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:24,000 [now available as Arizona Geological Survey Digital Geologic Map Series DGM-03]
Most of these documents are available as PDF or SID downloads from USGS Publications Warehouse. The Papago documents are probably some of the earliest scientific studies of water in the area.
Aldridge, B.N. and Eychaner, J.H., 1984, Floods of October 1977 in southern Arizona and March 1978 in central Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 2223, scale 1:63000.
Davidson, E.S., 1973, Geohydrologic and water resources of the Tucson basin, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 1939-E, scale 1:62500.
Hanson, R.T., 1989, Aquifer-system compaction, Tucson basin and Avra Valley, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 88-4172, scale 1:72700.
Moore, B.N., Tolman, C.F., Butler, B.S., and Hernon, R.M., 1949, Geology of the Tucson quadrangle, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report OF-49-1, scale 1:100000.
Anderson, S.R., 1987, Cenozoic stratigraphy and geologic history of the Tucson basin, Pima County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Resources Investigations Report 87-4190, scale 1:254000.
Anderson, S.R., 1988, Potential for aquifer compaction, land subsidence, and earth fissures in the Tucson basin, Pima County, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Hydrologic Investigations Atlas HA-713, scale 1:250000.
Brown, S.G., 1976, Components of the water budget in the Tucson area, Arizona, 1970-72: U.S. Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-844-M, scale 1:250000.
Bryan, Kirk, 1922, Routes to desert watering places in the Papago country, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 490-D, scale 1:250000.
Bryan, Kirk, 1925, The Papago country, Arizona, a geographic, geologic, and hydrologic reconnaissance with a guide to desert watering places: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 499, scale 1:250000.
Burkham, D.E., 1970, Depletion of streamflow by infiltration in the main channels of the Tucson basin: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 1939-B, scale 1:250000.
Cooley, M.E., 1973, Map showing distribution and thickness of alluvial deposits in the Tucson area, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-844-C, scale 1:250000.
De La Torre, A.C., 1970, Streamflow in the upper Santa Cruz River basin, Santa Cruz and Pima Counties, Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Water-Supply Paper 1939-A, scale 1:250000.
Dickinson, W.R., 1992, Geologic map of Catalina core complex and San Pedro trough, Pima, Pinal, Gila, Graham, and Cochise Counties, Arizona: Arizona Geological Survey, Contributed Map CM-92-C, scale 1:125000.
Drewes, Harald, 1980, Tectonic map of southeast Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map I-1109, scale 1:125000.