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Stratigraphic analysis of the Navajo Sandstone

William E. Freeman and G. S. Visher
Stratigraphic analysis of the Navajo Sandstone
Journal of Sedimentary Petrology (September 1975) 45 (3): 651-668


The Navajo Sandstone (Upper Triassic(?)-Lower Jurassic) has beeninterpreted as desert-eolian in origin principally based upon "eolian type" cross-bedding; well-rounded, well-sorted, and frosted grains; and lack of fossil evidence. Reevaluation of these criteria reveals that they are ambiguous, non-diagnostic, and insufficient tosubstantiate an eolian interpretation. It was found that comparisons of log-probability curve shapes of samples from Navajo and modern tidal-current environments show they were deposited by similar processes. The Navajo possesses sedimentary structures, such as current lineation, bioturbation, andlarge-scale contorted bedding characteristic of subaqueous conditions of deposition. Pelletal glauconite occurs in a correlate of the Navajo, the Nugget Formation of the Wind River basin, indicative of a marine environment. Vertical sequence and facies patterns of the Glen Canyon Group and Carmel Formation suggest a transgression of Navajo and Carmel marine deposits eastward from the Cordilleran geosyncline onto continental deposits of the Kayenta, Moenave, Wingate, and Chinle Formations.

ISSN: 0022-4472
Serial Title: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
Serial Volume: 45
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Stratigraphic analysis of the Navajo Sandstone
Affiliation: Univ. Tulsa, Earth Sci. Dep., Tulsa, Okla., United States
Pages: 651-668
Published: 197509
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Accession Number: 1976-010643
Categories: Stratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch maps, tables
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Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute.
Update Code: 1976
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