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Michael Cosca

Researcher
Geology
The U.S. Geological Survey
United States Virgin Islands

Biography

Michael Cosca is a research geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, who combines 40Ar/39Ar geochronology with mineralogy, petrology, and field geology to understand igneous, metamorphic, and tectonic processes at the regional, local, and sub-grain scale. Mike received his undergraduate degree in geology from the University of California, Berkeley (1981) and M.Sc. (1985) and Ph.D. (1989) in geology from the University of Michigan

Research Interest

geochronology of ore deposits, mountain building, volcanic stratigraphy, landscape formation, near-surface faulting, physical and chemical controls of argon distribution

Publications

  • Cosca, M.A., Chaffee, M.A., and Johnson, R., 1983, Mineral resource potential map of the Laurel-McGee Roadless Area, Mono County, California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map, MF-1411C.

  • Cosca, M.A., Chaffee, M.A., and Capstick, D.O., 1983, Mineral resource potential map of the Wheeler Ridge Roadless Area, Inyo and Mono Counties, California: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map, MF-1411B.

  • Cosca, M.A., and Chaffee, M.A., 1983, Geochemical analyses of rock, stream-sediment, and panned-concentrate samples from the Laurel-McGee and Wheeler Ridge Roadless Areas, Inyo and Mono Counties, California: U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 83-3, 107 p.

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