in Jenney, J. P., and Reynolds, S. J., 1989, Geologic evolution of Arizona; Tucson, Arizona Geological Society Digest 17, p. 313-347.


by Ronald C. Blakey Department of Geology Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011 and Rex Knepp Department of Geological Sciences University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona1


Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks are present in both outcrop and the subsurface across much of Arizona and surrounding areas. They record a varied depositional history that included sedimentation in continental, marine, and mixed sedimentary environments. Terminology and correlation are not agreed upon by various workers, reflecting the complex cyclic depositional nature of the rocks and the lack of reported fossils in several key horizons. In general, various regions of Arizona have independent rock-stratigraphic nomenclature, further adding to correlation and nomenclature problems. Correlation in this paper is based on available fossil data and physical correlation based on numerous surface and subsurface sections.

Pennsylvanian strata include dominantly carbonate rocks in the southeast, northeast, and northwest portions of Arizona and siliciclastic, primarily red rocks in the central and north-central portions of the state. All sections display complex cyclicity that reflects constantly changing sea level, tectonic activity, and possibly climate. Permian rocks, although also very cyclic, have less overall pattern than Pennsylvanian rocks. Local sections may vary greatly from nearby areas as facies changes are sharp and complex.

Based on regional correlation and the interpretation of depositional history, the Pennsylvanian and Permian depositional history is divided into eight phases. The contrasting depositional patterns seen in these phases reflect changing depositional controls throughout the period. During the Pennsylvanian, constantly changing sea level coupled with sporadic uplift and subsidence of local and regional tectonic elements produced the carbonate and siliciclastic cyclic sequences. Distribution of the three recognized phases of deposition primarily reflects subtle but important movements on basins and arches. Several of the five Permian phases were further complicated by the influx of large amounts of eolian sand from the north. The sand accumulated across and was deposited in vast eolian sand seas.


Objectives and Methods Pennsylvanian and Permian systems of Arizona taken from numerous recent theses. Two major guidelines are followed throughout: (1) We will carefully separate data from interpretation, and (2) the sources of both data and interpretation, unless our own unpublished work, will be

represent a widespread complex of cyclic clastic and carefully cited. No attempt was made to standardize

carbonate strata characterized by rapid lateral facies lithologic descriptions from unit to unit; generally, the changes. Most previous studies of local to subregional terminology of the original author is used or slightly

extent have opted to use local terminology; however, a few modified. have proposed regional correlation without sufficient data, Pennsylvanian and Permian strata once covered most or

and major miscorrelations are now in the literature. This all of Arizona, and areas of present outcrops are: Virgin paper comprehensively summarizes the Pennsylvanian and Mountains, Arizona Strip, Marble and Grand Canyons, Permian geology of Arizona using the most modern data Monument Valley, Defiance Upwarp, Mogollon Rim and and methods. Only a limited review of older previous work Slope, southeast and south-central Basin and Range will be given; much of the data and most of the interpretations province, and parts of the southwest Basin and Range (fig. reflect our recent studies in northern Arizona (Blakey,

1979a, 1979b, 1984; Blakey and Middleton, 1983) and 'Present address: 2770 S. Clarkson southern Arizona (Knepp, 1983). Much of our local data is Englewood, CO 80110


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I). Only the extreme southwest portion of the state may have never been covered. The rocks are also present throughout the subsurface of northeastern Arizona. Our correlations indicate that in spite of complex cycles and facies changes, Pennsylvanian and Permian strata can be subdivided into prominent widely correctable roughly time-equivalent sequences that may not correspond to existing stratigraphic units; we refer to these subdivisions as phases (fig. 2). Geologic history will be interpreted from analysis of each phase.

Geologic Setting

Analysis of Pennsylvanian facies and isopach map shows that Arizona was marginal to three distinct basins and that most of the state was dominated by intervening shelf (fig. 3). The shelf was subdivided by two prominent trends, the Sedona and Kaibab Arches (not uplifts), and bordered on the east by the Defiance Positive Area. Regional tectonic setting of Arizona is shown on figure 4.

Rocks of the Permian System form a sequence that in many areas is dominantly clastic at the base and carbonate

Figure 1. Map of Arizona showing locations mentioned in text and lines of cross-sections shown on figure 8. Figure 2. Selected columnar sections of Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks in Arizona showing present and selected previous nomenclature. Numbers correspond to phases of deposition and correlate columns to ages shown at left and right of figure. See figure 8 for explanation

of lithologic symbols.

at the top. The isopach map shows persistence of some Pennsylvanian patterns, including the Sedona Arch and the addition of the Holbrook Basin (fig. 5). Carbonate-clastic ratios reflect a persistent source of elastics to the north and northeast.



Pennsylvanian rocks range from dominantly carbonate in the southeast and extreme northwest and northeast corners of the state to dominantly clastic in central and north-central Arizona (fig. 3). In most areas of mixed clastic-carbonate sequences, clastic content increases in younger parts of the section. Pennsylvanian strata range from unfossiliferous to extremely fossiliferous. Biostratigraphic correlation is well documented in northwestern (McKee, 1982) and southeastern (Ross, 1973) Arizona but is meager elsewhere.

Terminology and Correlation

Pennsylvanian terminology used in this report is predicated on the fact that Arizona bordered on three distinct basins (fig. 3). Sedimentation events and ages of strata are different in the three areas and independent nomenclature exists for each (figs. 2, 6, 7, 8).

The correlations shown in figures 6, 7, and 8 are based on fossil data, subsurface data, and careful detailed physical correlation, especially in the Mogollon Rim. Detailed accounts of methods of correlation were provided for Grand Canyon by McKee (1982), Mogollon Rim by Blakey (1979a, 1979b, 1980) and for southeast Arizona by Ross (1973) and Knepp (1983).

Supai Group

The Supai Group as defined by McKee (1975) comprises the following formations in ascending order: Watahomigi, Manakacha, and Wescogame Formations (Pennsylvanian) and Esplanade Sandstone (Permian). The group forms a westward-thickening wedge of dominantly clastic, coarsening-upward, red sedimentary rocks that becomes dominantly carbonate in extreme western Arizona and adjacent Nevada (fig. 8). Following the suggestion of McKee (1982), the term Callville Limestone is not used for the Grand Canyon region in this report although Callville continues to be used for southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona by some workers.

Watahomigi Formation. The Watahomigi Formation was named by McKee (1975) for exposures near Supai in central Grand Canyon. Detailed descriptions have been provided for exposures in Grand Canyon (McKee, 1982) and western Mogollon Rim (Blakey, 1979b). In both areas, the Watahomigi comprises cherty micritic limestone and terrigenous mudstone. The Watahomigi forms a wedge west of a line from Sedona to Page, Arizona (figs. 7, 8), and is herein recognized, along with the rest of the group, in the New Water Mountains near Quartzsite, Arizona (Miller

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Figure 3. Isopach, facies, and carbonate-percentage map of Pennsylvanian System showing tectonic features. Isopachs in feet. Selected data points shown. Subsurface data points in northeastern Arizona after Irwin and others (1971).

and, 1971), where a section nearly identical to that of the western Mogollon Rim occurs. Maximum reported thickness of about 100 m occurs in the Lake Mead-Grand Wash Cliffs area (McKee, 1982).

A diverse marine fauna yielded Morrowan and early Atokan ages for the Watahomigi in Grand Canyon (McKee, 1982, p. 107), and a similar fauna has been found in the western Mogollon Rim. This faunal age determination allows correlation of the Watahomigi with marine strata in adjacent areas (fig. 6). The Watahomigi unconformably overlies the Redwall Limestone or paleochannel-fill deposits described by Beus (this volume) and is overlain unconformably by the Manakacha Formation. Based on descriptions by McKee and Pierce (1982) and unpublished data gathered by Blakey for this report, eight lithofacies are recognized in the Watahomigi Formation (fig. 8; table 1).

Manakacha Formation. McKee (1975) named the Manakacha Formation near Supai in Grand Canyon. The unit has been described and defined in the Mogollon Rim (Blakey, 1979b) and Grand Canyon (McKee, 1982). The formation is dominated by large-scale, cross-stratified quartz sandstone and calcareous hybrid sandstone throughout most of its extent. Distribution of the Manakacha is the same as that of the underlying Watahomigi (figs. 7,8); the two formations are separated by a change from slope-forming carbonate and fine-grained siliciclastic material below to dominantly cliff-forming sandstone above. Based on a well-documented marine fauna, the Manakacha is Atokan; McKee (1982) speculated that uppermost unfossiliferous beds might be partially Desmoinesian. However, at Iceberg Ridge on Lake Mead, the senior author carefully studied and sampled the beds in question. According to Raymond C. Douglass (personal commun., 1979) Atokan fusulinids were found within a few meters of Virgilian fusulinids in the overlying Wescogame Formation, so it is unlikely that Desmoinesian rocks are present in the Manakacha from Iceberg Ridge eastward to the Sedona Arch (fig. 6). Characteristic Desmoinesian fusulinids Fusulina and Wedekindellina were reported in the Virgin Mountains of extreme northwest Arizona (Welch, 1959); no Missourian fossils have been reported from northwest Arizona (McKee, 1982, p. 72). Four major and two minor facies constitute the Manakacha Formation in the Mogollon Rim, Grand Canyon, and Virgin Mountains (table 1). Description and interpretation of Manakacha cycles from the western Mogollon Rim are given in figure 9.

Wescogame Formation. The Wescogame Formation was named by McKee (1975) for exposures in the Grand Canyon near Supai. Due to complex intertonguing and rapid lateral facies changes, it is perhaps the most complicated formation in the Supai Group. Dominated by redbed elastics to the east, the formation changes rapidly to limestone in western Grand Canyon (McKee and Pierce, 1982, their fig. P10). In the western Mogollon Rim, the Wescogame is dominantly red sandstone and siltstone to the east, cyclic sandstone, siltstone, and thin limestone in the middle, and cross-stratified sandstone to the west (fig. 8). It forms a 30-60-m-thick blanket throughout its area of extent. It is the only Pennsylvanian sequence that crossed the Sedona and Kaibab Arches and was deposited in all three depocenters (fig. 7). Both the base and top are major regional unconformities (fig. 6). The Wescogame is firmly dated as Virgilian by a locally abundant marine fauna (McKee, 1982). McKee and Pierce (1982) recognized six facies in the Grand Canyon, three of which are present in the Mogollon Rim (table 1).

Black Prince Limestone

Gilluly and others (1954) formalized the Black Prince Limestone for exposures near the Black Prince mine in the


Figure 4. Late Paleozoic tectonic setting of Arizona showing major tectonic elements of southwestern United States (after Blakey, 1980).

Little Dragoon Mountains, designating a type section in the Gunnison Hills because of metamorphism at the Black Prince mine. At many locations the Black Prince comprises lower maroon mudstone and upper gray micritic limestone (table 1). Intercalations of skeletal limestone, cherty limestone, and mudstone are locally abundant. The Black Prince is of Morrowan to Atokan age. The original Mississippian age assignment (Gilluly and others, 1954) was based upon a reworked Escabrosa Limestone fauna found near the base of the formation (Nations, 1963).

The Black Prince was originally thought to occur only in a few ranges in northern Cochise County (Bryant, 1968; Nations, 1963). Ross (1973), however, identified Morrowan strata, which he assigned to the Black Prince, throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. The isopach pattern of the Black Prince corresponds roughly to the outline of the Pedregosa Basin, with a general northwest-southeast trend and thickening toward the southeast. The Black Prince is bounded above and below by unconformities. The formation is generally 30 to 60 m thick, increasing to more than 100 m in southeastern Cochise County.

Naco Group

Gilluly and others (1954) raised the Naco Formation to group status and established six new formations: the Pennsylvanian Horquilla Limestone; the Penhsylvanian-Permian Earp Formation; and the Permian Colina Limestone, Epitaph Dolomite, Scherrer Formation, and Concha Limestone. Bryant and McClymonds (1961) defined a previously undescribed unit, the Rainvalley Formation, above the Concha.

Strata of the Naco Group crop out in mountain blocks throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico. Pennsylvanian carbonates and clastic rocks of the Horquilla Limestone and Earp Formation are present as far north as the Mogollon Rim (Ross, 1973) and as far west as the Vekol Mountains (Dockter and Keith, 1978), but Permian Naco units are unknown north of the Pima-Pinal County line, or west of Koht Kohl Hill near Silverbell (Bryant and McClymonds, 1961).

Horquilla Limestone. Gilluly and others (1954) named the Horquilla Limestone for a dominantly carbonate sequence exposed near Horquilla Peak in the Tombstone Hills. This ledge- and slope-forming unit is present in mountain ranges throughout southeastern Arizona. Ross (1973) correlated the Horquilla into the Mogollon Rim region where it had previously been called Naco Formation. Strata of the Horquilla consist of cyclically interbedded fossiliferous limestone and minor terrigenous mudstone and siltstone (fig. 10). Frequency and thickness of clastic beds increase up section as the Horquilla grades into the overlying Earp Formation. The Horquilla rests disconformably upon the Black Prjnce Limestone or Mississippian limestone of the Escabrosa (southern Arizona) or the Redwall (central Arizona). The Horquilla ranges in age

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from Atokan to Virgilian, although in its northernmost exposures, the base is of Desmoinesian age (fig. 6).

