Collaborative Research: Spatial and Temporal Growth of Upper Crustal Intrusions, Henry Mountains, Utah


Associate Professor and Chair Scott Giorgis

Department: Geological Science

Funding Source: National Science Foundation

Period of Funding: August 15, 2012 - July 31, 2015

Award Total: $48,000

Recent work has demonstrated that many igneous intrusions are constructed from multiple pulses of magma. Although pulsed construction of plutons appears to be the rule rather than the exception, very little is knows about the actual processes through which this occurs. For the proposed work, Scott will use exceptional exposures of shallow crustal intrusions in a very simple geologic setting to study in detail the spatial and temporal growth of plutons from muliple magma pulses. The Henry Mountains of southern Utah provide an ideal location to undertake this research and will provde an opportunity to pursue two primary goals: (1) study the construction history of individual instrusive centers, and (2) synthesize results from intrusive centers at different stages of development to construct a general construction history for a shallow igneous complex.