New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook - 33
Albuquerque Country II


Jeffrey A. Grambling, Steven G. Wells and Jonathan F. Callender, eds, 1982, 370 pages.

After 21 years (see Guidebook 12), the fall field conference returns to the Albuquerque area, the largest urban center in New Mexico. Since 1961, Albuquerque's population has mushroomed from about 200,000 to well over 370,000. Albuquerque and its surrounding area are characterized by a multifaceted geologic setting. Such geologic variety results from the fact that the Albuquerque area lies at the juncture of four major physiographic provinces: Basin and Range, Colorado Plateau, Great Plains, and Rocky Mountains. Consequently, this year's conference area contains something for every geologist: Precambrian geology, Paleozoic through Quaternary stratigraphy and paleontology, Laramide and rift tectonics, volcanic geology, geomorphology, and economic geology (including ground-water, geothermal, uranium, coal, and oil and gas resources). The topics of the 40 papers contributed to the guidebook reflect this diversity. Both contributed articles and road-log text emphasize the influence of geology on urban growth and human interactions with the geologic environment of the Albuquerque area.

The first day road log is from Albuquerque to Tijeras Canyon, Manzano, Abo Canyon, Rio Grande Estates, Canon del Trigo, Belen, Los Lunas, and return to Albuquerque. The tour east and south of Albuquerque emphasizes: (1) Precambrian metamorphic and upper Paleozoic sedimentary terrains of the Manzanita and Manzano mountains, (2) Cenozoic evolution of the Manzanita-Manzano uplift and adjacent Albuquerque and Estancia structural basins, and (3) Upper Cenozoic deposits and geomorphic surfaces in the basins and valleys.

The second day road log is from Albuquerque to El Cerro de Los Lunas, Rio Puerco, Correo, Laguna, El Malpais, Grants, La Jara Mesa, and return to Albuquerque. This tour of the basin and plateau terrain south and west of Albuquerque emphasizes: (1) Cenozoic deposits and volcanics of the central Albuquerque Basin, (2) Mesozoic stratigraphy and economic geology of the southeastern Colorado Plateau, (3) Pliocene to Holocene basalts of the San Jose Valley-Mount Taylor area, and (4) structural and geomorphic evolution of the region.

The third day road log is from Albuquerque to Sandia Peak Tramway, Alameda, Rio Rancho, Ceja del Rio Puerco escarpment, Bernalillo, Placitas, and return to Albuquerque. This trip of the mountains and basin terrain north of Albuquerque emphasizes: (1) Precambrian granitic and metamorphic rocks of the northern Sandia Mountains, (2) Upper Paleozoic sedimentary rocks at the crest and northern end of the Sandias, (3) subsurface as well as surface expression of rift-bounding faults, (4) sediments and volcanics of the upper Cenozoic basin- and valley-fill sequence, and (5) urban geology of the Albuquerque area.

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Table of Contents:

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

Front Matter: (includes Dedication, President's Message, & Conference Organizer's Message)

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Roadlogs: (each includes listed mini-papers)

First day road log from Albuquerque to Tijeras Canyon, Manzano, Abo Canyon, Rio Grande Estates, Canon del Trigo, Belen, Los Lunas, and return to Albuquerque
— James R. Connolly, L. A. Woodward, J. W. Hawley, R. W. Foster, R. Broadhead, D. W. Love, P. W. Lambert, and J. A. Grambling, pp. 1-35.


Quaternary geology and geomorphology of Tijeras Canyon, New Mexico
— Lawrence N. Smith, T. F. Bullard, and Steven G. Wells, pp. 5-7.
Early man in the Eastancia Basin
— Thomas R. Lyons and James I. Ebert, pp. 15-16.
The contact between the Sais Quartzite and the lower metaclastics of Ojo da Casa, New Mexico
— William M. Blount, pp. 26.
The Belen cutoff
— R. Jentgen, pp. 27.
Road-log segment I-D--Rio Grande Estates to Canon del Trigo via Hubbell Bench
— Jeffrey A. Grambling, J. W. Hawley, and D. W. Love, pp. 30-36.
Second day road log from Albuquerque to El Cerro de Los Lunas, Rio Puerco, Correo, Laguna, Paguate, El Malpais, Grants, La Jara Mesa, and return to Albuquerque
— John W. Hawley, D. W. Love, S. G. Wells, and L. S. Crumpler, pp. 37-74.