Earp Formation. The Earp Formation was established by Gilluly and others (1954) for a lithologically diverse sequence of interbedded limestone and fine elastics exposed at Earp Hill in the Tombstone Hills. Clastic units are typically calcareous, whereas carbonates are usually silty or clayey (table 1). Thickness of the Earp is difficult to determine because both contacts are gradational and somewhat arbitrary. The contact with the underlying Horquilla Limestone is assigned where fine clastic units become dominant over massive limestone. The upper contact is placed where the dark limestone of the Colina Limestone supersedes the interbedded clastic-carbonate lithologies of the Earp (Gilluly and others, 1954). Adding to the difficulty of determining the thickness is the problem of recognizing repetition or omission of section due to the faults that are common in this relatively incompetent unit (Bryant, 1968). In general, the Earp thins to the southwest and north and thickens to the southeast (Ross, 1973, figs. 21, 24). Fusulinid control places the age of the Earp as Virgilian to Leonardian? in southeastern Arizona (Ross, 1973); in southwestern New Mexico (Zeller, 1965; Thompson and Jacka, 1981) and southeasternmost Arizona (Drewes, 1982) the Horquilla-Earp contact falls above the Pennsylvanian-Permian boundary. Regional correlation is shown on figure 6.

Hermosa Group (Formation)

Wengard and Matheny (1958) raised the Hermosa Formation to group status and recognized in ascending order Pinkerton Trail, Paradox, and Honaker Trail Formations of the Hermosa Group. These three formations can be recognized in extreme northeastern Arizona; however, in most of northeastern Arizona, dominantly unfossiliferous redbeds and dolomitic sandstone form a poorly understood Pennsylvanian sequence generally referred to as Hermosa Formation (Baars and others, 1967; Pope, 1976). For convenience, dominantly clastic, basal Pennsylvanian strata that might be more accurately assigned to the Molas Formation in a detailed study, are herein included with the Hermosa. The Hermosa Group thins abruptly from 600 m thick in the Paradox Basin at Four Corners to 100 m thick across most of northeastern Arizona (figs. 3, 8).


The position and nature of the Pennsylvanian-Permian boundary in Arizona remains unclear. In most locations where both systems are present, 30-100 m of unfossiliferous rocks separate known Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks. The amount of time missing at most locations is probably indeterminable. The following discussion of several areas illustrates the problem (fig. 11):

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  1. Throughout Grand Canyon McKee (1982) reported the presence of a widespread erosion surface and associated conglomerate between the Wescogame Formation and Esplanade Sandstone. Careful physical correlation of this surface into unfossiliferous rocks in the western Mogollon Rim (Blakey, 1979a, 1979b, 1980) established the systemic boundary as far east as Oak Creek Canyon.

  2. East of Oak Creek the Esplanade Sandstone is absent. At Fossil Creek, sandstone and mudstone of the Pennsylvanian Earp Formation are succeeded by intercalated sedimentary-pebble conglomerate, gray mudstone, and local coal. This sequence is overlain by redbeds of the Permian Hermit Formation. The boundary most likely occurs at the base or within the gray sequence. From near Payson eastward, a thin ledge-forming limestone that yields a Virgilian fauna (Brew, 1965) is succeeded by redbeds and local gray mudstone and conglomerate. This interval yields a probably Wolfcampian plant flora in a few places (Canright, 1978). Here the boundary lies above the limestone and below the Permian flora. Unfortunately none of the above lithologies or sequences persists throughout the Mogollon Rim, so lateral establishment of the boundary remains controversial at present.

  1. Across most of the Defiance Uplift, Permian strata rest directly on Precambrian rocks. Where Pennsylvanian strata are present in the subsurface of northeastern Arizona, the boundary cannot be picked with any degree of certainty because Pennsylvanian redbeds are overlain by Permian redbeds.

  2. In southeastern Arizona precise location of the systemic boundary has always been problematic because of the possible continuity of deposition across the boundary and, in most areas, paucity of biostratigraphic control. The boundary has historically been placed within the lower Earp Formation, based upon fusulinid data (Gilluly and others, 1954; Rea and Bryant, 1968). In ranges marginal to the Pedregosa Basin facies, it falls within the upper Horquilla Limestone (Drewes, 1981, Chiricahua Mountains; Thompson and Jacka, 1981, Big Hatchet Mountains).



Permian strata are widespread and of variable lithology; many sections are dominated by clastic rocks that grade

Figure 6. Time-rock stratigraphic chart of Pennsylvanian and Permian of Arizona and adjacent areas. Also shown are relations of series to formats and unconformities of Ross (1973) and phases of deposition (this paper).

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Figure 8. Restored lithologic cross-sections of Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks of Arizona. Lower-case letters refer to facies of table 1. Members of Toroweap and Kaibab Formations—Pts: Seligman Member; Ptb: Brady Canyon Member; Ptw: Woods Ranch Member, Pkf: Fossil Mountain Member, Pkh: Harrisburg Member. Sources of data not discussed in text include: Bissell (1969; Grand Canyon region), Brown (1969; Kaibab Formation), Fisher (1961; Grand Canyon region), Sorauf (1962; Grand Canyon region), Steed (1980; Virgin River Gorge). Note that position of "Callville Limestone" of previous workers is shown in Virgin Mountains and that Desmoinesian strata in northwestern Arizona are restricted to the Virgin Mountains. Slightly different lengths of sections F and G are due to different routes of Pennsylvanian and Permian sections.

Figure 8d.

Figure 8e.

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upward into carbonates. Carbonate percentage is increased in both the northwest and southeast portions of the state. Fossil data and biostratigraphic correlation are generally poorer than in Pennsylvanian rocks (fig. 6). However, biostratigraphic correlation of several key carbonate units provides a framework for regional correlation (figs. 2, 6, 7, 8).

Quartz sand was fed into the state from the northwest and three geographically and stratigraphically distinct quartz arenite sequences were formed: (1) Cedar Mesa-Esplanade-Queantoweap assemblage, which thickens westward and intertongues with carbonates of the Cordilleran Miogeocline;

(2) De Chelly-Schnebly Hill assemblage, which thickens into and rims the Holbrook Basin; and (3) the southward-thickening Coconino Sandstone, which was trapped on the Central Arizona Shelf north of the Pedregosa Basin.

Terminology and Correlation

Permian terminology used in this report generally conforms to former usage with separate nomenclature used in the Monument Upwarp, Grand Canyon, and southeastern Arizona regions (fig. 6). Greatest controversy occurs throughout the Mogollon Rim (Peirce and others, 1977; Baars, 1979; Blakey, 1979b, 1980; Elston and DiPaolo, 1979). The correlation and terminology used herein evolved from the work of Lane (1977) and Blakey (1979a, 1979b, 1980). Correlation along the Mogollon Rim is based on (1) paleontologic data that shows that the Schnebly Hill Formation is considerably younger than the type Supai Group; (2) careful tracing of the Esplanade Sandstone and Hermit Formation from the Aubrey Cliffs to Sedona; and

(3) extremely detailed local and regional stratigraphic, sedimentologic, and petrographic studies (Blakey, 1979a, 1979b, 1984; Blakey and Middleton, 1983; Lane, 1979; Gallaher, 1984; Duffield, 1985; McAllen, 1984).

Supai Group

Though once considered to be wholly or chiefly Permian, the Supai is now known to contain subequal portions of Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks (, 1982). The Permian portion consists of the Esplanade Sandstone and coeval Pakoon Limestone and Queantoweap Sandstone (Bissell, 1969).

Esplanade Sandstone. Named for exposures in cliffs and ledges near Supai, the Esplanade Sandstone is the youngest formation in the Supai Group (McKee, 1975). The formation has been described by McKee (1982) in Grand Canyon and Lane (1977, 1979), Blakey (1979a, 1979b, 1980), and McAllen (1984) in the Mogollon Rim. The basal Esplanade consists of red, slope-forming, dolomitic sandstone, siltstone, and conglomerate. It is succeeded by thick, cross-stratified sandstone and hybrid sandstone; locally present are an upper ledge- and slope-forming sandstone and mudstone (fig. 8). In western Grand Canyon, the lower portion grades westward into the Pakoon Limestone (McKee, 1982). The Esplanade and its northern equivalent, the Cedar Mesa Sandstone, thicken westward

Figure 9. Complete columnar sections and detailed partial lithologic logs of Manakacha and Wescogame Formations at Hell Canyon, western Mogollon Rim, showing cyclicity and interpretation of cycles. Manakacha-Wescogame boundary placed above possible paleoweathered zone correlated throughout region by Gallaher (1984). Work in progress by Blakey suggests that some cross-stratified sandstone units are eolian in origin. When finalized, this work will alter interpretations shown herein. See figure 10 for explanation of symbols.

from a zone of facies changes along the Sedona Arch to a zone of facies changes in the eastern Cordilleran Miogeocline. In most areas, this vast sandstone sheet ranges from 100-300 m in thickness (fig. 8).

Though good time-sensitive fossils have not yet been reported in the Esplanade, intertonguing with the Wolfcampian Pakoon Limestone establishes a Wolfcampian age for all or most of the formation (McKee, 1982, p. 111). The Esplanade unconformably overlies the Wescogame Formation except in western Grand Canyon where it gradationally overlies the Pakoon Limestone. The contact

Fades Description Interpretation

Manakacha Formation (Atokan)

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TABLE 1. Fades description and interpretation.

Fades Description Interpretation

Watahomigi Formation (Morrowan-Atokan)

Jasper-pebble Conglomerate, mostly Basal transgressive Cross-Sandstone, very fine High-energy siliciclastic conglomerate grain-supported chert. marine conglomerate stratified grained, quartz and minor marine shelf (McKee

(c) Scattered quartz grains; (rare marine fauna) rare limestone and throughout Grand siltstone pebbles; locally Canyon (McKee, 1982, fossiliferous. Bedding p. 189). Of ranges from structureless undocumented but to crudely horizontally probably similar origin stratified. Lies in Mogollon Rim. unconformably on Redwall Limestone. Discontinuous throughout Grand Canyon (McKee, 1982) and western Mogollon Rim (Blakey, I979b).

Mottled Mudstone, siliceous, Origin uncertain; Maroon mottled maroon and possibly low-energy mudstone white, probably kaolinitic. shoreline deposit

(mm) subjected to intensive postdepositional weathering.

Aphanitic Peloidal wackestone, Somewhat restricted limestone cherty, clotted, carbonate marine shelf

(al) unfossiliferous to very (Blakey, 1980; McKee, fossiliferous. Chert clearly 1982). Wave and tidal secondary. Bedding energy dissipated far indistinct to slightly wavy. offshore to west (Iceberg


Accretal and Grainstone and packstone, Shallow marine, mixed-grain coated skeletal grains, possibly high-energy limestone abraded, somewhat sorted; shelf though absence of

(agl) indistinct laminations with cross-stratification quartz (up to 30%) peloidal and Pierce, 1982). Sand sandstone grains; cross-stratified waves and megaripples

(cs) planar-wedge, planar-migrated southerly tabular, and compound across shelf. Many (intraset) sets and cosets larger bedforms had several meters thick. superimposed smaller Stratification dips bedforms. Some sets southerly. Abundant probably of eolian jasper or carbonate bands origin. parallel to lamination.

Calcareous Sandstone with greater High-energy siliciclasticsandstone to than 30% carbonate carbonate shelf; peloidal (chiefly peloidal) grains. mechanical origin of limestone Stratification similar to hybrid sandstone not (hss) that of cross-stratified well understood.

quartz sandstone.

Skeletal Skeletal grainstone and Open-marine medium-limestone packstone with normal to high-energy carbonate

(si) marine fauna. shelf. Eastward extension to central Grand Canyon may represent lull in quartz-sand influx.

Conglomerate Chert-, limestone-, and Origin and significance (c) quartz-pebble of minor occurrences

conglomerate. unclear. Both siliceous and sedimentary pebbles derived from underlying units.

Wescogame Formation (Virgilian)

minor (one occurrence) -puzzling (McKee and Red Description as per same Probably of variable cross-stratification (McKee Pierce, 1982, p. 347). mudstone and facies in Manakacha. origin including shoreline, coastal-plain,

and Pierce, 1982, p. 346-7). Section at Iceberg Ridge sandstone

and possible fluvial.

We saw extensive planar-appears to resemble wedge cross-stratification classic oolite shoal. This at Iceberg Ridge. suggests shelf break in

this region.

Crystalline Dolomite, coarsely Uncertain, diagenetic doiostone crystalline; original fabric alteration probably of (cd) destroyed. shallow-marine

(rms) Cross-Similar to that of McKee (1982) vacillated stratified Manakacha though on origin of Wescogame quartz McKee (1982) reported sandstone though sandstone trough cross-stratification, favored a fluvial origin (cs) a rare feature in the in much of Grand Manakacha. Canyon. Cyclic Rim

limestone. sections (with local abundant herringbone Red Terrigenous mudstone, Origin uncertain; cross strata) probably mudstone calcareous, structureless to stratigraphic position marine shelf and

(rm) ripple-laminated, poorly suggests low-energy shoreline (Blakey, 1980).

exposed. shoreline and coastal-

plain environments. Orange Quartz sandstone, Origin uncertain; calcareous structureless to probably medium-

Some units of eolian origin. Detailed regional study needed.

Calcareous Similar to that of High-energy shelf (see

sandstone (ss) bioturbated to planar energy coastal sequence hybrid Manakacha.


cross-stratified, very fine but could be fluvial. grained.

