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Austin : The Lay of the Land

compiled by Dennis Trombatore, revised 2/2002, revised 4/2011

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General Geology
Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, and Water Quality
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Geology plays a large role in the history and the future of Austin. The following publications explain and describe the natural features of the environment in Austin and Travis County. This guide includes complete documents found in the Walter Geology Library, not articles in journals or conference papers.

Two guidebooks to get you started:

Guide to Points of Geologic Interest in Austin. 1976
Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 16
QE 167 T4245 No.16 Geology Library

Guidebook to the Geology of Travis County. 1977
UT Student Geological Society. (A Comprehensive Overview).
QE 168 T729 T494 1977 Geology Library


Agencies

Austin Geological Society
Austin History Center
Bureau of Economic Geology
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
Texas Water Science Center : Water Resources of Texas
TNRIS. Texas Natural Resource Information System, part of the Texas Water Development Board.


General Geology

Austin, Texas, and Beyond--Geology and Environment: A Field Excursion in Memory of L. Edwin Garner. 2001.
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 21
QE 168 A97 W66 2001 Geology Library

Cretaceous Cyclic Platform Carbonates of Central Texas. 1996
30th South-Central GSA Meeting Guidebook, Fieldtrip #3
QE 471.15 C3 C748 1996 Geology Library

Down to Earth at Mckinney Falls State Park, Texas. 1997
Raney, Jay A. Bureau of Economic Geology.
QE 167 D69 1997 Geology Library

Environmental Geology of the Austin Area. 1976
Bureau of Economic Geology, Report of Investigations 86
QE 167 T42 No.86 Geology Library

Geology of the Llano Region and Austin Area. 1972
Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 13
QE 167 T4245 No.13 Geology Library

Guide to Points of Geologic Interest in Austin. 1976
Bureau of Economic Geology, Guidebook 16
QE 167 T4245 No.16 Geology Library

Guidebook to the Geology of Travis County. 1977
UT Student Geological Society. (A Comprehensive Overview).
QE 168 T729 T494 1977 Geology Library

Guidebook to the Cretaceous and Tertiary Sediments of the Austin Area. 1983
UT Student Geological Society
QE 685 G854 1983 Geology Library

Land Capability in the Lake Travis Vicinity, Texas. 1975
Bureau of Economic Geology, Report of Investigations 84
QE 167 T42 No.84 Geology Library

Zilker Park Walking tour Guidebook: A Recreational Visit to the Edwards Limestone. 1994
GCAGS Meeting Guidebook, Walker, J.L. and Knox, P.R. 1994
QE 79.5 G95 1994b Geology Library


Ancient Volcanoes

Cretaceous Volcanism in the Austin Area, Texas. 1982
Field trip guidebook (Austin Geological Society (Tex.)) ; 4.
QE 685 Y6 1982 Geology Library

Igneous Rocks of the Balcones Fault Region of Texas. 1927
University of Texas Bulletin 2744
QE 167 U558 No.2744

Volcanic features of the Austin Area, Texas. 2007
Field trip guidebook (Austin Geological Society (Tex.)) ; 26.
QE 524.2 U6 C37 2007


Balcones Fault Zone

Balcones Escarpment. 1986
A Guidebook for the 1986 San Antonio Meeting of the Geological Society of America
QE 167 B352 1986 Geology Library

Faults and Fractures in the Balcones Fault Zone, Austin Region, Central Texas. 1990
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 13
QE 606.5 U6 F38 1990 Geology Library


Barton Springs, the Edwards Aquifer, & Water Quality

Barton Springs Eternal. 1993
Hill Country Foundation
F 394 A9 B37 1993 Geology Library

Edwards Aquifer -- Water Quality and Land Development in the Austin Area, Texas. 1994
Gcags Meeting Guidebook, Johns, D.A. and Woodruff, C.M.1994
QE 79.5 G95 1994a Geology Library

Evaluation of Water-Quality Data and Monitoring Program for Lake Travis, Near Austin, Texas. 1997
USGS Water Resources Investigations 97-4257
GB 701 W375 97-4257

Evaluation of Water Resources in Bell, Burnet, Travis, Williamson and Parts of Adjacent Counties, Texas. 1991
Texas Water Development Board Report 326
TD 224 T4 A333 No.326 Geology Library

