Earth Institute Research Projects

Testing the Extensional Detachment Paradigm: A Borehole Observatory in the Sevier Desert Basin

Lead PI: Prof. Nicholas Christie-Blick Beatrice Magnani, M.H. Anders

Unit Affiliation: Seismology, Geology & Tectonophysics, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO)

Unknown start date - Ongoing
North America ; Sevier Desert Basin, UT ; Death Valley, CA ; Nevada ; Arizona ; Utah ; Idaho
Project Type: Research

DESCRIPTION: Nicholas Christie-Blick is a lead proponent for an International Continental Scientific Drilling Program (ICDP) initiative to test the extensional detachment paradigm in the Sevier Desert basin, Utah. A priority in 2019-20, in conjunction with Prof. M. Beatrice Magnani at Southern Methodist University, is to seek funds to acquire geophysical data to evaluate the character of the sub-Tertiary contact, and to provide 3-D context for a coring project at the ARCO Hole-in-Rock #1 well.

They continue to work at several other locations in the Basin and Range Province: the Death Valley region of eastern California; adjacent parts of Nevada, Arizona and Utah; and southeastern Idaho.