Volcano-Tectonic Interpretations: An Example from the Northern Basin & Range

by Charles C. Ferrell,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: High Level Radioactive Waste Management 1990


Study of volcano-tectonic relationships in the Northern Basin and Range suggests a temporal relationship between basin propagation and the inception of volvanism. The age relationships along the Yellowstone Hotspot limit reasonable tectonic models to explain ages of rhyolite domes across the High Lava Plains. Along-strike, west stepping tectonism and volcanism adequately models the observed data. In the southern Basin and Range, in the vicinity of Yucca Mountain, similar relationships are implied both with respect to the Death Valley-Owens Valley deformation and the Death Valley-Pancake Range Volcanic Belt.

Subject Headings: Volcanoes | Basins | Radioactive wastes | Light rail transit | Deformation (mechanics) | Volcanic deposits | Domes (structure) | Waste disposal | United States | Oregon | Nevada

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