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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...

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