Studies of Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone


The Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone is one of the most thoroughly studied eolian rock units in the world. Excellent exposures and ten years of intensive study have yielded vast amounts of data and generated comprehensive interpretations. The Page Team, funded in part by a colloborative NSF grant to Gary Kocurek (Univ. of Texas-Austin) and Ron Blakey (NAU), included MS candidates Mark Capps, Dave King, and Larry Jones (NAU), and Chris Swazey and Julia Knight (UTA), and PhD candidate Karen Havholm (UTA). References to these theses and publications resulting from the Page studies are listed below. Several key graphics that demonstrate various aspects of the Page Sandstone and related Carmel Formation are accessable in the graphics section below.

Page Sandstone graphics

Page Sandstone references

  • Blakey, R.C., 1994, Paleogeographic and tectonic controls on some Lower and Middle Jurassic erg deposits, Colorado Plateau, in Caputo, M.V., Peterson, J.A., and Franczyk, K.J., (eds.), Mesozoic systems of the Rocky Mountain region, USA: Rocky Mountain Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Special Publication, p. 273-298.
  • Blakey, R. C., Havholm, K. G., and Jones, L.S., 1996, Stratigraphic analysis of eolian interactions with marine and fluvial deposits, Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone and Carmel Formation, Colorado Plateau, U.S.A.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, V. 66, p. 324-342.
  • Blakey, R. and Parnell, R.A., Jr. 1995. The record of Jurassic magmatism on the Colorado Plateau: evidence from the Page Sandstone. in Miller, D. M. and Busby, C. Jurassic Magmatism and Tectonics of the North American Cordillera: Geol. Soc. Amer. Memoir 301.
  • Blakey, R.C., Peterson, F., and Kocurek, G., 1988, Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic eolian deposits of the Western Interior of the United States: Sedimentary Geology, v. 56, p. 3-125.
  • Capps, D. Mark, Presence and Significance of Regional Bounding Surfaces and Genetic Sequences in an Eolian Sandstone: Page Sandstone (Jurassic), South-central Utah: unpub. MS thesis, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 161p.
  • Havholm, K.G., Blakey, R.C., Capps, M., Jones, L.S., King, D.D., and Kocurek, G., 1993, Eolian genetic stratigraphy: an example from the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone, Colorado Plateau, in Pye, K., and Lancaster, N., eds., Aeolian Sediments, Ancient and Modern: International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication 16, p. 87-107.
  • Havholm, K.G. and Kocurek, G., 1994, Factor's controlling aeolian sequence stratigraphy: clues from super bounding surface features in the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone: Sedimentology, v. 41, p. 913-934.
  • Jones, Lawrence S., Stratigraphy and Depositional History of the Page Sandstone and Correlative Units of the Carmel Formation, Middle Jurassic, South-central Utah: unpub. MS thesis, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 165p.
  • Jones, L.S. and Blakey, R.C., 1993, Erosional remnants and adjacent unconformities along an eolian-marine boundary of the Page Sandstone and Carmel Formation, Middle Jurassic, south-central Utah: Journal of Sedimentology Petrology, v. 63, p. 852-859.
  • Jones, L.S. and Blakey, R.C., 1996, Red sandstone channels in the eolian Page Sandstone (Middle Jurassic) in south-central Utah: processes and paleogeographic implications: Sedimentary Geology (in press).
  • King, David D., Stratigraphic Analysis of the Landward Margin of the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone, Coconino County, North-central Arizona: unpub. MS thesis, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, 158p.
  • Knight, J. B., 1986, Eolian bedform reconstruction--a case study from the Page Sandstone (Jurassic), northern Arizona (M.S. thesis): Austin, University of Texas, 180 p.
  • Kocurek, G., and Havholm, K.G., 1994, Eolian sequence stratigraphy - a conceptual framework, in Weimer, P., and Posamentier, H.W. (eds.), Siliciclastic sequence stratigraphy: American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Memoir 58, p. 393-409.
  • Kocurek, Gary, and Hunter, R.E., 1986, Origin of polygonal fractures in sand, uppermost Navajo and Page Sandstones, Page, Arizona: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 56, p. 895-904.
  • Riggs, N.R., and Blakey, R.C., 1993, Early and Middle Jurassic paleogeography and volcanology of Arizona and adjacent areas, in Dunne, G., and McDougall, K., (eds.), Mesozoic Paleogeography of the Western United States - II, Pacific Section Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Book 71, p. 347-375.
  • Swezey, C. S., 1991,Description and interpretation of the Jurassic J-2 unconformity of the Western Interior (USA): Unpub. MS Thesis, Univ. of Texas, Austin, 146p.

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