Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-13-1953


The earliest major structural deformation recorded in rocks exposed in the Cerrillos area occurred during the Laramie uplift of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. This resulted in an erosional wedging of Upper Cretaceous strata at a rate of 130 feet per mile. Subsequent deposition of the Eocene Galisteo sand, clay, and gravel overstepped this surface in a sourceward direction.

At the beginning of work on this project the major problem was to determine the geological structure of the Cerrillos Hills. It was felt that a large-scale geologic map of an area extensive enough to reveal the structurally complex center of the hills was necessary for the solution of this problem and would be a contribution to the geology of the region.

Degree Name

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Vincent Cooper Kelley

Second Committee Member

J. Paul Fitzsimmons

Third Committee Member

C.J. Perry

Project Sponsors

New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources




Cerrillos Hills, New Mexico

Document Type


DISBROW_PLATE_1_FINAL.pdf (727336 kB)
Geologic Map of the Cerrillos Hills Area, New Mexico

DISBROW_PLATE_2.pdf (487541 kB)
Structure Sections of the Cerrillos Hills Area