Digital geologic map of the Roswell Resource Area, New Mexico

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Title: Digital geologic map of the Roswell Resource Area, New Mexico
This geologic map was prepared for a report on the mineral and energy resource potential of the Roswell Resource Area that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (Bartsch-Winkler, 1992). Geologic map information was compiled, modified, and digitized at 1:500,000 scale from the New Mexico Highway Map (1982).
  1. How might this data set be cited?
    LaRock, Edward J., and Moore, Samuel L., 1992, Digital geologic map of the Roswell Resource Area, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-328, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado.

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  2. What geographic area does the data set cover?
    West_Bounding_Coordinate: -106.5
    East_Bounding_Coordinate: -103.0
    North_Bounding_Coordinate: 35.8
    South_Bounding_Coordinate: 33.0
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Does the data set describe conditions during a particular time period?
    Calendar_Date: 1992
    publication date
  5. What is the general form of this data set?
    Geospatial_Data_Presentation_Form: map
  6. How does the data set represent geographic features?
    1. How are geographic features stored in the data set?
      This is a vector data set.
    2. What coordinate system is used to represent geographic features?
  7. How does the data set describe geographic features?
    The Roswell BLM Resource Area geologic map data base (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Numerical value for map unit (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Range of values
    Abbreviated name of map unit (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    QalAlluvium and gravel, colluvium, loess, dune, pediment, and terrace deposits (Quaternary)
    QbBasalt flows (Quaternary)
    QtHigh-terrace gravel and pediment deposits (Quaternary)
    QTgIntermountain gravel of northern Tularosa Valley (Quaternary and Tertiary)
    ToOgallala Formation (Tertiary)
    TisAlkalic intrusive stocks and laccoliths (Tertiary)
    TvVolcanic flows, Sierra Blanca Igneous Complex, and dike swarms (Tertiary)
    TKcCub Mountain Formation (Tertiary and Cretaceous)
    KmmdMesaverde Formation, Mancos Shale, and Dakota(?) Sandstone (Cretaceous)
    KTRuCretaceous and Triassic, undifferentiated
    JmMorrison Formation (Jurassic)
    JeExeter Sandstone (Jurassic)
    JmeMorrison Formation and Exeter Sandstone, undivided
    TRcChinle Formation (Triassic)
    TRsSanta Rosa Sandstone (Triassic)
    TRcsChinle Formation and Santa Rosa Sandstone, undivided
    MzuMesozoic rocks--Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic rocks, undivided
    PdsDewey Lake, Rustler, and Salado Formations (Permian)
    PaArtesia Group (Permian)
    PsgSan Andres Formation and Glorieta Sandstone (Permian)
    PuPermian, undivided
    PuPennsylvanian rocks, undivided
    MCuMississippian through Cambrian rocks, undivided
    pCuPrecambrian rocks, undivided
    BALLStructure ball symbol
    unknown (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Range of values
    unknown (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Range of values
    Linear geologic features (No attribute definitions given) (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Geologic map units at specific locations (same attributes as polygon coverage RBLM.PAT) (Source: OFR-92-0328)
    Database that creates the sinkhole near Santa Rosa (No attribute definitions given) (Source: OFR-92-0328)

Who produced the data set?

  1. Who are the originators of the data set? (may include formal authors, digital compilers, and editors)
    • Edward J. LaRock
    • Samuel L. Moore
  2. Who also contributed to the data set?
  3. To whom should users address questions about the data?

Why was the data set created?

To provide to the public a digital geologic map of the Roswell resource area, New Mexico.

How was the data set created?

  1. From what previous works were the data drawn?
    Bartsch-Winkler (1992) (source 1 of 1)
    Bartsch-Winkler, Susan, ed., 1992, Mineral and energy resources of the BLM Roswell Resource Area, east-central New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 92-0261.

