Background Reading for Students

This is an optional reading list intended to help accepted students become more familiar with the geophysical techniques and the field area that we will be studying at SAGE. This list is not exhaustive, nor is it required.

Geophysical Methods

Davidson, M.E., and Braile, L.W., 1999, Vibroseis recording techniques and data reduction from the Jemez Tomography Experiment: Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, v.89 p.1352-1365


Jiracek, G. R., Haak, V. & Olsen, K. H. Practical magnetotellurics in a continental rift environment. in Continental rifts: evolution, structure and tectonics 103–129 (Elsevier, 1995).


Pellerin, L. 2002, Applications of Electrical and Electromagnetic Methods for Environmental and Geotechnical Investigations: Surveys in Geophysics, 23, 101-132

SAGE 2018 Field Area: The Valles Caldera

Goff, F. and Gardner, J.N., 2004. Late Cenozoic geochronology of volcanism and mineralization in the Jemez Mountains and Valles caldera, north central New Mexico, in (G. Mack and K. Giles, eds.), The Geology of New Mexico —A Geologic History. New Mexico Geological Society, Special Publication 11, Socorro, p. 295-312.


Jiracek, G. R., Kinn, C. L., Scott, C. L., Kuykendall, M. G., Baldridge, W. S., 

Biehler, S., Braile, L. W., Ferguson, J. F., and Gilpin, B., 1996, Tracing crustal isotherms under the western margin of the Jemez Mountains using SAGE and industry magnetotelluric data, New Mex. Geol. Soc., Guidebook 47, p. 129-133.


Kelley, S.A., McIntosh, W.C.,  Goff,  F., Kempter, K.A., Wolff, J.A., Esser, R., Braschayko, S., Love, D., and Gardner, J.N., 2013, Spatial and temporal trends in pre-caldera Jemez Mountains volcanic and fault activity, Geosphere,  v. 9, p. 614-646.


Lutter, W. J., Thurber, C. H., Roberts, P. M., Steck, L. K., Fehler, M. C., Stafford, D., Baldridge, W. S., and Zeichert, T. A., 1995, Teleseismic P-wave image of crust and upper mantle structure beneath the Valles caldera, New Mexico: Initial results from the 1993 JTEX passive array, Geophys. Res. Lett., 22, 505-508.


Sass, J. H., and Morgan, P., 1988, Conductive heat flux in VC-1 and the thermal regime of Valles Caldera, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico: Journal of Geophysical Research, 93(B6), 6027–6039. http://doi.org/10.1029/JB093iB06p06027


Segar, R. L., 1974, Quantitative gravity interpretation. Valles caldera area, Sandoval and Rio Arriba Counties, New Mexico: University of Utah Research Institute, Earth Science Laboratory, Open-File Report NM/BACA-27, 12 p.


Steck, L. K., C. H. Thurber, M. C. Fehler, W. J. Lutter, P. M. Roberts, W. S. Baldridge, D. G. Stafford, and R. Sessions (1998), Crust and upper mantle P wave velocity structure beneath Valles Caldera, New Mexico: Results from the Jemez teleseismic tomography experiment, J. Geophys. Res., 103(B10), 24301–24320, doi:10.1029/98JB00750.


Wolff, J. A., and Gardner, J. N., 1995; Is the Valles caldera entering a new cycle of activity? Geology, v. 23(5), p. 411–414.


Zimmerer, M.J., Lafferty, J., and Coble, M.A., 2016, The eruptive and magmatic history of the youngest pulse of volcanism at the Valles caldera: Implications for successfully dating late Quaternary eruptions: Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, v. 310, p. 50-57.

Tectonic Context: The Rio Grande Rift

Biehler, S. Ferguson, J., Baldridge, W. S., Jiracek, G. R., Aldern, J. L., Martinez, M., Fernandez, R., Romo, J., Gilpin, B., Braile, L. W., Hersey, D. r., Luyendyk, B. P., and Aiken, C. L. 1991, A geophysical model of the Espanola basin, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico, Geophysics, p. 56, 340-353.


Chapin, C. E., & Cather, S. M. (1994). Tectonic setting of the axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift. In G. R. Keller & S. M. Cather (Eds.), Basins of the Rio Grande Rift: Structure, Stratigraphy, and Tectonic Setting: Geological Society of America Special Paper 291 (pp. 5–26). doi:10.1130/SPE291-p5


Gao, W., Grand, S. P., Baldridge, W. S., Wilson, D., West, M., Ni, J. F., & Aster, R. (2004). Upper mantle convection beneath the central Rio Grande rift imaged by P and S wave tomography. Journal of Geophysical Research, 109(B03305), 1–16. doi:10.1029/2003JB002743


Keller, R., Khan, M. A., Morgan, P., et al., 1991, A Comparative Study of the Rio Grande and Kenya rifts, Tectonophys., 197, 355-371.


Landman, R. L., & Flowers, R. M. (2013). (U-Th)/He thermochronologic constraints on the evolution of the northern Rio Grande Rift, Gore Range, Colorado, and implications for rift propagation models. Geosphere, 9(1), 1-18. doi:10.1130/GES00826.1