Theses in Sedimentary Geology, NAU Geology

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  • Baughman, Richard L., Sedimentology of an Eocene Volcanic Mudflow Deposit Beaver Rim Fremont County, Wyoming, 159p. (Middleton).
  • Becker, Ulf, Evolution of the Miocene North Whipple Basin, NorthEastern Whipple Mountains, SouthEastern California, 185p. (Dorsey).
  • Blyth, Cynthia P., The Cenozoic Evolution of Wupatki National Monument, 118p. (Nations).
  • Briscoe, Melanie, An Investigation of the Invertebrate Paleontology of the Tsegi and Naha Formations in Tsegi Canyon, Arizona, 77p. (Nations).
  • Brown, Kathleen M., Sedimentologic and Morphologic Analyses of Modern Macrotidal Deposits, Puerto Penasco, Sonora, Mexico, 158p. (Middleton).
  • Buren, Michael R., Definition and Paleogeographic Significance of Cenozoic Stratigraphic Units, Chino-Lonesome Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona, 153p. (Nations).
  • Carr, James E., Sedimentary Tectonics and the Cenozoic History of the Verde Valley Near Camp Verde, Yavapai County, Arizona, 197p. (Nations).
  • Cassell, David, Sedimentary Petrography and Depositional Models for the Non-Marine Carbonate Rocks of the Verde Formation, Northern Verde Valley, Arizona, 153p. (Nations).
  • Dallegge, Todd A., Correlation and Chronology of the Miocene-Pliocene Bidahochi Formation, Navajo and Hopi Nations, Northeastern Arizona, 304p, (Ort, Blakey).
  • Del Margo, Maya T. Structural and Stratigraphic Architecture of Pliocene Basin, Isla San Jose, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 186 pgs. (Umhoefer)
  • Dennis, Michael D., Stratigraphy and Petrography of Pumice Deposits near Sugarloaf Mountain, Northern Arizona, 79p. (Holm).
  • Dilliard, K., Associated volcaniclastic deposits of a trachyte dome complex, Sullivan Buttes Latite, Chino Valley, AZ (Riggs/Middleton).
  • Donchin, Jason H., Stratigraphy and Sedimentary Environments of the Miocene-Pliocene Verde Formation in the Southeastern Verde Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona, 182p. (Nations).
  • Falk, Peter David, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Pliocene Fan-Delta Deposits, Loreto Basin, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 173p. (Dorsey).
  • Ismail, Razimah, Stratigraphy, Mineralogy and Depositional Environments of the Murdock Facies of the Verde Formation, Central Arizona, 88p. (Nations).
  • Jones, Kimberly R., Miocene Synextensional Sedimentation in Mineral Wash, Western Buckskin Mountinas, Western Arizona, 172p. (Dorsey).
  • Johnson, Scott J., The Sedimentology and Provenance of Paleocene Synorogenic Deposits Along the Eastern Flank of the Beartooth Uplift (Willwood Formation), Northwest Wyoming and South-central Montana, 285p. (Middleton).
  • Kostalek, J. Thomas, Mineralogy and Geochemistry of Lacustrine Sediments in a Miocene Extensional Basin, Aubrey Hills, Western Arizona, 160p. (Parnell).
  • Laabs, Benjamin J.C., Quaternary Lake-Level History and Tectonic Geomorphology in Bear Lake Valley, Utah and Idaho, 132 p. (Kaufman)
  • Leafgren, Douglas, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Tectonic Significance of the Tertiary Strata of Buckhead Mesa, Gila County, Arizona, 77p. (Nations).
  • Lieblang, Sean, Sedimentology and Petrology of Conglomerate and Sandstone in the Oligocene White River Formation, Central Wyoming, 177p. (Middleton).
  • Loseke, Travis Oligocene-Miocene Beavertail Butte formation and its relationship to regional tectonics, Yavapai County, Arizona. (Blakey)
  • Mayes, Hilary B., Cenozoic Stratigraphy and Depositional History of the Northern Tonto Basin, Gila County, Arizona, 113p. (Brumbaugh).
  • Morgan, Beverly Everson, Cenozoic Stratigraphy and Paleontology of Prescott Valley and Correlative Units in Yavapai County, Arizona. 99p. (Nations).
  • Morrison, A.D., Paleontology and paleoecology of a late pleistocene fauna from the southern Black Hills, South Dakota, 134p (Mead).
  • O'Brien, Gary R. Oxygen Isotope Composition of Banded Quaternary Travertine, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 80 pgs. (Kaufman)
  • Pederson, Joel, Late Holocene Geochronology and Paleoclimate of Lake Canyon, Utah, 118p. (Mead).
  • Porter, Michael L., Sedimentology and Petrology of the Chalk Hills Formation, Southwest Idaho, 141p. (Middleton).
  • Ranney, Wayne, Geologic History of the House Mountain Area, Yavapai County, Arizona, 94p. (Nations).
  • Roberts, Patricia, Miocene Basin Evolution in the Upper Plate of the Whipple Detachment Fault, Southwestern Arizona, 136p. (Dorsey).
  • Sanders, C. Michael, Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, and Paleogeographic Significance of the Sedimentary Portion of the Tertiary Hickey Formation, Central Arizona, 143p. (Nations).
  • Semmens, Darius J., Geomorphology and Sedimentology of A Modern Fan Delta, Loreto, Baja California Sur, Mexico, 147p. (Dorsey).
  • Straffin, Eric, Alluvial Terrace Development in the Southeastern Black Hills of South Dakota, 91p. (Agenbroad).
  • Tweed, Russel, Miocene Basin Evolution, Upper Plate of the Buckskin Detachment Fault, Western Arizona, 130p. (Dorsey).
  • Wallace, Janae, Provenance of Mid-Tertiary Petilla Member and Uncastillo Formation, Jaca Basin, Pyrenes, Spain. (Middleton).



