Summary Report for the El Paso, Texas STATEMAP Project, 1996

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1996

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The El Paso STATEMAP project has focused on mapping the El Paso/Rio Grande Border area in far west Texas. Geologic mapping is critical in this area because of the pressures of development, exploitation of natural resources, and degradation of the environment by increased industrialization. In addition, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is stimulating additional growth in this area. El Paso is growing rapidly northward along the flanks of the Franklin Mountains and eastward along the Rio Grande valley, the valley border margins, and the Hueco Bolson floor paralleling Interstate Highway 10 and U.S. Highway 62/184. Much of the land north of U.S. Highway 62/184 is Fort Bliss military land and, thus, unavailable for urbanization.

This third and final year of 1:24,000-scale geologic mapping of the El Paso, Texas, region resulted in the completion of 11 quadrangles. The completed Canutillo and Smeltertown quadrangles cover an area that extends westward from the west part of the Franklin Mountains to the Rio Grande. The Padre Canyon, TP Well, and Whiterock Hills quadrangles encompass the south edge and foothills of the Hueco Mountains and the northeast margins of the basin floor. The Isla, Tornillo, Fort Hancock NW, Acala, McNary, and Esperanza quadrangles contain the basin floor and Rio Grande valley and valley border.

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