Nugget Sandstone

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Nugget Sandstone (CO*,ID*,UT*,WY*)
Jurassic, Early*
Geologic Province:
Green River basin*
Yellowstone province*
Wind River basin*
Snake River basin*
Denver basin
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
Not designated. Named for exposures near Nugget Station on the Oregon Short Line, sec. 9, T. 21 N., R. 119 W., Lincoln Co., WY (Veatch, 1907).
Bell Springs Member (CO*,WY*).
Unit Name History:
Named (Veatch, 1907). Revised, divided into (ascending): Higham Grit, Deadman Limestone, and Wood Shale Members (all new), and a 1500 ft-thick sandstone unit designated "typical" Nugget at top (Mansfield, 1916). Revised, restricted to "typical" Nugget sandstone part (Mansfield, 1920). Overview; Revised (Thomas and Krueger, 1946). Areal limits (Pipiringos, 1957). Revised (Skinner, 1960). Not used (Poole and Stewart, 1964). Revised (Pipiringos, 1968). Age modified to Jurassic (High, Jr., and Picard, 1969).


Veatch, A.C., 1907, Geography and geology of a part of southwestern Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 56, 178 p.

Mansfield, G.R., 1916, Subdivisions of the Thaynes limestone and Nugget sandstone, Mesozoic, in the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho: Washington Academy of Sciences Journal, v. 6, p. 31-42.

Mansfield, G.R., 1920, Geography, geology, and mineral resources of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation, Idaho: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 713, 152 p.

Thomas, H.D. and Krueger, M.L., 1946, Late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic stratigraphy of Uinta Mountains, Utah: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 30, no. 8, p. 1255-1293.

Pipiringos, G.N., 1957, Stratigraphy of the Sundance, Nugget, and Jelm formations in the Laramie basin, Wyoming: Wyoming Geological Survey Bulletin, no. 47, 63 p.

Skinner, R.E., 1960, Proposed Kendall sandstone member of the Gypsum Spring formation, IN Overthrust belt of southwestern Wyoming and adjacent areas: Wyoming Geological Association Field Conference Guidebook, no. 15, p. 129-130.

Poole, F.G. and Stewart, J.H., 1964, Chinle Formation and Glen Canyon Sandstone in northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, IN Geological Survey research 1964: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 501-D, p. D30-D39, Also, 1964, Intermountain Association of Petroleum Geologists, 13th Annual Field Conference, Guidebook to the geology and mineral resources of the Uinta basin, Utah's hydrocarbon storehouse, p. 93-104.

Pipiringos, G.N., 1968, Correlation and nomenclature of some Triassic and Jurassic rocks in south-central Wyoming, IN Shorter contributions to general geology, 1967: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 594-D, p. D1-D26.

High, L.R., Jr. and Picard, M.D., 1969, Stratigraphic relations within upper Chugwater Group (Triassic), Wyoming: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 53, no. 5, p. 1091-1104.

Hamblin, Alden H., and Bilbey, Sue Ann, 1999, A dinosaur track site in the Navajo-Nugget Sandstone, Red Fleet Reservoir, Uintah County, Utah: In, Vertebrate paleontology in Utah: Gillette, David D., ed., Utah Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Publication, v. 99-1, p. 51-57.

Sanders, R Craig., and Picard, M. Dane, 1999, Sedimentology and ichnology of a bioturbated interval in the Nugget Sandstone, a Jurassic eolianite, near Peoa, northeastern Utah: In, Geology of northern Utah and vicinity: Spangler, Lawrence E., and Allen, Constance J. Utah Geological Association Publication, v. 27, p. 123-140.

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