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G & G research using gravity and other geophysical methods.


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Examples of G & G research involving gravity mapping and other geophysical studies: (See also magnetism and paleomagnetism).

Bacon, S.N., Jayko, A.S., and McGeehin, J.P., 2005, Holocene and latest Pleistocene oblique dextral faulting on the southern Inyo Mountains fault, Owens Lake Basin, California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 95, no. 6, p. 2472-2485.

Fisher, M.A., Langenheim, V.E., Sorlien, C.C., Dartnell, P., Sliter, R.W., Cochrane, G.R., and Wong, F.L., 2005, Recent deformation along the offshore Malibu Coast, Dume, and related faults west of Point Dume, southern California: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 95, no. 6, p. 2486-2500.

Glen, J.M.G., Schmidt, J.M., and Morin, R., 2007,  Gravity and magnetic character of south-central Alaska:  constraints on geologic and tectonic interpretations and implications for mineral exploration, in Ridgway, K.D., Trop, J.M., Glen, J.M.G., and O’Neill, J.M., eds., Tectonic growth of a collisional contiental margin:  crustal evolution of southern Alaska:  Geological Society of America, Special Paper 431, p. 593-622.

Glen, J.M.G., Schmidt, J., Pellerin, L., McPhee, D.K., and  O’Neill, J.M., 2007,  Crustal structure of Wrangellia and adjacent terranes inferred from geophysical studies along a transect through the northern Talkeetna Mountains, in Ridgway, K.D., Trop, J.M., Glen, J.M.G., and O’Neill, J.M., eds., Tectonic growth of a collisional contiental margin:  Crustal evolution of southern Alaska:  Geological Society of America, Special Paper 431, p. 21-42. 

Graymer, R.W., 2005, Jurassic-Cretaceous assembly of central California, in Stevens, C. and Cooper, J., eds., Mesozoic tectonic assembly of California: Pacific Section SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology), Book 96, p. 21-64.

Lerch, D.W., Klemperer, S.L., Glen, J.M.G., Ponce, D.A., Miller, E.L., and Colgan, J.P., 2007, Crustal structure of the northwestern Basin and Range Province and its transition to unextended volcanic plateaus:  Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 8, no. 2, Q02011, doi: 10.1029/2006GC001429.

McCaffrey, R., Qamar, A.I., King, R.W., Wells, R., Khazaradze, G., Williams, C.A., Stevens, C.W., Vollick, J.J., and Zwick, P.C., 2007, Fault locking, block rotation and crustal deformation in the Pacific Northwest:  Geophysical Journal International, v. 169, no. 3, p. 1315-1340.   

McPhee, D.K., Langenheim, V.E., Hartzell, S., McLaughlin, R.J., Aagaard, B.T., Jachens, R.C., and McCabe, C.A., 2007, Basin structure beneath the Santa Rosa Plain, northern California:  implications for damage caused by the 1969 Santa Rosa and 1906 San Francisco earthquakes:  Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v. 97, no. 5, p. 1449-1457.

Stevens, C.H., and Stone, P., 2005, Interpretation of the Last Chance thrust, Death Valley region, California, as an Early Permian décollement in a previously undeformed shale basin: Earth- Science Reviews, v. 73, no. 1-4, p. 79-101.

Stevens, C.H., and Stone, P., 2005, Structure and regional significance of the Late Permian(?) Sierra Nevada-Death Valley thrust system, east-central California: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 73, no. 1-4, p. 103-113.

Stevens, C.H., Stone, P., and Miller, J.S., 2005, A new reconstruction of the Paleozoic continental margin of southwestern North America: Iimplications for the nature and timing of continental truncation and the possible role of the Mojave-Sonora megashear, in Anderson, T.H., Nourse, J.A., McKee, J.W., and Steiner, M.B., eds., The Mojave-Sonora megashear hypothesis: Development, assessment, and alternatives: Geological Society of America Special Paper 393, p. 679-618, doi: 10.1130/2005.2393(22).

Gravity Studies/Geophysical Exploration
Langenheim, V.E., Biehler, S., McPhee, D.K., McCabe, C.A., Watt, J.T., Anderson, M.L., Chuchel, B.A., and Stoffer, P., 2007, Preliminary isostatic gravity map of Joshua Tree National Park and vicinity, southern California:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1218, scale 1:100,000, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1218/

Langenheim, V.E., Jachens, R.C., Morin, R.L., and McCabe, C.A, 2007, Preliminary gravity and magnetic data of the Lake Pillsbury region, northern Coast Ranges, California:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1368, 24 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1368/.