Geomorphic processes on the alluvial valley floor of the Rio Purco
— Stephen G. Wells, T. F. Bullard, Christopher D. Condit, M. Jercinovic, R. P. Lozinsky, and D. E. Rose, pp. 45-47.
Lucero volcanic field
— W. Scott Baldridge and F. V. Perry, pp. 50-51.
Base-level changes and incision rates for canyons draining the Mount Taylor volcanic field, New Mexico
— Joel P. Grimm, pp. 60-61.
History of exploration and early research of Mount Taylor volcanic region
— L. S. Crumpler, pp. 64.
Major Clarence E. Dutton, military officer-geologist
— William L. Chenoweth, pp. 64-65.
Geology of Lobo Canyon and La Jara Mesa area, Cibola County, New Mexico
— Michael W. Coleman, Steven G. Wells, and Joel Grimm, pp. 69-70.
Rio Puerco fault zone
— Jack A. Campbell, pp. 71-72.
Third day road log from Albuquerque to Sandia Peak tramway, Alameda, Rio Rancho, Ceja del Rio Puerco escarpment, Bernalillo, Placitas, and return to Albuquerque
— Vincent C. Kelley, J. W. Hawley, S. G. Wells, P. W. Lambert, and L. A. Woodward, pp. 75-96.


A rare fossil skeleton of Camelops from Pleistocene deposits near Albuquerque
— F. Michael O'Neill and Rigby, J. Keith, Jr., pp. 82-84.
A geophysical survey west of Placitas, New Mexico
— Kenneth D. Mahrer, Sylvia Newsom, and Chris Bradley, pp. 92-94.
Supplemental road log segment III-S: Urban and environmental geology of the Albuquerque area
— P. Wayne Lambert, J. W. Hawley, and S. G. Wells, pp. 97-124.


Middle Rio Grande valley prior to the advent of the Conservancy district
— Robert S. Nanninga, pp. 99-101.
Review of selected ground-water resource studies in the Albuquerque Basin, New Mexico
— Georgianna E. Kues, pp. 112-113.


Lexicon of Phanerozoic stratigraphy names used in the Albuquerque area (835 KB PDF)
— Barry S. Kues, Spencer G. Lucas, and Raymond V. Ingersoll, pp. 125-138. [ABSTRACT]
Scenes from the past (1.52 MB PDF)
— Sherman A. Wengerd, pp. 139-140.
Earthquakes in Albuquerque country (2.15 MB PDF)
— Stuart A. Northrop, pp. 171-178. [ABSTRACT]
Precambrian stratigraphy of Manzanita and north Manzano Mountains, New Mexico (2.19 MB PDF)
— William J. Cavin, James R. Connolly, Lee A. Woodward, Duncan L. Edwards, and Mark Parchman, pp. 191-196. [ABSTRACT]
The Sandia granite--Single or multiple plutons? (1.59 MB PDF)
— Douglas G. Brookins and Arun Majumdar, pp. 221-223. [ABSTRACT]
Notes on the upper Paleozoic plants of central New Mexico (2.16 MB PDF)
— Sidney R. Ash and William D. Tidwell, pp. 245-248. [ABSTRACT]
Stratigraphy and copper deposits of the Abo Formation, Abo Canyon area, central New Mexico (4.58 MB PDF)
— William O. Hatchell, John W. Blagbrough, and James M. Hill, pp. 249-260. [ABSTRACT]
Tectonics setting and history of late-Cenozoic volcanism in west-central New Mexico (1.96 MB PDF)
— A. William Laughlin, Aldrich, M. J., Jr., M. E. Ander, G. H. Heiken, and D. T. Vaniman, pp. 279-284. [ABSTRACT]
El Malpais (1.32 MB PDF)
— Charles H. Maxwell, pp. 299-301. [ABSTRACT]
Mineralization in Precambrian rocks in the Manzanita-north Manzano Mountains, central New Mexico (544 KB PDF)
— Michael S. Fulp, William J. Cavin, James R. Connolly, and Lee A. Woodward, pp. 303-304. [ABSTRACT]
Uranium in the Albuquerque area (3.89 MB PDF)
— Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 305-311. [ABSTRACT]
Geophysical exploration for geothermal prospects west of Albuquerque New Mexico (4.53 MB PDF)
— George R. Jiracek, Edward P. Gustafson, and Mark D. Parker, pp. 333-342. [ABSTRACT]
Pleistocene-Holocene climate of the Estancia Basin, central New Mexico (1.39 MB PDF)
— Lawrence N. Smith and Roger Y. Anderson, pp. 347-350. [ABSTRACT]
Geochemical studies of discharge water from a uranium acid-leach process (1.32 MB PDF)
— Patrick A. Longmire and Douglas G. Brookins, pp. 367-370. [ABSTRACT]

Recommended Guidebook Citation:

  1. Wells, S. G.; Grambling, J. A.; Callender, J. F.; [eds.], 1982, Albuquerque Country II, New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 33rd Annual Field Conference, 370 pp.