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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Committee Member

Eugene I. Smith

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Alkali basalts on Citadel Mountain form the southern margin of the Lunar Crater Volcanic Field (LCVF) in the central Great Basin, Nevada. Citadel Mountain, comprised of a faulted, north tilted section of Tertiary andesite and ash-flow tuff, is capped by Pliocene and Quaternary alkali basalt flows that erupted from six major cinder cones. The basalt flows on Citadel Mountain can be divided into two groups (older and younger) based on age and isotopic signatures. The older basalt group is characterized by high {dollar}\sp{87}{dollar}Sr/{dollar}\sp{86}{dollar}Sr and low {dollar}\rm\epsilon\sb{Nd},{dollar} and the younger group has low {dollar}\sp{87}{dollar}Sr/{dollar}\sp{86}{dollar}Sr and high {dollar}\rm\epsilon\sb{Nd}.{dollar} Geochemical evidence suggests that the older basalt group is contaminated by a lithospheric mantle melt. A model is presented that shows contamination of the older alkali basalts by magma commingling/mixing of rising asthenospheric melts with lithospheric mantle veinlets in the mantle lithosphere. Fractional crystallization of olivine and clinopyroxene can explain the chemical variation in the older basalt group, and although small amounts of assimilation of upper crustal material are permissible, assimilation is not required in the models. The younger basalt group evolved solely by fractional crystallization of olivine and clinopyroxene and their isotopic signatures may reflect their asthenospheric mantle source.


Basalt; Citadel; Craters; Field; Geochemistry; Lunar; Mountain; Nevada; Pancake; Pliocene; Quaternary; Range; Volcanic; Volcanology

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Geochemistry; Geology

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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