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The southern Guadalupe Mountains, Texas; Permian stratigraphy and Great Plains/Basin and Range structural transition

Cleavy L. McKnight
Cleavy L. McKnight
Department of Applied Earth Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford California 94305
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January 01, 1988


The Guadalupe Mountains, easternmost of the block-faulted ranges of the Basin and Range at this latitude, expose a classic section of Permian shelf and basin carbonates and elastics (King, 1942, 1948). In a series of panoramic views and roadcuts the southern Guadalupe Mountains in Culberson and Hudspeth counties, Texas, display both the Permian stratigraphic transition of shelf elastics and evaporates to shelf-margin carbonate buildups to basinal elastics and the modern physiographic/structural transition from the relatively undisturbed, flat-lying sedimentary strata of the Great Plains to the tilted and block-faulted rocks of the Basin and Range. The exposures are all located along U.S. 62-180. Stop 1 is located 43 mi (69 km) southwest of Carlsbad, New Mexico; Stop 4, the final locality, is located 37 mi (59 km) farther west, or 96 mi (154 km) east of El Paso, Texas. The immediate field area is shown in Figure 1. The regional geography is shown on the Van Horn, Texas (1975), and Carlsbad, New Mexico (1972), 10 x 2° topographic sheets; geographic place names not shown in Figure 1 may be found on these two maps. The route traverses the South Rector Canyon (1973), Independence Spring (1973), Guadalupe Peak (1973), Guadalupe Pass (1973), Patterson Hills (1973), and Linda Lake South (provisional, 1984) 7½-minute Quadrangles, all in Texas.

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America

O. T. Hayward
O. T. Hayward
Geology Department, Baylor University, Waco, Texas 76798
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January 01, 1988




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