Field exercises in the Pinacate volcanic field, Mexico: An analog for planetary volcanism
Published:December 01, 2011
David A. Williams, Sarah A. Fagents, Ronald Greeley, John F. McHone, 2011. "Field exercises in the Pinacate volcanic field, Mexico: An analog for planetary volcanism", Analogs for Planetary Exploration, W. Brent Garry, Jacob E. Bleacher
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The Pinacate volcanic field is ~330 km SSW of Phoenix, and it is a popular destination for volcanology and planetary geology field trips. The volcanic field, located on the Pinacate Biosphere Reserve in Sonora, Mexico, is a 1500 km2 basaltic field including a shield volcano, lava tubes, maars, a tuff cone, cinder cones, pāhoehoe and ‘a‘ā lava flows as young as 12 ka, and phreatomagmatic constructs as young as 32 ka. We developed an image-based set of exercises for a 2 day field trip focusing on (1) Crater Elegante, a maar crater, (2) pāhoehoe and ‘a‘ā flows near Tecolote...