A regional analysis of the Jurassic Morrison Formation in northeastern New Mexico
The geoscience community has neglected exposures of the Upper Jurassic Morrison Formation in northeastern New Mexico compared to that of the western Colorado Plateau. This study uses methods such as lithofacies associations, regional stratigraphic mapping, and architectural analysis to record an overview of the fluvial processes that deposited the Morrison Formation as it is today. Results from this study were compared to published literature on the Morrison Formation, which identified similarities and differences in the regional depositional pattern that is recorded at outcrops in New Mexico from those on the Colorado Plateau. The results and conclusions of this study, which identifies a new sourcing mechanism in northeastern New Mexico, will be a fundamental component for future studies.