Manakacha Formation (Atokan)

Red Sandstone, dark-reddish-Chiefly formed on more sandstone and brown, structureless to restricted areas of mudstone and bioturbated to cross-marine clastic shelf associated stratified; forms ledges. (suggested by sandstone to peloidal limestone (hss)

Skeletal Similar to that of Open-marine (see limestone (si) Manakacha. Manakacha).

Thin-bedded Crystalline dolomite. Unknown; probably

coarsely Mudstone, structureless to stratigraphic position). doiostone (cd)


crystalline ripple cross laminated; Cyclic sequence in Rim doiostone doiostone structureless, formed by repeated Conglomerate Micritic limestone- and Represents reworked underlying Supai during

(rsm) sandy, bioturbated; transgressive-regressive (c) chert-pebble

cycles; see fig. 9. conglomerate; matrix of long period of erosion; gray carbonate or brown origin unspecified calcareous siltstone. (McKee, 1982).

TABLE 1. Fades description and interpretation. (Continued)

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Horquilla Limestone of Mogollon Rim (Desmoinesian-Missourian) Esplanade-Queantoweap-Cedar Mesa-Pakoon-Halgaito

Breccia and Mudstone, sandstone, Karst, pedogenic, and (Wolfcampian) conglomerate limestone, chert breccia, basal marine deposits Cross- Quartz arenite, very fine to Type one was formed on

(b) and chert-pebble (Brew, 1965). conglomerate, reddish, mottled. Deposited on surface and fills in swales and caverns of underlying Redwall Limestone.

Limestone Limestone and mudstone, Cyclic transgressive-and mudstone intercalated; cyclic, regressive marine shelf (1m) fossiliferous. Limestone deposits (Brew, 1965;

stratified medium-grained. Two high-energy marine shelf quartz types: ( 1 ) similar to that of and shore-shoreline sandstone Manakacha; (2) large- (tidal sand wave and

(cs) scale, high-angle planar- beach environment.) tabular to planar-wedge (1982) generally cross-stratification with "assigned a fluvialprominant sandflow toes estuarine environment. and associated climbing Type two is eolian and is translatent strata. Two part of first major

includes skeletal Ross, 1973). Carbonate calcarenite and calcilutite, shoreline, shoal, open- local calcirudite, and algal- shelf and mudstone shelf

types may be separate or Paleozoic eolian closely associated. Type deposition in northern two most abundant near Arizona, Loope (1984)

laminated micritic deposits represented. limestone. Mudstone, bluish-green to purple, calcareous, locally fossiliferous with whole,

top of Esplanade and favored total eolian Queantoweap (Johansen, origin for Cedar Mesa 1981; Mc Allen, 1984). Sandstone; other

workers favored mixed marine-eolian

unabraded brachiopod interpretation (Baars, and bryozoan remains. 1962; Mack, 1979; Blakey, 1980).

Dolomitic Varied catch-all facies of Stratigraphic position

High-energy marine sandstone, cyclic pinkish-gray clastic (fig. 8) suggests shoreline limestone, and and carbonate rocks that and coastal-plain mudstone have not been well studied, deposition. Sand derived

(dsl) Cycles 2-6 meters thick, from northwest. clastic content increases up cycle. Minor cross- stratified sandstone, locally abundant in Fossil Creek.

Earp Formation of Mogollon Rim (Virgilian)

Calcareous Similar to that ofsandstone and Manakacha. shelf (see Manakacha). peloidal limestone (hps)

Sandy Dolostone and sandy Cross-stratified units dolostone dolostone, structureless to represent dolomitized (sd) bioturbated to faintly hybrid sandstone

cross-stratified. (McAllen, 1984). Origin of other types uncertain; probably coastal-plain.

Skeletal Limestone, gray with Moderate to high-energy limestone distinctive salmon-colored carbonate shelf. Dolostone Skeletal packstone and High-energy marine (si) fossil grains; fossils locally Typically enclosed in and bioclastic wackestone, abundant (McKee and Pierce,

silicified. Texturally sandstone or mudstone, includes packstone and so probably represents grainstone. Typical periods of slight clastic Pennsylvanian shallow- influx.

limestone pelmatozoans; accretal 1982, p. 357).

(dbl) grains absent; dominant facies in Pakoon Limestone (McKee and

marine fauna. Pierce, 1982).

Sandstone Quartz and calcareous Uncertain; hybrids Bedded Bedded gypsum, light- Restricted-marine,

(ss) hybrid sand stone. contain marine fauna. Horizontally laminated to Probably shelf and cross-stratified, generally shoreline deposition reddish. Associated with during clastic influx. skeletal calcarenite; poorly Possibly tidal and studied. estuarine environments

(Ross, 1973).

gypsum gray; widely distributed in sabkha, or lagoon.

(g) Esplanade (McKee and Pierce, 1982) and Queantoweap (Johansen, 1981) in northwest Arizona and Cedar Mesa (Baars, 1962) of Monument Valley.

Red Similar to that of Variable origin;

mudstone and Wescogame Formation. probably includes sandstone Dominates Earp in Fossil shoreline, coastal-plain, (rms) Creek area. Interbedded and fluvial deposits.

Conglomerate Sedimentary-pebble Fluvial channel-fill and

(c) (micritic limestone, limey interfluve deposits siltstone and sandstone) (McKee, 1982). Pebbles

with above fades to east. conglomerate with scarcity exclusively locally of siliceous pebbles. derived. Unconformity Conglomerate Sedimentary-pebble Uncertain; some Gravel fills channels up to marks Pennsylvanian-

(c) conglomerate most probably fluvial; 15 m deep. Base of Permian boundary common (similar to that of possibly marine storm Esplanade-Pakoon (McKee, 1975, 1982;

Supai Group). deposits. throughout Grand Canyon Blakey, 1979a, 1979b, Esplanade-Queantoweap-Cedar Mesa-Pakoon-Halgaito (McKee, 1982) and parts 1980). (Wolfcampian) of Mogollon Rim (Blakey,

Red Similar to that previously Intertongues basinward 1979a, 1979b, 1980). mudstone and described. with marine carbonate sandstone so probably somewhat

(rms) restricted clastic shoreline to coastal- plain deposit.

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Facies Description Interpretation Facies Description Interpretation

Hermit-Organ Rock-upper Queantoweap Schnebly Hill Formation and DeChelly Sandstone (Leonardian)

(Wolfcampian and Leonardian)

Coarse-Sandstone, dark-reddish-Fluvial. In Sedona area, grained facies brown, very fine grained, two scales of channels

(cgf) calcarous, plane-bedded, present; large: 20-30 m ripple cross-laminated, thick and 1 or more km trough cross-stratified, wide; some exhibit local epsilon cross-classic point-bar stratification; sedimentary-sequence; small: few pebble conglomerate, meters thick and tens of generally identical to that meters wide with of Esplanade. Facies irregular cut-and-fill occurs in lenses up to troughs; ripple several tens of meters thick lamination common. and probably up to 1 km Large channels are or more wide (Duffield, major meandering 1984) or as thin broad streams, smaller are sheets less than several tributaries or ephemeral meters thick. Facies widely streams (Duffield, 1984).

Cross- Quartz arenite, very fine to Rancho Rojo member stratified fine-grained, moderately interpreted as marine sandstone to well-sorted; cross- sand-wave complex by

(cs) stratified, mostly large Blakey (1984). White scale with planar-tubular, House and Sycamore planar-wedge, trough, and Pass members chiefly compound types. Sets up eolian (Peirce, 1964, to 15 m thick, largest 1966; Vonderhaar, 1986; consistently dip SW-SE. Blakey and Middleton, Sandflow toes and 1984). Sycamore Pass inversely graded thin contains intercalated laminae locally to shallow-marine deposits. regionally abundant. Detailed descriptions and distribution provided by Blakey (1984), Blakey and Middleton (1983), and Vonderhaar (1986).

distributed throughout Sheetlike deposits may Wavy to Quartz arenite and Based on sedimentary

Hermit and Organ Rock have been formed by ripple-bedded siltstone, slightly

but most abundant in broad, ephemeral Mogollon Rim from streams. Not all coarse Sycamore Canyon to deposits are necessarily Fossil Creek (Blakey fluvial, and suggestion 1979b, 1980). Plant fossils that stratigraphic locally abundant. position infers nearby

marine conditions (Blakely, 1980) needs testing.

Fine-grained Mudstone, siltstone, thin Flood-basin and facies ripple cross-laminated possibly locally coastal-(fgf) sandstone, reddish-brown, plain (White, 1929;

structures, stratigraphic sandstone feldspathic, reddish- position, and

(wrb) brown. Sedimentary intercalation with other structures include ripple facies, much of facies lamination, wispy formed on arid, low-lamination, local wavy energy coastal plain bedding; salt-crystal casts, (Blakey and Middleton, and possible flaser 1983; Blakey, 1984). bedding; minor small-scale trough cross-stratification. Prominent parallel horizontal erosion surfaces form beds 1-2 m thick

generally poorly exposed. Blakey, 1980); marine Local abundant plant affinities suggested by fragments. Widely Baars(1962). distributed, all areas.

Nodular to Micrite and nodular Nodules formed as bedded laminated to crinkly caliche in flood-basin Sandy Mudstone, locally ripple Probably lower energy mudstone bedded, locally calcareous parts of arid coastal

(sm) to gypsiferous, sandy, plain. Not very well poorly exposed, lacks studied. channeling; reddish brown to reddish orange.

aphanitic micrite laminated to soils; beds may represent limestone (not structureless. Beds calcretes or ephemeral shown on generally less than 0.5 m pond deposits. figure 8) thick; nodules commonly

1-2 cm in diameter, beds rarely more than I m thick. Associated with fine-

Aphanitic Limestone, brownish-gray, Low-energy carbonate limestone and micritic, silty, with shelf and restricted dolomite molluscan fauna; chiefly carbonate shoreline.

(ald) fossiliferous wackestone Formed when maximum (Gerrard, 1969). Dolomite, sea-level rise was pinkish-gray to yellowish- coupled with low influx gray, dense, silty, vuggy, of siliciclastic debris.

grained facies; source of crinkly laminations, pebbles in coarse-grained" intraformational

facies. brecciation; mostly Flat-bedded Sandstone, reddish-brown Origin not well dolomitic mudstone. sandstone and to yellowish, calcareous, understood. May Limestone percentage mudstone wavy laminated to represent eolian sand-increases to southeast.

(fsm) structureless to faintly flat deposits and fluvial cross-stratified; and deposits near margin of mudstone, reddish-brown, Queantoweap sand sea. thin, poorly exposed. Widespread in northwestern Arizona in Hermit-Queantoweap transition or facies change

Bedded Bedded gypsum, halite, Structurally restricted evaporite and potash; locally form evaporite basin (Peirce

(g) continuous strata 148 m and Gerrard, 1966). thick (Peirce and Gerrard, Probably continental to 1966). Should not be coastal sabkha in which confused or correlated evaporative with Wolfcampian accumulation matched evaporites. rate of subsidence

(Johansen, 1981). (Blakey, 1980).

TABLE 1. Fades description and interpretation. (Continued)

Facies Description Interpretation Fades Description Interpretation

Coconino and Glorieta Sandstone (Leonardian) Kaibab Formation (upper Leonardian)

Cross- Quartz arenite, very fine to Eolian (McKee, 1979; stratified medium-grained, well- Blakey and Middleton, sandstone rounded, noncalcareous. 1983). Thinner sets

(cs) Large-scale cross- eastward along stratification dominated Mogollon Rim may by planar-tabular and contain some waterlain planar-wedge sets. Cross- strata (Peirce and others strata dip southeast. Sand- 1977). Cursory flow and grain-fall strata examination at several pass tangentially near base locations suggests

Dolomitic Dolomitic mudstone, Low-energy to restricted mudstone carbonate grains minor or carbonate shelf

(dm) absent, locally cherty; fine- (Cheevers and Rawson, grained texture consists of 1979). anhedral to subhedral dolomite crystals 4-35 microns. Terrigenous sand content ranges from near zero to over 50% (Cheevers and Rawson, 1979).

of set into nearly thinner sets may be due Sandstone Sandstone, quartz, very Reworked Coconino (or horizontal beds. Only to lower angle of (ss) fine to fine-grained, White Rim in southern facies recognized in bedform climb rather unimodal to bimodal; Utah) and (or)

Coconino and Glorieta than change in Sandstones. environment.

Toroweap Formation (Leonardian)

Skeletal to Skeletal packstone, Broad carbonate shelf peloidal skeletal wackestone, with open-marine limestone pelletal wackestone (skeletal and oolitic

(spl) (Rawson and Turner- rocks) and restricted- Peterson, 1980) and minor marine (mudstones) oolitic grainstone (Altany, conditions (Altany,

dolomitic to calcitic intertonguing with cement; locally cross- Coconino (White Rim). stratified (Cheevers and Probably shoreline and Rawson, 1979). eolian deposits

(Cheevers and Rawson, 1979).

Bedded Bedded gypsum, similar to Supratidal sabkha gypsum that of Toroweap (Cheevers and Rawson,

(g) Formation. 1979).

1979). Locally includes 1979; Rawson and aphanitic carbonate. Beds Turner-Peterson, 1980). horizontal to wavy

Red Similar to that of other Not well known; sandstone and previously described probably tidal-flat to mudstone redbed facies. broad coastal-plain.

bedded, locally (rsm) stromatolitic, 5-7 cm thick

(Rawson and Turner- Peterson, 1980).

Sandy Dolostone, silt-size Restricted-marine dolostone rhombohedrons, with carbonate shoreline (sd) quartz sand. (Rawson and Turner- Peterson, 1980).