Geohydrology of the Edwards Aquifer in the Austin Area, Texas. 1986
Texas Water Development Board Report 293
TD 224 T4 A333 No.293 Geology Library

Hydrogeology of the Edwards Aquifer, Austin Area, Central Texas. 1984
Bureau of Economic Geology Report of Investigations 141
QE 167 T42 No.141 Geology Library

Hydrogeology of the Edwards Aquifer - Barton Springs Segment. 1984
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 6
GB 1198.3 G4 H93 1984 Geology Library

Hydrogeology of the Edwards Aquifer - Northern Segment. 1985
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 8
GB 1025 T4 E382 Geology Library

Occurrence, Availability, and Quality of Ground Water in Travis County Texas. 1983
Texas Water Development Board Report 276
TD 224 T4 A333 No.276 Geology Library

Recent (2003-05) water quality of Barton Springs, Austin, Texas, with emphasis on factors affecting variability. 2006
USGS Scientific investigations report 2006-5299
GB 701 W376 2006-5299 Geology Library

Relations Between Urbanization and Water Quality of Streams in the Austin Area, Texas. 1991
USGS Water Resources Investigations 90-4107
GB 701 W375 90-4107 Geology Library

Source and Distribution of Hydrocarbons in the Gaines Creek Watershed, Austin, Texas. 1996. M.R. Harren, Ma Thesis
THESIS 1996 H235 Geology Library

Updated Evaluation for the Williamson, Burnet, and Northern Travis Counties Priority Groundwater Management Study Area.
Texas Commission On Environmental Quality Report
TD 224 T4 B467 2005 Geology Library

Water Quality Issues for Barton Creek and Barton Springs
Austin Geological Society Guidebook Fall 1991
TD 224 T4 W3212 1991 Geology Library


Floods

Flood of May 24-25, 1981, in the Austin, TX. Metropolitan Area. 1982
USGS Hydrologic Atlas 656 2 Sheets On Aerial Photo Base Map
Map USGS Ha-656 Tobin Map Collection, Geology Library (USGS File Cabinets)

The Austin, Texas, Flood of May 24-25, 1981. 1982
Report of the National Academy of Sciences Committee On Natural Disasters
TC 424 A88 Geology Library

Field Trip: Urban Flooding and Slope Stability in Austin, Texas. 1973
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 1
GB 1225 T4 A88 Geology Library

Floods in Central Texas, December 1991. 1996
USGS Water Resources investigation 95-4289
GB 701 W375 95-4289 Geology Library

Peak Flow Frequency and Extreme Flood Potential for Streams in the Vicinity of the Highland Lakes, Central Texas. 1996
USGS Water Resources investigation 96-4072
GB 701 W375 96-4072 Geology Library

Special Flood Hazard information Report: Barton Creek, Austin, Texas. 1969
-Q- TC 530 U538 1969 Geology Library


Maps

Geologic map of the Austin west quadrangle, Travis County, Texas. 1970
Geologic quadrangle map (University of Texas. Bureau of Economic Geology) ; no. 38. BEG Map GQ-38
G 4031 C5 T4 GQ38 Geology Library Maps
Scale 1:24,000. Includes text. Shows: Austin West of Shoal Creek.

Austin East quadrangle, Texas--Travis Co., 1988 : 7.5 minute series (topographic)
Geological Survey (U.S.)
MAPS TOPO TX AUSTIN EAST 1988
Austin East(1966) & Austin West (1988) topographic Map Sheets.
Surface Feature Maps of the Austin Area, 2 Sheets, Scale 1:24,000
Tobin Map Collection, Geology Library and Pcl Map Collection (Texas topo Map Drawers)

Austin Texas Eco-Location Map (1995).
Flood Plain, Species Habitat, Vegetation, School Districts, Aquifer Zones. Scale: 1 inch:1.25 Miles.
G 4034 A9 G3 1995 H5 Geology Library Maps

Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone Maps - Barton Creek Watershed and Austin Area. 1986
Tobin Map Collection, Geology Library (Texas Map Cases, North Wall)

Geologic Atlas of Texas - Austin Sheet. 1981
Geologic Map Plus Text, Scale 1:250,000
Tobin Map Collection, Geology Library (File Cabinets, West Wall)

Geologic Map of the Southeast Part of the Austin, Texas, 30 X 60 Minute Quadrangle: Central Texas Population Corridor Encompassing Bastrop and Smithville.
Bureau of Economic Geology Miscellaneous Map No.47.


