This collection includes theses, dissertations, and professional papers from the University of Montana Department of Geosciences. Theses, dissertations, and professional papers from all University of Montana departments and programs may be searched here.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Structural Analysis of a Triangle Zone Culmination, Comb Rock, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, Shane S. Fussell

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In Situ Measurements and Modeling Used to Constrain Heat Transfer in the Western Greenland Ice Sheet, Benjamin H. Hills

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LATERAL HETEROGENEITY AND ARCHITECTURAL ANALYSIS OF THE WALL CREEK MEMBER OF THE UPPER CRETACEOUS (TURONIAN) FRONTIER FORMATION, John Zupanic

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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SPATIAL SCALING OF CRUSTAL AND LITHOSPHERIC DEFORMATION IN THE WESTERN UNITED STATES, Cody W. Bomberger

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HazardReady – a geographically based natural hazard education and preparedness web application, Carson C. MacPherson-Krutsky Ms.

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TECTONIC ALTERATION OF A MAJOR NEOGENE RIVER DRAINAGE OF THE BASIN AND RANGE, Stuart D. Parker

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KINEMATIC CONSTRAINTS ON TECTONICS OF THE NORTHERN BASIN AND RANGE, Dylan Schmeelk

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Diagenesis of the Devonian-Mississippian Sappington Formation, southwestern Montana: Implications for petroleum reservoir quality, Clayton Schultz

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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The use of three-dimensional GPS observations for tectonics and hydrology in northeast Africa, Yelebe Birhanu Amere

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The influence of pioneer riparian vegetation on river processes from the plant to reach scale, Sharon Verdawn Bywater-Reyes

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Proterozoic tectonometamorphic evolution of the Ruby Range, SW Montana, USA: Insights from phase equilibria modeling and in situ monazite petrochronology, Martin Cramer

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Sediment routing through channel confluences: Particle tracing in a gravel-bed river headwaters, Kurt Imhoff

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Taphonomy of the Chengjiang Biota: Using a combination of sedimentology, geochemistry and experimental taphonomy to determine preservation, Lindsay Ann MacKenzie

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The biogeochemistry of elemental sulfur contaminated soils: insights into effective remediation, Michael Ryan McTee

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FACIES, ARCHITECTURE, AND SEQUENCE STRATIGRAPHY OF THE DEVONIAN-MISSISSIPPIAN SAPPINGTON FORMATION, BRIDGER RANGE, MONTANA, Anna S. Phelps

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Flood duration and chute cutoff formation in a wandering gravel-bed river, April M. Sawyer

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Pressure-Temperature-Time Constraints on Metamorphism, Anatexis, Magmatism & Exhumation in the Priest River Complex, Northern Idaho, and Comparison with Geodynamic Models, Liane Marie Stevens

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TEMPORAL EVOLUTION OF BASAL WATER PRESSURE AND ICE VELOCITY ALONG A 50 KM FLOW LINE TRANSECT OF WESTERN GREENLAND, Patrick Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The sequence stratigraphy of tectonically influenced Upper Santonian to Lower Campanian strata: the Telegraph Creek and Eagle Formations in south­‐central Montana, Alexander Bradford Brekke

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Downstream spatial and temporal response to dam removal, White Salmon River, WA, Erika J. Colaiacomo

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Ice-water dynamics over a land-terminating sector of western Greenland, Toby Meierbachtol

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Developing a facies model and sequence stratigraphic framework for the Devonian-Mississippian Sappington Formation in southwestern-central Montana, Tetsuro Nagase

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Metamorphic Evolution of Precambrian Rocks in the Southern Highland Mountains, Montana, and Implications for Proterozoic Tectonics, David Alan Reioux

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A Study of Hydroclimatic Dynamics in Mountain Landscapes, Nicholas Loren Silverman

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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PETROLOGY, GEOCHEMISTRY, AND AGE OF EXTENSION IN THE LOST TRAIL PASS DIKE SWARM, SOUTHWEST MONTANA, Whitney Gustin Bausch

