40Ar/39Ar age of the Lathrop Wells volcanic center, Yucca Mountain, Nevada

Brent D. Turrin, Duane Champion, Robert J. Fleck

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Abstract

Paleomagnetic and 40Ar/39Ar analyses from the Lathrop Wells volcanic center, Nevada, indicate that two eruptive events have occurred there. The ages (136 ± 8 and 141 ± 9 thousand years ago) for these two events are analytically indistinguishable. The small angular difference (4.7°) between the paleomagnetic directions from these two events suggests they differ in age by only about 100 years. These ages are consistent with the chronology of the surficial geological units in the Yucca Mountain area. These results contradict earlier interpretations ofthe cinder-cone geomorphology and soil-profile data that suggest that at least five temporally discrete eruptive events occurred at Lathrop Wells approximately 20,000 years ago.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)654-657
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume253
Issue number5020
DOIs
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

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