  • am Ende, Barbara, A., Depositional Environments and Paleontology of the Upper Cretaceous Dakota Formation, Kane County, Utah, 190p. (Nations).
  • Carr, David a., Facies and Depositional Environments of the Coal-Bearing Upper Carbonaceous member of the Wepo Formation (Upper Cretaceous) Northeastern Black Mesa, Arizona, 238p. (Nations).
  • Fillmore, Robert P., Sedimentology and Provenance of the Upper Cretaceous Iron Springs Formation, Southwest Utah, 263p. (Middleton).
  • Gustason, Edmund R., Depositional Environments of the Basal Conglomerate of the Dakota Formation, Orderville Gulch, Southwest Utah, 127p. (Blakey).
  • Harris, Donald A., Stratigraphic Analysis and Coalbed Methane Potential of the Mesa-Verde Group Piceance Basin, Colorado, 188p. (Nations).
  • Henningsgaard, Jeffrey, J., Petrology and Diagenesis of the Codell Sandstone, Wattenberg Gas Field, Denver Basin, Colorado, 103p. (Parnell).
  • Imhof, Margaret H. Description of Pathologic Ceratopsid Material and Preliminary Paleomagnetic Analysis of the Kaiparowits Formation, Southern Utah, 170 pgs. (Elliott)
  • Kirkland, James I., Paleontology and Paleoenvironments of the Greenhorn Marine Cycle, SW Black Mesa, Coconino County, Arizona, 224p. (Nations).
  • Olesen, James, Foraminiferal Biostratigraphy and Paleoecology of the Mancos Shale (Late Cretaceous) at Blue Point, Arizona, 133p. (Nations).
  • Robinson, Matthew J., Tectonostratigraphy of the Lower Cretaceous Relay Mountain Group, Potato Range, Southwestern British Columbia, 224p. (Umhoefer).
  • Stikes, Mathew Fluvial Facies and Architecture of the Poison Strip Sandstone, Lower Cretaceous Cedar Mountain Formation, Grand County, Utah. (Blakey)


