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Volume: 13 (1929)

Issue: 8. (August)

First Page: 927

Last Page: 944

Title: Permian Stratigraphy of Southeastern New Mexico and Adjacent Parts of Western Texas

Author(s): K. H. Crandall (2)


The relationships of the Permian formations exposed in the Guadalupe, Delaware, and Apache mountains and immediately east have for some time been the subject of much dispute. These are greatly clarified by the classification of the Capitan and Apache limestones as reef formations built on the flanks of a large, subsiding basin. This basin was formed principally after the deposition of the lower Delaware limestone and then was partly filled with Delaware sand. The reefs were built during the deposition of the upper part of the Delaware sandstones. The Carlsbad limestones are considered the lagoonal facies of the reef series.

After being restricted from open marine conditions, the basin was filled with the products of an evaporating sea, the Castile gypsum and a distinct salt series.

No attempt is made to subdivide Darton's Chupadera in other parts of New Mexico.

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