Geology of the Devils Hole area, Nevada

Open-File Report 87-560



Detailed and reconnaissance mapping of the Devils Hole, Nevada, area has improved definition of the local geologic structure within a regional carbonate aquifer near its primary discharge points -- the springs of Ash Meadows. Several formerly unmapped calcite veins, and other young calcite-lined paleo-spring feeder zones were found, as well as a number of previously unknown small collapse areas in the limestone. Although the predominant structural grain of the area is oriented northwest, the importance of the very subordinate northeast-striking faults and fractures is underscored by their association with Devils Hole itself, with most of the collapse depressions, and with many of the calcite veins in ' lake beds ' and alluvium. Probable channeling of groundwater flow may occur along one important northeast-striking fault zone. The persistent tendency for openings may have been facilitated by underlying low-angle faults that separate brittle carbonate rocks from underlying, less-competent clastic rocks. (Author 's abstract)

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Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Geology of the Devils Hole area, Nevada
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 87-560
DOI 10.3133/ofr87560
Edition -
Year Published 1988
Language ENGLISH
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey,
Description v, 34 p. :ill., maps ;28 cm.
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