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AIPG ARIZONA SECTION FALL FIELD TRIP – HOLBROOK ARIZONA AREA
AIPG Member Paul Lindberg will lead us on a trip through the region south of Holbrook, Arizona where there is a very large area of land subsidence caused by solution of Permian salt beds, thus creating the "Holbrook anticline".
The main attraction would be a locality called "The Sinks" where hundreds of sinkholes coalesce into one gigantic down-dropped area. After “The Sinks”, the trip would proceed westward through private ranch land and we would make a stop within the core of the subsidence area where subsurface salt has been leached away before driving up onto the Holbrook anticline (the southern edge of the salt collapse area) where large earth cracks can be seen at the south-dropping edge of the anticline. A nearby new wind farm would be one of the attractions to observe close up before getting back to Highway 377 south of Holbrook.
From here, the trip can end and you can take the easiest route home or you are welcome to continue into Winslow for an evening at the Historic La Posada Hotel and dinner in the Turquoise Room. The hotel was once a main train depot. This is an excellent opportunity to see some of Arizona's railroad and learn some Route 66 history
Date and Time: Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 7:30 AM from America’s Best Value Inn in Snowflake. It would be best to arrive Friday Evening.
Required Gear: People need to have good hiking shoes and possibly walking sticks since we would be hiking over some rough terrain in places although the overall distance would not be great. Bring water and cameras and appropriate clothing for the time of year. The trip elevation would be about 5600 feet.
Field Trip Lunch: Lunch will be provided for the field trip.
Carpool: If you are interested in carpooling please let me know when you RSVP and specify if you are willing to drive
October 2, 2015
November 6, 2015
America’s Best Value Inn
2055 S. Main Street
Contact the hotel at 928-536-3888 Block of rooms is held under AIPG
November 7, 2015
La Posada Hotel
303 E. 2nd Street
$129 (+tax) per night
Contact hotel at 928-289-4366
Block of rooms will be held till Sept. 30. (first come first served after 9/30)
Dinner Reservations at the Turquoise Room
James Adu - Geologist II (Modeler)
6200 West Duval Mine Rd., P O Box 527,
Green Valley, AZ 85622-0527, USA
Phone: +1 (520) 393-2669
Fax: +1 (520) 393-2417
Arizona AIPG Section Members
The 2015 Arizona Section Annual Meeting is right around the corner!
Friday, February 13, 2015 (Social Gathering and Dinner)
La Cocina Restaurant
201 North Court Avenue
Please join us for drinks and dinner on the upper patio
Dress is casual and you may want to bring a jacket as we will be on the patio (with heaters)
The restaurant is a short distance from the Tucson Marriott University Park and can be accessed by public transportation
The cost will be $20 per person (please be prepared to pay with cash or check)
Please confirm with Julie Hamilton via email (Julie.email@example.com) or phone (602-418-3950) by February 6, 2015
Saturday, February 14, 2015 (Arizona Section Meeting)
Arizona Geological Survey
416 W. Congress Street, Suite 100
If you need hotel accommodations:
Tucson Marriott University Park
880 E. Second Street
Walter Heinrichs, Jr.
We received just a brief note that Walter E. Heinrichs, Jr., CPG-688, one of Arizona's best known mining geologists, passed away on Thursday, October 10, 2013. Photo of Lee Allison presenting the Arizona Geological Society's Honorary Lifetime Membership to Walt in 2008.
Arizona Section Field Trips
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:
Babad Do’ag overlook
Molino Canyon overlook
Gordon Hirabayashi campground (Prison Camp)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Julie M. Hamilton, CPG-09428
2015 President, AIPG Arizona Section
1405 W. Auto Drive
Tempe, AZ 85284
480-940-2320 or email@example.com
Rick Smith, CPG-09794
2015 President Elect, AIPG Arizona Section
1153 W. Weatridge Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85704
520-407-2823 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Doug Bartlett, CPG-08433
2015 Past - President, AIPG Arizona Section
Clear Creek Associates
6155 E. Indian School Rd., Suite 200
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-659-7131 or email@example.com
James Adu, MEM-1311
2015 Secretary, AIPG Arizona Section
Freeport-McMoRan Sierrita Operations
6200 W. Duval Mine Rd.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
520-393-2669 or James_Adu@fmi.com
Greg Kinsall, CPG-10643
2015 Treasurer, AIPG Arizona Section
744 E. Wood Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85249
614-579-3330 or firstname.lastname@example.org