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Geologic Unit: Aztec

Aztec Sandstone (AZ?,CA,NV*)
Aztec Quartzite (CA*)
[Discrepancy concerning areal extent. See remarks under "Publication History".]

Jurassic, Early*

Geologic Province:
Great Basin province*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Named from Aztec Tank, a natural depression in the sandstone several hundred ft east of Contact mine, Goodsprings quadrangle, NV (Hewett, 1931).

Unit Name History:
Named (Hewett, 1931).
Areal limits (Baker and others, 1936; Longwell, 1949; 1952; Hewett, 1956; Jennings, 1961; Barca, 1966).
Age modified (Wilson and Stewart, 1967).
Areal limits (Evans, 1971; Davis, 1973; Dunne, 1977).
Age modified; Areal limits (Stewart and Carlson, 1978).
Areal limits (Marzolf, 1980).
Age modified (Stewart, 1980; Marzolf, 1982).
Redescribed as Aztec Quartzite (Hamilton, 1982).
Age modified; Biostratigraphic dating (Reynolds, 1983).
Overview (Marzolf, 1983).
[Discrepancy in GNU records (USGS DDS-6) concerning the areal extent of Aztec Sandstone. The GNU comprehensive file GEONAMES indicates this unit extends into AZ (explanation and reference not given). Menlo GNULEX does not. Uncertain if the Aztec Sandstone is used by the Arizona Geol. Survey. --unresolved.]

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013