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  • Usage in publication:
    • Cable Canyon sandstone
  • Modifications:
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Orogrande basin
Publication:

Kelley, V.C., 1951, Oolitic iron deposits of New Mexico: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 35, no. 10, p. 2199-2229. [Available online, with subscription, from AAPG archives: http://www.aapg.org/datasystems or http://search.datapages.com]


Summary:

Pg. 2201 (table). Cable Canyon sandstone of Montoya group. On table only. Thickness from fraction of a foot to 50 feet. Underlies Jornada limestone (new) of Montoya group; overlies Bat Cave limestone (new) of El Paso group. Age is Late Ordovician.

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 1200, p. 567); supplemental information from GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Denver GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Cable Canyon sandstone
  • Modifications:
    • Principal reference
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Sandstone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Orogrande basin
Publication:

Kelley, V.C., and Silver, Caswell, 1952, Geology of the Caballo Mountains; with special reference to regional stratigraphy and structure and to mineral resources, including oil and gas: University of New Mexico Publications in Geology, no. 4, 286 p.


Summary:

Pg. 57-59, fig. 4, pl. 4B. Cable Canyon sandstone of Montoya group. Coarse-grained granulitic sandstone, medium gray on fresh exposure and contains grains of white, gray, pale-rose, smoky, and blue-gray quartz, gray chert, and dolomite. Texture ranges from well-sorted medium-grained sand to unsorted small-pebble and granule conglomerate. Latter texture more characteristic. It is everywhere one single bed, 17 to 35 feet in thickness. Its appearance at a distance is always as a dark band above the light-colored cliffs of Bat Cave formation. Conformably underlies Upham dolomite (new). Age is Late Ordovician (Cincinnatian). Type locality and derivation of name given.
Type locality (Cable Canyon section): on north side of canyon [Flordillo Canyon] opposite Sierrite Mine, in T. 16 S., R. 4 W., [approx. Lat. 32 deg. 55 min. 36 sec. N., Long. 107 deg. 13 min. 42 sec. W., Apache Gap 7.5-min quadrangle], Caballo Mountains, Sierra Co., southwestern NM. Named from station along [Atchison, Topeka, and] Santa Fe RR to east of mountains in Jornada del Muerto. [Additional locality information from USGS Historic Topographic Map Collection, accessed March 31, 2014; see also Seager and Mack, 2004, 2005.]

Source: Publication; US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 1200, p. 567).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Cable Canyon Member
  • Modifications:
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Pedregosa basin
Publication:

Zeller, R.A., Jr., 1965, Stratigraphy of the Big Hatchet Mountains Area, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources Memoir, no. 16.


Summary:

Is the basal member of the Montoya Dolomite. Was studied in detail only in Mescal Canyon, where a section 16 ft thick was measured and described. Section is in NE1/4 SE1/4 sec 29, T30S, R15W, Hidalgo Co, Pedregosa basin, NM. Disconformably overlies Bat Cave Member of El Paso Formation. Underlies Upham Member of Montoya. Thicknesses of 13 and 23 ft reported. Assigned to the Champlainian Series of the Ordovician.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Denver GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Cable Canyon Sandstone*
  • Modifications:
    • Mapped 1:24k
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Sandstone
    • Dolomite
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Pedregosa basin
Publication:

Drewes, Harald, 1991, Geologic map of the Big Hatchet Mountains, Hidalgo County, New Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series Map, I-2144, scale 1:24,000


Summary:

Cable Canyon Sandstone, basal formation of Montoya Group. Mapped in Big Hatchet Mountains, Hidalgo County, southwestern New Mexico. Brownish-gray, chiefly sandstone and some thin interbedded dolomite. Quartz sand grains are rounded, fine to medium coarse, and frosted; dolomite matrix. Thickness about 16 feet (5 m). Underlies Upham Dolomite (Middle Ordovician) of Montoya Group. Disconformably overlies El Paso Formation (Lower Ordovician). Age is Middle Ordovician.

Source: Publication.


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