  • Bussard, William J., Jurassic Volcanism in the Patagonia Mountains of Southern Arizona, 92p. (Riggs).
  • Capps, D. Mark, Presence and Significance of Regional Bounding Surfaces and Genetic Sequences in an Eolian Sandstone: Page Sandstone (Jurassic), South-central Utah, 161p. (Blakey).
  • Caputo, Mario, Depositional History of Middle Jurassic Clastic Shoreline Sequences in Southwest Utah, 203p. (Blakey).
  • Chapman, Mary G., Depositional and Compositional Aspects of Volcanogenic Clasts in the Upper Member of the Carmel Formation, Southern Utah, 93p. (Blakey).
  • Corken, R. James, Stratigraphic Analysis of the Morrison Formation in the Shiprock-Beautiful Mountain Area Northwestern New Mexico, 189p. (Blakey).
  • Edwards, David P., Controls on Deposition of an Ancient Fluvial-Eolian Depositional System: The Early Jurassic Moenave Formation of North-central Arizona, 243p. (Blakey/Middleton).
  • Geesaman, Richard C., Sedimentary Facies of the Carmel Formation, Southeastern Utah, 135p. (Rawson).
  • Griffith, Stacy, Geochemistry and Reaction Path Modeling of the N-Aquifer System, Hopi Reservation Northeastern Arizona, 107p. (Parnell).
  • Irby, Grace, Paleoichnology of the Cameron Dinosaur Tracksite, Lower Jurassic Donosaur CAnyon Member, Moenave Formation, Northeastern Arizona. (Elliott).
  • Jensen, Tim R., Petrology of the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation, Henry Basin, Utah, 82p. (Blakey).
  • Jones, Lawrence S., Stratigraphy and Depositional History of the Page Sandstone and Correlative Units of the Carmel Formation, Middle Jurassic, South-central Utah, 165p. (Blakey).
  • King, David D., Stratigraphic Analysis of the Landward Margin of the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone, Coconino County, North-central Arizona, 158p. (Blakey).
  • Klockenbrink, Thomas L., Depositional Environments and Petrology of the Lower Member of the Morrison Formation, Henry Mountains Region, Utah, 143p. (Blakey).
  • Luttrell, Patty R., Basin Analysis of the Kayenta Formation (Lower Jurassic), Central Portion Colorado Plateau, 217p. (Middleton).
  • Nation, Matthew J., Analysis of Eolian Architecture and Depositional Systems in the Jurassic Wingate Sandstone, Central Colorado Plateau, 222p. (Blakey).
  • Sargent, Colleen G., Intertonguing Kayenta Formation and Navajo Sandstone (Lower Jurassic) in Northeastern Arizona: Analysis of Fluvial-Aeolian Processes, 190p. (Blakey).
  • Tuesink, Marlene F., Depositional Analysis of an Eolian-Fluvial Environment: The Intertonguing of the Kayenta Formation and Navajo Sandstone (Jurassic) in Southwestern Utah, 189p. (Blakey).
  • Voorhees, Brent J., Stratigraphy and Facies of the Lower Carmel Formation (Middle Jurassic), Southwestern Utah, 161p. (Rawson).


