|Our zoomed in view.|
|Well, there it is. Check the snapshot of the cabin on the gigapan if you're not convinced.|
|This matches the wide-angle photo more than the zoomed photo, but enough of that: The symbols jump around too much in Google Earth.|
|The zoomed-in photo with some geology added.|
Now that I think about it, I'm going to have to go ahead and show this next photo, also taken from Red Pass, just so you can see the FCFZ better. Also, the upper part of Titus Canyon can be visualized more easily. I'm not sure which blue line represents the fault best: One is essentially from Niemi (2012); the other is from Reynolds (as shown in Lengner and Troxel, 2008). And both lines are what I've chosen using Google Earth, so a lot of interpretation has transpired. Both faults as drawn may be strands of the same fault. That is, to me they both look like something "fault-ish" in Google Earth. The fault on the left (west) cuts reddish and greenish beds of the EOgtc on the west. The fault on the right has light colored rocks (cream, pale greenish yellow, or light yellowish gray) of the Tw on the east (right). I'm really not sure what formation the rocks in the middle belong to, but I am sure this means that another field trip to the area is warranted.
|"Lost Canyon" in the foreground; upper Titus Canyon (indicated in red) between two volcanic ridges; FCFZ in blue.|
Let's drop on down! The road twists and turns quite a bit, but otherwise isn't too bad. A little ways down the hill, we get a good look at this unnamed hill, herein called "Tc Hill" for the geologic formation capping the hill.
|This hill is really quite colorful, and some photos I've seen of it at sunrise or sunset make it look even brighter.|
Updated [27-28Jul2016]: The Tc-Tw contact should probably be considerably higher on the hill, putting most or all of the greenish rock into the Tw, and possibly the whitish layer just below where the rock turns pinkish to reddish orange upward. And though the line is based directly on Niemi's map, the contact doesn't really match the way he shows his contacts drawn on two aerial photos of the area (Fig. 7 and 8).
|Tc Hill and the approximated Tc-Tw contact.|
|Tc Hill with FCFZ and two minor normal faults added. All faults shown are down-to-the-east (right).|
Well, that really about does it for this time! We're in the upper part of Lost Canyon, winding our way toward Leadfield. The worst part of the road (unless it has been washed out or is in any kind of flash flood situation) is waiting for us up ahead around a sharp bend. From here to Leadfield, we'll be driving mostly on the Titus Canyon Formation. I'm pretty sure that this latter fact means that this part of the road can get nasty in a rainstorm.
A Couple References:
Lengner, K., and Troxel, B.W., 2008, Death Valley's Titus Canyon & Leadfield ghost town: Deep Enough Press, 175 p.
Niemi, N.A., 2012, Geologic Map of the Central Grapevine Mountains, Inyo County, California, and Esmeralda and Nye Counties, Nevada: Nevada, Geological Society of America Digital Maps and Charts Series, DMC12, 1:48,000, 28 p. text.
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The Approach to Titus Canyon: Up and over White Pass
The Approach to Titus Canyon: To Red Pass
The Approach to Titus Canyon: Just Below Red Pass
A Hike at Red Pass, Titus Canyon Road, Death Valley, CA
Titus Canyon Road: A Little History and a Few Maps