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Navajo Sandstone Soft Sediment Deformation


GPS Location:

38o 17.059' N

111o 09.854' W



Early Jurassic


Rock Units:

Navajo Sandstone


Features Present:

This is another example of soft sediment deformation in the Navajo sandstone called a pop up/flower structure (Morris et al. 2003).  This structure may have been caused by overpressurized pore pressures and strong ground motion (e.g., possible Jurassic seismic activity).


Depositional Environment:




Figure 1: Large Navajo Sandstone soft sediment deformation feature (“pop up/flower structure”).

Figure 2: A closer view of the “pop-up/flower structure “ shows the deformation of the cross stratification this is continuous across the top of the fold.




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