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GECSC member Richard F. Madole

Richard F. Madole
Scientist Emeritus

E-mail: madole@usgs.gov

U.S. Geological Survey
Box 25046, MS 980
Denver, CO 80225

Education

1958:
A.B., Geology, Case-Western Reserve University
1960:
M.S., Geology/Soil Science, The Ohio State University
1963:
Ph.D., Geology, The Ohio State University

Professional Society Memberships

Professional Experience

1963-1965:
Exploration Geologist, Chevron, Standard of Texas Division
1965-1967:
Senior Geologist, Photogeomorphology Group, Texas Instruments
1967-1971:
Chairman, Department of Earth Science, Adrian College
1971-1972:
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Colorado
1972-1974:
Research Geologist & Visiting Professor Geologic Sciences, University of Colorado
1974-1997:
Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
1997-present:
Scientist Emeritus, U.S. Geological Survey

Current Research and Specialties

Current research is focused chiefly on documenting the history of water-table fluctuations in and near the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, San Luis Valley, Colorado, during late Pleistocene and Holocene time. Ground-water withdrawals and climate change are the primary threats to water resources in this area (Mast, 2007, U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2007-5147). Thus, knowing the frequency and magnitude of past, present, and potential future water-table fluctuations is important to agriculture (the principal economy), municipalities, and several government agencies. In addition, ground-water withdrawal here is of strategic importance to administration of the Rio Grande Compact, which assures availability of Rio Grande water to users farther downstream.

Scientific specialties include surficial geology, geomorphology, Quaternary stratigraphy and dating techniques, and the application of these disciplines to determining recurrence intervals of natural hazards, such as landslides, floods, droughts, paleoseismicity, and wildfires.

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