New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook - 54
Geology of the Zuni Plateau

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Spencer G. Lucas, Steven C. Semken, William Berglof, Dana Ulmer-Scholle, eds, 2003, 425 pages.

In the summer of 1884, Clarence Dutton (1841-1912), working for a young U. S. Geological Survey, spent two months in west-central New Mexico doing geological field work to produce a map and report on the geology of what he termed the "Zuni Plateau." This area covered approximately 7700 square miles and extended from the Rio Puerco on the east to the Arizona-New Mexico border on the west, and from Zuni Pueblo on the south to the southern end of the Chuska Mountains on the north. Dutton's report stands as a remarkable classic of New Mexico geology. Its mapping, stratigraphy and volcanology provided a solid basis for all subsequent geologic studies in the region. The first day's trip takes us around the southern flank of the Defiance uplift, back over into the southwestern San Juan Basin and ends at the Hogback monocline in Gallup. The trip emphasizes Mesozoic-especially Jurassic-stratigraphy and sedimentation in the Defiance uplift region. The second day focuses on a detailed examination of the Triassic-Jurassic section of sedimentary rocks exposed on the northern flank (dipslope) of the Zuni Mountains. This is a classic section, first described by Clarence Dutton in 1885. The field conference ends focusing on the uranium mining, mill site and tailings reclamation of the Homestake Mining Company and the late Cenozoic volcanic rocks to the northwest of Grants.

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Table of Contents:

Note —Downloads of the papers below are free. Road logs mini-papers, maps, and other sections are only available in print.

  1. First-day road log, from Gallup to Gamerco, Yah-Ta-Hey, Window Rock, Fort Defiance, Navajo, Todilto Park, Crystal, Narbona Pass, Sheep Springs, Tohatchi and Gallup
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Steven C. Semken, Andrew B. Heckert, William R. Berglof, Gretchen Hoffman, Barry S. Kues, Larry S. Crumpler, and Jayne C. Aubele, pp. 1-34.
  2. Second-day road log, from Gallup to Fort Wingate, Sixmile Canyon, Ciniza, Red Rock Park, Church Rock, White Mesa, Thoreau and Grants
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Andrew B. Heckert, William R. Berglof, Barry S. Kues, Larry S. Crumpler, Jayne C. Aubele, Virginia T. McLemore, Donald E. Owen, and Steven C. Semken, pp. 35-68.
  3. Third-day road log, from Grants to Milan, Homestake Mining Company, Dos Lomas, Haystack Mountain and El Tintero
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Andrew B. Heckert, William R. Berglof, Larry S. Crumpler, Jayne C. Aubele, Barry S. Kues, and Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 69-83.
  4. Supplemental road log 1: From Grants to eastern margin of El Malpais, Sandstone Bluffs Overlook, and McCartys lava flow
    — Larry S. Crumpler, Jayne C. Aubele, Spencer G. Lucas, and Andrew B. Heckert, pp. 85-91.
  5. Supplemental road log 2: Lobo Canyon, from Grants to San Mateo to Milan
    — Patricia B. Jackson Paul and Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 92-94.
  6. Papers:

