Geology of National Parks, 3D and Photographic Tours
|Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Kayenta Formation of Glen Canyon Group (AZ*,CO*,UT*)
Kayenta Formation (NV*)
Kayenta Formation crops out along Upper Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park
Plateau sedimentary province*
Black Mesa basin*
San Juan basin*
Great Basin province*
About 1 mi north of Kayenta, for which unit is probably named, Navajo Co., AZ, and about 20 mi south of Monument Valley-Navajo Mountain region, San Juan Co., UT, and Coconino Co., AZ (Baker, 1936).
(alphabetical): Cedar City Tongue (UT*), Tenney Canyon Tongue (AZ*,UT*).
|Unit Name History:
First used as the middle formation of Glen Canyon Group (Baker, 1936). Revised, Tenney Canyon Tongue designated as upper tongue of Kayenta Formation (Averitt and others, 1955). Overview (Harshberger and others, 1957). Age modified (Lewis and others, 1961). Overview (Averitt, 1962). Areal limits (Wilson and Stewart, 1967). Overview (Peterson and Pipiringos, 1979). Age modified (Padian, 1989). Areal limits (Anderson, Hintze, 1993). [Some assign this unit to the Early Jurassic; others assign it only to the Late Triassic(?)]
Averitt, Paul, Wilson, R.F., Detterman, J.S., Harshbarger, J.W. and Repenning,
C.A., 1955, Revisions in correlation and nomenclature of Triassic and
Jurassic formations in southwestern
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
Lewis, G.E., Irwin, J.H. and Wilson, R.F., 1961, Age of the Glen Canyon
Group (Triassic and Jurassic) on the Colorado Plateau: Geological Society
of America Bulletin, v. 72, no. 9, p.
Averitt, Paul, 1962, Geology and coal resources of the Cedar Mountain quadrangle, Iron County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 389, 72 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:
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,
Padian, K., 1989, Presence of dinosaur Scelidosaurus indicates Jurassic
age for the Kayenta Formation (Glen Canyon Group, northern Arizona): Geological
Society of America, Geology,
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.
Baars, Donald L., 2000, Geology of Canyonlands National Park, Utah. In, Geology of Utah's parks and monuments: Sprinkel, Douglas A., Chidsey, Thomas C., Jr., and Anderson, Paul B., eds, Utah Geological Association Publication, v. 28, p. 61-83.
Hamblin, H. Alden., 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., editors, Utah Geological Association Publication, v. 28, p. 557-568.
Sanabria, Diego Ignacio, 2001, Sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy of the Lower Jurassic Kayenta Formation, Colorado Plateau, USA: Rice University, Houston, TX; PhD dissertation.
Chidsey, Thomas C., Jr., Willis, Grant C., Sprinkel, Doutlas A., Anderson,
Paul B., 2002,
Curtis, Kent, and Padian, Kevin, 1999, An Early Jurassic microvertebrate
fauna from the Kayenta Formation of northeastern Arizona., microfaunal
change across the
* show accepted USGS usage. Note that data on this page is modified from information available via the
National Geologic Map Database GEOLEX: