Surficial geologic map of the Meeker 30' x 60' quadrangle, Garfield, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt Counties, Colorado
- Richard F. Madole
This map is one of a series of four 30' x 60' surficial geologic maps (1:100,000 scale) intended to provide basic geologic information for planning for energy resource development and growth in northwestern Colorado. An effort is made to characterize all surficial materials, regardless of origin. Hence, residuum is given much more emphasis than is customary, and this results in several departures from conventional geologic maps: bedrock geology is deemphasized; the part of the map symbol denoting geologic age is omitted for surficial units because all surficial units shown are believed to be of Quaternary age; and faults are not shown because none in this map area was observed to displace surficial materials.
Few exposures of most map units exist, except in manmade excavations, such as gravel pits and road cuts. Consequently, thicknesses usually are estimated, and data on stratification, clast size, and relative proportions of matrix and framework clasts are limited to a few localities for each map unit. The Wentworth scale is used to describe grain sizes.
Mapping was done chiefly on aerial photographs taken in 1953. Hence, landslides and modifications resulting from gravel mining since 1953 may not show on this map. The scales of the aerial photographs (about 1:60,000) and the map (1:100,000) governed the minimum size of the deposits mapped. The minimum thickness of the depostis mapped is about 1.5m in most places. Deposit thickness, although not a mapping criterion, influences the topographic expression of many landforms, and landform is the basis for delineating the surficial deposits shown.
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- Surficial geologic map of the Meeker 30' x 60' quadrangle, Garfield, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt Counties, Colorado
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- 52.24 x 30.92 inches
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- Garfield County, Moffat County, Rio Blanco County, Routt County
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