Arizona, Nevada, and California
Comments on Geologic Parameters
16 Rock Mineralogy:
Detailed mineral constituents of the carbonate aquifers in Nevada were provided in tables by Thomas and others (1996). These minerals include calcite, dolomite, gypsum, halite, albite, kaolinite, and K-feldspar. Minor amounts of chalcedony, analcime, and clinoptilolite are reported. Mineralogy of the shallow basin-fill sediments is primarily a reflection of granitic and metamorphic sources (Pool, 1985).
Pool, D. R., 1985, Aquifer geology of alluvial basins of Arizona, in Anderson, T. W., and Johnson, A. I., eds., Regional aquifer systems of the United States, southwest alluvial basins of Arizona: American Water Resources Association Monograph 7, p. 25-36.
Thomas, J. M., Welch, A. H., and Dettinger, M. D., 1996, Geochemistry and isotope hydrology of representative aquifers in the Great Basin region of Nevada, Utah, and adjacent states: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1409-C, p. C1-C100.