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GECSC member Richard F. Madole

Richard F. Madole
Scientist Emeritus


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


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

Professional Society Memberships

Professional Experience

Exploration Geologist, Chevron, Standard of Texas Division
Senior Geologist, Photogeomorphology Group, Texas Instruments
Chairman, Department of Earth Science, Adrian College
NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Colorado
Research Geologist & Visiting Professor Geologic Sciences, University of Colorado
Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey
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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