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FORECASTING GROUNDWATER RESPONSES TO DAM REMOVAL, Antony Ray Berthelote

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Ensemble Modeling of SWE Distribution in the Bitterroot Mountains, Montana, USA, Frederick Kellner

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Statistical modeling of rare stochastic disturbance events at continental and global scales: post-fire debris flows and wildland fires, Karin Lynn Riley

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NEARING THE END: REEF BUILDING CORALS AND BIVALVES IN THE LATE TRIASSIC AND COMPARING CORALS AND BIVALVES BEFORE AND AFTER THE END-TRIASSIC MASS EXTINCTION USING A TAXONOMIC DATABASE, Hannah Morgan Elliott Shepherd

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Hydrologic Conditions and Streamflow Change in an Evolving Semi-Arid Agricultural Watershed, Smith River, Montana, Andrea Stanley

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Energy controls on diurnal snowmelt events and stream recharge, Lost Horse Canyon, Bitterroot Mountains, MT, Brett Woelber

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Evolution and Architecture of an Incised Valley in the Upper Cretaceous Eagle Formation in South-Central Montana, Neal Auchter

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Multi-scale hydrogeomorphic influences on bull trout spawning habitat in snowmelt-dominated headwater streams, Jared Robinson Bean

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Quantifying Glacier-Derived Summer Runoff in Northwest Montana, Adam Michael Clark

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Sediment Dynamics in a Dryland River: Grain-Size Variations, Erosion Rates, Sediment Mixing and Dam Effects, Franklin Jacob Dekker

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STRUCTURAL, THERMOCHRONOLOGICAL, AND STRATIGRAPHIC CONSTRAINTS ON THE EVOLUTION OF THE CLEARWATER METAMORPHIC CORE COMPLEX, IDAHO, Victor Guevara

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Controls on the Spatial-temporal distribution of soil moisture under snow dominated conditions in a naturally vegetated, sub-alpine mountain catchment, Adam Collier Johnson

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THE CLIMATIC, BIOTIC AND TECTONIC EVOLUTION OF THE PALEOGENE RENOVA FORMATION OF SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA, Kevin John Lielke

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Delay of Spring Snowmelt due to Storm-Induced Changes in Snowpack, Columbia River Headwaters, Western Montana, USA, Zachary M. Seligman

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INTERNAL FACIES ARCHITECTURE OF A REGRESSIVE TO TRANSGRESSIVE WAVE-DOMINATED DELTA IN THE UPPER CRETACEOUS EAGLE FORMATION, SOUTH-CENTRAL MONTANA, Eleanor Spangler

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A STRUCTURAL HISTORY OF THE GARNET STOCK AND ITS RELATIONSHIP TO DEFORMATION ALONG THE LEWIS AND CLARK LINE, WESTERN MONTANA, Zackary Steven Wall

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Temporal and Spatial Variation of Fine Sediment Infiltration in a Gravel-Bed River, Elena Gronli Evans

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SAMPLING AND MODELING OF SEDIMENT TRANSPORT AND RESERVOIR EROSION FOLLOWING DAM REMOVAL: MILLTOWN DAM, MONTANA, James Walden Johnsen

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FACTORS AFFECTING MERCURY BIOMAGNIFICATION IN RIVERINE FOOD WEBS IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS: CLARK FORK RIVER BASIN, MONTANA, U.S.A., Molly Frances Staats

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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ALTERATIONS OF RIVER FLOW REGIMES IN THE NORTHERN ROCKY MOUNTAINS, USA, Alicia Arrigoni

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Forecasting the Transport and Fate of Pharmaceuticals in Coarse Grained Aquifers, Tabetha Nicole Lynch

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Classification of Aquifers, Scott Marshall Payne

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BIO/ORGANIC COMPOUND DETECTION USING SODIUM SULFATE MINERALS: IMPLICATIONS IN THE SEARCH FOR LIFE ON MARS AND EUROPA, Charles Doc Richardson

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Tertiary Sediments of the Big Hole Valley and Pioneer Mountains, Southwestern Montana: Age, Provenance, and Tectonic Implications, Warren Paul Roe