Black Prince Limestone (Morrowan-Atokan)

Maroon Mudstone and shale, rare Basal deposit is mudstone and coarser elastics; mottled reworked lateritic shale with thin interbeds of residuum formed on top

(ms) pinkish and burrowed of Escabrosa Limestone micritic limestone. (Ross, 1973). Basal Contains fragmental chert transgression of

Red Sandstone, medium- to Coastal and continental mudstone and coarse-grained, quartz sabkha complex; grades sandstone with minor feldspar grains, into and intercalated

(rms) bimodally sorted; with supratidal gypsum calcareous, gypsiferous, (Rawson and Turner- with interbedded red Peterson, 1980). mudstone. Sedimentary

and reworked silicified Pennsylvania seas over

fossils. much of southeastern Arizona. Other thinner beds may represent brief subaerial exposure and pedogenesis.

structures include Shelly Calcarenite, shelly, thin- Shallow subtidal and horizontal bedding, calcarenitic bedded, locally displays intertidal deposition contorted bedding, ripple limestone tabular-planar cross- (Ross, 1973). Current marks, local channels (sc) stratification (Knepp, bedding structures may (Rawson and Turner-unpub. data). Interbedded indicate tidal or shoal-Peterson, 1980). with micritic limestone. water reworking of Abundant brachipod and deposits on shallow

Bedded Gypsum, nodular and Coastal sabkha (Rawson echinoderm fragments, shelf. gypsum laminated, typically and Turner-Peterson, algal biscuits.

(g) contorted; contains 1980; Altany, 1979).

abundant intercalated thin Micritic dolomite; abundant limestone intraformational breccia (ml) (Rawson and Turner- Peterson, 1980; Altany, 1979).

Kaibab Formation (upper Leonardian)

Micritic limestone, thin- Shallow subtidal bedded to massive, deposits (Ross, 1973) sparsely fossiliferous with sporadic local

except for calcarenite exposure resulting in layers rich in shelly minor dolomitization, material; partially brecciation of supratidal dolomitized, locally silty deposits, and formation or clayey. Nodular chert of syndepositional

Skeletal Skeletal packstone and Moderate-energy distributed throughout, conglomerates. limestone and wackestone, locally very carbonate shelf; more abundant in shelly dolomite cherty, peloidal, tannish- carbonate sand and mud layers. Some bedding

(sld) gray. Prominent formed in near planes irregular, horizontal bedding planes proximity to one stylolitized, or marked by form beds up to several another; dominant facies clay scans. Ross (1973) meters thick; sedimentary during times of reported locally important structures rare to lacking maximum transgression intraformational (Cheevers and Rawson, (Cheevers and Rawson, conglomerate (calcirudites) 1979). 1979).

associated with the micritic limestone. Brecciation and solution features occur locally.

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TABLE I. Facies description and interpretation. (Continued)

Fades Description Interpretation Facies Description Interpretation

Horquilla Limestone (Lower) (Morrowan-Desmoinesian)— Facies I (see figs. 8, 10).

Terrigenous Mudstone, olive-green and Initial transgressive

Mudstone rare maroon terrigenous. deposits in cycles. Beds a few tens of cm up similar to basal elastics to several meters thick, in Orogrande Basin forms covered slope. Tops cycles (Wilson, 1967). usually gradational with overlying limestone; generally unfossiliferous; contact is heavily burrowed.

Cross- Lime mudstone and Open-shelf, well-stratified silty wackestone containing 5% oxygenated silt and mudstone and to 40% quartz silt, thick- traction structures wackestone bedded to massive, light- probably from longshore

gray; silt weathers out in transport; silt probably laminae and cross- from Supai Group laminae. Frequently depositional basin burrowed, amount of (see Blakey, 1980, figs. burrowing inversely 11-16). proportional to silt content. Fragmented crinoid columnals and bryozoan fragments; some mollusks, solitary corals, and brachiopods. Some partial dolomitization and neomorphism.

Cherty Lime mudstone and Open-shelf environment, mudstone and wackestone, dark-gray more quiet water than wackestone irregular chert lenses, above.

Upper Horquilla (Desmoinesian-Virgilian)— Facies II-A

Mudstone Lime mudstone and Sublittoral (carbonateand skeletal- skeletal to pelletal shelf) deposits. pelletal wackestone, light-gray, wackestone massive, bioturbated; rare

terrigeneous material; coated algal grains common; some clumps and mats of syringoporid corals. Includes some beds of finely crystalline to aphanitic dolomite.

Calcareous Terrigenous mudstone, Distal siliciclastic terrigenous tan, gray, and reddish- shoreline deposits. mudstone- brown, silt content siltstone increases up-section.

Moderately fossiliferous, typically calcareous. Some small-scale ripple and ripple-trough cross-lamination; heavily bioturbated. Grades into fine- and very fine grained sandstone at contact with Earp Formation.

Bioclastic Grainstone, thin-bedded, Origin uncertain; intraclastic laterally discontinuous, geometry and intraclasts grainstone structureless. Chiefly seem to indicate tidal

phylloid algal fragments, channel origin. crinoid debris, fusulinids, and intraclasts.

Earp Formation (Virgilian-Wolfcampian)

some pseudobeds up to 20 lower Earp, (Virigilian)— Facies II-B

cm thick. Limestone

strongly bioturbated. Fine- and Quartzose to hybrid Barrier-bar complex; Fossils include partially very fine sandstone, calcareous coarser sandstone may silicified crinoids, grained cement; laminated to thin- be tidal-channel bryozoans, mollusks, and sandstone bedded with small-scale deposits. Rare beds with fuslinids; massive to thick-ripple and ripple-trough low-angle tabluar cross-bedded. cross-lamination and bed sets are of strand line

starved ripples. Minor

Bioclastic Bioclastic grainstone; Probably tongues of horizontal burrowing, rare origin.

grainstones lenticular to tabular, winnowed material abraded molluscan lenticularity increases up- extending from material. Occurs section. Chiefly beds of carbonate buildups at throughout Earp crinoid columnals, coated shelf edge, may be storm Formation. algal grains, or fusulinid deposited. More tests. More lenticular beds lenticular units contain Silty

usually contain rounded rip-ups of underlying intraclasts of coarse sand- mudstone; possibly to pebble-sized lime indicative of distal tidal mudstone. Some beds channels. trough cross-stratified.

Lime mudstone and Origin unknown; dolomitic lime calcareous sandstone, silt perhaps interbedded mudstone and and carbonate fractions siltstone and mudstone calcareous subequal; burrowing mixed by bioturbation. siltstone common. Bedding visible

on etched surface and in

thin section. Pellets and Silty Mudstone and Nearshore sublittoral mudstone and wackestone, gray, about shelf deposits, silt bioclastic 5-10% silt, laminated to derived from onshore wackestone thick-bedded; locally, source. Linsen bedding

displays lenticular (linsen) suggestive of tidal bedding. Some burrowing currents. and dolomitization.

relict peloidal grains make up small amount of carbonate fraction.

Lime Lime mudstone, pale-pink Deposits formed on

mudstone to grayish-white with local open, well-oxygenated, purplish-gray bioclastic carbonate shelf. wackestone. Massive to Slope-forming Lime mudstone, silty (5 to Subtidal and intertidal thick-bedded, commonly lime 15%), light-gray. Silt deposits; algal laminates with bedding stylolitized mudstone content increases up- supratidal. planes; red silicified section; intercalated ledges echinoid spines, and of darker gray packstone and grainstone; local thin brachiopods common. gypsum beds; gradational near top with silicified dolomitic algal laminate.

TABLE I. Fades description and interpretation. (Continued)

Facies Description Interpretation Facies Description Interpretation

Earp Formation (Virgffian-WoHcampian) Scherrer Formation (Leonardian)

Lower Earp, (Virigffian)— Fades D-B

Calcareous Terrigenous mudstone, Back-bar, protected terrigenous light-gray and light-green, nearshore deposits. mudstone calcareous. Laminated to

thin-bedded, with lime- mud-filled burrows. Grades vertically into fine- grained sandstones.

Upper Earp (Virgilian? and Woifcampian)

Basal red beds Siltstone and sandstone, Environment uncertain;

(rms) slope-forming, thin- possibly distal deposits bedded; local ripple cross- of a prograding clastic laminations and scour- marginal-marine system. and-fill structures. Upper 8 cm consists of gray and pink limestone and dolomite at type locality (Luepke, 1971). The

redbeds are regionally Chert- and Conglomerate, red and tan Origin enigmatic. May persistent (Bryant, 1968). limestone- chert and limestone be of tidal-channel

pebble pebbles and cobbles. origin or representative

conglomerate Trough cross-bedded; of braided-stream forms lenticular laterally deposition on an discontinuous bodies, exposed shelf. grades laterally and vertically into sandstone and pebbly sandstone.

Ortho- Quarz arenite, fine- to Unclassified marginal-quartzite and medium-grained, well- marine sand bodies. calcareous sorted, well-rounded, Butler (1971) suggested quartz arenite white, pinkish-orange, and an intertidal origin. The

(Iss) light-gray. Butler (1971) absence further south reports tabular-planar and west of the cross-bedding; Luepke sandstone-carbonate-(1971) found no sets sandstone sequence was Claystones Claystone, pale-green, Transgressive basal

and marl pinkish-white and light- deposits of siliciclastic gray; highly calcareous. shoreline; offshore Reddish siltstone common (sublittoral) mud and at base; typically grades silt. vertically into fine-grained quartz sandstone.

greater than 4 ft in attributed by Bryant

thickness. (1968) to thinning of the carbonate but is here believed more indicative of failure of the upper sand body to reach those areas.

"Mini Lime mudstone, light-gray, Thin, shoaling-upward Dolomite and Dolomite and micritic Shallow carbonate

carbonate grades vertically into carbonate-shelf cycles" partially silicified yellow- sequences from brown aphanitic dolomitic carbonate-shelf

micritic limestone, varicolored, mudfiat with sporadic limestone thin- to medium-bedded; subaerial exposure (ml) 47 m thick at type section. (Luepke, 1971). Where

algal laminate; uppermost mudstone to supratidal Dolomite at base, micritic upper sandstone body

few cm siliceous, some dolomitized algal nodular chert. laminite and intraclastic mudstone.

Microsparitic Wackestone, medium- to Tongues of overlying

wackestone dark-gray, weathers light Colina Limestone, gray. Clay seams and deeper water carbonate-discontinuous stylolites. shelf deposits. Replaces Allochems consist of shoaling-upward molluscan fragments and sequences at top of pellets, some phylloid algal section. fragments. Matrix microsparitic with minor silicification.

limestone in upper part. missing, probably grades Abundant echinoid spines into shelf carbonates of in limestone; "ghost" Concha Limestone. gastropods occur in dolomite. Micrite pink, gray, red, brown, and intermediate hues; sandy or silty, commonly displays dismicrite structures. Dolomite various shades of gray, slightly sandy. Carbonates locally cherty.

Colina Limestone and Epitaph Dolomite Concha Limestone (Leonardian-Guadalupian?)

Skeletal Limestone, gray, Shallow-marine shelf, limestone fossiliferous, with subtidal to south,

(sls) unabraded and bioclastic intertidal to north grains that include (Butler, 1971). brachiopods, bryozoans, echinoids, pelecypods, and gastropods (Butler, 1971; Wilt, 1969). Forms Colina Limestone

Dolomite Dolomite, argillaceous, Partly a chemical facies Cherty Limestone, cherty, Open carbonate-shelf, fossiliferous fossiliferous, medium- to quiet-water environment limestone dark-gray, cliff-forming; (Butler, 1971).

(cfl) thick-bedded to massive. Chert light-gray, red, brown, white, or black. Chert locally constitutes 60% or more of some horizons. Dolomitization occurs only at base,

(d) carbonaceous; of Colina. Associated limestone generally lacks intraformational breccia. with sabkha-supratidal clastic detritus. Upper Low faunal diversity deposition. portion of section may

(Butler, 1971). form ledge-and-slope or dip-slope topography Redbeds and Red siltstone and Enigmatic. Facies (Bryant and McClymonds, evaporites mudstone and bedded suggest supratidal and 1961) gradational with

(re) gypsum. sabkha conditions but underlying Sherrer distribution is in area of Formation and overlying thickest Colina-Epitaph Rainvalley Formation. and surrounded by carbonate-shelf deposits.

TABLE 1. Fades description and interpretation. (Continued)

Facies Description Interpretation

Rainvalley Formation (Guadalupian)

Quartz arenite Light-gray to pale-red, Vaag (1984) suggested horizontally laminated. sand blown from an Calcite cement, fine- to onshore source and medium-grained; sub- to deposited without well-rounded (Vaag, 1984). current rent or wave


Laminated Alternation of light- and Vaag (1984) interpreted micritic dark-gray, with grayish red this facies as intertidal to limestone replacing light-gray; some lower supratidal deposits

dolomitic horizons. Algal with intermittent laminations common, subaerial exposure. some birdseye structures and desiccation cracks (Vaag, 1984).

Fossiliferous Various shades of gray and Shallow sub tidal to

micritic brownish or reddish gray; intertidal deposition small amounts of quartz (Vaag, 1984). silt and sand included. Bioclasts include fragmented to whole mollusks, brachiopods, crinoids, and echinoids; fossil content ranges from sparse to packed.

