Temple Cap Formation

Jurassic, early Middle*
Bajocian, early*
Bajocian, middle*
Geologic Province:
Plateau sedimentary province*
Great Basin province*
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
Not designated. Named for features called East Temple and West Temple in Zion National Park, Washington Co., UT (Gregory, 1950).
Principal reference section designated at NW/4 NW/4 sec. 2, T. 41 S., T. 10 W., Washington Co., UT (Peterson and Pipiringos, 1979).
(alphabetical): Sinawava Member (UT*), White Throne Member (UT*).
Unit Name History:
Named as a member of Navajo Sandstone of Glen Canyon Group (Gregory, 1950). Overview (Pillmore, 1956). Revised (Thompson and Stokes, 1970). Principal reference; Raised rank, assigned as formation of San Rafael Group (Peterson and Pipiringos, 1979). Redescribed (Hintze and others, 1994).


Rice, Jonathan A., and Loope, David B., 1991, Wind-reworked carbonates, Permo-Pennsylvanian of Arizona and Nevada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 103, no. 2, p. 254-267.

Kowallis, Bart J., Christiansen, Eric H., Deino, Alan L., Zhang, Chengning, and Everett, Brent H., 2001, The record of Middle Jurassic volcanism in the Carmel and Temple Cap formations of southwestern Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 113, no. 3, p. 373-387.

Taylor, Paul D., and Wilson, Mark A. 1999, Middle Jurassic bryozoans from the Carmel Formation of southwestern Utah: Journal of Paleontology, v. 73, no. 5, p. 816-830.


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