  • Abendshein, Mark, Facies and Oil and Gas Analysis of the Torrey Member of the Moenkopi Formation, South-central Utah, 158p. (Blakey).
  • Auld, Thomas W., Facies Analysis of the Virgin Limestone Member, Moenkopi Formation, Northwest Arizona and Southwest Utah, 83p. (Rawson).
  • Basdekas, Peggy, Provenance and Diagenesis of the Shinarump Member, Triasssic Chinle Formation, Southern Nevada to Southern Utah. (Middleton).
  • Basham, Edward L., Fluvial Architecture of the Wupatki and Holbrook Members of the Lower/Middle Triassic Moenkopi Formation: Northeastern and North-central Arizona, 178p. (Blakey).
  • Benz, Sandra, The Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the Triassic Moenkopi Formation at Radar Mesa, Arizona, 45p. (Beus)
  • Cook, Myron J., Depositional and Architectural Analysis of the Lower Massive Sandstone (Triassic Moenkopi Formation) of North-central Arizona, 141p. (Blakey).
  • Deacon, Marshall W., Depositional Analysis of the Sonsela Sandstone Bed, Chinle Formation, Northeast Arizona and Northwest New Mexico, 128p. (Middleton).
  • Espergren, William A., Sedimentology and Petrology of the Upper Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park and Vicinity, Arizona, 228p. (Middleton).
  • Gubitosa, Richard, Depositional Systems of the Moss Back Member, Chinle Formation, (Upper Triassic), Canyonlands, Utah, 98p. (Blakey).
  • Haney, Eileen M., Depositional History of the Upper Triassic Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation, Circle Cliffs, Utah, 102p. (Blakey).
  • Hazel, Joseph E. Jr., Alluvial Architecture of the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Cane Springs Anticline,Canyonlands, Utah, 149p. (Blakey).
  • Hurlbert, John, Stratigraphic Analysis of the Shinarump Member of the Traissic Chinle Formation, Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, 130p. (Blakey).
  • Johns, Michael E., Architectural Element Analysis and Depositional History of the Upper Petrified Forest Member of the Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, 163p. (Middleton).
  • Kirby, Randy E., A Vertebrate Fauna from the Upper Triassic Owl Rock Member of the Chinle Formation of Northern Arizona, 496p. (Elliott).
  • Langman, James W., The Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation in Northern Arizona and Southern Utah, 106p. (Cotera).
  • Parker, William G. Description of a New Specimen of Desmatosuchus Haplocerus from the Late Trissic of Northern Arizona. (Elliott)
  • Pierson, Lowell Craig, Depositional Environments of the Shinarump and Monitor Butte Members of the Chinle Formation in the White Canyon Area of Southern Utah, 106p. (Blakey).
  • Shipman, T.C., Effects of Volcanism on the Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, 79p (Riggs).
  • Thiessen, Kenneth R., A New Reptile from the Triassic Moenkopi Formation of Arizona, 106p. (Elliott).
  • Woody, Daniel Revised Geological Assessment of the Sonsela Member, Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona. (Blakey)
  • Zuber, J. David, Geochemistry and Sedimentology of Paleosols in the Upper Petrified Forest Member, Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, 152p. (Parnell).


  • Farrar, Christopher, Groundwater Potential of the Middle Paleozoic Carbonate Rocks, Flagstaff Area, Coconino Coounty, Arizona, 91p. (Agenbroad).
  • Matthews, John J., Paleozoic Stratigraphy and Structural Geology of the Wheeler Ridge Aria, Northwestern Mohave County, Arizona, 145p. (Beus).
  • Tucker, Mary L., Geochemical Correlation of Crude Oils and Source Rocks in Black Mesa Basin, Northeast Arizona, 80p. (Rawson).


  • Altany, Robert M., Facies of the Hurricane Cliffs Tongue of the Toroweap Formation, Northwest Arizona, 147p. (Rawson).
  • Broomhall, Robert W., Geology of Dry Creek-West Fork Area, Central Arizona, 99p. (Blakey).
  • Duffield, James A., Depositional Environments of the Hermit Formation, Central Arizona, 82p. (Blakey).
  • Grecu, Valeriu, Structural and Hydrologic Analysis of Coconino-Supai Aquifer, Lake Mary Watershed, Coconino County Arizona, 143p. (Zecharias).
  • Hopkins, Ralph L., Depositional Environments and Diagenesis of the Fossil Mountain Member of the Kaibab Formation (Permian) Grand Canyon, Arizona, 244p. (Middleton).
  • McAllen, William R., Petrology and Diagenesis of the Esplanade Sandstone, Central Arizona, 90p. (Blakey).Arizona, Southern Utah and Southern Nevada, 144p. (Rawson).
  • McCormack, David H., Depositional Architecture of an Eolian and coastal-Sabkha System: Permian Schnebly Hill Formation, North-central Arizona, 143p. (Blakey).
  • Norton, A. Kent, Depositional Environments, Diagenesis, and Stratigraphic Relationship of the Kaibab and San Andres Formations (Permian) of Navajo and Apache Counties, Arizona, 156p. (Middleton/Beus).
  • Ordonez, Steve, Permian (Guadalupian) Shelf Deposition and Diagenesis: The Tansill Formation of the Cheyenne (Capitan) Field, Winkler County, Texas, 83p. (Middleton).
  • Thompson, Kelcy Louise, Paleoecoloyg and Biostratigraphy of the Fossil Mountain Member, Kaibab Formation in Northwestern Arizona, 135p. (Beus).
  • Turner, Christine E., Facies of the Toroweap Formation, Marble Canyon, Arizona, 120p. (Rawson).
  • Vonderharr, Jerry, Sedimentology and Paleoecology of the DeChelly Sandstone (Permian) of Northeast Arizona, 137p. (Middleton/Blakey).


