Claron Formation

Claron Formation. Includes Bryce Canyon/Cedar Breaks Nat. Park.
State Utah
Name Claron Formation
Geologic age Late Paleocene to Early Oligocene
Lithologic constituents
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mudstone (Bed)
Sedimentary > Carbonate > Limestone (Bed)pink member, or lower member, is considered largely a sequence of stacked paleo-soil horizons; white limestone, upper member, massive limestone
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mixed-clastic (Bed, Tuffaceous)Brian Head Formation at top of Claron; records earliest volcanic activity
Sedimentary > Clastic > Conglomerate (Bed)basal red and purple conglomerate; Grand Castle Formation
Comments non-marine, Claron 165 to 640 m (2100 ft); upper part is Brian Head and has volcaniclastics
Stratigraphic units Pine Hollow, Brian Head, and Grand Castle Formations

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Taylor, W.J., 1993, Stratigraphic and lithologic analysis of the Claron Formation in southwestern Utah: Utah Geological Survey Miscellaneous Publication 93-1, 52 p.

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NGMDB product
Counties Garfield - Iron - Kane - Piute - Washington