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Larry N. Smith,   Ph.D

Larry SmithAssociate Professor
Ph.D., Geology, University of New Mexico, 1988
M.S., Geology, University of New Mexico, 1983
B.S., Earth Science, Geology, University of California, Santa Cruz, 1977

Research:  Most of my work centers on stratigraphy, sedimentology, Quaternary geology, subsurface and surface geologic mapping, and petroleum geology. Current projects include:

  • The depositional history of Glacial Lake Missoula and features formed during multiple drainage events of the lake.
  • Stratigraphy, sedimentology, and petroleum geology of Cretaceous strata in north-central Montana.

Teaching: Physical Geology, Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology, Geomorphology and Photogeology, Subsurface Methods in Petroleum Geology, Beginning Field Geology, GIS Applications in Natural Resources, and Field Geology (summers).

Student Opportunities: TBA

Email:lsmith@mtech.edu
Phone: (406) 496-4859
Fax: (406) 496-4260

Selected Publications * - Montana Tech student co-authors

Smith, L.N., 2013, Exposure surfaces in glacial Lake Missoula sediments at Garden Gulch, upper Clark Fork River valley, Montana [abst.]: Canadian Quaternary Association (CANQUA) Edmonton, Alberta, Program and Abstracts, p. 221.

Smith, L.N., and Croft, T.O.*, 2013, Sequence stratigraphy, subsurface mapping, and correlation of the Lower Cretaceous Bow Island Formation, North-central Montana [abst.]: Cretaceous Conference: Evolution and Revolution Abstracts and Program, Wyoming Geological Association, p. 32.

Smith, L.N., LaFave, J.I., and Patton, T.W., 2013, Groundwater Resources of the Lolo-Bitterroot Area: Mineral, Missoula, and Ravalli Counties, Montana, Part A: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Ground‑Water Assessment Atlas No. 4, 88 p. GWAA 4 A

Elliot, C.G., Smith, L.N., and Lonn, J.D., 2013, Geologic map of the Mount Powell 7.5’ quadrangle, southwestern Montana: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Open File Report 635, 21 p., 1 sheet(s), 1:24,000. MBMG 635

Croft, T.O.*, and Smith, L.N., 2012, Sequence stratigraphic analysis of the Lower Cretaceous Bow Island Formation, North-central Montana [abst.]: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Convention and Exibition, Long Beach.

Link, C. and Smith, L.N., 2012, Multiple seismic methods and gravity for defining the ancestral Missouri River channel near Great Falls, MT, USA: Symposium on the Application of Geophysics to Engineering and Environmental Problems, p. 85-86.

Smith, L.N., Christensen, S.B.*, and Hotaling, A.J.*, 2012, 3D outcrop mapping by photogrammetric methods–Assessing depositional and erosional events in Glacial Lake Missoula: Proceedings of the Engineering Geology and Geotechnical Symposium: University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada.

Smith, L.N., 2011, Sedimentary environment investigations for an introductory sedimentology class using Google Earth: [abs.]: Geological Society of America Penrose Conference: https://sites.google.com/site/gepenrose/

Smith, L.N., 2011, Sedimentary record of Glacial Lake Missoula along the Clark Fork River from Ninemile to the Flathead River, Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 40, p. 125–136. http://trgs.org/TOC-8.htm

Smith, L.N., Christensen, S.B.*, and Hotaling, A.J.*, 2011, 3D outcrop mapping by photogrammetric methods–assessing depositional and erosional events in Glacial Lake Missoula [abs.]: Geological Society of America, v. 43, no. 4, p. 11.

Smith, L.N., and Gibson, R.I., eds., 2011, The Superior Area and Other Papers: Northwest Geology, v. 40, 162 p.  http://trgs.org/TOC-8.htm

Smith, L.N., Wilson, S.*, and Christensen, S.*, 2011, Stream terraces along the Clark Fork River from Ninemile to the Flathead River, Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 40, p. 63–70.  http://trgs.org/TOC-8.htm

Alho, P., Baker, V., and Smith, L.N., 2010, Paleohydraulic reconstruction of the largest Glacial Lake Missoula draining(s): Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 29, p. 3067–3078.

Smith, L.N., Smith, M.G.A.*, Croft, T.O.*, Dutton, A.D.*, Sunwall, D.A.*, Gordon, L.M.*, Wright, J.R.*, and Dresser, H.W., 2010, Quaternary mapping and glaciation of the northern Anaconda Range and the southern Flint Creek Range, Deer Lodge, Granite, and Powell Counties, Montana: Northwest Geology, v. 39, p. 1–14. http://trgs.org/TOC-7.htm

Lonn, J. D., McDonald, C., Sears, J.W., and Smith, L. N., 2010, Geologic map of the Missoula East 30' x 60' quadrangle, western Montana: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Open File Report 593, 1 sheet(s), 1:100,000. MBMG 593

Smith, L.N., 2009, Hydrogeologic framework of the Upper Clark Fork River area, Deer Lodge, Granite, Powell, and Silver Bow counties (open-file version), Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Ground-Water Assessment Atlas 5B-02, 1 sheet(s), 1:250,000.

Smith, L.N., 2008, Altitude of the top of the Madison Group, Cascade County, Montana, Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Ground-Water Assessment Atlas 7B-03, (open-file version), 1 sheet(s), 1:75,000.

Smith, L. N., 2006, Stratigraphic evidence for multiple drainings of glacial Lake Missoula along the Clark Fork River, Montana, USA: Quaternary Research, v. 66, p. 311–322.

Smith, L. N., 2004, Late Pleistocene stratigraphy and implications for deglaciation and subglacial processes of the Flathead Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet, Flathead Valley, Montana, USA: Sedimentary Geology, v. 165, p. 295–332.

LaFave, J.I., Smith, L.N., and Patton, T.W., 2004, Ground-Water Resources of the Flathead Lake Area: Flathead, Lake, Sanders, and Missoula Counties, Montana, Part A: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology, Ground-Water Assessment Atlas No. 2, 132 p.

Locke, W., and Smith, L. N., 2004, Pleistocene mountain glaciation in the state of Montana, USA, in Ehlers, J., and Gibbard, P. L., eds., Extent and Chronology of Glaciations, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Elsevier, p. 117–121.