Earth and Planetary Sciences ETDs

Publication Date

Spring 5-16-1963


The area of study lies in southeastern Chaves County, New Mexico, and is a part of the northwest shelf or backreef province of the Permian Basin. The area encompasses all or parts of Tps. 10 through 15 S., Rs. 24 through 31 E.

The Queen and Grayburg formations comprise the lower part of the Artesia group, an upper Guadalupian sequence of Permian shelf rocks above the San Andres formation and below the Ochoan series. The Queen-Grayburg sequence has an average thickness of about 600 feet and is correlative with the Goat Seep reef at the margin of the Delaware Basin, and with the Cherry Canyon formation in the basin.

Degree Name

Earth and Planetary Sciences

Level of Degree


Department Name

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

First Committee Member (Chair)

Sherman Alexander Wengerd

Second Committee Member

Stuart Alvord Northrop

Third Committee Member

Roger Yates Anderson

Project Sponsors

Roswell Geological Society




Queen Formation, Grayburg Formation, Chaves County, New Mexico

Document Type


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Structure Contour Map, top of Queen Formation

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Structure Contour Map, top of San Andres Formation

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Isopachous Map of Queen-Grayburg Sequence

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Lithologic-Stratigraphic Cross Section, Queen and Grayburg Formations

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Lithologic-Stratigraphic Cross-Section, Queen and Grayburg Formations

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Lithologic-Stratigraphic Cross-Section, Queen and Grayburg Formations