Permian Platforms and Reefs in the Guadalupe and Hueco Mountains The Capitan Margin of the Guadalupe Mountains
Paul M. (Mitch) Harris, 2000. "Permian Platforms and Reefs in the Guadalupe and Hueco Mountains The Capitan Margin of the Guadalupe Mountains", Permian Platforms and Reefs in the Guadalupe and Hueco Mountains, Paul M. (Mitch) Harris, J. A. (Toni) Simo
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The Late Permian (Guadalupian) mixed carbonate/siliciclastic sequences of the Delaware Basin, one of the long-lived subbasins of the Permian Basin, are well knovvn both for their classic outcrop exposures revealed by basin and range structuring in the Guadalupe Mountains and for their prolific hydrocarbon production (Figure 18). A large number of stratigraphic and sedimentologic studies have established the Capitan reef and associated facies as a model for the understanding of carbonate facies in a shelf margin setting and of reciprocal sedimentation relations between a shelf and basin. Early studies focused on biostratigraphy, lithostratigraphy, and early concepts of reciprocal sedimentation. Focus shifted in the 1970’s and 1980’s to analysis of depositional facies and processes and on the relatively new understanding of early diagenesis of reef margins. More recently, the outcrops have been analyzed from a cyclostratigraphy and sequence stratigraphy perspective. It will be interesting to see the impact of a refined stratigraphic fi-amework on the direction of future facies, paleo-ecological, and diagenetic studies.
Providing the initial interest in the area were the superb field studies and subsequent detailed reporting of the geology of the southern Guadalupe Mountains by King (1942, 1948). The book by Newell et al. (1953) on the Capitan did much to further enhance the outcrops as research models for sedimentary geologists. The critical treatment of the Capitan sedimentology by Dunham in the late 1950’s and 1960’s, culminating in his detailed 1972 guidebook, stimulated interest and added new understanding. Dunham’s work, plus the
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Permian Platforms and Reefs in the Guadalupe and Hueco Mountains - The Guadalupe and Hueco Mountains are exquisite natural laboratories for studying the stratigraphy, depositional facies, and diagenetic overprint of Permian platform and reef carbonates. SEPM Field Guide No. 9 emphasizes the stratigraphic framework, facies, and diagenesis of a Lower Permian (Wolfcampian) low-relief carbonate platform outcropping in the Hueco Mountains. It also emphasizes an Upper Permian (Guadalupian) steep-rimmed platform of the Guadalupe Mountains. This successful three-day trip stemmed for a 2000 joint SEPM/IAS Research Conference entitled Permo- Carboniferous Carbonate Platforms and Reefs based in El Paso, Texas.