Peloidal Gray and brownish-gray, Intertidal and some micritic some grayish-red, mottled; supratidal deposition limestone abundant quartz silt, under restricted

authigenic quartz crystals, circulation,.variable calcite-filled vugs. salinity, and low energy Horizontal burrows to (Vaag, 1984). pervasively bioturbated; birdseye structures. Pellets most abundant allochem, some molluscan and brachiopod fossils (Vaag, 1984).

with the overlying Hermit varies. In some areas it is a sharp disconformity, and cross-stratified sandstone is abruptly succeeded by redbeds. Elsewhere the contact is gradational and probably intertonguing. Based on descriptions from Grand Canyon (McKee, 1982) and the Mogollon Rim (McAllen, 1984), six facies are recognized in the formation (table 1).

Queantoweap Sandstone. The Queantoweap Sandstone (McNair, 1951) is recognized in extreme northwestern Arizona and adjacent areas. Part of the formation is direct Esplanade equivalent. However, in extreme northwestern Arizona along the Virgin River Gorge the Queantoweap probably includes younger rocks, likely Hermit equivalents (Johansen, 1981). Facies are similar to those of the Esplanade.

Pakoon Limestone. The Pakoon Limestone intertongues with and gradually replaces the lower portion of the Esplanade Sandstone (McKee, 1982). Named by McNair (1951), the Pakoon comprises chiefly dolostone and bioclastic limestone with subordinate conglomerate, hybrid sandstone, gypsum, and red mudstone (McKee and Pierce, 1982). Throughout most of its extent in northwestern Arizona, it ranges from 100-150 m thick.

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The Pakoon yields a rich Wolfcampian fauna described by McKee (1982). The Pakoon unconformably overlies the Wescogame Formation (or upper Callville Limestone of previous usage) and grades into the overlying Esplanade or Queantoweap.

Cutler Group

The Cutler Formation was raised to group status by Wengerd and Matheny (1958). At Monument Valley, four formations form the Cutler Group: Halgaito Formation, Cedar Mesa Sandstone, Organ Rock Formation, and De Chelly Sandstone (Baars, 1962). Northeastward, all four grade laterally into arkosic sandstone and conglomerate of the Cutler Formation. Although generally unfossiliferous, stratigraphic position and regional correlation firmly date the group as Wolfcampian and Leonardian (Baars, 1962; Blakey, 1980).

Halgaito Formation. The Halgaito Formation (formerly a member of the Cutler Formation; Baker and Reeside, 1929) disconformably overlies the Hermosa Group or Formation throughout much of the Four Corners region. The formation comprises red mudstone and sandstone and thin beds of aphanitic limestone and dolomite. Along the Colorado River in southeastern Utah, the Halgaito intertongues with carbonates of the Elephant Canyon Formation (Baars, 1962, fig. 3). It grades upward into the Cedar Mesa Sandstone and is apparently coeval with the lower Esplanade Sandstone (fig. 8). Intertonguing with the firmly dated Elephant Canyon Formation and stratigraphic position establish a lower Wolfcampian age for the Halgaito (Baars, 1962), although Loope (1984) has suggested that relations are more complex than previously thought.

Cedar Mesa Sandstone. The Cedar Mesa Sandstone, formerly a member of the Cutler Formation, was named by Baker and Reeside (1929) for exposures along the San Juan River at Cedar Mesa, about 35 km north of the Arizona border on the Monument Upwarp. Exposures in Arizona are limited to Monument Valley where a rather spectacular facies change occurs. Northward toward the San Juan River, the Cedar Mesa comprises chiefly cross-stratified sandstone; in less than 15 km the formation becomes chiefly reddish-orange sandy siltstone and mudstone, thin-bedded, crinkly laminated aphanitic limestone, and bedded gypsum, with subordinate cross-stratified sandstone. Numerous cyclic intercalations of the four above lithologies occur astride the Utah-Arizona state line in Monument Valley. Westward in the subsurface between Monument Valley and Grand Canyon, cross-stratified sandstone dominates the Cedar Mesa (Irwin and others, 1971; Baars, 1962); exposures in Grand and Marble Canyons are assigned to the Esplanade Sandstone.

Organ Rock Formation. The Organ Rock Formation (formerly member of Cutler Formation) was named for exposures in Monument Valley at Organ Rock (Baker and Reeside, 1929). It is lithologically similar to the Halgaito and has not been studied in enough detail to warrant facies

analysis beyond what is shown on figure 8. Where separated from other units by overlying and underlying quartz sandstone, the Organ Rock forms a distinctive redbed sequence that was deposited across all of northern Arizona (figs. 6, 8). The southern and western portions of this sheet form the Hermit Formation (Baars, 1962; Blakey, 1979b, 1980). Southeastward of Monument Valley, the underlying Cedar Mesa Sandstone is absent and the Organ Rock is inseparable from underlying Halgaito (fig. 8; Read and Wanek, 1961; Baars, 1962).

The Organ Rock Formation is probably Leonardian. White (1929) assigned a Lower Permian, probably Leonardian age to the laterally equivalent Hermit Formation based on abundant fossil flora.

De Chelly Sandstone. The De Chelly Sandstone was named by Gregory (1917) for exposures of cliff-forming sandstone in Canyon De Chelly (pronounced deSha-y) on the Defiance Upwarp. Though chiefly cross-stratified sandstone, the De Chelly contains several other important facies and displays several rapid and extreme facies changes that have led to heated debates concerning Permian stratigraphy and nomenclature. Baars (1962) believed that the De Chelly was part of a widespread deposit that covered most of northeastern and east-central Arizona and parts of adjacent states, whereas Peirce (1964, 1967) considered the formation restricted to the Monument and Defiance Up warps. Blakey (1979b) reviewed the problem and revised lower Leonardian stratigraphy in the region, the chief revision being the establishment and definition of the Schnebly Hill Formation in the Mogollon Rim. In Arizona, the De Chelly is herein recognized across the Monument and Defiance Upwarps and adjacent subsurface. It grades southwestward in the subsurface into basinal deposits of the Schnebly Hill Formation in the Holbrook Basin (Blakey,

1980, fig. 9; see figures 6, 8 of present paper). This correlation is briefly reviewed later in this paper. The De Chelly thickens southward from a zero edge along the San Juan River to over 250 m thick in Canyon De Chelly. Its age is middle Leonardian, based on stratigraphic position and relations to fossiliferous strata in the Schnebly Hill Formation. Distribution and lithology of three recognized members are shown on figure 8 and table 1.

Glorieta Sandstone

Peirce (1964, 1967) assigned cliff- and ledge-forming cross-stratified sandstone that conformably succeeded either the White House or Oak Springs Member of the De Chelly Sandstone to the Black Creek Sandstone Member of the De Chelly Sandstone. To emphasize regional correlation and relations between the De Chelly and younger though A A similar sandstone formations, the Black Creek Sandstone of B Peirce is included in the Glorieta Sandstone. This conforms with correlation and usage of Read and Wanek (1961) and Baars (1962). The Glorieta is present in Arizona only on the

southern and eastern Defiance Upwarp and adjacent

subsurface. The same sandstone sheet exposed on the

Figure 10. Detailed partial lithologic logs of Horquilla and Earp Formations, central Cochise County, showing representative examples of each cyclic facies in table 1. Logs arranged in general order (oldest at base) from lower Horquilla to upper Earp.

Mogollon Rim is the Coconino Sandstone (figs. 6,7,8). The Glorieta consists of variably thick sets of cross-stratified quartz sandstone; it thickens to the southeast (fig. 8).

Stratigraphic position firmly establishes an upper Leonardian age for the Glorieta Sandstone (Baars, 1962). All of the Glorieta sandstone in Arizona is assigned to the cross-stratified facies (fig. 8).

Beds at Fort Defiance

The removal of the Glorieta (Black Creek) Sandstone from the De Chelly Sandstone leaves several tens of meters of overlying strata presently unassigned. Peirce (1964,1967) assigned the rocks in question to the Fort Defiance Member of the De Chelly Sandstone. Pending further study, we prefer to leave the unit unassigned and refer to it informally as the beds at Fort Defiance (fig. 8). As described by Peirce (1964, 1967) the unit consists of slope-forming, flat-bedded siltstone and sandstone up to 30 m thick. The unit is present only in the Fort Defiance area. Age and correlation of these strata are unknown. Possibilities include (1) local clastic facies of the Permian Kaibab-San Andres Formations (Baars, 1962), (2) Lower Triassic Moenkopi equivalent, or

(3) local Permian or Triassic unit not directly related to either of above.

Hermit Formation

The Hermit Formation was named by Noble (1922) for exposures in the Hermit Basin near Grand Canyon Village. Though originally referred to as shale by earlier workers, the term formation better reflects its complex heterolithic nature. The formation comprises red mudstone, siltstone, flat-bedded, ripple-laminated, and cross-stratified sandstone, aphanitic limestone, and sedimentary-pebble conglomerate. Based on careful Stratigraphic work, Blakey (1979b, 1980) extended the Hermit into the Mogollon Rim region (figs. 6, 8). As recognized herein, the Hermit is part of the most extensive Pennsylvanian-Permian Stratigraphic sequence of the southwest. The Hermit itself forms a thin sheet of redbeds 30-100 m thick in eastern Grand Canyon and throughout the Mogollon Rim and thickens to over 300 m in western Grand Canyon. The overall redbed sheet is present south of a line from Moab, Utah, to the Virgin Mountains and includes the Hermit in Grand Canyon and the Mogollon Rim, the Organ Rock in southeastern Utah and northeastern Arizona, the Abo Formation in western New Mexico, the middle and upper Earp Formation in southeastern Arizona, and possibly unnamed Permian redbeds in the upper plate of the Keystone Thrust in the Spring Mountains of southern Nevada (fig. 6).

Contact with underlying Earp Formation where the Esplanade is absent is unconformable and marked by extensive conglomerate. Contact with overlying Coconino Sandstone or Schnebly Hill Formation is always sharp, and lacks any evidence of either gradation or channeling.

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depicted on figure 8. Age of the Hermit based on Stratigraphic position and well-studied flora (White, 1929) is Wolfcampian to Leonardian.

Schnebly Hill Formation

The Schnebly Hill Formation (Blakey, 1979a, 1979b, 1980) was named for towering reddish-orange cliffs and slickrock country in and around Sedona along the west-central Mogollon Rim. Originally considered part of the Supai Formation (McKee, 1945; Huddle and Dobrovolny, 1945), the Schnebly Hill contains a middle Leonardian fauna considerably younger than the type Supai; in addition, there are no rocks similar to the Schnebly Hill in Grand Canyon. Rather, the formation was deposited within and on the southern and southwestern margins of the Holbrook Basin. The formation is marked by sharp, clearly exposed facies changes and comprises cross-stratified, wavy to ripple-laminated, and plane-bedded sandstone; mudstone; generally aphanitic limestone and dolomite; and evaporites.

The Schnebly Hill thickens from a zero edge in the western Mogollon Rim and subsurface east of Grand Canyon to over 600 m in the Holbrook Basin. It sharply overlies the Hermit Formation and grades upward and commonly intertongues with the overlying Coconino. Eastward in New Mexico, the Schnebly Hill grades into the Yeso Formation (Wengerd, 1962; Baars, 1962). Across the Holbrook Basin it grades into the De Chelly Sandstone (Blakey, 1979b, 1980). The Fort Apache Member yields a Leonardian fauna (Winters, 1963; Ross, 1973) and Weisman (1986) reported a middle to middle late Leonardian conodont from a thin limestone bed above the Fort Apache Member near Fossil Creek.

Six members are recognized within the Schnebly Hill Formation; three are names retained from when the formation was considered part of the Supai Formation and three were proposed by Blakey (1979b, 1980). Distribution, lithology, and relation of the members are shown on figure 8 and table 1.

Correlation, both physical and temporal, of the Schnebly Hill Formation with the De Chelly Sandstone remains controversial. H. Wesley Peirce (personal commun., 1986) strongly feels that possibly none and at best only the top of the Schnebly Hill correlates with the De Chelly and that the latter represents a post-Schnebly Hill depositional sequence that is absent in the Mogollon Rim. He further postulates an unconformity between the Schnebly Hill and Coconino Sandstone in the Mogollon Rim that represents the De Chelly time interval. His evidence is chiefly based on correlation of thin carbonate horizons from the Mogollon Rim northward across the Holbrook Basin and onto the Defiance Upwarp (Peirce, 1967, his fig. 1). On the Mogollon Rim outcrops near Fort Apache, the carbonates lie near the top of the Corduroy Member of the Schnebly Hill Formation; on the south Defiance Upwarp, Peirce believes that one such thin carbonate underlies the entire De Chelly interval and hence demands that all but the uppermost Schnebly Hill is younger than the De Chelly.

We present three separate lines of evidence that suggest that much of the Schnebly Hill and De Chelly are direct physical and partially temporal-equivalents. We recognize that both Schnebly Hill and De Chelly facies are strongly time transgressive and that bed for bed or even member for member temporal correlation is difficult. Our evidence for correlating the Schnebly Hill and De Chelly follows:

  1. The Schnebly Hill Formation is exposed as far north as Mt. Elden on the north edge of Flagstaff. Subsurface data demonstrates that red-orange quartz sandstone underlies the Coconino Sandstone at Sunset Crater National Monument (Paul Christenson, personal commun., 1982) and in the Cameron, Echo Cliffs, and northeastern Coconino County areas (Baars, 1962; Irwin and others, 1971; see also our figure 8c) and possibly outcrops east of Grand Canyon along the East Kaibab Monocline (Charles Barnes, personal commun., 1985). The oil test in northern Coconino County (fig. 1) is less than 40 km from outcrops of the De Chelly Sandstone in the Monument Valley area. We feel that this evidence strongly suggests that the De Chelly and Schnebly Hill form a continuous red-orange sandstone body that wraps around the northern and western edges of the Holbrook Basin.

