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Arizona Section Field Trips
AIPG SPRING FIELD TRIP IN CONJUNCTION WITH SME – April 14, 2018
SME Arizona Conference organizes a field trip annually, and this year they have kindly invited AIPG to join them. There is no charge for the field trip, because the conference organizers use part of the proceeds of the annual December SME Arizona conference to pay for the buses, and the mine site acts as host for the lunch. Please mark your calendar for Saturday, April 14, 2018, for this year’s trip, which will be a tour of the Grupo Mexico Buenavista del Cobre operations located in Cananea, Sonora.
The day will start early, with several full-size tour buses leaving from Tucson at 6:30 am at a central Tucson location (details will be provided closer to the date). There will be some general presentations and then opportunities to select a part of the mine operations to visit in smaller groups. It’s a large operation, since it is not feasible to see all of the operations during a one-day visit. Following the excursion to the area of your choice, the mine will host a lunch. Buses will arrive back in Tucson about 4:30 pm.
Dinner after the Field Trip
AIPG has also organized a dinner that evening at a fabulous Mexican restaurant located in St. Philip’s Plaza. We will gather at 7 pm at Reforma Cocina Cantina (4340 N Campbell Avenue, Tucson AZ, 85718). We have reserved an outdoor patio for our group. Food and drinks are available to be ordered off the menu (www.reformatucson.com/menus/). There will be an informal section business meeting as part of the get-together. The timing between the field trip return and the dinner event is tight, but we aren’t being held to a strict schedule, so participants shouldn’t worry about late arrival to the restaurant.
Field Trip Registration
A formal invitation with registration instructions for the field trip will be emailed separately. SME hopes to have the registration information ready prior to the end of February. AIPG will email it out as soon as it is ready. AIPG members will need to respond to SME regarding registration for the field trip, whereas a separate registration for the dinner will be made to AIPG.
Persons who want to attend the dinner on April 14 should email Dawn Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 520-471-9387. Please include your name, email address and phone number, plus the number in your party. Registrants are not required to attend both the field trip and the dinner.
Lodging in Tucson
AIPG Arizona Section Spring 2014 Field Trip - pdf file
Metamorphic Core Complex along Catalina Highway
Leader: Arizona Geological Survey senior geologist Jon Spencer
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time: Meet at 10 am. Field trip will last 4-5 hours.
Meeting place: NE corner of Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde Road, Tucson. Park between McDonald’s and Le Buzz Cafe
What to bring: Lunch (can be purchased at Le Buzz Café or at Safeway, both in the shopping plaza meeting point), sunscreen, hat, hiking boots or sturdy walking shoes.
Provided by AIPG: Water and drinks
Dr. Jon Spencer of the Arizona Geological Survey will lead us up the Catalina Highway to explore the core complex that sits in Tucson’s backyard. We plan to have four stops:
?h Babad Do’ag overlook
?h Molino Canyon overlook
?h Gordon Hirabayashi campground (Prison Camp)
?h Geology overlook
There will be two stops with walks up to 1 mile in length and 100-200 feet elevation gains. All of the stops are at parking lots, so the folks who don’t care to make the walk have the opportunity to wait in the parking lot. We will have a lunch break at the Gordon Hirabayashi campground, where there are restrooms and picnic benches.
Field trip participants should bring their own snacks/lunch. We will be meeting at a shopping plaza that includes a grocery store and a café. We will be carpooling from the shopping plaza, since parking at the various stops will be limited.
There is no charge for the field trip, but please RSVP to James Adu (AIPG secretary) at (520) 405-3656 or email@example.com by April 9, so we can have estimate for parking spaces and handouts.
References: OFR-06-01-A Geologist's Guide to the Core Complex Geology Along the Catalina Highway, Tucson Area, Arizona, v. 1.1, by J.E. Spencer, 2006, 38 p. This can be downloaded without charge from the AZGS website (http://repository.azgs.az.gov/sites/default/files/dlio/files/nid360/ofr_06-01catalinafieldguide-colorprint.pdf). Please download a copy should you want to have it as a reference during the field trip. Jon will bring a small handout for that day.
A natural history of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona, with a introduction to the Madrean sky Islands, Richard c. Brusca and Wendy Moore, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Press, 232 p.
