Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-27-1960


The East Potrillo Hills are essentially a low north-westerly trending ridge that lies just north of the Mexican border in southern Dona Ana County, New Mexico. The range is approximately 7 miles long and up to 1 1/2 miles wide. It is cut by transverse canyons that carry water to the bolson only during occasionally heavy rains. The crest of the ranges lies 700 to 900 feet above the extensive La Mesa plain which stretches for more than 20 miles to the north, east, and south. In the northern part of the range, the crest reaches a maximum elevation of 5359 feet or more than 1200 feet above La Mesa plain.

Degree Name

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

J. Paul Fitzsimmons

Second Committee Member

Vincent Cooper Kelley

Third Committee Member

Wolfgang Eugene Elston

Project Sponsors

Ruben Alvarez, New Mexico Geological Society




Dona Ana County, East Potrillo Hills

Document Type


Geologic-Map-Structure-Sections-East-Potrillo-Hills.jpg (16043 kB)
Geologic Map and Structure Sections, East Potrillo Hills, Dona Ana County, New Mexico