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Sunday, 3 June 2012

A Western Crater Field? - Flathead_Lake

A Western Crater Field? - Flathead_Lake

In “A Western Crater Field?” at
E.P. Grondine wrote:

“Hi all -
A while back, I related to you the Assiniboine memories
of the Holocene Start Impact Event (HSIE):

… URLs to unrelated previous posts omitted…

“I think that there is data to suspect that the lake
the Assinboine remembered waz Flathead Lake:

If you look at the current west-north-west exit of
the lake in this image:
you will see what appear to be several astroblemes.

The exit of this lake prior to their formation appears
to have been south down a river which would have
formed a rather perfect animal migration path.
Whether they are or not will require proper geological
field examination.”

The structural and Quaternary geology of Flathead Lake
has been studied in great detailed and the results of these
studies have been published in a series of peer-reviewed
journal papers and other scientific publications. This
research included detailed field study, including geologic
mapping, of the Flathead Lake area; high-resolution
gravity surveys of the Flathead Lake area; 270 km of
single channel, 3.5 kHz reflection seismic reflection data
of sediment underlying Flathead Lake; a set of eight,
5 to 11.5 m long, piston cores taken from the bottom of
Flathead Lake; and additional low-frequency seismic
data gathered by the United States Geological Survey.

All of this data and research clearly demonstrates a
lack of any evidence for extraterrestrial impact having
been associated with the formation of Flathead Lake and
soundly refutes any such hypothesis. This research
demonstrates that Flathead Lake occupies the actively
subsiding southern end of a rift valley known as the Rocky
Mountain Trench. The seismic data shows five different
periods of increased tectonic activity and associated
subsidence have occurred during the last 15,000 years.
The core and seismic data show that acoustically-stratified,
undisturbed Pleistocene glacial lake and Holocene sediment
underlies the bottom of Lake Flathead. The cores and
seismic data demonstrates that the oldest of these sediments
date to about 14,475±150 cal yr BP, the maximum age of
the oldest varves. This is when the main Flathead Lake
basin was at least partially deglaciated and lake sediments
could start accumulating within the basin now occupied
by Flathead Lake. Field studies of the area around Flathead
Lake show that the southern shore of this lake is formed
by a recessional moraine of glacial origin, which acts as
dam. The north shore of Flathead Lake consists of younger
recessional glacial moraines. Although volcanic ash beds
are preserved in lake and glacial sediments, there is a
complete absence of any disturbance or event beds,
which can be interpreted as being related to any sort of
extraterrestrial impact since the deglaciation of the area
between 13,000 to 15,000 years.

References about Flathead Lake include:

Edwards, J., 2006, Evidence for Glacial Outburst Floods
along the Lower Flathead River: Results from Geologic
Mapping, Geomorphologic Analysis, and a Gravity Survey
near Polson, Montana. unpublished MSc thesis, University
of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

Hoffmann, M. H., 2005, Sedimentary record of glacial
dynamics, lake level fluctuations, and tectonics:
Late Pleistocene-Holocene structural and stratigraphic
analysis of the Flathead Lake basin and the Mission
Valley, Montana, USA. Unpublished PhD. dissertation,
University of Montana, Missoula, Montana.

Hofmann, M. H., and M. S. Hendrix, 2010, Depositional
processes and the inferred history of ice-margin
retreat associated with the deglaciation of the
Cordilleran Ice Sheet: The sedimentary record
from Flathead Lake, northwest Montana, USA
Sedimentary Geology. vol. 223, no. 1-2, pp. 61–74

Hofmann, M. H., M. S. Hendrix, J. N. Moore, and M. Sperazza,
2006a, Late Pleistocene and Holocene depositional history
of sediments in Flathead Lake, Montana: evidence
from high-resolution seismic reflection interpretation.
Sedimentary Geology. vol. 184, no. 1, pp. 111–131.

Hofmann, M. H., M. S. Hendrix, J. N. Moore, and M. Sperazza,
2006b, Neotectonic evolution and fault geometry change
along a major extensional fault system in the Mission and
Flathead Valleys, NW-Montana. Journal of Strucutral Geology.
vol. 28, no. 7, pp. 1244–1260.

LaFave, J. I., L. N. Smith, and T. W. Patton, 2004,
Ground-water resources of the Flathead Lake Area:
Flathead, Lake, and parts of Missoula and Sanders counties.
Montana Ground-Water assessment Atlas no. 2, The
Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Butte, Montana.

Smith, L. N., 2001. Hydrogeologic framework of the southern
part of the Flathead Lake Area, Flathead, Lake, Missoula, and
Sanders Counties, Montana. Montana Bureau of Mines and
Geology, Montana Ground-Water Assessment Atlas No.2,
Part B, Map 10.

Smith, L. N., 2004. Late Pleistocene stratigraphy and implications
for deglaciation and subglacial processes of the Flathead
Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, Flathead Valley, Montana,
USA. Sedimentary Geology, vol. 165, No. 3-4, pp. 295–332.

Wold, R. J., 1982. Seismic reflection study of Flathead Lake,
Montana. Miscellaneous field studies map no. MF-1433,
scale 1:117,647. U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Virginia

Best wishes,

Paul H.