Abstract

During late Miocene (14.8 m.y.) to early Pliocene (10.1 m.y.) time, local latite and widespread basaltic flows accumulated with associated continental sedimentary deposits in north-central Arizona. Some of these rocks were displaced and tilted by normal faults, and new drainage, now occupied in part by basalt flows of late Pliocene age (average 5 m.y., maximum of 6 m.y.), was established at the southern margin of the Colorado Plateaus. The time of faulting and uplift of the Colorado Plateaus in this region is thus bracketed between about 10.1 and 6 m.y. ago.

Five analyzed basalts fall within the tholeiitic basalt field of the alkali-silica diagram and twenty are in the alkalic basalt field; in general, they are similar to other alkali-olivine basalts from the western United States.

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