Stratigraphy, paleontology and age of the Fruitland and Kirtland Formations (Upper Cretaceous), San Juan Basin, New Mexico
Adrian P. Hunt and Spencer G. Lucas

Abstract:

Campanian-Maastrichtian nonmarine strata of the San Juan Basin pertain to the Fruitland Formation and the Kirtland Formation. The Kirtland consists, in ascending order, of the Bisti, Hunter Wash, Farmington, De-na-zin and Naashoibito Members. The Fruitland is dominantly of deltaic and pal udal origin and the Kirtland is of broadly fluvial origin. The Bisti Member is a gas reservoir. The majority of fossil vertebrates are from an interval in the uppermost Fruitland and from the Naashoibito Member. Distinct vertebrate and invertebrate faunas and floras can be distinguished for the Fruitland, pre-Naashoibito Kirtland and Naashoibito. Diverse evidence indicates that the Fruitland is of Judithian (late Campanian) age, the prc-Naashoibito Kirtland is of Edmontonian (early Maastrichtian) age and the Naashoibito is of Lancian (late Maastrichtian) age. There is no large-scale angular unconformity at the base of the Ojo Alamo Sandstone.


Citation:

  1. Hunt, Adrian P.; Lucas, Spencer G., 1992, Stratigraphy, paleontology and age of the Fruitland and Kirtland Formations (Upper Cretaceous), San Juan Basin, New Mexico, in: San Juan Basin IV, Lucas, Spencer, G.; Kues, Barry S.; Williamson, Thomas E.; Hunt, Adrian P., New Mexico Geological Society, Guidebook, 43rd Field Conference, pp. 217-239.

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