  • Gallaher, David W., Stratigraphic Geostatistical Analysis of the Supai Group of Northern Arizona, 87p. (Best).
  • Haslett, James M., Depositional Systems of the Tensleep Sandstone (Pennsylvanian) Along the West Flank or the Big Horn Mountains, Big Horn and Washakie Counties, Wyoming, 170p. (Middleton/Blakey).
  • Lane, Charles L., Pennsylvanian-Permian Stratigraphy of West-central Arizona, 120p. (Blakey).
  • Pope, Robert W., An Analysis of the Carbonate Facies of the Hermosa Formation (Pennsylvanian )of Northeast Arizona, 144p. (Rawson).


  • Bremner Cramer, Jane A., Micro-Facies Analysis of Depositional and DiaGenetic History of the Redwall Limestone in the Chino and Verde Valleys, 161p. (Beus).
  • Grover, Paul W., Stratigraphy and Depositional Environment of the Surprise Canyon Formation, an Upper Mississippian Carbonate-Clastic Estuarine Deposit, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 303p. (Beus).
  • Kent, W. Norman, Facies Analysis of the Mississippian Redwall Limestone in the Black Mesa Region, 186p. (Rawson).
  • Shirley, Dennis H., Geochemical Facies Analysis of the Surprise Canyon Formation in Fern Glen Channelway Central Grand Canyon, Arizona, 240p. (Parnell).
  • Smith, Jeffrey W., The Petrology of the Mississippian Redwall Limestone in No. Yavapai County, Arizona, 88p. (Rawson).


  • Celestian, Susan M., A Faunal Analysis of the Devonian Martin Formation in the Verde Valley, Arizona, 68p. (Beus).
  • Day, James E., II., Stratigraphy, Carbonate Petrology, and Paleoecology of the Jerome Member of the Martin Formation in Eastcentral Arizona, 147p. (Beus).
  • Dehler, Carol, Paleoenvironmental and Stratigraphic Analysis of Lower Devonian Beartooth Butte Formation and Associated Strata, Central-Eastern Idaho, 157p. (Middleton).
  • Harrison, Gary C., Facies Analysis of the Devonian in Black Mesa Basin, 57p. (Rawson).
  • Johnson, Heidemarie G., A New Fish Fauna from the Upper Devonian Martin Formation, Mount Elden, Northern Arizona, 191p. (Elliott).
  • Knox, Debra, Devonian Paleoecology in Central Arizona, 138p. (Beus)
  • Martin, Harriet, Conodont Biostratigraphy and Paleoenvironment of the Surprise Canyon Formation (Late Mississippian), Grand Canyon, Arizona, 298p. (Beus).
  • Reed, Randall C., Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of the Lower and Middle Devonian Water Canyon Formation, Northern Utah, 322p. (Elliott). .
  • Smith, Christine D., Paleoenvironment of a New Lower Devonian Vertebrate Fauna, Seve Dolomite, East-central Nevada, 176p. (Elliott).


