New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook - 42
Geology of the Sierra Blanca, Sacramento and Capitan Ranges, New Mexico

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James M. Barker, Barry S. Kues, George S. Austin and Spencer G. Lucas, eds., 1990, 450 pages.

The 1991 New Mexico Geological Society Fall Field Conference tours the south-central part of New Mexico after a 27-year hiatus (Guidebook 15). Topics in this guidebook range from several papers on the Precambrian, both as basement rocks and exposures, to Pleistocene glaciation. From discussions of the most basic and fundamental structures of the crust in this part of the world to the nuts-and-bolts of the economic potential for mineral development and to the history of Lincoln and Otero Counties. The first-day road log is from Inn of the Mountain Gods to Bent Dome, Tularosa, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft and return to Inn of the Mountain Gods. The second-day tour begins again at Inn of the Mountain Gods on to Hondo, Lincoln, Capitan and returns to Inn of the Mountain Gods. The third-day road log is from Inn of the Mountain Gods to Nogal, Carrizozo, White Oaks and Valley of Fires.

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Table of Contents:

Note —Downloads of the papers below are free. Road logs mini-papers, maps, and other sections are only available in print.

  1. First-day road log: From Inn of the Mountain Gods to Bent Dome, Tularosa, Alamogordo, Cloudcroft and return to Inn of the Mountain Gods
    — Colpitts, Robert M., Jr., George S. Austin, James M. Barker, Paul W. Bauer, W. Richard Hahman, John W. Hawley, and Richard P. Lozinsky, pp. 1-25.
  2. Mini-papers:

  3. Climate of Cloudcroft-Ruidoso
    — Jerry E. Mueller, pp. 2-3.
  4. Structure and basin-fill units of the Tularosa Basin
    — Richard P. Lozinsky and Paul W. Bauer, pp. 7-9.
  5. A short history of the Old Virginia mine
    — Paul W. Bauer, pp. 7.
  6. Geomorphology and environmental concerns along the Sacramento escarpment, eastern Alamogordo
    — John W. Hawley, pp. 11-12.
  7. Oliver Lee Memorial State Park
    — Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 12-13.
  8. Late Pennsylvanian (Virgillian) phylloid-algal bioherms, Holder Formation, Dry Canyon
    — Donald F Toomey, pp. 14-16.
  9. The "Cloud-Climbing Railroad"--The Alamogordo and Sacramento Mountain Railway
    — Russell W. Jentgen, pp. 18-19.
  10. Additional comments on the "Cloud-Climbing Railroad"
    — Allen L. Bowman, pp. 19-20.
  11. Cloudcroft, New Mexico: "The breathing spot of the southwest"
    — Spencer. Wilson, pp. 20-22.
  12. Engineering geology of karst collapse features in a highway roadcut quarry, Otero County, New Mexico
    — W. Richard Hahman and Robert M. Colpitts, pp. 24-24.
  13. Second-day road log: From Inn of the Mountain Gods to Hondo, Lincoln, Capitan and return to Inn of the Mountain Gods
    — Steven M. Cather, Spencer G. Lucas, Virginia T. McLemore, and Colpitts, Robert M., Jr., pp. 27-46.
  14. Mini-papers:

  15. Pajarita Mountain yttrium-zirconium deposit, Mescalero Apache Indian Reservation, Otero County, New Mexico
    — Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 30-32.
  16. Evaluation of basement control on the formation of the northern Tinnie fold belt, southeastern Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — David M. Burt, pp. 33-35.
  17. The Lincoln County war and the legend of Billy the Kid
    — Marjorie H. Austin, pp. 35-36.
  18. Tectonic overview of the Ruidoso region
    — Steven M. Cather, pp. 37-39.
  19. Smokey Bear Historical State Park
    — Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 40.
  20. Southeasternmost outcrops of the Morrison Formation, Capitan, Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 41.
  21. Notes on the Smokey mine, Capitan iron deposits, Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — Clay T. Smith, pp. 42-44.
  22. Third-day road log: From Inn of the Mountain Gods to Nogal, Carrizozo, White Oaks and Valley of Fires
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Virginia T. McLemore, Adrian P. Hunt, Michael S. Allen, Steven M. Cather, and Mark Ouimette, pp. 47-70.
  23. Mini-papers:

