The carbonate and siliciclastic outcrops of the Guadalupe Mountains in the Permian Basin of West Texas and New Mexico have provided a rich set of basic and advanced conceptual models for geologists across the entire spectrum of experience for carbonate-ramp and steep-rimmed–platform settings as well as the adjacent deep-water siliciclastics not dealt with here. Fundamental questions regarding the scale and continuity of reservoir pay facies, the depositional patterns and profiles of shelf-to-slope clinoforms, the width of facies tracts on ramps and rimmed platforms, the distribution and internal composition of reef complexes, the link between reef development and slope depositional patterns, styles of early and late diagenesis including dolomitization and karstification, and structural patterns can all be addressed in the Guadalupe Mountains exposures.

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