Laney Member of Green River Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Laney Member of Green River Formation (CO*,WY*)
Eocene, early middle*
Geologic Province:
Green River basin*
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
Not designated. Named for exposures along Laney Rim, T. 18 N., R. 97 W., Sweetwater Co., WY (Schultz, 1920).
(alphabetical): Cow Hollow Bed (WY), Craven Creek Bed (WY), Hartt Cabin Bed (WY*), LaClede Bed (CO*,WY*), Sand Butte Bed (WY*).
Unit Name History:
Named as a member of Green River Formation (Schultz, 1920). Areal limits; Revised (Donavan, 1950). Revised; Overview (Pipiringos, 1955). Revised (Bradley, 1959; Culbertson, 1962; Roehler, 1973). Areal limits, extended into northwestern CO (Tweto, 1976). Revised; Overview (Sullivan, 1980). Revised (Roehler, 1991).


Schultz, A.R., 1920, Oil possibilities in and around Baxter basin, in the Rock Springs uplift, Sweetwater County, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 702, 107 p.

Donavan, J.H., 1950, Intertonguing of Green River and Wasatch formations in part of Sublette and Lincoln Counties, Wyoming: Wyoming Geological Association Field Conference Guidebook, no. 5, p. 59-67.

Pipiringos, G.N., 1955, Tertiary rocks in the central part of the Great Divide basin, Sweetwater County, Wyoming, IN Camp, R.J., chairman, Green River basin: Wyoming Geological Association Field Conference Guidebook, no. 10, p. 100-104.

Bradley, W.H., 1959, Revision of stratigraphic nomenclature of Green River formation of Wyoming: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 43, no. 5, p. 1072-1075.

Culbertson, W.C., 1962, Laney Shale Member and Tower Sandstone Lentil of the Green River Formation, Green River area, Wyoming, IN Geological Survey research 1962; short papers in geology, hydrology, and topography; Articles 60-119: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 450-C, p. C54-C57, Also, GeoScience Abstracts, v. 4, no. 12, pt. 1, Dec. 1962 (summary).

Roehler, H.W., 1973, Stratigraphic divisions and geologic history of the Laney Member of the Green River Formation in the Washakie basin in southwestern Wyoming, IN Contributions to stratigraphy: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1372-E, p. E1-E28.

Sullivan, Raymond, 1980, A stratigraphic evaluation of the Eocene rocks of southwestern Wyoming: Wyoming Geological Survey Report of Investigations, no. 20, 50 p.

Roehler, H.W., 1991, Revised stratigraphic nomenclature for the Wasatch and Green River Formations, IN Geology of the Eocene Wasatch, Green River, and Bridger (Washakie) formations, greater Green River basin, Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1506-B, p. B1-B38.

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