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 2006

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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

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Screening level study of pharmaceuticals in septic tanks, ground water, and surface water in Missoula, Montana, Emily Godfrey

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Gravity radar and seismic investigations to help determine geologic hydrologic and biologic relations in the Nyack Valley northwestern Montana, Nathan E. Harrison

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Characterization of impacts to water resources of Upper Miller Creek from septic system effluent, Missoula County, Montana, Tobias J. Hewitt

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Spatial distribution and temporal variation of trace metals in sediments of a mine impacted river basin : Clear Creek California, Danielle L. Hughes

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Conodont biostratigraphy and facies correlations in an Upper Triassic island arc Keku Strait southeast Alaska, Erik C. Katvala

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An examination of the contact metamorphic aureole of the Garnet stock Garnet-Coloma area Montana, Layaka S. Mann

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Geochemical evolution of flooding mine waters in a zoned sulfide -hosted ore deposit Summit Valley mining district Butte Montana, John J. Metesh

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Spatial and temporal variation of mercury and other heavy metals in a stream contaminated by historic mining : Silver Bow Creek Silver Bow County Montana, John P. Mocko

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Ground penetrating radar and seismic refraction as tools to characterize shallow subsurface conditions on Tongass National Forest Alaska, Noel S. Philip

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Ammonia Release From Organic Decomposition of Alakaline Thermal Spring Cyanobacterial Mats: Implications for Early Diagenetic Solution Chemistry and Silica Phase Transformations, Jerda A. Smeltzer

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Seismic and gravity investigation of sediment depth bedrock topography and faulting in the Tertiary Flint Creek basin western Montana, Jeremy C. Stalker

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Structure and petrology of Windermere age intrusions in the northern Rocky Mountains, Erik W. Burtis

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Imaging the shallow subsurface using ground penetrating radar at the Nyack floodplain Montana, Christopher R. Hawkins

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Preliminary hydrogeological and ground penetrating radar investigation of preferential flow zones in a gravel-dominated floodplain northwest Montana, Adam N. Johnson

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The Alkalic intrusions of Garrison Montana: A possible extension of the Central Montana Alkalic Province, Rebecca Sylvan Kunz

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Transport and fate of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) in a floodplain aquifer and a stream interface Ronan Montana, P. Kevin Loustaunau

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Examination of septic effluent denitrification in natural and sawdust-augmented soils of the Missoula Valley western Montana, Adam Nicholas Perine

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Septic-derived nutrient loading to the groundwater and surface water in Lolo Montana, Brian R. Boer

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Bedrock geologic maps of the Griffin Creek and Bailey Mountain 7.5 minute quadrangles Powell County Montana, Jeffrey A. Brooks

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Mineralogy petrography and geochemistry of the Picket Pin PGE deposit Stillwater Complex Montana, John T. Corkery

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Fate of sewage effluent nutrients applied to coarse-grained soils by sprinkler irrigation, Molly M. Johnson

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Analysis of metals profiles in sediment cores from Flathead Lake, Montana| The importance of multiple controlling factors, Melanie Rebecca Kay

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Sedimentary record of Late Cretaceous through Paleocene evolution of the Bighorn Basin Wyoming, Jesse H. Mitchell

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Characterization of the lithostratigraphic factors controlling petroleum hydrocarbon migration in a portion of the Missoula Valley Aquifer Missoula Montana, Natalie J. Morrow

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The effect of discharge variation on suspended sediment and particulate contaminant transport through Milltown Reservoir Montana, Jan A. Shifflett

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Bank erosion and metal loading in a contaminated floodplain system upper Clark Fork River Valley Montana, Benjamin John Swanson

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Sequence stratigraphy mineralogy and paleogeography of Triassic marginal marine and continental deposits of the Wind River Basin west-central Wyoming, Andrew Olin Urie

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Factors controlling the formation of mineral precipitates lining the channel in Rabbit Creek Yellowstone National Park Wyoming, Matthew V. Vitale

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Preliminary analysis of factors controlling virus transport in a floodplain aquifer western Montana, Jennifer M. Bushur

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Exploration characterization and analysis of an economically viable brick-clay deposit in Montana, Geoffrey E. Gilbert

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Tectonic significance of the Early Cambrian (and older?) Eagle Bay assemblage Vavenby area south-central British Columbia, Noah Daniel Hughes

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Sources and seasonal variability of metal and arsenic concentrations in the surface water of the Clark Fork River basin Montana, Temple Elizabeth McKinnon

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Quantifying impacts to a floodplain groundwater system from large-scale sand and gravel mining, Thomas E. Michalek

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Magma mingling as a trigger of explosive silicic volcanism? A test of models involving the interaction of mafic and felsic magmas in the eastern Bearpaw Mountains MT, Stephen W. Moss

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Spatial and temporal variations in the geochemistry of several western Montana streams and rivers, Sonia Anita Nagorski

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A depth to bedrock model of the Hellgate Canyon and Bandmann Flats area East Missoula Montana using constrained inversion of gravity data, David L. Nyquest

