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Santa Elena Canyon Stratigraphic Column By Harriet Furton.

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1 Santa Elena Canyon Stratigraphic Column By Harriet Furton

2 Mesa de Anguila (US Side) Santa Elena Limestone Sue Peaks formation Del Carmen Limestone Glen Rose Limestone 740 ft ft ft 75 ft Terlingua Fault Normal fault due to a NW-SE crustal extension in the Tertiary Period, around 26 million years ago Normal fault due to a NW-SE crustal extension in the Tertiary Period, around 26 million years ago  Limestone – resistant rock  Forms ridges  Mid Cretaceous – deep ocean  Shale with limey sediment -easily erodes  Forms slopes more than ridges  Early Cretaceous – intermediate ocean  Cherty, grey limestone - resistant  Forms ridges  Early Cretaceous – deep ocean Telephone Canyon Formation  Early Cretaceous – deep ocean Maxon Formation Glen Rose Limestone  Sandstone  Early Cretaceous – shallow ocean  Hard limestone  Early Cretaceous (110 mya)– deep ocean DropDrop DropDrop UpliftUplift UpliftUplift Rio Grande Level

3 Chert- some algae, diatoms, are able to extract silica out of water and incorporate into their exoskeletons. After dying, their exoskeletons accumulates at the bottom of the ocean and with time it lithifies.

4 Resources Spearing, Darwin. Roadside Geology of Texas. Missoula:Mountain Press Publishing Company,


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