Langenheim, V.E., Biehler, S., Negrini, R., Mickus, K., Miller, D.M., and Miller, R.J., 2009,  Gravity and magnetic investigations of the Mojave National Preserve and adjacent areas, California and Nevada:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1117, 28 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1117/of2009-1117.pdf.

Langenheim, V.E., Jachens, R.C., and Moussaoui, K., 2009, Aeromagnetic survey map of the central California Coast Ranges:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2009-1044, scale 1:250,000 and database, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2009/1044/.

Langenheim, V.E., Lee, T.-C., Biehler, S., Jachens, R.C., and Morton, D.M., 2006, Isostatic gravity map with geology of the Santa Ana 30' x 60' quadrangle, southern California: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2951, scale 1:100,000, 17 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/sim/2006/2951.

Langenheim, V.E., Roberts, C.W., McCabe, C.A., McPhee, D.K., Tilden, J.E., and Jachens, R.C., 2006, Preliminary isostatic gravity map of the Sonoma Volcanic Field and vicinity, Sonoma and Napa Counties, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1056, scale 1:100,000, http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1056/.

Mankinen, E.A., Sweetkind, D.S., McKee, E.H., and Morin, R.L., 2005, Gravity and ground magnetic data from selected traverses in the Amargosa Desert and vicinity, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1444, 43 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1444/.
Langenheim, V.E., Jachens, R.C., Matti, J.C., Hauksson, E., Morton, D.M., and Christensen, A., 2005, Geophysical evidence for wedging in the San Gorgonio Pass structural knot, southern San Andreas fault zone, southern California: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 117, no. 11, p. 1554-1572.
Mankinen, E.A., Roberts, C.W., McKee, E.H., Chuchel, B.A., and Moring, B.C., 2006, Geophysical data from the Spring and Snake Valleys area, Nevada and Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1160, 43 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1164/.

Mankinen, E.A., and McKee, E.H., 2007, Gravity data from Newark Valley, White Pine County, Nevada:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1306, 21 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1306/.

Mankinen, E.A., Roberts, C.W., McKee, E.H., Chuchel, B.A., and Morin, R.L., 2007, Geophysical data from Spring Valley to Delamar Valley, east-central Nevada:  U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2007-1190, 9 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1190/

Mankinen, E.A., Chuchel, B.A., and Moring, B.C., 2008,  Gravity data from Dry Lake and Delamar Valleys, east-central Nevada:  U.S. Geologi9cal Survey Open-File Report 2008-1299, 18 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1306/of2007-1306.pdf

Mankinen, E.A., Sweetkind, D.S., McKee, E.H., and Morin, R.L., 2005, Gravity and ground magnetic data from selected traverses in the Amargosa Desert and vicinity, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1444, 43 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1444

Morin, R.L., 2006, Gravity and magentic data in the vicinity of Virgin Valley, southern Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1042, 18 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1042.

Ponce, D.A., Glen, J.M.G., and Tilden, J.E., 2006, Geophysical investigations of the Smoke Creek Desert and their geologic implications, northwest Nevada and northeast California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2006-1176, 29 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2006/1176.

Morin, R.L., Wheeler, K.L., McPhee, D.K., Dinterman, P.A., and Watt, J.T., 2007, Principal facts of gravity data in the northern Willamette Valley and vicinity, northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2007-1058, 9 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2007/1058/.

Phelps, G.A., Justet, L., Moring, B.C., and Roberts, C.W., 2005, A preliminary investigation of the structure of southern Yucca Flat, Massachusetts Mountain, and CP basin, Nevada Test Site, Nevada, based on geophysical modeling: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1367, 36 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1367/.
Phelps, G.A., Roberts, C.W., and Moring, B.C., 2005, Preliminary gravity inversion model of basins east of Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nevada: USGS Open-File Report 2005-1313, 21 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1313/.

Phelps, G.A., Justet, L., Moring, B.C., and Roberts, C.W., 2005, revised 2008, A preliminary investigation of the structure of southern Yucca Flat, Massachusetts Mountain, and CP basin, Nevada Test Site, Nevada, based on geophysical modeling:  U.S.  Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1367 v. 1.1, 36 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1367/. 

Scheirer, D.S., and Aboud, E., 2008, Preliminary gravity and ground magnetic data in the Arbuckle Uplift near Sulphur, Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1003, 34 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1003/.

Scheirer, D.S., and Andreasen, A.D., 2008, Results of gravity fieldwork conducted in March 2008 in the Moapa Valley region of Clark County, Nevada:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2008-1300, 35 p., http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2008/1300/.

Tilden, J.E., Ponce, D.A., Glen, J.M.G., and Gans, K.D., 2005, Gravity and magnetic data along a seismic refraction-reflection line in northwest Nevada and northeast California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2005-1446, 14 p.,/http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2005/1446/.

 

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