Energize New Mexico
National Science Foundation
The Sulphur Creek watershed, located on the western border of the Valles Caldera National Preserve (VCNP), New Mexico, is an example of a system with geothermally influenced surface waters that may impair confluent waters. The relationship among low pH, naturally occurring high concentrations of metals, and intermittent flow in Alamo Canyon (AC) and the Sulphur Creek watershed in the VCNP may be a contributing factor to the low diversity of algal assemblages in waters in AC that are fed by geothermal springs compared to algal assemblages located in downstream reaches of the Sulphur Creek watershed. This hydrologic connection is likely to influence the chemistry of downstream waters and the composition of algal communities.
Bixby, Rebecca. "Sulphur Creek Watershed Water Chemistry." (2017). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/energizenm/629