First Advisor

Paul E. Hammond

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Geology


Earth Science




Geomorphology, Areal Geology, Idaho, Igneous Rocks, Volcanic Rocks, Craters Of The Moon National Monument



Physical Description

1 online resource (76 p.)


The purpose of the investigation was to map the geology of the north end of Craters of the Moon National Monument and surrounding area. A stratigraphic sequence of Late Paleozoic sedimentary and Tertiary volcanic rocks was compiles and the structures of these rocks and contact relationships with intrusions were delineated. Grade and facies of contact metamorphism were defined. The Snake River Plain basalts were also mapped. The sources of these flows were determined where possible. Preexisting structures and relationships of vents to earlier faulting were explored in ascertaining extensions of the Great Rift Zone into the Pioneer Mountains. Petrographic descriptions of the rock units were completed. Study of the economic geology was not undertaken. The interested reader is referred to Nelson (1969) for descriptions of the mineral deposits in the Lava Creek Mining District.


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Persistent Identifier

Blizzard Mountain Inferno Cone Quadrangle.pdf (4401 kB)
Geology of North Craters of the Moon N.M., Idaho

Snake River Plan.pdf (5890 kB)
Snake River Plan