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Basins of the Rio Grande rift

Basins of the Rio Grande rift

structure, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting

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Published by Geological Society of America in Boulder, Colo .
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  • Southwest, New.
    • Subjects:
    • Basins (Geology) -- Southwest, New.,
    • Geology, Stratigraphic -- Cenozoic.,
    • Geology, Structural -- Southwest, New.

    • Edition Notes

      Includes bibliographical references and index.

      Statementedited by G. Randy Keller and Steven M. Cather.
      SeriesSpecial paper ;, 291, Special papers (Geological Society of America) ;, 291.
      ContributionsKeller, G. Randy 1946-, Cather, Steven M.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsQE627.5.S84 B37 1994
      The Physical Object
      Paginationiv, 304 p. :
      Number of Pages304
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL1096993M
      ISBN 100813722918
      LC Control Number94021616

        The Rio Grande Rift is an arm of the Basin and Range Province extending across westernmost Texas, New Mexico, and southern Colorado. Earthquakes, fault-block mountains, and volcanism at Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Bandelier and White Sands national monuments are consequences of the ongoing continental rifting.   The Rio Grande in the United States, also known as the Río Bravo, travels 1, miles (3, km), and the fourth longest river system in the United States. The Rio Grande rises in high mountains and flows for much of its length at high elevation. In New Mexico, the river flows through the Rio Grande Rift from one sediment-filled basin to another, cutting canyons between the basins and.

      The Rio Grande rift was largely overlooked as a major continental rift until the 's. Geologists in the United States were preoccupied with the much larger Basin and Range province and with the southern Rocky Mountains. The Albuquerque Basin (or Middle Rio Grande Basin) is one of the largest and deepest of the structural basins in the Rio Grande contains the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico.. Geologically, the Albuquerque Basin is a half-graben that slopes down towards the east to terminate on the Sandia and Manzano mountains. It has a semi-arid climate, with large areas that count as desert.

      For the middle Rio Grande part of the rift the shift to the right of the eastern side of Espanola basin with respect to that of Albuquerque basin is 55 km. Right echeloning occurs along both sides of the basins but is most pronounced along the eastern border. Guidebook to Albuquerque Basin of the Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico: Publication Type: Book: Place Published: Socorro, NM: Publisher: New Mexico Bureau of Mines & Mineral Resources: Year: Keywords: Geology – New Mexico – Albuquerque Region – Guidebooks, Rio Grande Rift – Guidebooks: Call Number: TN24 N6 A no URL.


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Tertiary stratigraphy and tectonic development of the Alamosa basin (northern San Luis Basin), Rio Grande rift, south-central Colorado Author(s) Brian S. Brister. A collection of recent research on the basins that characterize the Rio Grande rift as it extends from central Colorado to west Texas and the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

Most of the papers were initially presented at a symposium during the joint meeting of the Rocky Mountain and South-Central sections of the Geographical Society of by:   The Rio Grande rift is a north-trending continental rift zone. It separates the Colorado Plateau in the west from the interior of the North American craton on the east.

The rift extends from central Colorado in the north to the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, in the south. The rift zone consists of four basins that have an average width of 50 kilometers. The rift can be observed on location at Rio. The axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift evolved since late Oligocene as a chain of half grabens between the Colorado Plateau on the west and the interior of the craton on the east.

Basins of the Rio Grande Rift: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonic Setting Jurassic (– Ma) basins: The tracks of a continental-scale fault, the Mexico-Alaska. Patricia Wood Dickerson, William R.

Muehlberger, "Basins in the Big Bend segment of the Rio Grande rift, Trans-Pecos Texas", Basins of the Rio Grande Rift: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonic Setting, G.

Randy Keller, Steven M. Cather. Three asymmetric Neogene basins in the northern Rio Grande rift of New Mexico and Colorado — the San Luis basin, the upper Arkansas River graben, and the Blue River graben — are tilted toward large flanking normal faults and lie astride the similarly asymmetric Late Cretaceous–early Tertiary (Laramide) San Juan–San Luis, Sawatch, and Front Range–Gore Range uplifts, respectively.

