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Saline Valley, Inyo Co., California, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 36° 42' 11'' North , 117° 48' 53'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 36.70306,-117.81500
Other regions containing this locality:Death Valley National Park, California/Nevada, USA
Köppen climate type:BWk : Cold desert climate


A N-S trending valley between the Inyo Range and the Panamint Range, on the western side of the Death Valley National Park.


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Holocene - Pliocene
0 - 5.333 Ma



ID: 2894720
Quaternary alluvium and marine deposits

Age: Cenozoic (0 - 5.333 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Temescal Formation; Modesto Formation; Victor Formation; Alameda Formation; Aromas Red Sands; Bautista Beds; Brawley Formation; Borrego Formation; Burnt Canyon Breccia; Cabezon Fanglomerate; Campus Formation; Casitas Formation; Chemehuevi Formation; Corcoran Clay; Cushenbury Springs Formation; Dos Picachos Gravels; Dripping Springs Formation; Frazier Mountain Formation; Friant Formation; Harold Formation; Heights Fanglomerate; Hookton Formation; Huichica Formation; La Habra Formation; Manix Lake Beds; Mohawk Lake Beds; Montezuma Formation; Nadeau Gravel; Ocotillo Conglomerate; Orcutt Formation; Pacoima Formation; Pauba Formation; Peckham Formation; Pinto Formation; Resting Springs Formation; Riverbank Formation; Rohnerville Formation; San Dimas Formation; Shoemaker Gravel; Temecula Arkose; Battery Formation; Bay Point Formation; Colma Formation; Lindavista Formation; Lomita Marl; Merritt Sand; Millerton Formation; Palos Verdes Sand; San Pedro Formation; Sweitzer Formation; Timms Point Silt

Description: Alluvium, lake, playa, and terrace deposits; unconsolidated and semi-consolidated. Mostly nonmarine, but includes marine deposits near the coast.

Lithology: Major:{coarse alluvium}, Minor:{fine alluvium}

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]

Cretaceous
66 - 145 Ma



ID: 3192002
Mesozoic intrusive rocks

Age: Cretaceous (66 - 145 Ma)

Lithology: Intrusive igneous rocks

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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References

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Fleming, E.L. (1891) California borax: Chem. News: 63: 248.
Gale, H.S. (1914) Salt, borax, and potash in Saline Valley, Inyo County, California. USGS Bulletin 540: 416-421.
Gale, H.S. (1915) Salines in the Owens, Searles, and Panamint basins, southeastern California. USGS Bulletin 580: 251-323; […(abstract): Geol. Zentralbl., Band 27: 172 (1921)]: 303.
Waring, C.A. and Huguenin, E. (1919) Inyo County. California Mining Bureau Report 15: 62.
Schaller, W.T. and Glass, J.J. (1942) Occurrence of pink zoisite (thulite) in the United States. American Mineralogist: 27(7): 519-524.
Palache, C., Berman, H., and Frondel, C. (1951) The System of Mineralogy of James Dwight Dana and Edward Salisbury Dana, Yale University 1837-1892, Volume II: 347.
Ver Planck, W.E., Jr. and Heizer, E. (1958) Salt in California. California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 25 (125?).
Murdoch, J. and Webb, R.W. (1966) Minerals of California, Centennial Volume (1866-1966). California Division Mines & Geology Bulletin 189: 109, 200.
Hardie, L.A. (1968) The origin of the Recent nonmarine evaporate deposit of Saline Valley, Inyo County, California. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta: 32: 1287.
Hardie, L.A. and Eugster, H.P. (1970) The evolution of closed-basin brines. Mineralogical Society of America Special Paper 3: 273.
Pemberton, H.E. (1983) Minerals of California. Van Nostrand Reinhold Press: 190, 210, 256, 280, 284, 285, 368, 441.
Cahit Helvaci, Federico Ortí, Javier García-Veigas, Laura Rosell, Ibrahim Gündoğan (2012). Neogene Borate Deposits: Mineralogy, Petrology and Sedimentology;
A workshop with special emphasis on the Anatolian deposits International Earth Science Colloquium on the Aegean Region (IESCA-2012, İzmir, Turkey). 64pp.

 
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