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The Albuquerque Basin, located in the central portion of the Rio Grande rift, is filled by 7,350 m of Tertiary clastic sediments deposited on a “basement” of Mesozoic and Paleozoic sedimentary rocks and Precambrian crystalline rocks. The basin has been a center of Cenozoic volcanic activity over the last 37 m.y.

Detailed examination of regional seismic reflection data, supplemented by well control and field work, has demonstrated that the Albuquerque Basin is asymmetric and structurally complex, consisting of two subbasins downdropped along low-angle to listric-normal faults of opposing structural polarity, some of which flatten at depths of about 10 km....

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