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, maps, and other sections for recent guidebooks are only available in print.

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 (772 KB PDF)
— Frederick S. Dellenbaugh, pp. 63-64.
Precambrian rocks of northern Arizona (1.45 MB PDF)
— John F. Lance, pp. 66-70.
Devonian rocks of the Black Mesa Basin (794 KB PDF)
— Daniel S. Turner, pp. 71-73.
The Redwall Limestone (990 KB PDF)
— Edwin D. McKee, pp. 74-77.
Pennsylvanian paleogeography of Arizona (1.06 MB PDF)
— Kay Havenor and Willard D. Pyr, pp. 78-81.
Permian sedimentary rocks of the Black Mesa Basin area (1.61 MB PDF)
— H. Wesley Peirce, pp. 82-87.
Moenkopi and Chinle Formations of Black Mesa and adjacent areas (1.57 MB PDF)
— J. P Akers, M. E. Cooley, and C. A. Repenning, pp. 88-94.
The Shinarump Member of the Chinle Formation (801 KB PDF)
— Charles G. Evensen, pp. 95-97.
Stratigraphy of the uppermost Triassic and the Jurassic rocks of the Navajo country (3.57 MB PDF)
— John W. Harshbarger, C. A. Repenning, and J. H. Irwin, pp. 98-114.
Late Cretaceous stratigraphy of Black Mesa, Navajo and Hopi Indian Reservations, Arizona (1.85 MB PDF)
— H. G. Page and C. A. Repenning, pp. 115-122.
Tertiary stratigraphy of the Navajo country (1.61 MB PDF)
— Charles A. Repenning, J. F. Lance, and J. H. Irwin, pp. 123-129.
Catalogue of stratigraphic names of the Black Mesa Basin and adjacent areas (1.15 MB PDF)
— Daniel S. Turner, pp. 130-135.
Tectonics of the Black Mesa Basin region of Arizona (1.92 MB PDF)
— Vincent C. Kelley, pp. 136-145.
Physiography of the Black Mesa Basin area, Arizona (1.06 MB PDF)
— Maurice E. Cooley, pp. 146-149.
The Pleistocene glaciation of the San Francisco Mountain, Arizona (909 KB PDF)
— Robert P. Sharp, pp. 151-152.
Oil and gas potentialities of northern Arizona (1.83 MB PDF)
— Silas C. Brown and Robert E. Lauth, pp. 153-160.
Helium in southern Black Mesa Basin (392 KB PDF)
— Edward C. Beaumont, pp. 160.
Uranium deposits in northern AZ (781 KB PDF)
— Henry S. Birdseye, pp. 161-163.
Uranium minerlaization near Cameron, Arizona (752 KB PDF)
— Bollin, E. M. Kerr, Paul F., pp. 164-168.
Summary of coal resources of the Black Mesa coal field, Arizona (788 KB PDF)
— R. B. O'Sullivan, pp. 169-171.
Ground water in Black Mesa Basin and adjacent areas (2.29 MB PDF)
— J. P. Akers and J. W. Harshbarger, pp. 172-183.
The Gallup Sandstone as a fresh-water aquifer (600 KB PDF)
— S. W. West, pp. 184-185.
The geology and dating of Sunset Crater, Flagstaff, Arizona (1.19 MB PDF)
— Terah L. Smiley, pp. 186-190.
Some geologic features of the St. Michaels area, Arizona (777 KB PDF)
— Robert L. Du Bois, pp. 191-193.
Sandstone cyclinders as possible guides to paleomovement of ground water (837 KB PDF)
— David A. Phoenix, pp. 194-196.
Land tenure in northeastern Arizona (388 KB PDF)
— T. W. Cabeen, pp. 197-198.
Life zones in northeastern Arizona (597 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.