    Type_of_Source_Media: paper
    Source_Contribution: Digital geologic map was digitized information in this report.
  2. How were the data generated, processed, and modified?
    Date: unknown (process 1 of 2)
    Geologic data was transferred onto a 1:500,000-scale stable greenline base with a Lambert Conformal Conic projection and digitized from the greenline base using GSMAP 6 (Selner and Taylor, 1989). The digital line data was then transferred to ARC/INFO via GSMARC 1.0 (Green and Selner, 1988). Geologic polygons were built using ARC 5.0 to produce the final color geologic map for publication. Geologic data was modified from the New Mexico Highway Geologic Map (New Mexico Geological Society,1982) according to the following:
    Quaternary gravels in Carrizozo Valley were remapped as Quaternary and Tertiary intermountain gravels. Tertiary intrusive dikes contained in the Tertiary volcanic flows of the Sierra Blanca area on the southwest part of the Roswell area were omitted for simplicity. Near the west edge of the Tertiary volcanic flows, a Tertiary intrusive stock and an outcrop of associated Cretaceous sedimentary rocks were deleted, because they were not located during fieldwork by Moore. Subdivided Cretaceous units on the New Mexico Highway Map have been modified to include two units -- KTru, that includes the Pajarito Shale, Mesa Rica Sandstone, and Tucumcari Shale; and Kmmd, that includes the Redondo Sandstone, and the Mesaverde, Mancos, and Dakota Formations. In the northeastern corner of the Roswell geologic map, Ku represents only the Dakota Sandstone, and in the Ruidoso-Capitan area, Ku represents the undifferentiated Dakota, Mancos, and Mesaverde Formations. The San Andres Formation and the Glorieta Sandstone (Psg) crops out in the northwestern corner of the Roswell Resource Area. Abo, Hueco, Yeso, and Bursum Formations are undivided (Pu). The Bonito Fault in Lincoln County was not extended into the Capitan intrusive as indicated on the New Mexico Highway Map, and the southwestern extent of the Sixmile Buckle was omitted owing to lack of surface evidence. Most minor faults were deleted for simplicity, but a small fault cutting the Santa Rosa Sandstone was added along U.S. Highway 84 west of Santa Rosa.
    Date: 06-Sep-2000 (process 2 of 2)
    Creation of original metadata record Person who carried out this activity:
    Jennifer Lenz
    US Geological Survey
    12201 Surise Valley Drive, Mail Stop 918
    Reston, VA

    703-648-6974 (voice)
    703-648-6560 (FAX)
  3. What similar or related data should the user be aware of?

How reliable are the data; what problems remain in the data set?

  1. How well have the observations been checked?
  2. How accurate are the geographic locations?
  3. How accurate are the heights or depths?
  4. Where are the gaps in the data? What is missing?
  5. How consistent are the relationships among the observations, including topology?
    This geologic map was prepared for a report on the mineral and energy resource potential of the Roswell Resource Area that is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (Bartsch-Winkler, 1992). Geologic map information was compiled, modified, and digitized at 1:500,000 scale from the New Mexico Highway Map (1982).

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Are there legal restrictions on access or use of the data?
Access_Constraints: None
Use_Constraints: None
  1. Who distributes the data set? (Distributor 1 of 1)
    USGS Information Services
    Box 25286, Denver Federal Center
    Denver, Colorado

    1-888-ASK-USGS (voice)
    1-303-202-4695 (FAX)
  2. What's the catalog number I need to order this data set? USGS Open-File Report 92-328
  3. What legal disclaimers am I supposed to read?
    This report is preliminary and has not been reviewed for conformity with U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) editorial standard nor with the North American stratigraphic codes. Any use of trade, product, or firm names is for descriptive purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the USGS. Although these data have been used by the USGS and have been successfully imported into data base programs, no warranty, expressed or implied, is made by the USGS as to how successfully or accurately the data can be imported into any specific application software running on any specific hardware platform. The fact of distribution shall not constitute any such warranty, and no responsibility is assumed by the USGS in connection therewith.
  4. How can I download or order the data?

Who wrote the metadata?

Last modified: 23-Feb-2015
Metadata author:
Peter N Schweitzer
USGS Midwest Area
Collection manager, USGS Geoscience Data Clearinghouse,
Mail Stop 954
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr
Reston, VA

703-648-6533 (voice)
703-648-6252 (FAX)
Metadata standard:
Content for Digital Geospatial Metadata (FGDC-STD-001-1998)

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