West Elk Peak

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West Elk Peak
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West Elk Peak
Highest point
Elevation 13,042 ft (3,975 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 3,095 ft (943 m) [3]
Isolation 13.78 mi (22.18 km) [3]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Colorado range high points
Coordinates 38°43′04″N107°11′58″W / 38.7179°N 107.1994284°W / 38.7179; -107.1994284 Coordinates: 38°43′04″N107°11′58″W / 38.7179°N 107.1994284°W / 38.7179; -107.1994284 [1]
Geography
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West Elk Peak
Location Gunnison County, Colorado, U.S. [4]
Parent range Highest summit of the
West Elk Mountains [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
West Elk Peak, Colorado [1]

West Elk Peak, elevation 13,042 ft (3,975 m), is the highest summit in the West Elk Mountains of Gunnison County, Colorado. [3] The mountain is in the West Elk Wilderness, northwest of Gunnison. The terrain consists mostly of volcanic breccia, known in this area as West Elk Breccia, dated at 35 to 30 million years old.

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Geological History - The decipherable known geological history of this peak began in the late Paleozoic, where it formed into the eastern edge of the Uncompahgre highland. Around 10,000 to 15,000 feet of sediment covered the old highland surface in the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic. During the Oligocene, the Colorado mineral belt began to form with the intrusion of two batholiths. One of these batholiths rose sufficiently near the surface, enough to feed volcanoes in the West Elk and San Juan Mountains. The resulting volcanic pile has been subjected to intermittent, occasional uplift as well as being shaped by water and ice. Mineral deposits are somewhat scarce in the surrounding area of the peak, but bituminous coal has been mined on the northern and eastern flanks. [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "WEST ELK D". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  2. The elevation of West Elk Peak includes an adjustment of +2.105 m (+6.91 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "West Elk Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  4. 1 2 "West Elk Peak". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  5. 1923-2011., Young, Robert G. (Robert Glen) (1984). Colorado west : land of geology and wildflowers . Young, Joann W. (Rev. ed.). Grand Junction, Colo.: R.G. Young. ISBN   0961101008. OCLC   12639106.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)