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Energy resources and changing land use, Front Range of Colorado:  AAPG-EMD field trip guide, in association with the 2001 AAPG-EMD Annual Meeting 

Fishman, Neil S.1, and Roberts, Stephen B.1

Open-File Report 01-172
(On-Line Edition)

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     Over the past 30 years, communities in the Northern Front Range of Colorado have experienced tremendous urban and commercial growth rivaling or surpassing that in most other parts of the United States. Much of this growth coincides with areas underlain by critically needed natural resources (such as oil, natural gas, construction aggregate (stone, sand, and gravel), and water), thus presenting serious challenges for city, county, and state planners as well as producers of these natural resources. With projections for as much as a 51 percent increase in population in Colorado over the next 25 years (Colorado Department of Local Affairs, 2001), it is likely that these challenges will increase.

      This field trip will blend petroleum and coal geology with discussions of urban development to highlight the interplay between growth in the Front Range and energy resource production. On the trip we will also explore the effects of past production on land use. A total of 6 stops will be made in various locations around the Front Range area.

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