Abstract

A granitic stock at Oak Spring, Nevada, was selected in 1960 by the Atomic Energy Commission as a possible site to study the seismic effect of a deep nuclear shot contained in a large volume of rock. Geophysical surveys were conducted to determine the general configuration of the stock, particularly the thickness. The stock intrudes a sequence of carbonate and siliceous sedimentary rocks of Paleozoic age, which are overlain by Tertiary pyroclastic rocks consisting of tuff, welded tuff, and breccia. A 3-dimensional analysis of a detailed aeromagnetic survey indicates that the stock has a shape similar to a truncated cone, the diameter of which increases from about 1 mi at the surface to at least 6 mi near sea level, 5000 ft beneath the surface. The stock, therefore, is much larger than indicated by the area of 1 1/3 sq mi exposed at the surface. In addition, computations show that the intrusion has a thickness of at least 13,000 ft. Much of the ambiguity of interpretation was removed from the analysis because susceptibility measurements of cores from recent drilling and remanent magnetization data from surface samples were available. Interpretation of a gravity profile over the stock gives the probable thickness of the overlying alluvial fill and buried tuff, but does not delineate the intrusive from the Paleozoic rocks.

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