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Geologic Unit: Bliss

Usage:

Bliss Sandstone (AZ*,NM*,TX*)
Bliss Formation (NM*)


Geologic age:

Late Cambrian to Early Ordovician (Sunwaptan to Skullrockian)*


Type section, locality, area and/or origin of name:

Named from Fort Bliss, located on mesa immediately east of outcrop, in southern Franklin Mountains, El Paso Co., western TX (US geologic names lexicons, USGS Bull. 896, 1200).
Type locality [area] stated to be in Franklin Mountains, between Hitt Canyon and Scenic Drive, [btw. Lat. 31 deg. 47 min. N., Long. 106 deg. 29 min. W. and Lat. 32 deg. 00 min. N., Long. 106 deg. 30 min. W.], El Paso quadrangle, El Paso Co., western TX (see Hayes, 1975, Repetski, 1988).
Principal reference section: in McKelligon Canyon, Franklin Mountains, approx. Lat. 31 deg. 50.5 min. N., Long. 106 deg. 39.5 min. W., El Paso quadrangle, El Paso Co., western TX (Hayes and Cone, 1975; see Taylor and others, 2004).


AAPG geologic province:

Basin-and-Range province*
Orogrande basin*
Pedregosa basin*
Permian basin*


For more information, please contact Nancy Stamm, Geologic Names Committee Secretary.

Asterisk (*) indicates published by U.S. Geological Survey authors.

"No current usage" (†) implies that a name has been abandoned or has fallen into disuse. Former usage and, if known, replacement name given in parentheses ( ).

Slash (/) indicates name does not conform with nomenclatural guidelines (CSN, 1933; ACSN, 1961, 1970; NACSN, 1983, 2005). This may be explained within brackets ([ ]).