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Moenave Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Moenave Formation of Glen Canyon Group (AZ*,NV*,UT*)
Age:
Controversial
Triassic?, Late*
Jurassic, Early
Hettangian
Sinemurian
Pliensbachian
Geologic Province:
Plateau sedimentary province*
Great Basin province*
Black Mesa basin*
Paradox basin*
Areal Extent:
AZ(ne)*
NV(ec)*
UT(sc)
Type Locality:
Exposures near Moenave, for which unit is named, 6 mi west of Tuba City, Coconino Co., AZ (Harshbarger and others, 1957).
Subunits:
(alphabetical): Dinosaur Canyon Member (AZ*,NV*,UT*) or Dinosaur Canyon Sandstone Member (AZ*,UT*), Springdale Sandstone Member (AZ*,NV*,UT*), Whitmore Point Member (AZ*,UT*).
Unit Name History:
Named; divided into Dinosaur Canyon and Springdale Sandstone Members (Harshbarger and others, 1957). Areal limits (Wilson and Stewart, 1967). Revised, Whitmore Point Member named as middle member (Wilson, 1967). Overview (Peterson and Pipiringos, 1979). Areal limits (Sargent and Hansen, 1982). Age modified (Padian, 1989). Areal limits (Anderson and Hintze, 1993).Ref

References

Harshbarger, J.W., Repenning, C.A. and Irwin, J.H., 1957, Stratigraphy of the uppermost Triassic and the Jurassic rocks of the Navajo country: U.S. Geological Survey Professional
Paper, 291, 74 p.

Wilson, R.F. and Stewart, J.H., 1967, Correlation of Upper Triassic and Triassic(?) formations between southwestern Utah and southern Nevada, IN Contributions to stratigraphy, 1966:
U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1244-D, p. D1-D20.

Wilson, R.F., 1967, Whitmore Point, a new member of the Moenave Formation in Utah and Arizona: Plateau, v. 40, no. 1, p. 29-40.

Peterson, Fred and Pipiringos, G.N., 1979, Stratigraphic relationships of the Navajo Sandstone to Middle Jurassic formations in parts of southern Utah and northern Arizona, IN Unconformities, correlations, and nomenclature of some Triassic and Jurassic rocks, Western Interior United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1035-B, p. B1-B43.

Sargent, K.A. and Hansen, D.E., 1982, Bedrock geologic map of the Kaiparowits coal-basin area, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map, I-1033-I, 1 sheet.

Padian, K., 1989, Presence of dinosaur Scelidosaurus indicates Jurassic age for the Kayenta Formation (Glen Canyon Group, northern Arizona): Geological Society of America, Geology,
v. 17, no. 5, p. 438-441.

Anderson, R.E. and Hintze, L.F., 1993, Geologic map of the Dodge Spring quadrangle, Washington County, Utah and Lincoln County, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map, GQ-1721, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000.

Hamblin, H. Alden, and Foster, John R., 2000, Ancient animal footprints and traces in the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, south-central Utah. In, Geology of Utah's parks and monuments: Sprinkel, Douglas A., Chidsey, Thomas C. Jr., and Anderson, Paul B.
Utah Geological Association Publication, v. 28, p. 557-568.

Deblieux, Donald D., Smith, Joshua A., McGuire, Jennifer L., Santucci, Vincent L., Kirkland, James L., and Butler, Matt, 2003, A paleontological inventory of Zion National Park, Utah, and the use of GIS technology of create paleontological sensitivity maps for use in resource management: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v. 23, no. 3, Supplement, 45 p.

Hargrave, Eric V., 1999, Stratigraphy and correlation of Triassic and Jurassic rocks in
west-central Arizona and southeastern California: AAPG Bulletin, v. 83, no. 11, p. 1887.

Chin, Karen, Kirkland, James I., Milner, Andrew R. C., and Mickelson, Debra L., 2003, Distinctive accumulations of fossil fish debris in the Formation tell a story of life and death in a biotically productive, Early Jurassic lake near St. George, Utah: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v. 23, no. 3, Supplement, p. 40.

Lucas, Spencer G., and Heckert, Andrew B., 2001, Theropod dinosaurs and the Early Jurassic age of the Moenave Formation, Arizona-Utah, USA: Neues Jahrbuch fuer Geologie und Palaeontologie. Monatshefte, v. 2001, no.7, pp.435-448.

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