New Mexico Geological Society
Special Publication - 11
The Geology of New Mexico - A Geologic History


Greg H. Mack and Katherine A. Giles, eds, 2004, 474 pages.

In honor of its 50th anniversary in 1999, the New Mexico Geological Society is publishing separate volumes on the economic geology and the geologic history of the state. This volume, "Geology of New Mexico, A Geologic History," is organized chronologically according to the major depositional and tectonic events in the history of the state. These events and the author(s) of the corresponding chapters in this volume are shown on the facing page. In addition, the important role of geophysics in interpreting earth history is recognized by chapters involving paleomagnetism (Geissman) and geophysical constraints on crustal structure (Keller). We selected authors who are currently working or have recently worked on the rocks in their chapter, and asked them to provide current information regarding rock types, age and correlation, and paleogeographic/paleotectonic interpretations, as well as a comprehensive reference list. We also encouraged the authors, where appropriate, to explore opposing sides of controversial topics and to define areas of future research. Our ultimate goal was to produce a reference text for students and professionals that will be pertinent for the next decade or more.

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Front Matter (Editors' Message, Table of Contents, Geologic Column; 907 KB PDF)

Editors' Message

p. iv.

Geologic column and chapter authors

p. v.

Proterozoic tectonic evolution of the New Mexico region: a synthesis

— K. E. Karlstrom, J. M. Amato, M. L. Williams, M. Lfeizler C. Shaw, A. Read, and P Bauer, pp. 1-34.

The Cambro-Ordovician Bliss and Lower Ordovician El Paso Formations, southwestern New Mexico and west Texas

— G. H. Mack, pp. 35-44.

Upper Ordovician and Lower Silurian miogeosynclinal rocks

— M. C. Pope, pp. 45-58.

Devonian of New Mexico

— B. S. Kues, pp. 59-75.

Mississippian system of New Mexico and adjacent areas

— A. K. Armstrong, B. L. Mamet, and E. Repetski, pp. 77-93.

The late Paleozoic Ancestral Rocky Mountains System in New Mexico

— B. S. Kues and K. A. Giles, pp. 95-136.

The Triassic and Jurassic systems in New Mexico

— S. G. Lucas, pp. 137-152.

Upper Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous strata of southwestern New Mexico and northern Chihuahua, Mexico

— T. F. Lawton, pp. 153-168.

Tectonic and eustatic controls on Upper Cretaceous stratigraphy of northern New Mexico

— D. Nummedal, pp. 169-182.

Laramide (Late Cretaceous-Eocene) tectonics of southwestern New Mexico

— W. Seager, pp. 183-202.

Laramide orogeny in central and northern New Mexico and southern Colorado

— S. M. Cather, pp. 203-248.

Magmatic record of Laramide subduction and the transition to Tertiary extension: Upper Cretaceous through Eocene igneous rocks in New Mexico

— N. J. McMillan, pp. 249-270.

The late Eocene-Oligocene peak of Cenozoic volcanism in southwestern New Mexico

— C. E. Chapin, W. C. McIntosh, and R. M. Chamberlin, pp. 271-293.

Late Cenozoic geochronology of volcanism and mineralization in the Jemez Mountains and Valles caldera, north central New Mexico

— F. Goff and J. N. Gardner, pp. 295-312.

Pliocene-Quaternary volcanism in New Mexico and a model for genesis of magmas in continental extension

— W. S. Baldridge, pp. 313-330.

Middle to late Cenozoic development of the Rio Grande rift and adjacent regions in northern New Mexico

— G. A. Smith, pp. 331-358.

Geology of the Albuquerque basin and tectonic development of the Rio Grande rift in north-central New Mexico

— S. D. Connell, pp. 359-388.

Middle and late Cenozoic crustal extension, sedimentation, and volcanism in the southern Rio Grande rift, Basin and Range, and southern Transition Zone of southwestern New Mexico

— G. H. Mack, pp. 389-406.

Neogene (rift flank) and Quaternary geology and geomorphology

— F. J. Pazzaglia and W. Hawley, pp. 407-437.

Geophysical constraints on the crustal structure of New Mexico

— G. R. Keller, pp. 439-456.

Paleomagnetism in New Mexico

— J. W. Geissman, pp 457-474.