New Mexico Geological Society
Fall Field Conference Guidebook - 9
Black Mesa Basin, Northeastern Arizona


Roger Y. Anderson and John W. Harshbarger, eds., 1958, 205 pages.

This ninth annual field conference is the first major excursion into the Black Mesa Basin. The conference is a joint venture between the New Mexico and Arizona societies. The first day, from Gallup to Holbrook, will reveal the structure of the Defiance uplift and monocline and the stratigraphy of the southeastern part of the basin. On the second day, from Holbrook to Flagstaff, the conference will enter the Black Mesa Basin and traverse volcanic fields, Pliocene lake beds, diatremes, and areas of ancient Indian cultures. On the third day, the conference will take a circuitous route through the San Francisco volcanic field to the Grand Canyon and reveal such features as Sunset Crater, the Cameron mining district, Marble Canyon, Glen Canyon, and the structural complexities along the western side of the basin. Finally an overnight trip into the Grand Canyon via the Kaibab Trail is available at the end of the third day.

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Table of Contents:

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

Front Matter: (includes Dedication, President's Message, & Conference Organizer's Message)

Download (2.23 MB PDF)

Roadlogs: (each includes listed mini-papers)

First day road log from Gallup to Holbrook via St. Michaels, Lupton, and Petrified Forest National Momument
— Edward C. Beaumont, pp. 12-21.
Second day road log from Holbrook to U.S. Highway 89 west of Tuba City
— J. P. Akers and W. L. Chenoweth, pp. 23-34.
Road log from Gray Mountain Trading Post to Flagstaff, via U.S. Highway 89
— Maurice E. Cooley, pp. 35-37.
Flagstaff to Gray Mountain Trading Post, via Schulz Pass, Sunset Crater, and Wupatki
— Maurice E. Cooley, pp. 40-45.
Road log from Gray Mountain to the Gap and thence to Desert View
— W. L. Chenoweth and J. P. Akers, pp. 45-53.
Exit road log, Grand Canyon rim drives and Orphan Mine
— W. L. Chenoweth, pp. 54--56.
Exit road log Flagstaff via Williams Junction
— W. L. Chenoweth, pp. 56-61.


Resume of Grand Canyon history (933 KB PDF)
— Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, pp. 63-64.
Precambrian rocks of northern Arizona (1.46 MB PDF)
— John F. Lance, pp. 66-70.
Devonian rocks of the Black Mesa Basin (806 KB PDF)
— Daniel S. Turner, pp. 71-73.
The Redwall Limestone (0.98 MB PDF)
— Edwin D. McKee, pp. 74-77.
Pennsylvanian paleogeography of Arizona (1.07 MB PDF)
— Kay Havenor and Willard D. Pyr, pp. 78-81.
Moenkopi and Chinle Formations of Black Mesa and adjacent areas (1.58 MB PDF)
— J. P Akers, M. E. Cooley, and C. A. Repenning, pp. 88-94.
Stratigraphy of the uppermost Triassic and the Jurassic rocks of the Navajo country (3.58 MB PDF)
— John W. Harshbarger, C. A. Repenning, and J. H. Irwin, pp. 98-114.
Tertiary stratigraphy of the Navajo country (1.63 MB PDF)
— Charles A. Repenning, J. F. Lance, and J. H. Irwin, pp. 123-129.
Oil and gas potentialities of northern Arizona (1.84 MB PDF)
— Silas C. Brown and Robert E. Lauth, pp. 153-160.
Helium in southern Black Mesa Basin (403 KB PDF)
— Edward C. Beaumont, pp. 160.
Uranium deposits in northern AZ (792 KB PDF)
— Henry S. Birdseye, pp. 161-163.
Uranium minerlaization near Cameron, Arizona (765 KB PDF)
— Bollin, E. M. Kerr, Paul F., pp. 164-168.
Ground water in Black Mesa Basin and adjacent areas (2.30 MB PDF)
— J. P. Akers and J. W. Harshbarger, pp. 172-183.
Land tenure in northeastern Arizona (551 KB PDF)
— T. W. Cabeen, pp. 197-198.
Life zones in northeastern Arizona (760 KB PDF)
— Roger Y. Anderson, pp. 199-201.

Recommended Guidebook Citation:

  1. Anderson, R. Y.; Harshbarger, J. W.; [eds.], 1958, Black Mesa Basin (Northeastern Arizona), New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 9th Annual Field Conference, 205 pp.