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Geologic Unit: Gatuna

Gatuna Formation (NM*,TX*?)
[Discrepancy concerning areal extent. See remarks under "Publication History".]

Geologic Province:
Permian basin*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Not designated. Named from exposures in Gatuna Canyon, eastern Eddy Co., NM (Robinson and Lang, 1938).
Reference section: north side of Gatuna Canyon, in SW/4 SW/4 sec. 36, T. 19 S., R. 30 E., eastern Lea Co., NM (Bachman, 1976).

Unit Name History:
Named (Robinson, Lang, 1938).
Overview (Vine, 1963).
Areal limits; Overview (Barnes, 1976).
Reference (Bachman, 1976).
Isotopic dating (Izett and Wilcox, 1982).
[Discrepancy in GNU records (USGS DDS-6) concerning the areal extent of Gatuna Formation. The GNU comprehensive file GEONAMES indicates this unit extends into TX. Denver GNULEX does not. USGS publication reporting this unit in TX unknown. Uncertain if Gatuna Formation is used by the Texas Geol. Survey. --unresolved.]

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013