A MAPPING, PETROGRAPHY, AND GEOCHEMISTRY-BASED STUDY OF VOLCANIC UNITS IN THE SOUTHERN OREGON CASCADES
The definition of geologic unit extents was jointly based upon macroscopic descriptions, and the geochemistry and petrography of samples collected over multiple field seasons. Formal maps were drafted using ArcGIS, allowing for a clearer determination of relative flow ages and edifice volumes. Through an application of previously-published regional eruption ages, this in turn has allowed for a first order determination of minimum cone-building rates for several of the smaller, peripheral vents within this field area. Crystallization textures observed in some of the more-expansive of these flows have also suggested a potential correlation with distance from eruptive centers, with patterns relating post-eruptive crystal growth to flow volumes and distance traveled.