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Sources and pathways of bacterial contamination of groundwater resources within a rural Montana subdivision, Heather L. Perry

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Flow and aquifer parameter evaluation using groundwater age-dating geochemical tools and numerical modeling : Missoula aquifer western Montana, Karl A. Pracht

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Hydrologic controls on the survival of water Howellia (Howellia aquatilis) and implications of land management Swan Valley Montana, Donald Matthew Reeves

Theses/Dissertations from 2000

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Sedimentary record of Upper Cretaceous through Tertiary tectonism northeastern Crazy Mountains Basin central Montana, Joshua K. Borrell

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Effects of floodplain remediation on bed sediment contamination in the upper Clark Fork River basin western Montana, Anna B. Breuninger

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Holocene sand compositions from the Columbia River Basin: Compositional diversity of sediment from a mixed-provenance region, Carla E. Brock

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Characterization of the one-dimensional transport of bacteriophage MS2 in a coarse-grained vadose zone beneath a high school septic leach field, Jeffrey A. Fink

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Flexural rigidity of the northern Rocky Mountains: Relationship to crustal domains and deformational style, Diane Friend

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Stratigraphic analysis of the Albian through Campanian Colorado Group within the Garrison Depression west-central Montana, Matthew W. O'Brien

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Sulfide chemistry and potential toxicity of bottom sediments at a coal-mine-pit-lake in southeastern Montana, Warren P. Phillips

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Structural and paleomagnetic study of thrust rotation of a Late Cretaceous sill Gibson Reservoir Bob Marshall Wilderness Montana, Brian M. Priest

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Affects [sic] of ground water velocity on MS2 transport through a sand matrix, Thomas L. Troy

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Groundwater-stream interaction in a placer-mined watershed : an investigation of Elk Creek Montana, Christa-Marie Tyrrell

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Paleontology of two North American Triassic reef faunas : implications for terrane paleogeography, Jeannette M. Yarnell

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Sedimentologic and tectonic characterization of Mesozoic strata Noyon Uul Syncline southern Mongolia, Mary Beck

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Geology and mineralization of the West Butte intrusive complex Sweet Grass Hills northern-central Montana, Jon C. Carlson

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Petrogenesis of the Adel Mountains volcanic field central Montana, Betsy Cunningham

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Streambed armoring in Iron Spring Creek Yellowstone National Park Wyoming : ground water-surface water interactions, Jennifer M. DeMonge

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Silver- and uranium-bearing veins in the Sunshine Mine, Coeur d'Alene District, Idaho| A genetic relationship?, Rene L. Foehl

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Hydrothermal water/groundwater interaction: a comparative study of electromagnetic terrain-conductivity mapping and standard hydrogeochemical techniques, Matthew L. Gibson

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Paleontology paleoecology and depositional environments within the Upper Triassic (Norian) carbonate strata of the Antimonio Formation northwest Sonora Mexico, David H. Goodwin

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Magma mixing and mingling in the Late Cretaceous Ringing Rocks pluton Jefferson County Montana and implications for the generation of the Boulder batholith, Thomas Charles Johannesmeyer

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Sedimentary structures and facies in the Helena and Wallace formations: Middle Proterzoic belt supergroup Montana, D. Jay Johnson

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Contaminant and hazardous material characterization for the abondoned Paragon Mine site Shoshone County Idaho, Jeffrey K. Johnson

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Early diagenesis of thermal spring deposits, Treavor A. Kendall

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Virus occurrence and transport in a cold-water sand and gravel aquifer Frenchtown Montana, Bruce Charles Lauerman

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High temperature fluids and calcite vein formation in the Montana disturbed belt west-central Montana, Ruth Lerman

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Sedimentology taphonomy and alluvial sequence stratigraphy of the Lower Two Medicine Formation (Campanian) near Choteau Montana, Eric M. Roberts

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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Pit lakes: Their geochemistry and the potential for their remediation, James M. Castro

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Hydrologic evaluation of lower Ninemile Creek Missoula County Montana, Randall J. Gould

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Hydrothermal copper and platinum group element mineralization in the Revais Creek Intrusion : Flathead Indian Reservation west-central Montana, Daniel David Lauer

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Assessing sedimentary architecture using ground-penetrating radar : Cretaceous (Albian) Bootlegger Member Blackleaf Formation central Montana, Timothy Ashworth Meckel

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The Effects of discharge variation on dissolved element concentrations through Milltown Reservoir Montana, Jeremy W. Mickey

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High grade metamorphism melting and migmatization in the Bitterroot Range Montana-Idaho, Carl M. Schafer

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Hydrogen peroxide diel cycling in geothermal waters: Photochemical formation through metal redox cycling, Cindy Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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Paleoclimate study of Eocene fossil woods and associated paleosols from the Gallatin Petrified Forest Gallatin National Forest SW Montana, Lorin Amidon

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Paleomagnetic investigation of the Lower Cretaceous Kootenai Formation western Montana, Kelly M. Brunt

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Paleomagnetic and structural analysis of the Wallowa terrane northeast Oregon and west-central Idaho : a reevaluation of the Salmon River suture zone, Joshua N. Distler