  2. Detailed sedimentologic and stratigraphic work in the Sedona area demonstrates conclusively that the stratigraphic boundary between the Schnebly Hill and Coconino is gradational and intertonguing and that no major unconformity is present in the Schnebly Hill-Coconino section. This would demand that De Chelly time is represented in the Mogollon Rim country (fig. 8d). Facies and sedimentologic data, combined with item 1 above, indicate that the Schnebly Hill interval contains the De Chelly equivalents.

  3. Although Peirce (1967) clearly indicated that the above-mentioned key carbonate beds lie below the De Chelly Sandstone, Read and Wanek (1961) showed a different interpretation. Their Plate 2, sections 15 and 16 show carbonate beds well within the De Chelly interval; they correlated these beds into the Oak Springs Member of Peirce (1967). Read and Wanek also show the De Chelly to intertongue or gradationally overlie the Supai Formation (Organ Rock of this paper). Therefore, the relation of key carbonate beds on the southern Defiance Upwarp seems in doubt. If Read and Wanek are correct, the entire lower portion of the De Chelly Sandstone can have time equivalence with the Schnebly Hill Formation and need not be younger as Peirce insists. Work in progress by Blakey is attempting to confirm these relations.

We conclude that some and possibly most of the De Chelly Sandstone correlates physically and temporally with the Schnebly Hill. Together, these units comprise a sandstone sequence that rims the Holbrook Basin and interfingers with thick, coeval basinal deposits of the basin center.

Coconino Sandstone

The Coconino Sandstone was named for exposures on the Coconino Plateau in central Coconino County by

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Darton (1910). The cliff-forming, cross-stratified, nearly pure quartz arenite is widely exposed throughout northern Arizona. From a maximum thickness of over 300 m near Pine, Arizona, the formation thins and wedges out in the subsurface east of the Defiance Upwarp and south of Monument Valley and westward along the Arizona-Utah state line. In western Arizona, it maintains a thickness of less than 20 m into eastern Nevada. It is present in southwestern Arizona in the Plomosa Mountains and several other isolated locations. The Coconino sharply overlies the Hermit throughout Grand Canyon and intertongues into the Schnebly Hill Formation in the Mogollon Rim. West of a line from Sycamore Canyon to Page it intertongues with and is overlain by the Toroweap Formation (Rawson and Turner-Peterson, 1980). East of that line it is overlain by and possibly intertongues with the Kaibab Formation (Cheevers and Rawson, 1979). The Coconino thins and grades eastward into the Glorieta Sandstone of New Mexico (Baars, 1962). Though the Coconino is not known to contain time-sensitive fossils, based on stratigraphic position, its age is firmly established as middle Leonardian.

Toroweap Formation

The Toroweap Formation was separated from strata originally assigned to the Kaibab Formation by McKee (1938). Type section is near Toroweap Point in north-central Grand Canyon. Though predominantly limestone in many areas, the Toroweap contains appreciable amounts of yellow sandstone, red sandstone and mudstone, sandy dolomite, and gypsum (fig. 8). The Toroweap is present in northwestern Arizona west of a line from Sycamore Canyon to Page. East of this line it rapidly changes facies into the Coconino Sandstone (Rawson and Turner-Peterson, 1980) so that eastern outcrops of Coconino contain rocks of Toroweap age. Throughout most of its extent it maintains a thickness of 100-150 m. The formation conformably overlies and commonly intertongues with Coconino across much of northern Arizona and is unconformably overlain by the Kaibab Formation. The Toroweap is probably present in the Plomosa Mountains (Miller and McKee, 1971) but is difficult to separate from the Kaibab Formation.

The Toroweap, although locally fossiliferous, lacks fossils useful for precise dating and is assigned a middle to late Leonardian age based on stratigraphic position. Three members are recognized throughout most of its extent (fig. 8; table 1).

Kaibab Formation

The Kaibab Formation (Darton, 1910) was redefined by McKee (1938); type section is in Kaibab Gulch in southern Utah. Predominantly limestone and dolomite, the formation also contains sandstone, red sandy mudstone, bedded gypsum, conglomerate, and variable amounts and types of chert (McKee, 1938; Brown, 1969; Cheevers and Rawson, 1979). Because the resistant widespread Kaibab has formed an erosional strip plain several times in its postdepositional

history, diagenesis has had profound effects on its lithologic character.

At one time the Kaibab probably covered much of northern Arizona, though at present the unit is absent across both the Defiance and Monument Upwarps and parts of the Little Colorado River valley. The Kaibab forms a broad tabular body that gradually thickens westward, ranging from 100-200 m thick except where removed by post-Permian erosion (fig. 8). It is also recognized in several scattered mountain ranges in southwestern Arizona, most notably the Plomosa Mountains (Miller and, 1971). Both lower and upper contacts are sharp disconformities, although the lower contact is difficult to pick in several locations. At one time most of the Kaibab was unconformably overlain by the Moenkopi Formation, but post-Moenkopi erosion has removed the less resistant redbeds in many places and a variety of Tertiary volcanics and sediments now overlie the Kaibab. Where the Permo-Triassic unconformity is exposed, it is generally readily apparent from sharp color and lithologic change and local erosional relief of 10 or more meters. In northwestern Arizona and adjacent Utah the Kaibab is overlain by similar basal carbonate of the Moenkopi Formation, and more care is needed to distinguish the two formations (Blakey, 1979c; Nielson and Johnson, 1979).

A well-known marine fauna yields a latest Leonardian to earliest Guadalupian age for the Kaibab (McKee, 1938). Although McKee (1938) originally recognized three informal members within the Kaibab, most subsequent workers have more or less formalized two members and this terminology is used herein (fig. 8; table 1).

Naco Group

The Naco Group contains both Pennsylvanian and Permian strata in southeastern Arizona and Pennsylvanian strata in the Mogollon Rim (Ross, 1973). Permian strata in southeastern Arizona include the upper Earp Formation, Colina Limestone, Epitaph Dolomite, Scherrer Formation, Concha Limestone, and Rainvalley Formation. The Earp has already been discussed and will not be repeated here.

Colina Limestone and Epitaph Dolomite. Gilluly and others (1954) named the Colina Limestone, establishing a type section at Colina Ridge in the Tombstone Hills. Unlike the underlying Horquilla Limestone and Earp Formation, the Colina lacks well-developed cyclicity, comprising instead a relatively uniform sequence of thick-bedded dark-gray limestone (Bryant, 1968). Gilluly and others (1954) also established the name Epitaph Dolomite for a thick sequence of dolomite, fine red elastics, and limestone exposed on the dip slope of Colina Ridge. The contact between the two formations is of a chemical rather than sedimentological nature; it consists of an irregular dolomitization boundary, which is not confined to a given stratigraphic horizon. At the type section of the Colina and Epitaph, a given limestone bed can be traced physically from the Colina to its dolomitized equivalent in the Epitaph (Patch, 1969; Wilt, 1969). The two formations are typically treated as a single depositional unit (cf. Bryant, 1959; Butler, 1971), albeit a unit with complex internal sedimentologic relationships.

The Colina-Epitaph sequence overlies the Earp Formation with an intertonguing gradational contact, and is in turn conformably overlain by the Scherrer Formation (Gilluly and others, 1954). The sequence is of Wolfcampian? and Leonardian age; the Epitaph Dolomite facies is probably wholly of Leonardian age (Gilluly and others, 1954). The Colina shelf limestone facies is more widely distributed than the supratidal dolomite-clastic-evaporite facies of the Epitaph.

The limestones of the Colina generally thicken toward southeastern Arizona, from about 61 m in the Waterman Mountains northwest of Tucson (McClymonds, 1959) to approximately 305 m in the Pedregosa Mountains (Cooper, 1959). Local thickness variations of 30 to 61 m result from the irregularity of the Colina-Epitaph dolomitization boundary (Wilt, 1969). The Epitaph Dolomite facies has been mapped only at scattered localities, particularly on the western shelf of the Pedregosa Basin (i.e., Whetstone and Empire Mountains and Tombstone Hills). Its absence at other locations poses what is probably the major enigma of southeastern Arizona Paleozoic stratigraphy. Where present, the dolomite, fine elastics, limestone, and evaporite of the Epitaph range in thickness from 305 to 457 m; however, the absence of these strata is not offset by thickening of underlying or overlying strata. The enigmatic areal distribution of the Epitaph, the complex internal stratigraphy, and the uncertain depositional and tectonic setting of the Colina-Epitaph sequence are in need of in-depth research.

Scherrer Formation. The Leonardian Scherrer Formation was established by Gilluly and others (1954) for strata exposed at Scherrer Ridge in the Gunnison Hills. At the type section the formation consists of basal redbeds, lower sandstone, middle carbonate, and upper sandstone (Luepke, 1971). The Leonardian age of the Scherrer is based upon stratigraphic position: the only abundant fauna, echinoid spines, are not age specific. The Scherrer is present in mountain ranges throughout Cochise, Santa Cruz, and eastern Pima Counties and southwesternmost New Mexico. The Scherrer thins from 207 m at the type section (Luepke, 1971) to less than 7 m in the Big Hatchet Mountains (Zeller, 1965). The formation also thins to the west and southwest (Butler, 1971).

Carbonate and clastic beds of the underlying Epitaph Dolomite grade into the basal redbeds of the Scherrer, except at the type section, where Epitaph strata are absent (Gilluly and others, 1954). The contact with the overlying Concha Limestone is sharp. The quartz arenite-cherty limestone couplet observed in the Scherrer and Concha formations, when combined with their Leonardian age, has led workers to suggest correlation with similar, coeval Coconino-Kaibab and Glorieta-San Andres combinations of the Colorado Plateau and central and southern New Mexico, respectively (Knepp, 1983).

Concha Limestone. Gilluly and others (1954) named the Concha Limestone for about 40 m of cherty fossiliferous limestone exposed at Concha Ridge in the Gunnison Hills. Bryant and McClymonds (1961) described a reference section 174 m thick in the Mustang mountains, where the formation is overlain by the Rainvalley Formation. At most locations, sandstone of the underlying Scherrer Formation changes abruptly into sandy and silty limestone or dolomitic limestone of the Concha. The upper contact is a gradation into thin-bedded black limestone of the Rainvalley Formation (Bryant and McClymonds, 1961).

The age of the Concha is well established as Leonard ian (Sabins and Ross, 1965) and Guadalupian (Vaag, 1984). The Concha crops out in ranges throughout southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico, except where removed by post-Paleozoic erosion. Its thickness remains relatively constant at about 150 m in central and western Cochise County, but thins slightly to the west and southwest (Bryant and McClymonds, 1961).

Rainvalley Formation. Bryant and McClymonds (1961) established the Rainvalley Formation for about 120 m of limestone, dolomitic limestone, and sandstone exposed above the Concha Limestone in the Mustang Mountains. The Rainvalley gradationally overlies the Concha. The top of the Rainvalley is everywhere an erosion surface overlain by Cretaceous or Cenozoic strata with angular unconformity. The age of this formation is Guadalupian (Vaag, 1984), based upon stratigraphic position. It is probably laterally correlative with part of the Kaibab Limestone.

No complete section of the Rainvalley is known, so thickness trends are controlled only by post-Rainvalley erosion. The formation crops out in scattered mountain ranges in Cochise, eastern Pima, and northern Santa Cruz counties (Titley, 1976). Sabins and Ross (1965) reported 200 m of Concha Limestone in the Chiricahua Mountains, but failed to identify any Rainvalley Formation at that location.


Definition of Phase

The Pennsylvanian and Permian geologic history of Arizona is discussed within loosely defined episodes of time we call phases. A phase is a characteristic time or time-rock interval during which characteristic depositional systems were formed. The phases are nonquantitative periods of time, but they can be assigned within the various formal series of the Pennsylvanian and Permian (Morrowan, Wolfcampian, etc.). Thus relative ages of the proposed phases are fixed by regional stratigraphy and referred to the above series, but absolute fixed duration or assignment to a smaller subdivision of formal time-rock stratigraphy is undeterminable. A phase is a package of rock (or unconformity where rock is missing) with a given geometry; boundaries may be distinct or gradational. It may consist of single or multiple facies and single or multiple

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formations. A phase is therefore the product of geologic processes that operate in response to local and regional tectonics and changes in sea level. Phases are numbered consecutively by system, given descriptive names, and assigned to one or more formal series (fig. 6). Three Pennsylvanian and five Permian phases are recognized.

Pennsylvanian Phases of Deposition

1. Lower Clastic and Carbonate Phase (Morrowan-Atokan). This phase includes the Black Prince, lower Horquilla, lower Hermosa and Molas, and Watahomigi and Manakacha stratigraphic units (figs. 6, 12). It is represented by an unconformity across the eastern Sedona Arch and most of the Defiance Positive Area. It includes formats A and B of Ross (1973). The tri-basin pattern that dominated the Pennsylvanian is strongly developed (fig. 12).

