Maps of upper Mississippi embayment Paleozoic and Precambrian rocks

Miscellaneous Field Studies Map 2284



The Mississippi Embayment regional seismic hazard (Fuller, 1912; Nuttli, 1973, 1982, 1983), associated with the New Madrid seismic zone (NMSZ) is attributed to displacement on seismogenic structures primarily within the failed Reelfoot rift (Burke and Dewey, 1973; Ervin and McGinnis, 1975; Hildenbrand, 1977; Johnston and Shedlock, 1992). Hildenbrand and others (1977) and Hildenbrand (1985) used potential field data to show the northeast trend of the buried rift and the existence of related intrusive bodies. The Mississippi Valley graben (Hildenbrand and others, 1977; Kane and others, 1981; Hildenbrand, 1985; Wheeler and others, 1993), also referred to as the Reelfoot graben (Hildenbrand and Hendricks, 1995), is here considered to be the structural expression of the Reelfoot rift at the Precambrian basement surface.

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Maps of upper Mississippi embayment Paleozoic and Precambrian rocks
Series title Miscellaneous Field Studies Map
Series number 2284
DOI 10.3133/mf2284
Edition -
Year Published 1995
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Description Map: 54.48 x 37.38 inches
Scale 1500000
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