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Sheet Sandstones in a Mid-fan Setting: Codorniz Canyon Brushy Canyon Formation, Texas, USA

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Roger D Shew
Roger D Shew
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January 01, 2008

Abstract

The Late Permian Brushy Canyon Formation is well exposed in the Delaware Mountains of west Texas (Figure 1). This third-order, lowstand, deep-water, siliciclastic unit was deposited in the Delaware Basin seaward of a carbonate ramp during the Guadalupian. The Brushy Canyon has been variously subdivided into lower, middle, and upper Brushy Canyon members (Beaubouef et al., 1999). It is an overall progradational wedge of deep-water sediments composed of fourth-order sand-rich cycles that are separated by basinally mappable, highstand, silty intervals. The sandstones may be subdivided into fifth-order cycles. Additional work has been done by Gardner and others (see the various websites and publications from the Colorado School of Mines and Gardner and Borer, 2000) to separate the Brushy Canyon Formation into multiple fans and to highlight the types of deposits. Fugelli and Olsen (2005) used various outcrops from the Brushy Canyon, including Codorniz Canyon, as analogs for basinal deposits in offshore Norway.

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AAPG Studies in Geology

Atlas of Deep-Water Outcrops

Tor H. Nilsen
Tor H. Nilsen
Desceased
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Roger D. Shew
Roger D. Shew
University of North Carolina
Wilmington, North Carolina
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Gary S. Steffens
Gary S. Steffens
Shell International E&P
Houston, Texas
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Joseph R. J. Studlick
Joseph R. J. Studlick
Maersk Oil America Inc.
Houston, Texas
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
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56
ISBN electronic:
9781629810331
Publication date:
January 01, 2008

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