Phantom Ranch Tour - stratigraphy exposed in the Grand Canyon

This is a photo of the Paleozoic stratigraphy exposed in the central section of the Grand Canyon.

Detailed Description

View looking east from the South Kaibab Trail. This view highlights the Paleozoic stratigraphy exposed in the central section of the Grand Canyon. From bottom to top, the stratigraphy is as follows: On the far wall of the canyon (in the center and left of the image), the slope-forming, Cambrian-age Bright Angel Shale is visible, but is partly covered with talus. At the top of the slope are the massive cliffs of the Redwall Escarpment. The lowest, dark, cliff-forming ledges in the escarpment are the Muav Limestone, also of Cambrian age. Above a thin ledge is a massive, dark-gray stained, limestone wall of the Devonian-age Temple Butte Formation. The upper part of the cliff is the Mississippian Redwall Limestone. The snow-frosted slopes of the lower Supai Group rise above the Redwall Limestone. The Supai Group is subdivided into four formations in the Grand Canyon area-Watahomigi Formation, Manakacha Formation, Wescogame Formation, Esplanade Sandstone, from bottom to top respectively (Beus, 1987; Billingsley, 2000).

Details

Image Dimensions: 1200 x 900

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Location Taken: US