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Sedimentary interbeds preserved between flows of the Columbia River Basalt Group provide a record of the depositional and erosional conditions that characterized the Columbia Plateau between eruptions of basalt. Examination of the sedimentary, stratigraphic, and petrologic character of the Sweetwater Creek interbed from within the Lewiston basin of southeastern Washington and north-central Idaho allows insight into the paleogeographic conditions that existed following eruption of the Priest Rapids Member of the Wanapum Basalt, ca. 14.5 Ma.

The Sweetwater Creek interbed is composed of generally unconsolidated and inter-stratified beds of clay, silt, sand (with local thin gravel stringers), and volcanic ash-rich sediment....

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