The Arizona Section hosted the Fall 2013 field trip in northern Arizona on Saturday, October 5th. Section member Paul Lindberg (CPG-06344) prepared the 9-page color guidebook and road log, and led 21 participants on the field trip. The trip circumnavigated the northern portion of what is probably one of the youngest Basin and Range grabens to cut the Mogollon Rim. The Oak Creek - Mormon Lake Graben is a Pliocene-age (2 to 3Ma) structure identified by Paul during his many years of exploring and geologic mapping of the area south of Flagstaff and east of Sedona.
The field trip made a counter-clockwise tour around the northern end of the graben to study faults, rock exposures, fault outcrops, and other physical features related to rift valley genesis. We first visited a fault scarp within the graben that has been breached by an active stream channel that drains the Munds Park area. The next stop was a viewpoint on Interstate 17 that afforded a view to the west of Jacks Canyon fault that is the southward continuation of the Oak Creek fault - the west graben boundary. Traveling south and then east, we stopped to look at Stoneman Lake, a nearly mile-wide, roughly circular depression in the graben. The origin of the depression is uncertain; it may be a small graben within the graben, or an area of basalt collapse into a lava tube.
The trip continued to Mormon Lake, where another viewpoint afforded a panoramic view of the east side of the Mormon Lake depression, which forms the eastern boundary of the graben. Paul discussed the drainage changes that resulted from the crustal stretching of this part of the continent. The next stop was at a spectacular hands-on fault scarp where down-dropped Miocene basalt lava on the west side of the fault is in contact with Permian Kaibab Limestone on the east side of the fault (Photograph #1).
Photograph #1: Fault scarp along east boundary of Oak Creek – Mormon Lake graben
The tour then passed through the southern side of Flagstaff, which lies within the shallow northern part of the graben. Then we headed south into Oak Creek Canyon to observe two ages of fault movement along the Oak Creek fault zone. One phase is Laramide age (~70 Ma) compression where high-angle reverse faulting raised the east side of Oak Creek Canyon. Evidence for this phase included fault drag on the west side of the fault zone visible along Oak Creek (Photograph #2). The much younger (2 to 3 Ma) superimposed reactivation of the modern normal phase of the Oak Creek fault dropped the east side back down. Evidence for this phase included younger basalt on the east side of the fault juxtaposed against older (Permian) sedimentary rocks, and bleaching of the normally red sandstones by fluids migrating along the fault zone.
Photograph #2: Fault drag is down-to-the west on opposite bank of north to south flowing Oak Creek. Fault is behind the photographer.
Then we drove up Airport Mesa in Sedona for an aerial view of the Sedona area (Photograph #3). Paul pointed out the difference in erosional character between the now-dry stream-cut valleys in the Sedona area, and the young V-shaped Oak Creek Canyon and other smaller canyons that drain off the graben. We left Airport Mesa traveling south on Highway 179 and made two additional stops to look at graben-related features. One unanswered question was the true origin of the “exotic gravels, Beavertail Gravels, and Rim Gravels” that are present in the study area. Previous workers suggested the gravels are different units that were deposited from north-to-south off the rim. Paul’s studies suggest the gravels are correlative as one unit with a common source, and were transported from south to north. The highlands source was eroded away prior to formation of the graben. Local outcrops are now observed stair-stepping down to the south as a result of formation of the graben.
Photograph #3: Sedona area viewed from Airport Mesa northward
At each field trip stop, we had a lively discussion on the geology of the area. Paul noted that additional work needs to be done in the area to firm up some of his interpretations, including a few more basalt age-dates to clarify the stratigraphic and structural relationships. Anyone need a thesis topic?
Thank you to Paul Lindberg for another great field trip.
- Arizona Section - Oak Creek - Mormon Lake Graben - October 2013
- Arizona Section “Golden Anniversary” Trip to Chihuahua, Mexico - April 2013
- AZ Fall Field Trip - 10/22/11
- AIPG Field Trip - May 2011
- AIPG Field Trip - October 2010
- AIPG Arizona Field Trip - May 22
- Arizona 2009 Field Tour to Sonora, Mexico
Arizona Section Officers
Doug Bartlett, CPG-08433
2018 Past President, AIPG Arizona Section
Keith Scoular, AS-0061
2018 Secretary, AIPG Arizona Section
Bill Greenslade, CPG-02505
2018 Treasurer, AIPG Arizona Section
Barb Murphy, CPG-06203
Advisor, Phoenix Area, AIPG Arizona Section
Hall Stewart, CPG-11463
Advisor, Tucson Area, AIPG Arizona Section