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Hall Valley Cirque, Montezuma District, Park Co., Colorado, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 39° 31' 36'' North , 105° 51' 38'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 39.52679,-105.86080
GeoHash:G#: 9xh8z5ds2
Köppen climate type:Dfc : Subarctic climate

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Holocene - Middle Pleistocene
0 - 0.781 Ma

ID: 2212215
Landslide deposits

Age: Pleistocene (0 - 0.781 Ma)

Description: Deposits of unsorted and unstratified debris, on slopes or at base of slopes, that are commonly characterized by hummocky topography. Many of the landslides and landslide deposits form on unstable slopes that are underlain by shale, siltstone, and claystone on east flank of hogback belt and on slopes of North Table Mountain and South Table Mountain near Golden. Younger deposits are commonly bounded upslope by crescent-shaped headwall scarps and downslope by lobate toes. Unit locally includes material displaced chiefly by rotational rock slides, rotational earth slides, debris slides, earth flows, and earth slide–earth flows as defined by Varnes and Cruden (1996). Some deposits probably are formed by translational slides and rock or earth creep. Sizes and lithologies of clasts and grain-size distributions of matrices of these deposits reflect those of the displaced bedrock units and surficial deposits. Landslide deposits are prone to continued movement or reactivation due to natural, as well as human-induced, processes. Deposits in mountainous terrain derived from Precambrian quartz-feldspar gneiss (Xf) and biotite gneiss (Xb) locally contain blocks of rock as long as several meters. Landslide deposits derived from Pierre Shale (Kp), Laramie Formation (Kl), and Denver Formation (bKd) are rich in clay. Some of this clay is expansive and locally may have high potential for shrinking and swelling (Shroba, 1982). Deposits on gentle slopes along and east of hogback belt locally include minor sheetwash and creep-deformed deposits. Deposits in mountains locally include minor rock-fall deposits. Estimated thickness 5–50 m

Reference: Kellogg, K.S., Shroba, R.R., Bryant, Bruce, and Premo, W.R. Geologic Map of the Denver West 30' x 60' Quadrangle, North- Central Colorado. USGS Geologic Investigations Series 3000. [35]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 2855879
Felsic and hornblendic gneisses, either separate or interlayered

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Description: Includes metabasalt, metatuff, and interbedded metagraywacke; locally contains interlayered biotite gneiss. Derived principally from volcanic rocks

Lithology: Major:{gneiss}, Minor:{metabasalt,metagraywacke}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

1600 - 2500 Ma

ID: 3186950
Paleoproterozoic crystalline metamorphic rocks

Age: Proterozoic (1600 - 2500 Ma)

Lithology: Orthogneiss/paragneiss

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

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