  • Benfer, Jon A., The Petrology of the Eastern Phase of the Toroweap Formation, Walnut Canyon, Arizona, 85p. (Beus).
  • Brathovde, James E., Stratigraphy of the Grand Wash Dolomite (Upper ? Cambrian), Western Grand Canyon, Mohave County, Arizona, 140p. (Beus).
  • Burgert, Barrett L., Petrology of the Cambrian Tapeats Sandstone, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 156p. (Cotera).
  • Dew, Elizabeth Ann, Sedimentology and Petrology of the Du Noir Limestone (Upper Cambrian) Southern Wind River Range, Wyoming, 193p. (Middleton).
  • Hereford,, Richard, Cambrian-Devonian Stratigraphy and Cambrian Petrology in Northern Yavapai County, Arizona, 137p. (Beus)
  • Martin, Daryl L., Depositional Systems and Ichnology of the Bright Angel Shale (Cambrian), Eastern Grand Canyon, Arizona, 365p. (Middleton/Elliott).
  • Rose, Eben C. Depositional Environment and History of the Cambrian Tonto Group, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 349 pgs. (Elliott)
  • Strickland, Jan. Sedimentation Patterns Along the Southern Cordilleran Cratonic Margin, Cambrian Bolsa Quartzite and Abrigo Formation, Southeastern Arizona, 183 pgs. (Middleton)


    Grand Canyon Supergroup

  • Cook, David A., Sedimentology and Shale Petrology of the Upper Proterozoic Walcott Member, Kwagunt Formation, Chuar Group, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 158p. (Middleton/Parnell).
  • Dalton, Russell O., Stratigraphy of the Bass Formation, 140p. (Rawson).
  • Daneker, Thomas M., Sedimentology of the Precambrian Shinumo Sandstone, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 195p. (Cotera).
  • Gebel, Dana C., Stratigraphy of the Nankoweap Formation Eastern Grand Canyon, Arizona, 129p. (Beus).
  • Hendricks, John D., Younger Precambrian Basaltic Rocks of the Grand Canyon, Arizona, 122p. (Holm).
  • Reed V. Stephen, Stratigraphy and Depositional Environment of the Upper Precambrian Hakatai Shale, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 163p. (Cotera).
  • Stevenson, Gene M., Stratigraphy of the Dox Formation, Precambrian, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 225p. (Beus).

    Apache Group and related rocks

  • Burns, Beverly A., The Sedimentology and Significance of a Middle Proterozioc Braidplain: Chediski Sandstone Member of the Troy Quartzite, Central Arizona, 143p. (Middleton).
  • Cullom, Charles, Sedimentology and Petrology of the Pioneer Formation, Middle Proterozoic, Central AZ, 120 p. (Middleton).
  • Trujillo, Alan P., Sedimentology of the Scanlan Conglomerate Member of the Pioneer Formation (Proterozoic) in the Pleasant Valley Area, Gila County, Arizona, 242p. (Middleton).
  • Weiss, Gayle C., A Depositional Analysis of the Arkose Member (Middle Proterozoic) of the Troy Quartzite in Central Arizona, 191p. (Middleton).

    Older Precambrian

  • Bayne, Bradley J., Depositional Analysis to Conglomerates in the Mazatzal Group and Related Strata, Central Arizona, 186p. (Middleton).
  • Boyce, Joseph M., The Structure and Petrology of the Older Precambrian Crystalline Rocks, Bright Angel Canyon, Grand Canyon, Arizona, 88p. (Barnes).
  • Gonzales, David A., A Geological Investigation of the Early Proterozoic Irving Formation, Southeastern Needle Mountains, Colorado, 151p. (Holm).
  • Sherlock, Sean M., Structure and Stratigraphy of Early Proterozoic Rocks, McDonald Mountain-Breadpan Mountain Area, Norther Sierra Anchas, Gila County, Arizona, 81p. (Karlstrom).
  • Vrba, Sheryl, Precambrian Geology of the Cleator Area, Yavapai County, Arizona, 96p. (Holm).
  • Werme, Douglas R., Precambrian Geology of the Defiance Uplift, Arizona, 88p. (Brumbaugh).

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