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Kayenta Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Kayenta Formation of Glen Canyon Group (AZ*,CO*,UT*)
Kayenta Formation (NV*)

Kayenta Formation
Kayenta Formation crops out along Upper Muley Twist Canyon in Capitol Reef National Park






Age:
Controversial
Triassic?, Late*
Jurassic, Early*
Sinemurian
Pliensbachian
Toarcian
Geologic Province:
Paradox basin*
Plateau sedimentary province*
Black Mesa basin*
San Juan basin*
Great Basin province*
Areal Extent:
AZ(n)*
CO(sw)*
NV(e)*
UT(s)*
Type Locality:
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).
Subunits:
(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(?)]

References

Baker, A.A., 1936, Geology of the Monument Valley-Navajo Mountain region, San Juan County, Utah: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 865, 106 p., Also, U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Investigations Map OM-168, and Bulletin 1087-D.

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
Utah and northern Arizona: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 39, no. 12, p. 2515-2524.

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.

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.
1437-1440.

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:
U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1244-D, p. D1-D20.

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,
(Supersedes 1979, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, OF-79-281, 179 p.)

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.

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,
Geology of Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Utah. In, Geology of Utah's parks and monuments:Sprinkel, Douglas A., Chidsey, Thomas C., Jr., Anderson, Paul B., editors, Utah Geological Association Publication, v. 28, p. 250-262.

Curtis, Kent, and Padian, Kevin, 1999, An Early Jurassic microvertebrate fauna from the Kayenta Formation of northeastern Arizona., microfaunal change across the
Triassic-Jurassic boundary: PaleoBios, v. 19, no. 2, p. 19-37.

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