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U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series I–2308

Geologic Map of the Mojave Mountains Area, Mojave County, Western Arizona

By K.A. Howard, J.E. Nielson, H.G. Wilshire, J.K. Nakata, J.W. Goodge, S.L. Reneau, B.E. John, and V.L. Hansen



The Mohave Mountains area surrounds Lake Havasu City, Arizona, in the Basin and Range physiographic province (fig. 1). The Mohave Mountains and the Aubrey Hills form two northwest-trending ranges adjacent to Lake Havasu (elevation 132 m; 448 ft) on the Colorado River (fig. 2). The low Buck Mountains lie northeast of the Mohave Mountains in the alluviated valley of Dutch Flat. Lowlands at Standard Wash separate the Mohave Mountains from the Bill Williams Mountains to the southeast. The highest point in the area is Crossman Peak in the Mohave Mountains, at an elevation of 1519 m (5148 ft). Arizona Highway 95 is now rerouted in the northwestern part of the map area from its position portrayed on the base map; it now also passes through the southern edge of the map area (fig. 2).

Geologic mapping was begun in 1980 as part of a program to assess the mineral resource potential of Federal lands under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Light and others, 1983). Mapping responsibilities were as follows: Proterozoic and Mesozoic rocks, K.A. Howard; dikes, J.K. Nakata; Miocene section, J.E. Nielson; and surficial deposits, H.G. Wilshire.

Earlier geologic mapping includes reconnaissance mapping by Wilson and Moore (1959). The present series of investigations has resulted in reports on the crystalline rocks and structure (Howard and others, 1982a), dikes (Nakata, 1982), Tertiary stratigraphy (Pike and Hansen, 1982; Nielson, 1986; Nielson and Beratan, 1990), surficial deposits (Wilshire and Reneau, 1992), tectonics (Howard and John, 1987; Beratan and others, 1990), geophysics (Simpson and others, 1986), mineralization (Light and McDonnell, 1983; Light and others, 1983), field guides (Nielson, 1986; Howard and others, 1987), and geochronology (Nakata and others, 1990; Foster and others, 1990).

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Last modified March 21, 2012
First posted July 19, 2000

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Suggested citation:

Howard, K.A., Nielson, J.E., Wilshire, H.G., Nakata, J.K., Goodge, J.W., Reneau, S.L. ,John, B.E., and Hansen, V.L., 1999, Geologic map of the Mojave Mountains area, Mojave County, western Arizona: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series I–2308, scale 1:48,000, available at

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