My research project Fall 2015


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Research Project

My undergraduate research project for my Senior year is to investigate the hypotheses that Papago Park, the head of Camelback Mountain and Tempe Butte are all part of the same debris flow pattern. This hypothesis is generally accepted within the community and studies have been done by numerous geologists including but not limited to Troy Pewe, Steve Reynolds and Julia Johnson. Steve Reynolds suggests that as the area experienced crustal extension, the blocks of land faulted and broke apart. As the blocks moved, debris filled in the gaps which later solidified. I am planning on testing provenance for the conglomerate and sandstone structures, creating and comparing stratigraphic columns, refining maps and comparing strike and dip patterns and reconstructing paleo-flow environments.