Digital Database of Selected Aggregate and Related Resources in Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, and Owyhee Counties, Southwestern Idaho
Entry ID: USGS_OFR_2004_1067

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Summary
Abstract: The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) compiled a database of aggregate sites and geotechnical sample data for six counties - Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, and Owyhee - in southwest Idaho as part of a series of studies in support of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) planning process. Emphasis is placed on sand and gravel sites in deposits of the Boise River, Snake River, and other fluvial systems and in Neogene lacustrine deposits. Data were collected primarily from unpublished Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) records and BLM site descriptions, published Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) records, and USGS sampling data. The results of this study provides important information needed by land-use planners and resource managers, particularly in the BLM, to anticipate and plan for demand and development of sand and gravel and other mineral material resources on public lands in response to the urban growth in southwestern Idaho.

The aggregate database combines two data sets - site information and geotechnical sample data - into an integrated spatial database with 82 unique fields. The material source site data set includes information on 680 sites, and the geotechnical data set consists of selected information from 2,723 laboratory analyses of samples collected from many, but not all, of the sites. The 680 aggregate sites are divided into six classes: sand & gravel (614); rock quarry (43); cinder quarry (9); placer tailings (8); talus (4); and mine waste rock (2). Most importantly, the aggregate database includes detailed location information allowing individual sites to be located at least within a section and most often within a small parcel of a section. Additional information includes, but is not limited to: lithology-mineralogy or geologic formation (if known); surface ownership; size; production; permitting; agency; and number of samples. Geotechnical data include: lab number and test date; field parameters including sample location, type of material, and size; and the results of geotechnical analyses - gradation (grain size distribution), Los Angeles (LA) Degradation, sand equivalent, absorption, density, and several other tests. Ninety-five percent of the 2,723 geotechnical sample records include gradation data, and 72 percent of the samples have sand equivalent data. However, LA Degradation, absorption, and bulk density data are reported only in about 30 percent of the sample records.

Large volumes of geotechnical data reside in a variety of accessible but little-used archives maintained by local and county highway districts, state transportation bureaus, and federal engineering, construction and transportation agencies. Integration of good quality geotechnical lithogeochemical information, particularly in digital form suitable for geospatial analysis, can produce profoundly superior databases that may allow more accurate and reliable "expert" decision making and improved land use planning. The database that accompanies this report, structured for direct import into geographic information system (GIS) software, is the first step toward producing such an integrated geologic-geotechnical spatial database.

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Description: Digital database of selected aggregate and related resources in Ada, Boise,
Canyon, Elmore, Gem, and Owyhee counties, southwestern Idaho FGDC metadata.


Geographic Coverage
 N: 44.17547 S: 42.29952  E: -115.10053  W: -117.01154

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Moyle, P.R., Wallis, J.C., Bliss, J.D., and Bolm, K.S.
Dataset Title: Digital database of selected aggregate and related resources in Ada, Boise, Canyon, Elmore, Gem, and Owyhee counties, southwestern Idaho
Dataset Series Name: Open File Report 2004-1067
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: tabular digital data
Online Resource: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2004/1067/


Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1934-01-01
Stop Date: 2003-12-31


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > NORTH AMERICA > UNITED STATES OF AMERICA > IDAHO


Science Keywords
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >BOUNDARIES >ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >INFRASTRUCTURE >CULTURAL FEATURES    [Definition]
HUMAN DIMENSIONS >INFRASTRUCTURE >TRANSPORTATION    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >FLUVIAL LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >KARST LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
LAND SURFACE >GEOMORPHOLOGY >TECTONIC LANDFORMS/PROCESSES    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >AGE DETERMINATIONS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >BEDROCK LITHOLOGY    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >IGNEOUS ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >METAMORPHIC ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >MINERALS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >SEDIMENTARY ROCKS    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >ROCKS/MINERALS/CRYSTALS >SEDIMENTS    [Definition]


ISO Topic Category
BOUNDARIES
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
SOCIETY
TRANSPORTATION


Platform
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Access Constraints
None


Use Constraints
Anyone utilizing this data set shall clearly indicate its source. If the user
has modified these data in any way, he is obligated to describe the types of
modifications performed. User especially agrees not to misrepresent this data
set nor to imply that the changes made were approved by the U.S. Geological
Survey.


Keywords
OFR
Open File Report
GIS
Geographic Information Systems
gravel
sand
aggregate
rock
stone
cinder
talus
placer tailings
alluvial
fluvial
lacustrine
industrial mineral
rock quarry
rip rap
common borrow
decorative stone


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Originating Center
USGS


Data Center
Publications-Western Region,Geological Division, U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Department of the Interior    [Information]
Data Center URL: http://geopubs.wr.usgs.gov/

Data Center Personnel
Name: CAROLYN A. DONLIN
Phone: 650-329-5015
Fax: 650-329-5119
Email: cdonlin at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
U.S. Geological Survey
Geology Division
345 Middlefield Road
City: Menlo Park
Province or State: California
Postal Code: 94025
Country: USA



Distribution
Distribution_Media: Online
Distribution_Format: Excel, dbf
Fees: No fees


Personnel
PHILLIP R. MOYLE
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1-509-368-3109
Fax: 1-509-368-3199
Email: pmoyle at usgs.gov
Contact Address:
904 W. Riverside Ave.
City: Spokane
Province or State: WA
Postal Code: 99201
Country: USA



Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-12-21
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-09-04

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