Extension related to the Rio Grande rift resulted in eastward-tilting of the entire basin area following emplacement of the ash-flow tuffs. Filling the resulting half graben is the upper Oligocene-middle Pleistocene Santa Fe Group (as much as km thick) composed of variegated mudstones and coarse lithic sandstones and conglomerates.

The Española basin, part of the Rio Grande rift in northern New Mexico, contains sedimentary and volcanic rocks of Eocene to Quaternary age. The onset of rifting, based on evidence from north and south of the basin, is generally considered middle to late Oligocene.

The axial basins are in the form of half-grabens that are tilted strongly toward the east or the west, depending on the location of the master fault system on the margins of each basin. As much as 15, feet of rift sediment has accumulated in the axial basins of the Rio Grande rift, forming important aquifers for some of the largest cities in.

Continental rifts like the Rio Grande form basins (topographic depressions) that fill with sediments over millions of years. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, the basin sediments are three miles thick.

The Rio Grande Rift continues to widen very slowly today. Back to the Rio Grande Rift main page. Basins of the Rio Grande rift by G. Randy Keller, Steven M.

Cather, G. Randy Keller, DecemberGeological Society of America edition, Paperback in English. The Rio Grande Rift Valley has been widely studied extensively and continues to be an area of intense study by professionals, universities and private interests to gain a better understanding of the economic importance of the basins, the stratigraphy of the area and the active tectonics shaping the rift.

The sedimentary basins forming the modern Rio Grande Valley were not integrated into a single axial river system draining into the Gulf of Mexico until relatively recent geologic time. Instead, the basins formed by the opening of the Rio Grande rift were initially endorheic basins, or bolsons, with no external drainage and a central playa.

Similar to the Española basin, initial basins of the southern Rio Grande rift were broad downwarps and rifting was greatly accelerated after ~ 10 m.y. ago. Accelerated uplift of the northern Rio Grande rift also occurred at about this time indicating that activity in the entire Rio Grande rift was modulated by this change in extension.

Basins formed to the south and west of the plateau, with a particularly large, long series of basins east of it. That sequence of basins is known as the Rio Grande Rift. Rio Grande Rift. There are only five known active, or recently active, continental rifts in the world.

The Rio Grande rift is one of them. ISBN: OCLC Number: Description: iv, pages: illustrations, maps ; 28 cm. Contents: Tectonic setting of the axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande Rift / Charles E.

Chapin and Steven M. Cather --Depth and geometry of the northern Rio Grande Rift in the San Luis Basin, south-central Colorado / Charles F. Kluth and Carl H. Schaftenaar. The Rio Grande rift of the southwestern United States is one of the world's principal continental rift systems.

It extends as a series of asymmetrical grabens from central Colorado, through New Mexico, to Presidio, Texas, and Chihuahua, Mexico—a distance of more than km. Basins of the Rio Grande rift have long been studied both for their record of rift development and for their potential as host of natural resources.

Early workers described the basin geomorphology and the character of infilling sediments (e.g. Siebenthal, ; Bryan, ; Speigel and Baldwin, ), and subsequent research compilations provided general stratigraphic and tectonic overviews of.

New perspectives on the geometry of the Albuquerque Basin, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico: insights from geophysical models of rift-fill thickness \/ V.J.S. Grauch and Sean D. Connell -- Upper crustal structure of the southern Rio Grande rift: a composite record o rift and pre-rift tectonics \/ Matthew G.

Averill and Kate C. Miller -. Basins The Rio Grande rift first developed as a chain of closed basins or half grabens (trench-like features formed by down-dropped blocks of crustal rocks), which gradually filled with lava, ash flows, and sediments that washed in from nearby mountain ranges.

Large amounts of sand, gravel, lava, and volcanic ash fill the rift basins to a depth.Silver Award, PubWest Book Design Award for Guide/Travel Book ; By: Paul W.

Bauer, The Rio Grande is the fourth longest river in North America. Flowing nearly 2, miles from Colorado to the Gulf of Mexico, in New Mexico it occupies the Rio Grande Valley, where it provides water for habitat, agriculture, and a growing population.Get this from a library!

Guidebook to Albuquerque Basin of the Rio Grande Rift, New Mexico. [Vincent C Kelley;].