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Death Valley National Park

Selected References

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The U.S. Geological Survey has conducted research and mapping in the region since geologist, G. K. Gilbert worked in the area in the 1870s. The area first became a National Monument in 1933 and was expanded in 1937. It was expanded and designated a National Park as part of the California Desert Protection Act of 1994.

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Blakely, R. J. and Ponce, D. A., 2002, Map Showing Depth to Pre-Cenozoic Basement in the Death Valley Ground-water Model Area, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2381-E: Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/2002/mf-2381/.

California Division of Mines and Geology, 1977, Geologic Map of California, Death Valley Sheet: Scale: 1:250,000.

Calzia, J. P. (editor), 2005,Special Issue: Fifty Years of Death Valley Research; A volume in honor of Lauren A. Wright and Bennie Troxel: Earth Science Reviews, v. 73, 346 p.

Collier, M., 1990, An Introduction to the Geology of Death Valley: Death Valley Natural History Association, 60 p.

Crowe, B. M., 1990, Ubehebe, California: in Volcanoes of North America, United States and Canada, Wood, C. A., and Kienle, J., Cambridge University Press, p. 237-238.


Gower, H. P., 1969, 50 Years in Death Valley - Memoirs of a Borax Man: San Bernardino, California: Inland Printing, Inc., 145 p.

Greene, L. W. and Latschar, J. A., 1981, Death Valley National Monument - Historic Resource Study - A History of Mining. Denver Colorado: National Park Service Denver Service Center, Pacific Northwest/Western Team/Historic Preservation Branch, v. 1 and 2 (website): Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/deva/index.htm.

Hildreth, W., 1976, Death Valley Geology-Rocks and Faults, Fans and Salts: Death Valley Natural History Association, 72 p.

Holm, D. K. and Wernicke, B., 1990, Black Mountains crustal section, Death Valley extended terrain, California: Geology v. 18, no. 6, scale 1:369,000.

Hunt, C. B. and Mabey, D. R., 1966, General geology of Death Valley, California; stratigraphy and structure, IN General geology of Death Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 494-A, p. A1-A165, (includes a geologic map, scale 1:96,000).

Hunt, C. B., 1976, Death Valley - Geology, Ecology, Archeology: Berkeley and Los Angeles, California: University of California Press, 234 p.

Jennings, C. W., Burnett, J. L., and Troxel, B. W., 1962, Geologic Map of California: Trona sheet: California Division of Mines and Geology, scale 1:250000.

Jayko, A. S., Forester, R. M., Kaufman, D. S., Phillips, F. M., Yount, J. C., McGehin, J., and Mahan, S. A., 2008, Late Pleistocene lakes and wetlands, Panamint Valley, Inyo County, California: Geological Society of America Special Papers, v. 439, p. 151-184.

McAllister, J. F., 1955, Geology of mineral deposits, Ubehebe Peak quadrangle, Inyo County, California: California Division of Mines and Geology, Special Report 42.

McAllister, J. F., 1956, Geologic Map of the Ubehebe Peak Quadrangle, California. U.S. Geological Survey, Geologic Quadrangle Map, GQ-95, scale 1:24,000.

McAllister, J. F., 1970, Geology of the Furnace Creek Borate Area, Death Valley, Inyo County, California: California Division of Mines and Geology, Map Sheet 14.

McAllister, J. F., 1976, Columnar section of the main part of the Furnace Creek Formation of Pliocene age, across Twenty-Mule Team Canyon, Furnace Creek borate area, Death Valley, California: U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report no. 76-261.

Meek, N. and Dorn, R., 2000, Is Mushroom Rock a ventifact? California Geology, v. 53, p. 18-21.

Messina, P., 1998, The Sliding Rocks of Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park, California: Physical and Spatial Influences on Surface Processes: City University of New York Ph.D. dissertation, 386 p.

Messina, P. and Stoffer, P. W., 1999, Differential GPS/GIS analysis of the sliding rock phenomenon of Racetrack Playa, Death Valley National Park: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-153, p. 107-108.

Messina, P., Stoffer, P. W., and Smith, G. I., 2005, Macropolygon morphology, development, and classification on North Panamint and Eureka plays, Death Valley National Park, CA: Earth Science Reviews, v. 73, p. 309-307.

Milne, L. and Milne, M., 1980, National Audubon Society Field Guide to Insects and Spiders: New York: Knoph, Inc., 992 p.

National Park Service, [2010a], Charcoal Kilns: Death Valley National Park website: Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/charcoalkilns.htm.

National Park Service, [2010b], Golden Canyon Trail Guide: Death Valley National Park website: Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/planyourvisit/upload/Golden%20Canyon%20Trail%20Guide.pdf.

National Park Service, [2010c], Fish: Death Valley National Park, Nature and Science website: Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/naturescience/fish.htm.

