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Geologic and geophysical maps of the Newfoundland Mountains and part of the adjacent Wells 30' x 60' quadrangles, Box Elder County, Utah

June 30, 2021

The Newfoundland Mountains map area (Newfoundland Mountains and adjacent part of Wells 30' x 60' quadrangles) is located in Box Elder County, northwestern Utah. The map encompasses broad expanses of the Great Salt Lake Desert as well as several picturesque mountain ranges (figures 1, 2, and 3). The geology of the area was last mapped and summarized by Doelling (1980). Since that landmark study, much of the area has been mapped in greater detail and new paleontologic, geochronologic, and structural data provide for an updated view of the geology. In addition, new geophysical studies (Langenheim and others, 2013; Langenheim, 2016) provide key data for improved interpretation of subsurface geology.

The geologic map (plate 1) was compiled from fifteen 7.5' quadrangles mapped at a scale of 1:24,000 (mostly in the western part of the area), one map covering the Newfoundland Mountains at a scale of 1:31,680 (Allmendinger and Jordan, 1989), unpublished geologic mapping at scales from 1:24,000 to 1:50,000 (most by Miller; Bovine Mountain by T.E. Jordan), and reconnaissance mapping and aerial photo interpretation in intervening areas by Miller. Some published maps were remapped or reinterpreted by the authors in light of more recent studies north of the map area. Geologic mapping conducted as part of several theses/dissertations and a few published papers also were used (plate 2, index to geologic mapping). Concealed faults under valley bottoms were interpreted from gravity and aeromagnetic data.

Our approach for this map was to integrate across the main themes of the mapped geology by generalizing units, structures, and polygons. This has the aim of illustrating the principal tectonic and stratigraphic packages, as well as illustrating the patterns of surficial units and geomorphology. Cross sections (plate 2) were constructed to coincide with representative cross sections for several detailed geologic maps. This approach required large bends across valleys. Basin geometry shown in the cross sections was constrained by gravity data and a seismic line since few deep drill holes are available.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2021
Title Geologic and geophysical maps of the Newfoundland Mountains and part of the adjacent Wells 30' x 60' quadrangles, Box Elder County, Utah
Authors David M. Miller, Tracey J. Felger, Victoria E. Langenheim
Publication Type Report
Publication Subtype State or Local Government Series
Series Title Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication
Series Number MP-173DM
Index ID 70222518
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Geology and Geophysics Science Center

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