Rocks and Fossils

A Field Guide to Fossils of Texas. 2nd Ed. 1996
QE 747 T44 F56 1996 Geology Library

Gem Trails of Texas. 7th Ed., 1987
TN 981 T4 M5 1987 Geology Library

Rock Hunting in Texas: Where to Go and What to Look for. 1986
QE 445 T4 G76 1986

Southwestern Quadrant (Earth Treasures, V.4) 1987
QE 375 E27 1987 V.4 Geology Library

Texas Fossils: An Amateur Collector's Handbook. 1960
Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 2
QE 167 T4245 No.2 Geology Library

Texas Rocks and Minerals: An Amateur's Guide. 1964
Bureau of Economic Geology Guidebook 6
QE 167 T4245 No.6 Geology Library


Soils

Soil Survey of Travis County, Texas. 1974
Soil Profiles and Descriptions Plotted On Aerial Photo Base Map
S 591 A22 Texas Travis Co. 1974 Geology Library (Consult Utcat for Other Locations)
--See Also Environmental Geology of Austin

Soils, Landforms, Hydrologic Processes, and Land-Use Issues -- Glen Rose Limestone Terrains, Barton Creek Watershed, Travis County, Texas. 1993
S. I P. E. S. Dec. 1992 Fieldtrip
QE 168 T7 S656 1993 Geology Library


Urban Geology

Cityscape: Geology, Construction Materials, and Environment in Austin, Texas. 1986
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 9
QE 168 A9 C589 1986 Geology Library

Congress Avenue, Austin, Texas: Lessons in Economic Geology, Architecture and History. 1988 Austin Geological Society Guidebook 12
F 394 A9 C564 1988 Geology Library (Consult Utcat for Other Locations)
--See Also Environmental Geology of Austin, Above.

Geologic formations in Austin, Texas: their Capabilities and Response to Specific Urban Activities
White, William Allen
Uncat Report White Geology Library

Hydrologic Data for Urban Studies in the Austin, Texas Metropolitan Area. Us Geological Survey. Available From 1976 Through 1986.
GB 1225 T4 A888

Relation Betwen Urbanization and Water Quality of Streams in the Austin Area, Texas.
USGS Water-Resources Investigations 90-4107
GB 701 W375 90-4107 Geology Library

Rocks, Resources, and Recollections: A Geologic tour of the "forty Acres"--the University of Texas At Austin Campus. 1999
Austin Geological Society Guidebook 19
LD 5333 R634 1999 Geology Library

Urban Hydrology and Other Environmental Aspects of the Austin Area. 1979
Austin Geological Society Field-Trip Guidebook, 1979
GB 705 T4 G376 Geology Library

Urban Hydrology of Austin, Texas: Some Halloween Tricks and Treats. 2009
Austin Geological Society Field Trip Guidebook 31, 2009
GB 1025 T4 U73 2009 Geology Library

Urban Karst: Geologic Excursions in Travis and Williamson Counties, Texas. 1996
Austin Geological Society Field-Trip Guidebook 16, 1996
GB 600.3 T4 U722 1996 Geology Library.

Water Chemistry of Shoal Creek and Waller Creek, Austin, Texas, and Potential Sources of Nitrate. 1996
USGS Water Resources Investigation 96-4167
GB 701 W375 96-4167 Geology Library.

Water in the urban environment : selected examples in Austin, Texas : field trip guidebook. 2013
Geological Society of America. South-Central Section, Field Trip Guidebook.
GB 1025 T4 W38 2013 Geology Library.


Databases:

To find more in-depth coverage of journal articles, graduate research done on other campuses, conference proceedings, etc., not listed here:

GeoRef. Online access restricted to UT faculty, staff, and students.

Bibliography and Index of Texas Geology
Covers Texas geology up to 1985. Comprehensive.
Geology Library Reference

Bibliography and Index of Geology
Under several titles, covers the geological literature of North America since 1785, and the world since 1933. Best replacement for the Texas bibliography for publications since 1985.

Other databases available to UT students, faculty and staff on the web at Databases : Geological Sciences


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