  24. Ore mineralogy and paragenesis, Great Western Mine, Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — Sheryl L. Eng, pp. 51-52.
  25. History of coal mining in the Sierra Blanca Coal Field, Lincoln and Otero Counties, New Mexico
    — Edward S. Slagle, pp. 54-57.
  26. Vegetation and plant communities of Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — Paul J. Knight, pp. 58.
  27. Captive mountain waters
    — Russell W. Jentgen, pp. 58.
  28. White Oaks: Gold, coal and scandal, but no railroad
    — Spencer Wilson, pp. 60-61.
  29. Gallinas Mountains mining district, New Mexico
    — Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 62-63.
  30. Some primary directional features of the Holocene Carrizozo, (Valley of Fires) pahoehoe basalt flow, Lincoln County, New Mexico
    — Wolfgang E. Elston, pp. 70.
  31. Supplemental road log: From junction of US-380 and NM-37 to Capitan
    — Steven M. Cather and Wolfgang E. Elston, pp. 71-75.
  32. Mini-papers:

  33. The Capitan dike-and-sill swarm (Lincoln County, New Mexico) revisited
    — Wolfgang E. Elston, pp. 72-74.
  34. Papers:

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  35. The geology and petrogenesis of the Capitan Pluton, New Mexico (1.93 MB PDF)
    — Michael S. Allen and Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 115-127. [ABSTRACT]
  36. Th-U-REE quartz/fluroite veins, Capitan Pluton, New Mexico: Evidence for a magmatic/hydrothermal origin (1.01 MB PDF)
    — Randall S. Phillips, Andrew R. Campbell, and Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 129-136. [ABSTRACT]
  37. Structure and igneous rocks of the Ruidoso region, New Mexico (1.31 MB PDF)
    — Samuel L. Moore, Tommy B. Thompson, and Eugene E. Foord, pp. 137-145. [ABSTRACT]
  38. The Carrizo Mountain stock and associated intrusions, Lincoln County, New Mexico (974 KB PDF)
    — David J. Pertl and Joseph C. Cepeda, pp. 147-152. [ABSTRACT]
  39. Evolution of the late Cenozoic Jornado volcano, south-central New Mexico (1.03 MB PDF)
    — Jerry M. Hoffer and L. LeRoy Corbitt, pp. 159-163. [ABSTRACT]
  40. Geology of the Bent Dome, Otero County, New Mexico (587 KB PDF)
    — Eugene E. Foord and Michael L. Moore, pp. 171-174. [ABSTRACT]
  41. The Bent Dome--Part of a major Paleozoic uplift in southern New Mexico (1.34 MB PDF)
    — Paul W. Bauer and Richard P. Lozinsky, pp. 175-181. [ABSTRACT]
  42. A geophysical analysis of crustal structure in the Ruidoso area (1.09 MB PDF)
    — Donald G. Roberts, Donald C. Adams, and G. Randy Keller, pp. 191-197. [ABSTRACT]
  43. Mammuthus from Linclon County and review of the mammoths from the Pleistocene of New Mexico (1.07 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas and James A. Effinger, pp. 277-282. [ABSTRACT]
  44. Geology of mineralization and associated alteration in the Capitan Mountains, Lincoln County, New Mexico (1.09 MB PDF)
    — Virginia T. McLemore and Randall S. Phillips, pp. 291-298. [ABSTRACT]
  45. Base-and precious-metal deposits in Lincoln and Otero Counties, New Mexico (840 KB PDF)
    — Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 305-309. [ABSTRACT]
  46. Preliminary observations on the mining history, geology, mineralization of the Jicarilla mining district, Lincoln County, New Mexico (791 KB PDF)
    — Virginia T. McLemore, Mark Ouimette, and Robert W. Eveleth, pp. 311-316. [ABSTRACT]
  47. Fluid inclusion investigation of the mid-Tertiary Helen Rae gold mine, Nogal district, New Mexico (889 KB PDF)
    — Andrew R. Campbell, James A. Porter, and Scott E. Douglass, pp. 317-321. [ABSTRACT]
  48. Water resources of the Ruidoso-Carrizozo-Tularosa areas, Lincoln and Otero Counties, New Mexico (680 KB PDF)
    — Newcomer, Robert W., Jr. and John W. Shomaker, pp. 339-341. [ABSTRACT]
  49. Cimarron mill, Carrizozo, New Mexico: A typical superfund site? (613 KB PDF)
    — Lynn A. Brandvold, pp. 353-355. [ABSTRACT]
  50. Potential environmental threats in old mining areas--The High Rolls (Sacramento) mining district (891 KB PDF)
    — Margaret Anne Rogers, William L. Mansker, and Donald W. (Pete) Peters, pp. 357-361. [ABSTRACT]