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Southern California Areal Mapping Project

Geologic Framework of the Lucerne Valley Region
Mojave High Desert

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SCAMP currently is involved in geologic-mapping and subsurface investigations that will clarify the geologic setting and geologic history of the Lucerne Valley region and the adjacent northern front of the San Bernardino Mountains. Investigations include:

 

  • geologic mapping of Quaternary thrust faults and associated right-lateral strike-slip faults along the north-central front of the San Bernardino Mountains;
  • analysis of the stratigraphy and depositional history of sedimentary deposits on the High Desert.

These studies largely are conducted to determine geologic controls on ground-water resources for expanding High Desert communities. The studies will assist ground-water recharge activities planned by the Mojave Water Agency. Geomorphic and pedogenic studies are integrated with SCAMP geologic-mapping investigations (Eppes and others, 1998), and are designed to work out the evolution of High Desert landscapes over the last million years or so.

Recent SCAMP Products

Eppes, M., Matti, J., Powell, R., and McFadden, L., 1998, Soil landscapes of the northern flank of the San Bernardino Mountains in the Transverse Ranges of Southern California: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 1, p. A-330.

Matti, J.C., Powell, R.E., and Miller, F.K., 1998, The Blackhawk Mountain uplift, southern California: a Quaternary folded-thrust uplift in the left-stepping Helendale fault zone?: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 5, p. 53

Matti, J.C., Powell, R.E., and Miller, F.K., 1998, The San Bernardino Mountains of southern California: a Quaternary fold-, thrust-, and tear-fault belt: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 5, p. 53.

Powell, R.E., and Matti, J.C., 1998, Stratigraphic and geomorphic relations in the Mojave Desert and San Bernardino Mountains piedmont, Lucerne Valley, CA: PART I: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 5, p. 59

Powell, R.E., and Matti, J.C., 1998, Stratigraphic and geomorphic relations in the Mojave Desert and San Bernardino Mts piedmont, Lucerne Valley, CA: PART II: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 5, p. 59.

Powell, R.E., and Matti, J.C., 2000, Geologic map and digital database of the Cougar Buttes 7.5' quadrangle, San Bernardino County, California, version 1.0: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 00-175, scale 1:24,000, 19 p.

SCAMP Products in Preparation

Matti, J.C., Powell, R.E., Miller, F.K., and Eppes, M.C., Geologic map and digital data base of the Lucerne Valley 7.5' quadrangle, San Bernardino County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, scale 1:24,000 (in preparation).

Cooperative Interactions

The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Resources Division (WRD, San Diego office) is actively conducting ground-water investigations in the Lucerne Valley region in support of water-quality and water-supply issues. These studies include drilling investigations to obtain information about subsurface geology as well as ground-water monitoring and flow modeling. SCAMP geologic-mapping studies are coordinated with the ground-water investigations, with the joint objective of developing a refined hydrogeologic model for the Lucerne Valley Basin. The hydrologic and geologic/geophysical investigations are funded cooperatively by the Mojave Water Agency which maintains a Geographic Information System for the High Desert region.

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