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Dr. Charles Chapin

Chuck Chapin
Emeritus - Director and State Geologist
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
3404 Ave. Curvatura NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Phone: 505-344-5817

Education

  • Geological Engineer, Colorado School of Mines, 1954, Mining Geology
  • D.Sc. Colorado School of Mines, 1965, Geology/Chemistry

Honors & Awards

  • Distinguished Research Award—New Mexico Tech, 1988
  • Distinguished Lecturer—American Association of Petroleum Geologists, 1985-1986
  • Van Diest Gold Medal (Research)—Colorado School of Mines, 1980
  • Distinguished Achievement Medal—Colorado School of Mines, 1999

Selected Bibliography

Books

  1. Chapin, C. E., and Elston, W. E., 1978, Field guide to selected cauldrons and mining districts of the Datil–Mogollon volcanic field, New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, Special Publication 7, 149 p., 3 pls.
  2. Chapin, C. E., and Elston, W. E., 1979, Ash-flow tuffs: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 180, 212 p.
  3. Chapin, C. E., and Callender, J. F., 1983, Socorro Region II: New Mexico Geological Society, 34th Annual Field Conference, Guidebook, 344 p.
  4. Chapin, C. E., and Zidek, J., 1989, Field excursions to volcanic terranes in the western United States, Volume I—Southern Rocky Mountain Region: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Memoir 46, 486 p.
  5. Chapin, C. E., and Zidek, J., 1989, Field excursions to volcanic terranes in the western United States, Volume II—Cascades and Intermountain West: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Memoir 47, 285 p.
  6. Lipman, P. W., Chapin, C. E., and Dungan, M. A., 1989, Cenozoic volcanism in the western United States: American Geophysical Union, 730 p.

