Dinosaur Canyon Member of Moenave Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Dinosaur Canyon Member of Moenave Formation (AZ*,NV*,UT*)
Dinosaur Canyon Sandstone Member of Moenave Formation (AZ*,UT*)
Jurassic, Early*
Geologic Province:
Plateau sedimentary province*
Great Basin province*
Black Mesa basin*
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
Dinosaur Canyon, which joins valley of Little Colorado to east of Cameron, AZ. Completely exposed in cliffs of Kachina Point, 40 mi northwest of Winslow, Navajo Co., AZ (E.H. Colbert and C.C. Mook, 1951, Am. Mus. Nat. History Bull., v. 97, art. 3, p. 151-153). [Geologic names lexicon, USGS Bull. 1200]
Unit Name History:
[Some assign this unit to the Early Jurassic; others assign it to the Late Triassic?.] Revised; Overview (Harshbarger and others, 1957). Revised, Whitmore Point Member named as middle member of Moenave Formation (Wilson, 1967). Overview (Peterson and Pipiringos, 1979). Areal limits (Anderson and Hintze, 1993).


Harshbarger, J.W., Repenning, C.A. and Irwin, J.H., 1957, Stratigraphy of the uppermost Triassic and the Jurassic rocks of the Navajo country: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 291, 74 p.

Wilson, R.F., 1967, Whitmore Point, a new member of the Moenave Formation in Utah and Arizona: Plateau, v. 40, no. 1, p. 29-40.

Peterson, Fred and Pipiringos, G.N., 1979, Stratigraphic relationships of the Navajo Sandstone to Middle Jurassic formations in parts of southern Utah and northern Arizona, IN Unconformities, correlations, and nomenclature of some Triassic and Jurassic rocks, Western Interior United States: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 1035-B, p. B1-B43, Supersedes 1979, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report, OF-79-281, 179 p.

Anderson, R.E. and Hintze, L.F., 1993, Geologic map of the Dodge Spring quadrangle, Washington County, Utah and Lincoln County, Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map, GQ-1721, 1 sheet, scale 1:24,000.

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