Across northwestern Arizona including Grand Canyon, the basal conglomerate of the Watahomigi Formation contains a sparse marine fauna (McKee, 1982). This and other similar basal Pennsylvanian conglomerates formed, following long periods of weathering, on underlying Mississippian cherty carbonate (Merrill and Winar, 1958; Ross, 1973; Blakey, 1980). The conglomerate grades upwards into fine-grained redbeds and impure carbonate that formed on muddy coasts during basal transgression. Most of the Watahomigi carbonate is aphanitic and formed on a somewhat restricted, clear-water carbonate shelf (Blakey, 1980; McKee, 1982). In western Grand Canyon and the Virgin Mountains, accretal and mixed-grain limestone formed on a higher-energy shelf, possibly coincident with a shelf break, with deeper water to the west of Arizona (fig. 12). An increase in red fine-grained elastics and withdrawal of the sea led to development of a pre-Atokan unconformity (McKee, 1982). Another major cyclic incursion of the sea into northwestern Arizona, accompanied by influx of quartz sand from the north, formed the Manakacha Formation in Atokan time. Marine sand waves and megaripples migrated southward across the Grand Canyon Embayment (McKee and Pierce, 1982). Bedforms farther west were dominated by carbonate grains; quartz sand content increased towards central and eastern Grand Canyon. Detailed studies of the Manakacha in the western Mogollon Rim document at least eight transgressive-regressive cycles (fig. 9). Work in progress but not yet published strongly suggests that some cross-stratified sandstone units in the Supai Group are of eolian origin. This work will undoubtedly alter some of the interpretations offered herein.

This phase is represented by the pre-Desmoinesian unconformity across east-central Arizona. However, Atokan and possibly Morrowan rocks are known from the subsurface of extreme northeastern Arizona (Wengerd and Matheny, 1958). Little is known about their depositional history, but extrapolated from probably similar rocks in southwestern Colorado (Merrill and Winar, 1958), basal Pennsylvanian strata of the Molas Formation accumulated as reworked karst material, followed by cyclic intercalations of shallow marine, coastal plain, and fluvial deposits.

In southeastern Arizona, the Morrowan Black Prince Limestone contains basal conglomerate and mudstone overlain by nearly pure limestone deposited in a clear, warm sea. Calcarenitic limestone formed as shoals near shelf breaks or during periods of higher energy associated with transgression and regression, and micritic limestone formed in deeper water or protected shallow areas (Ross, 1973). Local intraformational conglomerate and breccia and associated thin dolostone probably formed on coastal plains during a minor hiatus following regression. Following the last withdrawal of the Morrowan sea, a major unconformity developed on the surface of the Black Prince Limestone (Ross, 1973, p. 897). Where the unconformity is most strongly developed, the Horquilla directly overlies Mississippian rocks. Following basal Atokan transgression, cyclic carbonate deposits were spread across much of southeastern Arizona. Deeper-water deposits are restricted to extreme southeastern Arizona and intercalated carbonate-bank or bioherm, low-energy shelf, and thin mudstone deposits formed elsewhere (Ross, 1973). Withdrawal of Atokan seas led to formation of a major unconformity in northwestern Arizona (, 1982) and a relatively minor unconformity in northeastern and southeastern Arizona (Ross, 1973).

2. Middle Carbonate Phase (Desmoinesian-Missourian). This phase includes the Horquilla and Hermosa stratigraphic units and was deposited across much of Arizona east of the Sedona Arch (fig. 13). The phase is equivalent to format CI of Ross (1973).

The sequence is absent throughout the Grand Canyon-western Mogollon Rim region where it is represented by a major unconformity between the Manakacha and Wescogame Formations (McKee, 1982). Welch (1959) reported thin fusulinid-bearing sandy carbonate of Desmoinesian age in the Virgin Mountains; Desmoinesian and Missourian strata are widespread in the Bird Spring Group of southern Nevada (Langenheim and Webster, 1979).

Northeastern Arizona was near the landward edge of a shelf adjacent to the Paradox Basin (fig. 13). Shallow-marine carbonates of Desmoinesian age are abundant along the state line east of Monument Valley but thin rapidly and grade southwestward into unfossiliferous red beds (Pope, 1976). Transgressive-regressive sequences comprising carbonate-shelf, restricted carbonate-shelf, and coastal redbeds dominate Desmoinesian rocks (Pope, 1976). Missourian rocks include more elastics and probably formed on a low-lying coastal plain.

Along the eastern Mogollon Rim and in southeastern Arizona the middle carbonate phase is represented by the bulk of the Horquilla Limestone. Along the Mogollon Rim east of Fossil Creek and in northern parts of southeastern Arizona, basal Desmoinesian sediments include basal conglomerate and fine-grained terrigenous elastics deposited during initial transgression (Brew, 1965; Ross, 1973). Most of the Horquilla Limestone was formed by repeated transgression and regression of carbonate-producing seas. Knepp (1983) recognized two types of cycles in this part of the Horquilla (fig. 10). Lower outer-shelf cycles are interpreted as follows: (1) initial transgression represented by olive-green terrigenous mudstone; (2) well-oxygenated open shelf subjected to probable longshore currents, represented by sandy to silty carbonate mudstone and wackestone; (3) tidal-channel and (or) storm deposits represented by lenticular to tabular bioclastic crinoidal grainstones (position varies in cycle); and (4) open-shelf, quiet-water environment represented by bioturbated, fossiliferous cherty carbonate mudstone and wackestone (fig. 13). Upper nearshore cycles are interpreted as follows:

(1) nearshore sublittoral and tidal-flat deposits represented by silty carbonate mudstone and wackestone; (2) subtidal, intertidal, and supratidal deposits represented by slope-forming lime mudstone and dolomitic algal laminite; and (3) tidal-channel and (or) storm deposits represented by lenticular to tabular bioclastic crinoidal grainstone (position varies in cycle).

A widespread period of erosion is documented by the pre-Missourian unconformity (unconformity 8 of Ross, 1973) across much of southeastern Arizona. Red siltstone and sandstone and scattered limestone-pebble conglomerate overlie the unconformity and formed by reworking of red lateritic soils following the middle Pennsylvanian regression (Ross, 1973). Ensuing carbonate-shelf deposition was similar to that of the Desmoinesian except that terrigenous clastic deposition became dominant in parts of the

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Mogollon Rim, and upper nearshore cycles of Knepp (1983) dominate sections in southeastern Arizona. A terrigenous coastal plain dominated sections in the Rim and shoreline and nearshore carbonate deposition took place to the south.

3. Upper Redbed Phase (Virgilian). This is the most widely distributed Pennsylvanian phase in Arizona (fig. 14). The Wescogame, upper Hermosa, and Earp lithologic units were deposited during this phase; in southeasternmost Arizona the uppermost Horquilla, formats J, K, and L of Ross (1973), is represented.

West of the Hurricane Cliffs the Wescogame is dominated by calcareous hybrid sandstone and skeletal limestone, which formed on high-energy shelf and open-marine carbonate shelf respectively (McKee and Pierce, 1982). Details of distribution and type of cycles formed by these two lithologies are poorly understood, especially in the Virgin Mountains. Farther east across most of Grand Canyon, cyclic redbeds and quartz arenite dominate the Wescogame. McKee (1982) suggested formation in estuarine and fluvial environments but details of depositional process were not provided. Work in progress by Blakey has documented an eolian origin for some of these units.

Along the western Mogollon Rim, detailed analysis of cycles suggests formation on a clastic shelf; cycles are similar to those of the Manakacha: marine sandwave or megaripple deposits are overlain by carbonate mudflat and red bed lagoonal or coastal-plain deposits. At least ten such cycles were noted (fig. 9). Northeast along the southern flank of the Paradox Basin, the uppermost Hermosa formed on a coastal plain. Details of depositional history are unknown.

Along the Mogollon Rim from Fossil Creek eastward, the Earp Formation comprises red sandy mudstone, very fine grained calcareous sandstone, and sandy dolostone. Although details of depositional processes are not known, the cyclic intercalation of the above lithologies suggests formation on sandy shelf and adjacent muddy coastal plain (fig. 14). Eastward along the Rim, the increase in sandy skeletal limestone suggests formation farther offshore on a carbonate shelf.

In southeastern Arizona, terrigenous elastics of the Earp Formation gradually become higher in section southward towards the Pedregosa Basin (fig. 8). Thus in more northerly sections such as the Gila Mountains, the upper redbed phase consists mostly of the Earp Formation, sections such as Gunnison Hills contain subequal amounts of Earp (clastic) and Horquilla (carbonate), and southerly sections such as Naco Hills are mostly Horquilla. Carbonate-dominated cycles formed on a carbonate shelf (Wilson, 1967), and the following environments are recognized: (1) sublittoral deposits are represented by gray bioturbated lime mudstone with coated algal grains; (2) offshore siliciclastic deposits are represented by fossiliferous, calcareous, ripple-laminated terrigenous mudstone; and (3) storm and (or) tidal-channel deposits are represented by fossiliferous accretal grainstone. Terrigenous-dominated cycles formed at or near shorelines and contain the following environments: (1) fine- to very fine grained quartz sandstone (commonly calcareous hybrid sandstone) formed in barrier-bar complexes; (2) bioturbated calcareous claystone and terrigenous mudstone formed in protected back-bar, nearshore environments; and (3) thin lime-mudstone and bioclastic wackestone formed on the shelf when terrigenous input was reduced or trapped nearshore.

Permian Phases of Deposition

1. Lower Sandstone Phase (Wolfcampian). Following withdrawal of the Virgilian sea from much of Arizona, a broad surface of erosion was formed. A drainage system was incised into underlying silty carbonate and limey and dolomitic mudstone and siltstone; lithified material was ripped up and incorporated as clasts in basal Permian deposits. In many places, the lower sandstone phase comprises thin, discontinuous conglomerate, medial redbeds, and upper cross-stratified quart z arenite. Stratigraphic units include the Pakoon, Esplanade, Halgaito, Cedar Mesa, Hermit, Organ Rock, and Earp. Format M of Ross (1973) is included. The triple-basin geometry of the Pennsylvanian was no longer dominant. Rather, the controlling factor of lithofacies distribution was apparently the Sedona Arch (fig. 15). West of the Sedona Arch, widespread, thin, discontinuous conglomerate at the base of the Permian probably formed by fluvial processes (, 1982). Processes associated with probably coastal-plain sedimentation recorded in redbeds and sandstone of the lower Esplanade and equivalent thicker Halgaito are unknown. Cursory examination of several sections suggests that mixed fluvial, tidal, and clastic shoreline deposits are represented in this interval. Marine sandwave, megaripple, and beach deposition (fig. 15) have been documented for parts of the Cedar Mesa and Esplanade by Mack (1979), Lane (1977, 1979), Johansen (1981), and Me Allen (1984). Eolian deposition has been documented by Loope (1984) and McAllen (1984). Gypsiferous deposits are reported from the Cedar Mesa (Baars, 1962), Esplanade (McKee, 1982), and Queantoweap (Johansen, 1981). Johansen (1981) suggested a restricted coastal setting for Esplanade and Queantoweap evaporites. In Monument Valley, the Cedar Mesa evaporitic sequence contains cyclic intercalations of cross-stratified sandstone, sandy siltstone, aphanitic dolomite, and gypsum. Eolian, restricted shoreline, and sabkha environments are herein suggested pending further detailed study.

East of the Sedona Arch the Cedar Mesa-Esplanade lithofacies are absent and Wolfcampian redbeds are assigned to the Hermit and Organ Rock. This part of the section has received very little study. Abundant plant remains, channel-shaped sandstone and conglomerate, nodular micrite, and structureless to ripple-laminated sandy mudstone suggest deposition on a broad fluvial plain.

In southeastern Arizona, the lower Earp Formation comprises cyclic sandstone, mudstone, and carbonate (Knepp, /1983). The sandstone formed in barrier-bar and higher-energy shoreline environments, the mudstone formed in lower energy protected shoreline environments, and the carbonate formed on offshore carbonate shelves.

2. Redbed Phase (Wolfcampian-Leonardian). Without question, this is the least understood phase of deposition. Questions concern its age, correlation, nature of contacts, and depositional systems. The only deposits of this phase that have received modern sedimentological studies are those in the Sedona area (Duffield, 1985) and southeastern Arizona (Ross, 1973; Knepp, 1983). Stratigraphic units include the Hermit, Organ Rock, and Earp Formations (fig. 16). The base of the phase is gradational in many places, although local scoured basal contact with several meters of relief is also widespread (McKee, 1982; Duffield, 1985). The upper contact is sharp to gradational. Format N of Ross (1973), his uppermost format, is represented.

Depositional processes for much of the Hermit have not been documented. White (1929) suggested that the Hermit of Grand Canyon formed on a low-lying, arid, coastal plain (fig. 16). Duffield (1985) documented large-scale point-bar deposits in the Sedona area and suggested that they were part of an avulsing, large meandering river. Smaller scale channel and associated flood-basin deposits were formed by local, arroyo-type systems. Less is known about the

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depositional system of the Organ Rock, but correlation with and similarity to the Hermit suggest similar depositional history.

In southeastern Arizona, Knepp (1983) has documented deeper water cyclic deposition at the top of the Earp Formation. Claystone and marl and associated fine-grained sandstone formed as basal transgressive deposits of a siliciclastic shoreline-shelf complex. "Mini carbonate cycles" formed in shoaling-upward carbonate shelf environments. Microsparitic wackestone units are tongues of the overlying Colina formed in deeper water.

