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Master of Science (MS)



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Clyde T. Hardy


Clyde T. Hardy


James P. McCalpin


Donald W. Fiesinger


The central part of Clarkston Mountain is located in northcentral Utah in the southern part of the Malad Range. It is northwest of Clarkston, Utah. The mapped area measures 2.5 mi. in the north-south direction and 6.5 mi. in the east-west direction. It is within the Basin and Range Province.

The Ute Formation of Middle Cambrian age is the oldest exposed stratigraphic unit. Other Cambrian units, in ascending order, are: Blacksmith Formation, Bloomington Formation, Nounan Formation, and St. Charles Formation. These units consist predominantly of limestone, dolostone, and shale. Units of Ordovician age include the Garden City Formation and the Swan Peak Formation. They consist of limestone and orthoquartzite, respectively. The youngest Paleozoic unit is the Fish Haven-Laketown Formation of Ordovician-Silurian age. It is dolostone. Units of Quaternary age include colluvial deposits, Lake Bonneville Group, and alluvial deposits.

West-dipping, low-angle normal faults generally trend north and northwest. They were originally thrust faults formed during regional compression. A bedding-plane thrust fault separates the Bloomington and Nounan Formations.

Later reversed movement on the west-dipping, low-angle thrust faults changed the stratigraphic relationships across these faults to those characteristic of normal faults. High-angle normal faults trend northwest, north, and northeast. Major normal faults extend along the western and eastern sides of Clarkston Mountain and are responsible for the present topographic relief.

The structural features of the mapped area are the result of two major tectonic events. The Sevier orogeny produced eastward directed thrust faults. It began in Late Jurassic and ended in early Eocene. Basin and Range normal faulting caused reversed movement on west-dipping thrust faults, formed by the Sevier orogeny, and also produced many high-angle normal faults. It began in early Eocene and has continued into historic time in the region.



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