Tobin Range

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Tobin Range
1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake scarp.jpg
West side of the Tobin Range showing the 1915 earthquake scarp as an irregular white line along the mountain base
Highest point
Peak Mount Tobin
Elevation 2,973 m (9,754 ft)
Coordinates 40°22′37″N 117°31′33″W / 40.37694°N 117.52583°W / 40.37694; -117.52583
Length 32.5 mi (52.3 km) NNE
Width 6 mi (9.7 km)
Tobin Range is located in Nevada
Tobin Range
location of Tobin Range in Nevada [1]
Country United States
State Nevada
District Pershing County
Range coordinates 40°26′17″N 117°30′42″W / 40.43806°N 117.51167°W / 40.43806; -117.51167Coordinates: 40°26′17″N 117°30′42″W / 40.43806°N 117.51167°W / 40.43806; -117.51167
Topo map USGS Fish Creek Mts, NV and
Winnemucca, NV 30x60 minute

The Tobin Range is a mountain range in eastern Pershing County, Nevada.[1] The linear range is typical of the basin and range structure with an approximate length and width of 32.5 miles (52.3 km) by 6 miles (9.7 km) with a NNE orientation.[2] The Tobin Range includes Mount Tobin, a 9,754 feet (2,973 m) summit that dominates the surrounding area. Mount Tobin has a latitude of 40°22′37″N and a longitude of 117°31′33″W.[3]

To the north the Tobins are separated from Buffalo Mountain in Humboldt County by Smelser Pass and to the northeast from the Battle Mountains in Lander County by the broad Buffalo Valley. To the east and southeast lie the Fish Creek Mountains and the small Augusta Mountains. To the west and southwest lie the East Range and the Stillwater Range across Pleasant Valley. To the northwest is the Sonoma Range in Humboldt County.[2]

The 1915 Pleasant Valley earthquake produced dramatic fault scarps along the west margin of the range with up to 5.8 metres (19 ft) of vertical displacement.[4]

Tobin Range was named after Clement L. Tobin.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Tobin Range". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  2. ^ a b Fish Creek Mts (1982) and Winnemucca (1986) 30x60 minute quadrangles USGS
  3. ^ GNIS
  4. ^ USGS contributors. "Historic Earthquakes: Pleasant Valley, Nevada". USGS. 
  5. ^ Federal Writers' Project (1941). Origin of Place Names: Nevada (PDF). W.P.A. p. 66.