National Park Service, [2010d], Scotty's Castle: Death Valley National Park, History and Culture website: Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/scottys-castle.htm.

National Park Service, [2011], Rhyolite Ghost Town, http://www.nps.gov/deva/historyculture/rhyolite-ghost-town.htm

Palmer, T. S., 1989, Chronology and Names of the Death Valley region in California, 1849-1949: San Bernardino, California: The Borgo Press, 25 p.

Reynolds, M. W., 1976, Geology of the Grapevine Mountains, Death Valley, California: A Summary: in Geologic Features-Death Valley, California: California Division of Mines and Geology, Special Report 106 [website]. Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/geology/publications/state/cdmg-sr-106/sec4.htm.

Sharp, R. P. and Glazner, A. F.1997, Geology Underfoot in Death Valley and Owens Valley: Missoula, MT: Mountain Press Publishing Company, 321 p.

Slate, J. L. (editor), 1999, Proceeding of Conference on Status of Geologic Research and Mapping in Death Valley National Park, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 9-11, 1999: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 99-153, 177 p.

Smith, G. I., 2009, Late Cenozoic geology and lacustrine history of Searles Valley, Inyo and San Bernardino Counties, California: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1727, 115 p. Available on-line at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/1727/.

Spear, S. G., 2010, Death Valley Geology - A Field Guide and Virtual Tour of the Geology of Death Valley National Park and Environs, California and Nevada: Palomar College, Department of Earth, Space and Aviation Sciences, Geology Program: Available on-line at: http://www.palomar.edu/geology/DVWeb.htm.

Stock, C., 1936, Titanotheres from the Titus Canyon Formation, California: Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, v. 22, no. 11, p. 656–661.

Troxel, B. W. (editor), 1974, Guidebook: Death Valley Region, California and Nevada: Geological Society of America, Cordilleran Section 70th Annual Meeting (March 29-31, 1974, Las Vegas, Nevada), Field Trip No. 1, 100 p.

Troxel, B. W. and Wright, L. A., 1976, Geologic Features - Death Valley, California:Sacramento, California: California Division of Mines and Geology, Special Report 106 [website]: Available on-line at: http://www.nps.gov/history/history/online_books/geology/publications/state/cdmg-sr-106/index.htm.

Troxel, B. W. and Wright, L. A., 1987, Tertiary extensional features, Death Valley region, eastern California: in Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America Centennial Field Guide Volume 1, Hill, M. L, editor; Boulder, Colorado: Geological Society of America, p. 121-132.

USDA, [2010], Plant Profile: Pluchea sericea (Nutt.) Coville (arrowweed): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at: http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=PLSE.

USDA, [2010b], Plant Profile: Tamarix aphylla (L.) Karst (Athel tamarisk): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at: http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=TAAP.

USDA, [2010c], Yucca brevifolia Engelm (Joshua tree): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at:
http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=YUBR.

USDA [2010d], Larrea tridentata (DC.) Coville (creosote bush): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at:
http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=LATR2.

USDA, [2010e], Ambrosia dumosa (A. Gray) Payne (burrobush): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at:http://www.plants.usda.gov/.

USDA, [2010f], Atriplex hymenelytra (Torr.) S. Watson (desert holly): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at: http://www.plants.usda.gov/.

USDA, [2010g], Salicornia L. (pickleweed): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at: http://www.plants.usda.gov/.

USDA, [2010h], Atriplex L. (saltbush): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at
http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=ATRIP

USDA, [2010i], Salsola L. (Russian thistle): U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Plants Database. Available on-line at: http://www.plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symbol=SALSO.

Wood, C. A. and Kienle, J., 1990, Volcanoes of North America, United States and Canada: Cambridge University Press, 354 p.

Workman, J. B., Menges, C. M., Page, W. L., Taylor, E. M., Ekren, E. B., Rowley, P. D., Dixon ,G. L., Thompson, R. A., and Wright, L. A., 2002a, Geologic Map of the Death Valley Ground-water Model Area, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2381-A, map scale 1:250,000. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/2002/mf-2381/.

Workman, J. B., Menges, C. M., Page, W. L., Ekren, E. B., Rowley, P. D., and Dixon, G. L., 2002b, Tectonic Map of the Death Valley Ground-water Model Area, Nevada and California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map MF-2381-B: map scale 1:250,000. Available online at: http://pubs.usgs.gov/mf/2002/mf-2381/.


Wright, L. A., Greene, R. C., Cement, I., Johnson, F. C., and Prave, A. R., 1999, Tectonostratigraphic development of the Miocene-Pliocene Furnace Creek Basin and related features, Death Valley region: in Cenozoic Basins of the Death Valley region, Wright, L. A. and Troxel, B. W., editors, Geological Society of America Special Paper 333, p. 87-114.


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