Papers

  1. Charles E. Chapin, Shari A. Kelley, and Steven M. Cather, 2014, The Rocky Mountain Front, southwestern USA, Geosphere, v. 10, no. 5, p. 1043-1060, doi:10.1130/GES01003.1
  2. Cather, S. M.; Chapin, C. E.; Kelley, S. A., 2012, Diachronous episodes of Cenozoic erosion in southwestern North America and their relationship to surface uplift, paleoclimate, paleodrainage, and paleoaltimetry, Geosphere (Themed Issue: Origin and Evolution of the Colorado River System II ), v. 8, no. 6, p. 1177-1206, doi:10.1130/GES00801.1
  3. Chapin, C. E., 2012, Origin of the Colorado Mineral Belt; Geosphere, v. 8, no. 1, p. 1-16
  4. Chapin, C.E., 2008, Interplay of oceanographic and paleoclimate events with tectonism during middle to late Miocene sedimentation across the southwestern USA; Geosphere, v. 4, no. 6, p.976-991.
  5. Chapin, Charles E., Wilks, Maureen, and McIntosh, William C., 2004 Spacetime patterns of Late Cretaceous to present magmatism in New Mexico—comparison with Andean volcanism and potential for future volcanism, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Bulletin 160, p. 13-40.
  6. Chapin, C.E., McIntosh, W.C., and Chamberlin, R.M., 2004, The late Eocene-Oligocene peak of Cenozoic volcanism in southwestern New Mexico, in Mack, G.H., and Giles, K.A., eds., The Geology of New Mexico—A geologic history, New Mexico Geological Society Special Publication 11, p. 271-293.
  7. McIntosh, William C. and Chapin, Charles E., 2004, Geochronology of the central Colorado volcanic field, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Bulletin 160, p. 205-237.
  8. Kelley, Shari A., and Chapin, Charles E., 2004, Denudation history and internal structure of the Front Range and Wet Mountains, Colorado, based on apatite fission track thermochronology, New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources, Bulletin 160, p. 41-77.
  9. Epis, R. C., and Chapin, C. E., 1968, Geologic history of the Thirtynine Mile volcanic field, central Colorado; in Epis, R. C. (ed.), Cenozoic volcanism in the southern Southern Rocky Mountains: Colorado School of Mines Quarterly, v. 63, no. 3, pp. 51–85.
  10. Chapin, C. E., 1971, The Rio Grande rift;, Part I—Modifications and additions; in: James, H. L. (ed.), San Luis Basin: New Mexico Geological Society, 22nd Annual Field Conference, Guidebook 22, pp. 191–201.
  11. Epis, R. C., and Chapin, C. E., 1974, Stratigraphic nomenclature of the Thirtynine Mile volcanic field, central Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin 1395-C, 23 p.
  12. Epis, R. C., and Chapin, C. E., 1975, Geomorphic and tectonic implications of the post-Laramide, late Eocene erosion surface in the southern Southern Rocky Mountains; in Curtis, B. F. (ed.), Cenozoic evolution of the southern Southern Rocky Mountains: Geological Society of America, Memoir 144, pp. 45-–74.
  13. Chapin, C. E., and Lowell, G. R., 1979, Primary and secondary flow structures in ash-flow tuffs of the Gribbles Run paleovalley, central Colorado; in Chapin, C. E., and Elston, W. E. (eds.), Ash-flow tuffs: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 180, pp. 137–154. (Reprinted in Cenozoic Volcanism in the Western United States, American Geophysical Union, 1989, pp. 466–483.)
  14. Brown, L. E., Chapin, C. E., Sanford, A. R., Kaufman, S., and Oliver, J., 1980, Deep structure of the Rio Grande rift from seismic reflection profiling: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 85, pp. 4773–4800.
  15. Chapin, C. E., and Cather, S. M., 1981, Eocene tectonics and sedimentation in the Colorado Plateau–-Rocky Mountain area; in Dickinson, W. R., and Payne, M. D. (eds.), Relations of tectonics to ore deposits in the southern cordillera: Arizona Geological Society Digest, v. 14, p. 173–198. (Reprinted in Rocky Mountain foreland basins and uplifts, Lowell, J. D., (ed.), Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, 1983, pp. 33–56.).
  16. Chapin, C. E., 1983, An overview of Laramide wrench faulting in the southern Rocky Mountains with emphasis on petroleum exploration; in Lowell, J. D. and Gries, R. R. (eds.), Rocky Mountain foreland basins and uplifts: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, pp. 169–179.
  17. Osburn, G. R., and Chapin, C. E., 1983, Nomenclature for Cenozoic rocks of northeast Mogollon–Datil volcanic field, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Stratigraphic Chart 1, text, scale 1:1,000,000.
  18. Chapin, C. E., Harlan, H. M., Bondurant, K. T., and others, 1983, The Hansen uranium orebody, Tallahassee Creek district, Fremont County, Colorado; in The genesis of Rocky Mountain ore deposits—Changes with time and tectonics: Denver Region, Exploration Geologists Society, pp. 117–123.
  19. Chapin, C. E., and Lindley, J. I., 1986, Potassium metasomatism of igneous and sedimentary rocks in detachment terranes and other sedimentary basins—Economic implications; in Beatty, B., and Wilkinson, P. A. K. (eds.), Frontiers in geology and ore deposits of Arizona and southwest: Arizona Geological Society Digest, v. 16, pp. 118–126.
  20. Aldrich, M. J., Jr., Chapin, C. E., and Laughlin, A. W., 1986, Stress history and tectonic development of the Rio Grande rift, New Mexico: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 91, no. B6, pp. 6199–6211.
  21. Chapin, C. E., 1988, Axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift; in Sloss, L. L. (ed.), Sedimentary Cover—North American craton: U.S. Geological Society of America, Decade of North American Geology, v. D-2, Chap. 8, Rocky Mountain Region, pp. 165–170.
  22. Chapin, C. E., 1989, Volcanism along the Socorro accommodation zone, Rio Grande rift, New Mexico; in Chapin, C. E., and Zidek, J. (eds.), Field excursions to volcanic terranes in the western United States, Volume I—Southern Rocky Mountain region: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Memoir 46, pp. 46–57.
  23. Mclntosh, W. C., Sutter, J. F., Chapin, C. E., and Kedzie, L. L., 1990, High precision 39Ar/40Ar sanidine geochronology of ignimbrites in the Mogollon–Datil volcanic field, southwest New Mexico: Bulletin of Volcanology, v. 52, pp. 584–601.
  24. Kelley, S. A., Chapin, C. E., and Corrigan, J., 1992, Late Mesozoic to Cenozoic cooling histories of the flanks of the northern and central Rio Grande rift, Colorado and New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Bulletin 145, 39 p.
  25. Mclntosh, W. C., Chapin, C. E., Ratté, J. C., and Sutter, J. F., 1992, Time-stratigraphic framework for the Eocene–Oligocene Mogollon–Datil volcanic field, southwest New Mexico: Geological Society of American, Bulletin, v. 104, no. 7, pp. 851–871.
  26. Mclntosh, W. C., Geissman, J. W., Chapin, C. E., Kunk, M. H., and Henry, C. D., 1992, Ignimbrite-based calibration of the Eocene– Oligocene geomagnetic polarity time scale: Geology, v. 20, pp. 459–463.
  27. Chapin, C. E., and Cather, S. M., 1994, Tectonic setting of the axial basins of the northern and central Rio Grande rift; in Keller, G. R., and Cather, S. M. (eds.), Basins of the Rio Grande rift—Structure, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 291-I, pp. 5–235.
  28. Cather, S. M., Chamberlin, R. M., Chapin, C. E., and Mclntosh, W. C., 1994, Stratigraphic consequences of episodic extension in the Lemitar Mountains, central Rio Grande rift; in Keller, G. R. G., and Cather, S. M. (eds.), Basins of the Rio Grande rift—Structure, stratigraphy, and tectonic setting: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 291, pp. 157–170.
  29. Brister, B. S., and Chapin, C. E., 1994, Sedimentation and tectonics of the Laramide San Juan sag, southwestern Colorado: The Mountain Geologist, v. 31, no. 1, pp. 2–18.
  30. Chapin, C. E., and Dunbar, N. W., 1994, A regional perspective on arsenic in waters of the Middle Rio Grande basin, New Mexico; in The Water Future of Albuquerque and Middle Rio Grande basin—Las Cruces, New Mexico: Water Resources Research Institute, Proceedings of the 39th Annual New Mexico Water Conference, WRRI Report 290, pp. 257–276.
  31. Chapin, C. E., and Kelley, 1997, The Rocky Mountain erosion surface in the Front Range of Colorado; in Bolyard, D. W., and Sonnenberg, S. A. (eds.), Geologic history of the Colorado Front Range, Denver, Colorado: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, pp. 101–1143.
  32. Kelley, S. A., and Chapin, C. E., 1997, Internal structure of the southern Front Range, Colorado, from an apatite fission-track thermochronology perspective; in Bolyard, D. W., and Sonnenberg, S. A., (eds.), Geologic history of the Colorado Front Range, Colorado: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, pp. 1943–3048.
  33. Wilks, M., and Chapin, C. E., 1997, The New Mexico geochronological database: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources, Digital Data Series, DDS-DB1, CD-ROM.