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UPPER TRIASSIC CORALS AND CARBONATE REEF FACIES FROM THE MARTIN BRIDGE AND HURWAL FORMATIONS, WALLOWA TERRANE (OREGON), Megan Ruth Rosenblatt

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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Lithofacies and Microfacies of a Fossil Hot Spring System: McGinness Hills, Nevada, Bonnie Jean Ertel

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Surface Water and Groundwater Exchanges in Fine and Coarse Grained River Bed Systems and Responses to Initial Stages of Dam Removal, Milltown, Montana, Anthony Joseph Farinacci

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Cenozoic Evolution of the Gold Creek Basin, Western Montana: Mapping and Documenting the Geology of the Rock Creek Lake 7.5' USGS Quadrangle, Chelsea McRaven Feeney

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Biosignature storage in sulfate minerals- synthetic and natural investigations of the jarosite group minerals, Julia Michelle Kotler

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The Experimental Silicification of Bacillus subtilis, Aaron Chase Tenesch

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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DIRECT AND INDIRECT MODIFICATION OF STREAM FLOW IN THE FLATHEAD RIVER BASIN IN NORTHWESTERN MONTANA: HYDROLOGIC PARAMETER DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION, Angie Lynn Bell

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The Construction of a Plutonic Complex in a Continental Arc Setting: The Skookum Butte Stock, Western Montana, Connie Lynn Brown

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Snow Accumulation and Melt Timing at High Elevations in Northwest Montana, Bonnie Jean Gillan

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PRESSURE-TEMPERATURE EVOLUTION OF METAPELITES WITHIN THE ANACONDA METAMORPHIC CORE COMPLEX, SOUTHWESTERN MONTANA, Erin Haney

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Cenozoic Sedimentary Evolution of the Helmville Basin, West-Central Montana, Julian Glenn McCune

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1. Geodetic constraints on slip rates of large Central Asian faults 2. Earthquake Emergency Education in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Solmaz Mohadjer

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Channel Migration and Bank Erosion of the Clark Fork River at Grant-Kohrs Ranch N.H.S., Western Montana, Nisha Pravin Parmar

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“REDOX PUMPING” IN THE NEAR SURFACE MISSOULA AQUIFER ON THE FLOODPLAIN OF THE CLARK FORK RIVER: SURFACE WATER AND GROUNDWATERINTERACTIONS AND ARSENIC RELATED CHEMISTRY AT A COMPOST FACILITYNEAR A WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT, Donna Lee Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Stratigraphy and Structural Geometry at the Leading Edge of the Montana Thrust Belt, East of Sun River Canyon, Lewis and Clark and Teton Counties, Montana , Michael David Bradway

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The Effective Viscosity of Ash-Laden Flows, Kirstin Anne Burns

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Assessment of Ground Water Exchange in Two Stream Channels and Associated Riparian Zones, Jocko Valley, Western Montana, Aaron A. Fiaschetti

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Investigation of a triangle zone structure between Augusta and Bowman’s Corners, Lewis and Clark County, Montana, Heather Marie Henry

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Seismic Reflection and Gravity Constraints on the Bedrock Configuration in the Greater East Missoula Area, Frank Janiszewski

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DETRITAL-ZIRCON GEOCHRONOLOGIC PROVENANCE ANALYSES THAT TEST AND EXPAND THE EAST SIBERIA - WEST LAURENTIA RODINIA RECONSTRUCTION, John Stuart MacLean

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Borehole Measurements of Dynamic Basal Drainage Adjustments During Sliding Accelerations: Bench Glacier, Alaska, Toby Warren Meierbachtol

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CONTROLS ON THERMAL DISCHARGE IN YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, WYOMING, Jacob Steven Mohrmann

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LITHOLOGIC AND HYDROGEOLOGIC CONTROLS ON THE OCCURRENCE, TRANSPORT, AND FATE OF MTBE IN FINE GRAINED GLACIAL-LACUSTRINE SEDIMENTS, Mary Kathryn Sutherland

