Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

W. David Liddell

Second Advisor

Robert Q. Oaks Jr

Third Advisor

Benjamin J. Burger


This study examined the Middle Cambrian (c. 500 MA) Lincoln Peak Formation and Patterson Pass Shale. The initial goal was to create a stratigraphic model for these units. This model was then compared to those from already studied units in western Utah, which combined with the Nevada units form the rock record of an ancient feature known as the House Range Embayment, which was an area of greater water depth superimposed on the continental shelf. This study found that the Nevada units exhibit a series of depositional sequences similar to those in western Utah, but at a lower resolution. This reflects the greater water depth and distance from sediment supply in Nevada, compared to Utah during the Cambrian. In addition, the size of the House Range Embayment was better constrained, and was shown to be part of a larger extensional basin, which confirms and expands on earlier studies of the embayment.

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