Burro Canyon Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Burro Canyon Formation (AZ*,CO*,NM*,UT*)
Cretaceous, Early*
Barremian?, early?*
Albian, early*
Geologic Province:
Paradox basin*
San Juan basin*
Piceance basin*
Eagle basin*
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
Burro Canyon, for which unit was named, sec. 29, T. 44 N., R. 18 W., San Miguel Co., CO (Stokes and Phoenix, 1948).
Karla Kay Conglomerate Member (CO*,UT*).

Unit Name History:
Named (Stokes and Phoenix, 1948). Areal limits; Overview (Stokes, 1952). Revised (Ekren and Houser, 1959). Overview (Craig, 1981). Areal limits (Ridgley, 1983). Biostratigraphic dating; Areal limits; Overview (Tschudy and others, 1984). Revised (Aubrey, 1988). Overview (Aubrey, 1992).


Stokes, W.L. and Phoenix, D.A., 1948, Geology of the Egnar-Gypsum Valley area, San Miguel and Montrose Counties, Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Oil and Gas Investigations Map, OM-93, 1 sheet, scale 1:48,000.

Stokes, W.L., 1952, Lower Cretaceous in Colorado Plateau: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 36, no. 9, p. 1766-1776.

Ekren, E.B. and Houser, F.N., 1959, Relations of Lower Cretaceous and Upper Jurassic rocks, Four Corners area, Colorado: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 43, no. 1, p. 190-201.

Craig, L.C., 1981, Lower Cretaceous rocks, southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, IN Wiegand, D.L., Geology of the Paradox basin: Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists Field Conference Guidebook, p. 195-200.

Ridgley, J.L., 1983, Isopach and structure contour maps of the Burro Canyon(?) Formation in the Mesa Golondrina and Mesa de Los Viejos areas, Chama basin, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Field Studies Map, MF-1496-A, 2 sheets Tschudy, R.H., Tschudy, B.D. and Craig, L.C., 1984, Palynological evaluation of Cedar Mountain and Burro Canyon Formations, Colorado Plateau: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1281, 24 p.

Aubrey, W.M., 1988, The Encinal Canyon Member, a new member of the Upper Cretaceous Dakota Sandstone in the southern and eastern San Juan basin, New Mexico, IN Revisions to stratigraphic nomenclature of Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks of the Colorado Plateau: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1633-C, p. C57-C69.

Aubrey, W.M., 1992, New interpretations of the stratigraphy and sedimentology of uppermost Jurassic to lowermost Upper Cretaceous strata in the San Juan basin of northwestern New Mexico, IN Evolution of sedimentary basins, San Juan basin: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1808-J, p. J1-J17.

Osleger, David A., Montanez, Isabel P., Martin Chivelet, Javier, Lehmann C., 1996, Cycle and sequence stratigraphy of Middle to Upper Cambrian carbonates, Bonanza King Formation, southern Great Basin: in Abbott, Patrick L; Cooper, John D., editors, Field Trip Guidebook (American Association of Petroleum Geologists - Eastern Section, v. 80, p. 55-84.

Montanez, Isabel P., Osleger, David A., 1996, Contrasting sequence boundary zones developed within cyclic carbonates of the Bonanza King Formation, Middle to Late Cambrian, southern Great Basin. In, Witzke, Brian J. Ludvigson, Greg A., Day, Jed, In, Paleozoic sequence stratigraphy; views from the North American: Geological Society of America Special Paper, v. 306, p. 7-21.

Montanez, Isabel P; Osleger, David A., 1993, Parasequence stacking patterns, third-order accommodation events, and sequence stratigraphy of Middle to Upper Cambrian platform
carbonates, Bonanza King Formation, southern Great Basin: In, Carbonate sequence stratigraphy; recent developments and applications, Loucks, Robert G.; Sarg, J. Frederick, editors, AAPG Memoir, vol.57, p. 305-326.

Barnes, Harley, Christiansen, Robert L., and Byers, F. M., Jr., 1962, Cambrian Carrara Formation, Bonanza King Formation, and Dunderberg Shale east of Yucca Flat, Nye County, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, Report, P 0450-D, p. D27-D31.

Palmer, Allison, Ralph; Hazzard, and John Charles, 1956, Age and correlation of Cornfield Springs and Bonanza King formations in southeastern California and southern Nevada: Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, v. 40, no. 10, p. 2494-2499.

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