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  7. A Navajo-English thesaurus of geological terms (1.76 MB PDF)
    — Alfred Blackhorse, Steven Semken, and Perry Charley, pp. 103-107. [ABSTRACT]
  8. Proterozoic evolution of the Zuni Mountains, western New Mexico: Relationship to the Jemez lineament and implications for a complex cooling history (3.90 MB PDF)
    — Diana Strickland, Matthew T. Heizler, Jane Selverstone, and Karl E. Karlstrom, pp. 109-117. [ABSTRACT]
  9. Black Rocks Protruding Up: The Navajo Volcanic Field (2.39 MB PDF)
    — Steven Semken, pp. 133-138. [ABSTRACT]
  10. Geology and petrogenesis of magmatic veins at El Porticito volcanic vent, Catron County (2.50 MB PDF)
    — Robert R. Horning, Nelia W. Dunbar, W. Scott Baldridge, and Philip R. Kyle, pp. 139-154. [ABSTRACT]
  11. Uranium resources in the San Juan Basin, New Mexico (5.58 MB PDF)
    — Virginia T. McLemore and William L. Chenoweth, pp. 165-177. [ABSTRACT]
  12. Economic geology of the Todilto Formation (4.93 MB PDF)
    — William R. Berglof and Virginia T. McLemore, pp. 179-189. [ABSTRACT]
  13. Late Holocene behavior of small drainage basins on the Colorado Plateau: Influences of lithology, basin form, and climate change (6.85 MB PDF)
    — Anne Tillery, Peter Fawcett, Les McFadden, Louis Scuderi, and Joseph McAuliffe, pp. 197-207. [ABSTRACT]
  14. Clarence Dutton's stratigraphy of west-central New Mexico (17.52 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 209-217. [ABSTRACT]
  15. Upper Pennsylvanian strata in the Zuni Mountains, west-central New Mexico (26.64 MB PDF)
    — Karl Krainer, Spencer G. Lucas, and Barry S. Kues, pp. 219-229. [ABSTRACT]
  16. Tetrapod footprints from the Middle Triassic (Perovkan-Early Anisian) Moenkopi Formation, west-central New Mexico (2.95 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Andrew B. Heckert, and Adrian P. Hunt, pp. 241-244. [ABSTRACT]
  17. Triassic stratigraphy in the Zuni Mountains, west-central New Mexico (902 KB PDF)
    — Andrew B. Heckert and Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 245-262. [ABSTRACT]
  18. Jurassic stratigraphy in west-central New Mexico (2.58 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas and Andrew B. Heckert, pp. 289-301. [ABSTRACT]
  19. An Upper Jurassic theropod dinosaur from the Section 19 mine, Morrison Formation, Grants Uranium district (4.87 MB PDF)
    — Andrew B. Heckert, Justin A. Spielmann, Spencer G. Lucas, Richard Altenberg, and Daniel M. Russell, pp. 309-314. [ABSTRACT]
  20. Geology and paleontology of the Upper Jurassic (Morrison Formation: Brush Basin Member) Peterson Quarry, central New Mexico (10.75 MB PDF)
    — Andrew B. Heckert, Kate E. Zeigler, Spencer G. Lucas, Justin A. Spielmann, Patricia M. Hester, Ronald E. Peterson, Rodney E. Peterson, and N. V. D'Andrea, pp. 315-324. [ABSTRACT]
  21. Selachian fauna from the Upper Cretaceous Dalton Sandstone, middle Rio Puerco Valley, New Mexico (3.45 MB PDF)
    — Sally C. Johnson and Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 353-358. [ABSTRACT]
  22. Stratigraphy, age and correlation of the Upper Cretaceous Tohatchi Formation, western New Mexico (4.65 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas, Dennis R. Braman, and Justin A. Spielmann, pp. 359-368. [ABSTRACT]
  23. The Kirtlandian, a new land-vertebrate "age" for the Late Cretaceous of western North America (4.12 MB PDF)
    — Robert M. Sullivan and Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 369-377. [ABSTRACT]
  24. A new hadrosaur track from the Upper Cretaceous Fruitland Formation of northwestern New Mexico (1.54 MB PDF)
    — Adrian P. Hunt and Spencer G. Lucas, pp. 379-381. [ABSTRACT]
  25. Stratigraphy of the Paleogene Chuska Sandstone, New Mexico-Arizona (6.98 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas and Steven M. Cather, pp. 389-395. [ABSTRACT]
  26. Genetic stratigraphy, provenance, and new age constraints for the Chuska Sandstone (Upper Eocene-Lower Oligocene), New Mexico-Arizona (1.91 MB PDF)
    — Steven M. Cather, Lisa Peters, Nelia W. Dunbar, and William C. McIntosh, pp. 397-412. [ABSTRACT]
  27. Pleistocene mammals from Zuni Pueblo, west-central New Mexico (6.87 MB PDF)
    — Spencer G. Lucas and Gary S. Morgan, pp. 413-418. [ABSTRACT]
  28. Stratigraphy and paleontology of Trapped Rock Draw mastodont site, Zuni, New Mexico (7.65 MB PDF)
    — Paul G. Drakos, Spencer G. Lucas, Gary S. Morgan, and Steven L. Reneau, pp. 419-424. [ABSTRACT]