Geologic Framework of the Capitan Reef
The Capitan Formation of southeast New Mexico and west Texas contains one of the world's best exposed and most famous reefs. Depositional and diagenetic models derived from the Capitan have been used to interpret carbonate strata throughout the world. This volume contains 12 state-of the- art papers summarizing major new research on the Capitan, putting the Capitan into a modern statrigraphic, depositional, paleontologic, and diagenetic framework.
Geologic Framework of the Capitan Depositional System—Previous Studies, Controversies, and Contents of this Special Publication
Published:January 01, 1999
Arthur H. Saller, Paul M. (Mitch) Harris, Brenda L. Kirkland, S. J. Mazzullo, 1999. "Geologic Framework of the Capitan Depositional System—Previous Studies, Controversies, and Contents of this Special Publication", Geologic Framework of the Capitan Reef, Arthur H. Saller, Paul M. (Mitch) Harris, Brenda L. Kirkland, S. J. Mazzullo
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The Guadalupe and Delaware mountains of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico contain superb outcrops of the Capitan depositional system (Fig. 1). The Capitan depositional system as used here includes the reef/forereef of the Capitan Formation, shelfal equivalents (Seven Rivers, Yates and Tansill formations), and the basinal equivalent (Bell Canyon Formation) (King, 1948; Newell et al., 1953; Hayes, 1964) (Fig. 2). Exposures in the Guadalupe Mountains are immense (1000 m vertical; 5-10 km in dip direction; 70 km along strike), and have suffered minimal structural deformation. The Capitan depositional system of the Guadalupe Mountains has been visited and studied...