Coconino Sandstone

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The sediments and trace fossils of the Coconino Sandstone record the advance and passage of a major eolian sand sea. Both invertebrate and vertebrate traces indicate that the substrate was for the most part, very dry though it is clear that light rainfall or dew periodically moistened the dune surfaces. Although we know that the erg was characterized by both simple and complex bedforms that apparently were oriented approximately transverse to the main direction of sand transport, we have much to learn about the distribution of the bedforms and the dynamics of the Coconino erg. -Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGrand Canyon geology
EditorsS.S. Beus, M. Morales
PublisherOxford University Press/Museum of Northern Arizona Press
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)

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Middleton, L. T., Elliott, D. K., & Morales, M. (1990). Coconino Sandstone. In S. S. Beus, & M. Morales (Eds.), Grand Canyon geology (pp. 183-202). Oxford University Press/Museum of Northern Arizona Press.