Uinta Formation

Usage of Geologic Unit Name:
Uinta Formation (CO*,UT*)
Eocene, late*
Geologic Province:
Uinta basin*
Green River basin*
Piceance basin*
Areal Extent:
Type Locality:
First described in Uinta Basin, UT (Marsh, 1871).
(alphabetical): Myton Member (UT), Wagonhound Member (UT).
Unit Name History:
Named (O.C. Marsh, 1871, Am. Jour. Sci., 3rd, v. 1, p. 196) [Geologic names lexicons, USGS Bull. 896, 1200]. Overview (Dane, 1954). Areal limits (Roehler, 1973; Cashion and Donnell, 1974). Revised (Duncan and others, 1974; O'Sullivan, 1975).


Dane, C.H., 1954, Stratigraphic and facies relationships of upper part of Green River formation and lower part of Uinta formation in Duchesne, Uintah, Wasatch Counties, Utah: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 38, no. 2, p. 405-425.

Roehler, H.W., 1973, Stratigraphy of the Washakie Formation in the Washakie basin, Wyoming: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1369, p. 1-40.

Cashion, W.B. and Donnell, J.R., 1974, Revision of nomenclature of the upper part of the Green River Formation, Piceance Creek basin, Colorado, and eastern Uinta basin, Utah, IN Contributions to stratigraphy: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1394-G, p. G1-G9.

Duncan, D.C., Hail, W.J., Jr., O'Sullivan, R.B. and Pipiringos, G.N., 1974, Four newly named tongues of Eocene Green River Formation, northern Piceance Creek basin, Colorado, IN Contributions to stratigraphy: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1394-F, p. F1-F13.

O'Sullivan, R.B., 1975, Coughs Creek Tongue; a new tongue of the Eocene Green River Formation, Piceance Creek basin, Colorado, IN Contributions to stratigraphy: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1395-G, p. G1-G7.

Wood, H.E., II, Chaney, R.W. and and others, 1941, Nomenclature and correlation of the North American continental Tertiary: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 52, no. 1, p. 1-18.

Townsend, Kathryn E., Friscia, Anthony R., and Rasmussen, D., 2000, Local biostratigraphy of Uinta B and Uinta C rocks in the Uinta Formation, Utah: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, v. 20, no. 3, Supplement, p. 74.

Rasmussen, D. Tab., Conroy, Glenn C., Friscia, Anthony R., Townsend, K. Elizabeth, and Kinkel, Mary D., 1999, Mammals of the middle Eocene Uinta Formation: In, Vertebrate paleontology in Utah: Gillette, David D., ed., Utah Geological Survey, Miscellaneous Publication, v. 99-1, p. 401-420.

Prothero, Donald R., 1996, Magnetic stratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the middle Eocene Uinta Formation, Uinta Basin, Utah: In, The terrestrial Eocene-Oligocene transition in North America: Prothero, Donald R., and Emry, Robert J., Cambridge University Press, p. 3-24.

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