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A deep water turbidity origin for the Altuda Formation (Capitanian, Permian), Northwest Glass Mountains, Texas

Smithsonian Contributions to Earth Sciences

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Abstract

The Altuda Formation (Capitanian) in the northwestern Glass Mountains is comprised of thin, even bedded limestones, dolostones, mixed clastic-carbonates, and silt/sandstones interbedded with basin-ward dipping wedge-shaped clinoforms of the Captian Limestone. The formation is characterized by graded bedding, planar laminations, flame structures, contorted/convolute bedding, horizontal branching burrows, and shelf-derived normal marine fauna. A detailed study of the Altuda Formation north of Old Blue Mountain, Glass Mountains, reveals that the formation in this area was deposited by turbidity currents in slope to basinal settings.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
A deep water turbidity origin for the Altuda Formation (Capitanian, Permian), Northwest Glass Mountains, Texas
Series title:
Smithsonian Contributions to Earth Sciences
Volume
32
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press
Description:
14 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Smithsonian Contributions to Earth Sciences
First page:
319
Last page:
332
Number of Pages:
14
Country:
United States
State:
Texas
Other Geospatial:
Altuda Formation;Glass Mountains