40Ar/³9Ar Laser Fusion and K-Ar Ages From Lathrop Wells, Nevada, and Cima, California: The Age of the Latest Volcanic Activity in the Yucca Mountain Area

by Brent D. Turrin, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, United States,
Duane E. Champion, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1991

Abstract: K-Ar and 40Ar/39Ar ages from the Lathrop Wells volcanic center, Nevada, and from the Cima volcanic field, California, indicate that the recently reported 20-ka age estimate for the Lathrop Wells volcanic center is incorrect. Instead an age of 119±11 to 141±10 ka is indicated for the Lathrop Wells volcanic center. This age corrected is concordant with the ages determined by two independent isotopic geochronometric techniques and with the stratigraphy of surficial deposits in the Yucca Mountain region. In addition, paleomagnetic data and radiometric age data indicate only two volcanic events at the Lathrop Wells volcanic center that are probably closely linked in time, not as many as five as recently reported.

Subject Headings: Volcanoes | Radioactive wastes | Lasers | Information management | Stratigraphy | Isotropy | North America | United States | Nevada | California

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