Colton Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Colton Formation (UT*)
Eocene, early*
Geologic Province:
Uinta basin*
Paradox basin*
Wasatch uplift*
Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Implied to be exposures in hills north of Colton, Utah Co., UT (Spieker, 1946).

Tabbyune Creek Tongue (UT).

Unit Name History:
Named (Spieker, 1946). Revised (Moussa, 1969). Areal limits (Fouch, 1976). Age modified (Fouch and others, 1983).


Spieker, E.M., 1946, Late Mesozoic and early Cenozoic history of central Utah, IN Shorter contributions to general geology, 1943-45: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 205-D, p. D117-D161.

Moussa, M.T., 1969, Green River Formation (Eocene) in the Soldier Summit area, Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 80, no. 9, p. 1737-1748.

Fouch, T.D., 1976, Revision of the lower part of the Tertiarysystem in the central and western Uinta basin, Utah, IN Contributions to stratigraphy: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1405-C, p. C1-C7.

Fouch, T.D., Lawton, T.F., Nichols, D.J., Cashion, W.B. and Cobban, W.A., 1983, Patterns and timing of synorogenic sedimentation in Upper Cretaceous rocks of central and northeast Utah, IN Reynolds, M.W., and Dolly, E.D., editors, Mesozoic paleogeography of the west-central United States: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Rocky Mountain Section, Rocky Mountain Paleogeography Symposium, v. 2, p. 305-336

Morgan, Craig D., Gwynn, J Wallace., Allison, M Lee., Curtice, Richard, Deo, Miland D., Jarrard, Richard., Morris, Thomas H., Tripp,
Carol N., 2003, Characterization of the Bluebell oil field, Uinta Basin, Duchesne and Uintah counties, Utah: Utah Geological Survey, Special Study Report: 106, p. 1-59.

Wells, Neil A., Konowal, Marylynn, and Sundback, Scott A., 2002, Quantitative evaluation of color measurements., II, Analysis of Munsell color values from the Colton and Green River formations (Eocene, central Utah): Sedimentary Geology, vol.151, no.1-2, pp.17-44.

Konowal, Marylynn., Wells, Neil A., 1998, Terrestrial and lacustrine fluctuations in the Colton Formation, Eocene, central Utah, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 30, no. 7, p. 335.

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