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Preliminary geologic map of early Miocene felsic eruptive centers in the Aquarius Mountains, west-central Arizona

April 4, 2022

The first author, Gary S. Fuis, conducted this mapping in the summer of 1967 in partial fulfillment of the entry requirements into the Ph.D program of the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences of the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif. The area mapped lies wholly within the Fort Rock Ranch, a private ranch spanning ~50 square miles in Mohave and Yavapai Counties, Arizona. Access to the ranch is limited, and it is uncertain whether a detailed geologic map of the Aquarius Mountains can be recreated today. Therefore, we are making this map available to the public in this Open-File Report.

The original mapping was compiled on an enlarged single aerial photograph at an approximate scale of 1:15,600. The second author, J. Luke Blair, photogrammetrically rectified the original map and added modern topography, which was not available at the time the original map was completed. Modern roads and drainages were also added, including I–40, built after the original map was completed. Both authors reformatted the original map using current USGS geologic map standards.