Fracture-controlled ground-water distribution adjacent to Los Esteros Reservoir, Guadalupe County, New Meixco
Jay Lazarus

Abstract:

The Triassic Santa Rosa Sandstone occurs at shallow depths over much of northeastern New Mexico. Approximately 11 km north of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, bitumen-impregnated Santa Rosa Sandstone is visible at the surface. These outcrops of bitumen-impregnated sandstone are known as the Santa Rosa tar sands. They were mined in the 1930's for an asphalt-like road material, but are not currently produced. In 1982 and 1983, an evaluation of the bitumen reserves was undertaken for SOLV-EX Corporation, on its Riley Ranch lease adjacent to Los Esteros Reservoir, an irrigation and flood-control reservoir (Fig. 1). As part of the resource-evaluation program, 18 exploratory core-holes were cased and used for geohydrologic evaluation of the lease. Data collected indicate that structure features modified by solution/collapse processes in the Santa Rosa region strongly influence ground-water distribution and occurrence.


Citation:

  1. Lazarus, Jay, 1985, Fracture-controlled ground-water distribution adjacent to Los Esteros Reservoir, Guadalupe County, New Meixco, in: Santa Rosa-Tucumcari region, Lucas S. G.; Zidek, J., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 36th Field Conference, pp. 325-329.

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