Analytical results and sample locality map of stream-sediment, heavy mineral-concentrate, rock and water samples from the Skedaddle (CA-020- 612) and Dry Valley Rim (CA-020-615) Wilderness Study Areas, Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada
Open-File Report 87-494
- B.M. Adrian , J.G. Frisken , L.A. Bradley , Cliff D. Taylor , and J.B. McHugh
In the summer of 1985, the U.S. Geological Survey conducted a reconnaissance geochemical survey of the Skedaddle (CA-020-612) and Dry Valley Rim (CA-020-615) Wilderness Study Areas in Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada.
Skedaddle and Dry Valley Rim are contiguous wilderness study areas (WSA) located in the eastern part of the Modoc Plateau in Lassen County, northeastern California, and Washoe County, northwestern Nevada (fig. 1). The Skedaddle study area encompasses 39,420 acres and the Dry Valley Rim study area encompasses 54,480 acres of Bureau of Land Management administered public land about 25 mi east of Susanville, California. The Skedaddle study area is bounded on the east by the Skedaddle road, on the north by the Smoke Creek Road, on the south by the Wendel road, and on the west by the rim west of Wendel Canyon. The Dry Valley Rim study area is bounded on the east by the lower Smoke Creek road, the Dry Valley road, and the Pipe Springs Road. The northern boundary is the Smoke Creek Ranch road, the southern boundary the Wendel road, and the western boundary the east-side Skedaddle road. Access to the study areas is provided by several light-duty dirt roads and ways that join the boundary roads. Elevations range from 3,800 (1158 m) to 7,552 ft (2302 m). Steep rim rock walls and talus-covered canyons are common in the eastern third of the Dry Valley Rim study area, and the western third of the Skedaddle study area, while the majority of both study areas is gradually sloping, covered only by sparse sagebrush. Existing geologic maps that cover the two study areas consist of Lydon and others (I960), Bonham (1969), and Diggles and others (1986).
The Skedaddle Wilderness Study Area consists of two parallel ridges, the Skedaddle Mountains and the Amedee Mountains. The ridges bound the Wendel and Spencer basins, an area of bleached and silicified rocks. Dry Valley Rim is a 17-mi (5.2 m)-long north-south-trending fault block that is situated 1,500 ft (457 m) above the Smoke Creek Desert to the east. The rim provides good exposure of the thick sequences of volcanic rocks that underlie the wilderness study area.
The rocks of the study areas consist mostly of Tertiary basalt, andesite, and lahar with minor amounts of rhyolitic ash-flow tuff, rhyolite, and dacite. Surficial deposits consist of colluvium, alluvium, and talus, as well as aeolian, lacustrine, and fluvial deposits.
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- Analytical results and sample locality map of stream-sediment, heavy mineral-concentrate, rock and water samples from the Skedaddle (CA-020- 612) and Dry Valley Rim (CA-020-615) Wilderness Study Areas, Lassen County, California, and Washoe County, Nevada
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- U.S. Geological Survey
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- Report: 47 p.; 1 Plate: 27.84 x 33.79 inches
- United States
- California, Nevada
- Lassen County, Washoe County
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- Dry Valley Rim Wilderness Study Area, Skedaddle Wilderness Study Area