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A Late Pleistocene Tephra Layer in the Southern Great Basin and Colorado Plateau Derived from Mono Craters, California

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 January 2017

David B. Madsen
Affiliation:
Environmental Sciences, Utah Geological Survey, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84114
Andrei M. Sarna-Wojcicki
Affiliation:
Western Region Earth Surface Processes Team, Tephrochronology Laboratory, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, California, 94025
Robert S. Thompson
Affiliation:
Central Region Earth Surface Processes Team, U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado, 80225

Abstract

A newly identified tephra in stratified deposits in southwestern Utah, dated ∼14,000 14C yr B.P., may aid in correlating late Pleistocene deposits across parts of the southern Great Basin and west-central Colorado Plateau. Geochemical analyses of the ash suggest the tephra originated from Mono Craters, California, and most probably correlates with Wilson Creek ash #3. Because the ash is 2 mm thick ∼550 km from its source, the event may have been larger than others correlated to Mono Craters eruptions.

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