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Thesis (M.S.)—University of Nebraska—Lincoln, 1959. Department of Geology.


Copyright 1959, the author. Used by permission.


The Sangre de Cristo Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico are, geologically speaking, relatively unknown. The equivocal nature of our knowledge of the range was a primary reason for studying a portion of it in some detail. Most of the previous studies have been concerned with the northern part of the range in Colorado, in the general area between Salida and La Veta Pass. This work has indicated that the complicated structure which characterizes the northern part of the range becomes simpler to the south. Therefore, a second objective of the current study has been to test this hypothesis. Thirdly, since the structure was assumed to be less complicated, it was thought that the depositional and tectonic history of the southern area might be easier to decipher and would thus be a useful guide to the depositional and tectonic history of the more intensely deformed areas.

Advisor: Russell Smith