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Friday Field Foto #94: Permian carbonates in Pine Spring Canyon, west Texas

October 2, 2009

Dear readers … sorry that the posting has gotten so infrequent lately … but I’ve got a couple of things in the pipeline that I hope to finish up very soon. One is a couple of posts about some of my own research (this has taken a lot longer than planned to prepare). Another is a similar ‘event’ to my participation in the Stories in Stone virtual book tour, but with a different geology-related popular science book that came out in 2009 … stay tuned!


This week’s Friday Field Foto doesn’t highlight any specific sedimentary structure or relationship … I just think it’s pretty :)

Pine Spring Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains, west Texas (© 2009 clasticdetritus.com)

Pine Spring Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains, west Texas (© 2009 clasticdetritus.com)

This is from the main campground in Pine Spring Canyon in Guadalupe Mountains National Park (west Texas and New Mexico). These rocks are part of the fabulous shelf and slope carbonate sequences of the Permian Delaware Basin.

See this post for the same strata in a nearby location that better shows the original depositional topography (preserved after ~250 million years!). Want more photos of these rocks? — Check out this, this, and this.

Happy Friday!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 2, 2009 7:14 pm

    yeah, Permian sequences of this basin have assumed a legendary status in carbonate geology. when people look at these outcrops and say textbook examples, these in fact are the very sequences that were used in textbooks to illustrate dep. systems :)

  2. October 3, 2009 11:39 am

    So true Suvrat … it still amazes me how nicely preserved the basin-scale relationships of these strata are. I need to get down there again soon!

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