Reber, L.E., Jr.
KeywordsArizona Geological Survey Bulletins
La Paz County
Santa Cruz County
Basin and Range Province
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DescriptionThe principal ore deposits of Arizona are in the southern, central, and western portions of the state, which physiographically are part of the Basin and Range province, southwest of the Colorado Plateau (PI. I). The Basin and Range province is characterized by numerous subparallel mountain ranges separated by plains or valleys. Most of these ranges trend northwest to north, parallel to the margin of the Colorado Plateau; but in southeastern Arizona, southern New Mexico, and northeastern Sonora, they trend northward, transverse to the edge of the Plateau. The mountains rise abruptly from plains or valleys, the margins of which in many places are pediments cut on hard rock. Some of the plains form closed basins (bolsons, playas), but most of them are drained. The Basin and Range province in Arizona is divisible into the Mountain Region and the Desert Region- (PIs. I and II). The Mountain Region forms a belt 60 to 100 miles wide that contains most of the large ore deposits. Its longest range measures about 55 miles, the widest 20 miles, and the highest peak more than 10,000 feet above sea level or 7,000 feet above adjacent valleys or plains. Broad plain-forming valleys are exceptional, but several with maximum widths of 20 to more than 30 miles appear in the southeastern portion. 136 p.
Series/Report no.Bulletin No. 145
Geological Series No. 12
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North Bounding Coordinate37.0928
South Bounding Coordinate31.2813
West Bounding Coordinate-114.829
East Bounding Coordinate-108.984
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