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DEVELOPMENT OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAIN FORELAND BASIN: COMBINED STRUCTURAL, MINERALOGICAL, AND GEOCHEMICAL ANALYSIS OF BASIN EVOLUTION, ROCKY MOUNTAIN THRUST FRONT, NORTHWEST MONTANA, Emily Geraghty Ward

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Development and Application of a MODIS Snowmelt Model for Northwestern Montana, Jessica A. Bleha

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Erosional processes after wildfires: The impact of vegetative ash and the morphology of debris flows, Andy Bookter

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History of syn-glacial and post-glacial sedimentation at the former terminus of the Flathead ice lobe near Polson Montana, Jason R. Braden

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Spatiotemporal variations of englacial scattering of radar within Bench Glacier a temperate glacier in coastal Alaska, Joel M. Brown

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3-D geostatistical lithofacies mapping of Pleistocene flood deposits in a portion of the Hanford Nuclear Site Richland Washington, Deborah A. Bush

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Evidence for Glacial Outburst Floods along the Lower Flathead River: Results from Geologic Mapping, Geomorphologic Analysis and a Gravity Survey near Polson, Montana, Jason Omer Edwards

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Evaluation of an Ecohydrologic-Process Model Approach to Estimating Annual Mountain-Block Recharge, Ian Auguste Magruder

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The influence of glacial erosion on landscape evolution and basin morphology in the Bitterroot Mountains Montana, Shawn Naylor

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Characterization of Pre and Post Re-Naturalized Surface Water/Groundwater Exchange, Jocko River, Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, Shandin Hashkeh Pete

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The role of moulins in the late summer subglacial hydrology: Bench Glacier Alaska, Jonathan Reeve

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Distribution of pre-Quaternary and Quaternary geologic units at the former terminus of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet: analysis of map realations north of Polson Montana, Edward L. Salmon

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Acquisition and evaluation of sedimentologic paleomagnetic and geochemical time -series data from Flathead Lake Montana: Implications for late Pleistocene and Holocene paleoclimate, Michael Sperazza

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Phosphorus cycling in Octopus Spring Yellowstone National Park Wyoming U.S.A., Laura A. Strumness

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Sulfur transport and fate in a pulp mill wastewater treatment system, David Lawrence Tooke

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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Petrologic study of the Chamberlain carbonate the Newland limestone the Helena Formation and the Wallace Formation of the middle Proterozoic Belt Supergroup Montana, Rachele B. Ambrose

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Geologic mapping and sedimentologic analysis of Quaternary deposits along the western shore of Flathead Lake northwest Montana ; documenting the record of deglaciation, Amy K. Bondurant

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Upper Triassic carbonates and Scleractinian corals from Wrangellia and the Alexander Terrane ( Alaska and Vancouver Island Canada ): Depositional environments and paleobiogeography, Andrew H. Caruthers

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Differentiating sources of recharge and investigating the fate of arsenic in the shallow groundwater system adjacent to a losing river western Montana, Robyn C. Cook

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K-bentonites of the Middle Proterozoic Belt Supergroup western Montana, Michelle L. Foster

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Effects of sediment pulses on channel morphology and sediment transport in a gravel-bed river, Daniel F. Hoffman

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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 United States America, Michael H. Hofmann

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Investigation of groundwater resources and the transport and fate of septic effluent in a fractured rock aquifer western Montana, Susan E. Joy

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Sedimentary and tectonic evolution of the Flint Creek Basin west-central Montana, Ryan A. Portner

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Sources of water captured by municipal supply wells in a highly conductive aquifer western Montana, Amelia A. Tallman

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Constraining temporal relationships among the draining of Glacial Lake Missoula the retreat of the Flathead ice lobe and the development of the lower Flathead River Valley, Garrett K. Timmerman

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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On the nature of volcanic lithic fragments: Definition source and evolution, Matthew Dale Affolter

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Hydrogeological characteristics and groundwater/river exchange in a gravel-dominated floodplain Middle Fork of the Flathead River northwestern Montana, John Cain Diehl