Geology of National Parks, 3D and Photographic Tours
Cedar Mesa Sandstone
| Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Cedar Mesa Sandstone of Cutler Group (UT)
Cedar Mesa Formation of Cutler Group (AZ,UT)
Cedar Mesa Formation (NM)
Cedar Mesa Sandstone Member of Cutler Formation (AZ*,CO*,NM*,UT*)
Cedar Mesa Sandstone in Natural Bridges National Monument.
Cedar Mesa Sandstone in the Needles area of Canyonlands National Park.
Black Mesa basin*
San Juan basin*
Not designated. Named for Cedar Mesa on the San Juan River, San Juan Co., UT (Baker and Reeside, 1929).
Unit Name History:
Named Cedar Mesa Sandstone Member (1 of 4 members) of Cutler Formation (Baker and Reeside, 1929). Revised, assigned as middle formation of Cutler Group (Wengerd and Matheny, 1958). Overview; Revised (Baars, 1962). Overview (Stanesco and Campbell, 1989). Revised (Loope and others, 1990). Overview (Condon, 1992).
Baker, A.A. and Reeside, J.B., Jr., 1929, Correlation of the Permian of southern Utah, northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 13, no. 11, p. 1413-1448.
Wengerd, S.A. and Matheny, M.L., 1958, Pennsylvanian system of the Four Corners region: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 42, no. 9, p. 2048-2106.
Baars, D.L., 1962, Permian system of Colorado Plateau: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 46, no. 2, p. 149-218.
Stanesco, J.A. and Campbell, J.C., 1989, Eolian and noneolian facies of the Lower Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone Member of the Cutler Formation, southeastern Utah, IN Evolution of sedimentary basins, San Juan basin: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1808-F, p. F1-F13.
Loope, D.B., Sanderson, G.A. and Verville, G.J., 1990, Abandonment of the name "Elephant Canyon Formation" in southeastern Utah; physical and temporal implications: The Mountain Geologist, v. 27, no. 4, p. 119-130
Condon, S.M., 1992, Geologic framework of pre-Cretaceous rocks in the Southern Ute Indian Reservation and adjacent areas, southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico, IN Geology and mineral resources of the Southern Ute Indian Reservation: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1505-A, p. A1-A56
Langford, R. P., Chan, M. A., 1993, Downwind changes within an ancient
dune sea, Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone, Southeast Utah: In, Aeolian sediments,
ancient and modern:
Loope, David B; Sanderson, George A; Verville, George J., 1990, Abandonment of the name "Elephant Canyon Formation" in southeastern Utah; physical and temporal implications: The Mountain Geologist, v. 27, no. 4, p. 119-130.
Langford, R P; Chan, M A, 1989, Fluvial-aeolian interactions; Part II, Ancient systems: Sedimentology, v. 36, no. 6, p. 1037-1051.
Condon, Steven M; Stanesco, John D; Campbell, John A., 1989, Revisions of Middle Jurassic nomenclature in the southeastern San Juan Basin, New Mexico; eolian and noneolian facies of the Lower Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone Member of the Cutler Formation, southeastern Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin B 1808-E,F, p. E1-E21 and F1-F13.
Stanesco, John D., and Campbell, John A., 1989, Eolian and noneolian facies of the Lower Permian Cedar Mesa Sandstone Member of the Cutler Formation, southeastern Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, Report: B 1808-E,F, p. F1-F13.
Langford, Richard P. and Chan, Marjorie A, 1988, Flood surfaces and deflation surfaces within the Cutler Formation and Cedar Mesa Sandstone (Permian), southeastern Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol.100, no.10, p. 1541-1549.
* show accepted USGS usage. Note that data on this page is modified from information available via the
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