3. Sandstone-Redbed-Carbonate Phase (Leonardian). This phase is only present east of the Sedona Arch. Deposits were laid in and around the Holbrook and Pedregosa basins (fig. 17). The De Chelly Sandstone and Schnebly Hill Formation are associated with the Holbrook Basin, and the Colina Limestone and Epitaph Dolomite are associated with the Pedregosa Basin. A connection between the two areas across the Mogollon shelf is strongly suggested but cannot be proven. Deposits of this phase are cyclic; the cycles are best observed in areas of sharp, lateral facies change. Both lower and upper contacts range from sharp to gradational. West of the Sedona Arch, the phase is represented by the sharp break and presumed unconformity between the Hermit and Coconino.

In the Virgin Mountains, the upper portion of the Queantoweap may contain rocks correlative with this phase. Johansen (1981) reported that much of the upper Queantoweap contains rocks of eolian origin. The Grand Canyon region lacks rocks of this age; however, the broad plain on top of the Hermit Formation was likely a site of regional eolian transport of quartz sand from north to south.

Sedimentary facies of the Holbrook Basin form a bullseye pattern (fig. 17). The center was the site of fine-grained clastic, carbonate, and evaporite deposition (Peirce and Gerrard, 1966); progressively coarser siliciclastic and quartz arenite deposits rim the basin (fig. 17). Progradation of eolian sands and marine transgression and regression caused complex cyclic intercalation and lateral facies changes. South of Sedona, the lower part of the Schnebly Hill Formation accumulated during rapid marine transgression as a sand wave complex (Blakey, 1984). This was succeeded by a series of rapid marine transgressions and regressive sequences in which restricted marine carbonate, low-energy and rare high-energy shoreline, coastal dune, and inland dune deposits formed (Blakey and Middleton, 1983). Vonderharr (1986) contrasted erg-center and erg-margin dune deposits of the De Chelly Sandstone. Thick evaporite deposits of the basin center formed in restricted marine and continental sabkhas (fig. 17). The Fort Apache Limestone Member formed on a broad, partially restricted carbonate shelf (Gerrard, 1969).

In southeastern Arizona, similar cycles and facies occur in the Colina and Epitaph with the exception of cross-stratified sandstone. In general, the Colina was deposited on a shallow, clear-water, carbonate shelf and the Epitaph formed in restricted environments associated with minor local basins along strike of the Pedregosa Basin (fig. 17). The Colina is fossiliferous limestone at its type section in central Cochise County but fossil content decreases progressively to the northwest in Pima County. Butler (1971) suggested that this indicates a change from subtidal to intertidal. Unabraded shell hash in micritic limestone may have been caused by scavengers that comminuted unwinnowed shell debris on the shallow shelf (Wilt, 1969). The Epitaph Dolomite is a coeval facies of the Colina (fig. 8) developed along the basin axis. Dolomite formed on restricted shoreline carbonate mudflats, and mudstone and gypsum accumulated on sabkha mudflats (fig. 17). The generalized intercalations shown on figure 8 suggest episodic transgression and regression. That the sabkha is coincident with thickest deposition (Butler, 1971) indicates that evaporite-mudflat deposition kept pace with tectonic subsidence. Why more rapidly subsiding portions of the carbonate shelf formed evaporitic mudflats and less rapidly subsiding areas were open-marine shelf is uncertain, but is probably related to local deflection of currents that otherwise would have transported carbonate and terrigenous clastic debris into the evaporitic areas.

4. Quartz Arenite Phase (Leonardian). This phase indues two quartz arenite units, the Coconino Sandstone and Scherrer Formation, and an associated carbonate-evaporite unit , the Toroweap Formation. The name Glorieta Sandstone is used on the eastern Defiance Upwarp along the Arizona-New Mexico border. Where the phase overlies the Hermit and phase 3 is absent, the lower contact is sharp and probably unconformable; where it overlies Schnebly Hill or De Chelly, the contact is a zone of intertonguing.

Where the Toroweap is succeeded by the Kaibab, the upper contact was recognized as a regional unconformity by McKee (1938). Where Kaibab directly overlies Coconino, the contact is a zone of reworked quartz sand. In southeastern Arizona both contacts are probably conformable.

In northern Arizona, the Sedona Arch strongly affected facies distribution (fig. 18). The Coconino Sandstone is thin in much of northwestern Arizona but thickens abruptly across and to the east of the structure and reaches maximum thickness of over 330 m in the central Mogollon Rim. Conversely, the Toroweap is thickest in northwestern Arizona and undergoes rapid facies change eastward into Coconino Sandstone (Rawson and Turner-Peterson, 1980) along the Sedona Arch.

West of the Sedona Arch, the following sequences of sedimentation are recognized. Relatively thin (10-20 m) large-scale, high-angle, planar-wedge cross-stratification of the Coconino formed near the western margin of the Coconino eolian sand sea (McKee, 1979). The overlying contorted, locally gypsiferous sandstone of the Seligman Member of the Toroweap Formation formed during initial transgression of the Toroweap sea (Altany, 1979; Rawson and Turner-Peterson, 1980). Local intertonguing of Coconino eolian deposits and Toroweap shoreline and marine deposits was noted by Fisher (1961) in the northwest Grand Canyon. The Brady Canyon Member of the Toroweap formed during maximum development of the Toroweap sea. Several transgressive-regressive cycles were documented by Rawson and Turner-Peterson (1980). Cyclic regression of the Toroweap sea occurred during deposition of the Woods Ranch Member (Altany 1979). Skeletal to peloidal limestone formed on a broad, open carbonate shelf, oolitic grainstone formed in narrow oolitic shoals coincident with the present Hurricane Cliffs, gypsum and thin interbedded aphanitic carbonate formed in coastal sabkhas, and red mudstone and sandstone formed in continental sabkhas (Altany, 1979; Rawson and Turner-Peterson, 1980).

In much of central Arizona, the quartz arenite phase consists solely of the Coconino Sandstone. Eolian sedimentation was continuous in this area while transgressive-regressive cycles were recorded in the Toroweap to the northwest (fig. 18). Sand derived from the north was fed along the western edge of the craton by strong, steady winds and longshore currents (Blakey, 1980). In areas of high subsidence such as the Holbrook Basin, thick accumulations of sand are recorded in the stratigraphic record. Relatively low-energy shoreline zones of the Toroweap sea were incapable of transporting vast amounts of siliciclastic debris so the sand sea was constricted to the east during Toroweap deposition. The change from Toroweap to Coconino deposition is detailed by Rawson and Turner-Peterson (1980).

As the quartz sand blew southward (based on present geography of Arizona) across the state, it encountered a shallow sea in the southeastern portions. The southern Central Arizona Shelf and Pedregosa Basin were the sites of siliciclastic and carbonate-shelf deposition. The Scherrer Formation comprises lower calcareous quartz arenite, middle dolomite and micritic limestone, and upper calcareous quartz arenite (fig. 8). Butler (1971) suggested a high intertidal origin for much of the quartzose deposits. Because modern high intertidal zones are not the sites of clean, well-sorted, quartz arenite sheets, we prefer a general high-energy shoreline-shelf environment until more detailed work is available. The fine-grained carbonate near the middle of the Scherrer is probably a tongue of the overlying Concha Limestone. It is tempting to suggest, though probably difficult to prove, that this tongue is equivalent to the Toroweap of northwestern Arizona.

5. Upper Carbonate Phase (Leonardian-Guadalupian). The youngest Permian depositional phase consists chiefly of carbonate rock that at one time may have covered almost the entire state (fig. 19). The Kaibab in the north and Concha and Rainvalley Formations in the southeast are dominantly cherty, fossiliferous, fine-grained dolostone and limestone. They are everywhere truncated by a major unconformity and are overlain by rocks and sediments ranging from Triassic to Recent in age.

The Kaibab Formation has been extensively studied; however, a complicated diagenetic history has erased many depositional details. The Fossil Mountain Member accumulated on a broad carbonate shelf during several marine transgressions and regressions. Both open-marine

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(skeletal limestone and dolomite) and restricted-marine (dolomitic mudstone and sandstone and sandy dolomite) conditions were present (Cheevers and Rawson, 1979). The former generally lay to the west and the latter to the east of the present axis of the Kaibab Upwarp. Thus, like most other units in this study, the Kaibab underwent significant change across the Paleozoic Sedona Arch. Unlike many of the other Pennsylvanian and Permian carbonate units, the change from open to restricted shelf is unmarked by shoals, as grainstone is generally absent from the Kaibab (Cheevers and Rawson, 1979). The shore of the Kaibab sea was a broad sandy to dolomitic mud flat (fig. 19). Possible intertonguing of the Kaibab with the upper Coconino may suggest local eolian deposition in the Holbrook area. Overlying redbeds, gypsum, and dolomitic mudstone of the Harrisburg Member formed during cyclic regression of the Kaibab sea (Cheevers and Rawson, 1979).

Similar deposition occurred in southeastern Arizona during formation of the Concha and Rainvalley formations. The cherty fossiliferous limestone of the Concha was deposited on a broad, shallow, quiet-water, carbonate shelf (Butler, 1971). The thin-bedded limestone and interbedded dolostone of the overlying Rainvalley have been interpreted as a shoaling and shallowing of the Permian sea in southwestern Arizona (Butler, 1971). A recent study reported that environments ranged from subtidal to lower supratidal in the Rainvalley with spatial distribution of facies suggesting the presence of a paleoshoreline in the Waterman Mountains (Vaag, 1984, p. 86).

Following withdrawal of Permian seas, the state was subjected to a long period of weathering and erosion. Following a prolonged hiatus, northern Arizona continued to accumulate continental and shallow-marine deposits across broad areas in relatively stable tectonic settings (Blakey, this volume; Nations, this volume). However, southern Arizona became tectonically unstable, with scattered areas of uplift and erosion coupled with local basins that received thick clastic and carbonate deposits.


Discussion and Suggestions for Future Work

The presentation of the geologic history of the Pennsylvanian and Permian of Arizona would not be possible without accurate regional correlation of the stratigraphic units. Correlations presented herein are based on (1) fossil evidence; (2) event stratigraphy: correlation of major pulses of sedimentation based on detailed description of local sections; (3) correlation of local marker beds; and (4) as a last resort, intuitive "best fit" within the constraints of known regional stratigraphy and hypothetical paleogeography. This last method was used mainly in long-range correlations from northern to southern Arizona.

Not all Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks in the state are well known. Sequences lacking modern stratigraphic and

sedimentologic studies include the following: (1) carbonate sequences of the Virgin Mountains; (2) most evaporite units, especially those of phases 1-3 of the Permian; (3) many fine-grained redbeds, especially the Halgaito, Organ Rock, and Hermit; (4) most of the Permian rocks of southeastern Arizona; (5) the Pennsylvanian rocks of northeastern Arizona; and (6) the Kaibab Formation of the Mogollon Rim. Other suggested topics of further study include: (1) detailed paleontologic, especially microfossil analysis of the Supai Group of the Mogollon Rim; (2) detailed stratification study of the Coconino Sandstone and Scherrer Formation; (3) detailed study of eolian deposits of Esplanade and Cedar Mesa Sandstones; (4) detailed study of Late Pennsylvanian siliciclastic units of Earp and Horquilla Formations, Mogollon Rim; and (5) detailed study of carbonate-siliciclastic facies changes, western Grand Canyon and Virgin Mountains.

Summary of Geologic History

  1. Pennsylvanian deposition was initiated by incursion of the sea in extreme northwestern, northeastern, and southeastern Arizona. Conglomerate, fine-grained siliciclastic, and aphanitic limestone units document a progression toward clear-water carbonate shelf deposition.

  2. Following a brief early Atokan hiatus, cyclic clastic and carbonate shelf deposition occurred in the three above-mentioned depositional sites.

  3. Cyclic Desmoinesian and Missourian carbonate and thin siliciclastic deposits formed east of the Sedona Arch. The cycles were deposited during repeated transgressive-regressive cycles.

  4. During the Virgilian, most of Arizona was the site of siliciclastic and carbonate cyclic marine and coastal-plain deposition. Carbonate percentage increased towards the three depositional centers.

  5. Following a period of erosion in most places, siliciclastic marine, coastal-plain, and local eolian deposition were initiated during the early Permian. Quartz arenite dominates Wolfcampian rocks west of the Sedona Arch.

  6. Latest Wolfcampian and early Leonardian rocks are dominantly red, fine-grained siliciclastics. Fluvial and coastal-plain sedimentation were dominant across the northern two-thirds of the state; marine and shoreline deposition took place to the southeast.

  7. Middle Leonardian deposition was restricted to the eastern part of the state. Siliciclastic sedimentation dominated to the north; carbonate percentage increased southward. Cyclic eolian, sabkha, coastal-plain, shoreline, and shallow-marine deposits were associated with rapid subsidence in the Holbrook and Pedregosa Basins.

  8. Late Leonardian sedimentation was dominated by extensive quartz arenite formation. Eolian environments prevailed with cyclic sabkha, shoreline, and shallow-marine deposits present in northwestern and southeastern Arizona.

  9. The last Paleozoic sedimentary event was the formation of widespread dolomitic limestone and sandy

dolomite during a late Leonardian to early Guadalupian

marine event. The sea gradually withdrew from the state

and a long period of erosion followed.


Some of Blakey's field work was supported by grants from the Organized Research Committee, Northern Arizona University. The manuscript was reviewed by Wes Peirce, Arizona Geological Survey, Tucson, and Bill Butler,

U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, and benefited greatly from their comments. Much of the drafting was by Teresa Meuller; Louella Holter typed the manuscript.


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