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Buena Vista Hills, Mineral Basin District, Pershing Co., Nevada, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 40° 0' 50'' North , 118° 9' 9'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 40.01393,-118.15252
GeoHash:G#: 9r5gxk7fn
Locality type:Group of Hills
Köppen climate type:BWk : Cold desert climate

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Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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Early Cretaceous - Middle Jurassic
100.5 - 174.1 Ma

ID: 2857940
Gabbro complex, anorthosite, and albitite

Age: Mesozoic (100.5 - 174.1 Ma)

Description: A large complex of gabbroic rocks forms a series of related intrusions in the northern parts of the Stillwater Range and Clan Alpine Mountains of Churchill County and in the West Humboldt Range of Pershing County (Willden and Speed, 1974). It also may extend into the Trinity Range and Shawave Mountains in western Churchill County (Greene, Stewart, and others, 1991). The complex contains highly differentiated facies near the periphery of the body and more homogeneous gabbro in the interior. Layered rocks near the margins include picrite, olivine gabbro, hornblende gabbro, and anorthosite. The homogeneous rocks consist largely of feldspathic hornblende gabbro and analcite gabbro. The complex is interpreted to be part of a continental Jurassic volcanic arc that is the northern continuation of a Jurassic continental margin arc that extended from the Sonora Desert region in the south to northern California in the north (Dilek and Moores, 1995; Zientek, Sidder, and Zierenberg, 2004). Biotites from several places in the gabbro have been dated by K/Ar and range from 140 to 170 Ma.

Lithology: Major:{gabbro,anorthosite}, Minor:{picrite,igneous}

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]

201.3 - 252.17 Ma

ID: 3184762
Mesozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Triassic (201.3 - 252.17 Ma)

Lithology: Sedimentary 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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