Lecture Takes a Geological Look at the Salt Lakes of the Salt Missions Scenic Byway Trail


The Estancia Valley has a complicated and interesting history that includes episodes of mountain building, inundation by shallow seas, and formation of the present-day basin which includes lake beds that produce common salt along with other minerals. These lake beds are the Salt Lakes of the Salt Missions Scenic Byway Trail.

On Tuesday, November 13, the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Bruce D. Allen about the geological history of the Byway’s Salt Lakes. Dr. Allen has a Ph.D. in geology from the University of New Mexico and has worked for the past 16 years as a field geologist for the NM Bureau of Geology at NM Tech. His research projects include hydrogeological and geochemistry investigations as well as stratigraphic studies of deposits ranging in age from Paleozoic to latest Quaternary.

The lecture will be held at the Sandia Ranger Station in Tijeras. Seating begins at 6 p.m., with the lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m. A $5 donation is reqested from non-members.

This lecture is part of a monthly series sponsored by the Friends of Tijeras Pueblo. For more information about the Friends and their work, go to http://www.friendsoftijeraspueblo.org.

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