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Tijeras, Tijeras Canyon District, Bernalillo Co., New Mexico, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 35° 4' 18'' North , 106° 23' 50'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 35.07180,-106.39746
GeoHash:G#: 9whrdbesp
Köppen climate type:Cfb : Temperate oceanic climate

2 miles west and southwest of town.

Mineral List

1 valid mineral.

Regional Geology

This geological map and associated information on rock units at or nearby to the coordinates given for this locality is based on relatively small scale geological maps provided by various national Geological Surveys. This does not necessarily represent the complete geology at this locality but it gives a background for the region in which it is found.

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252.17 - 298.9 Ma

ID: 3187209
Paleozoic sedimentary rocks

Age: Permian (252.17 - 298.9 Ma)

Lithology: Carbonate

Reference: Chorlton, L.B. Generalized geology of the world: bedrock domains and major faults in GIS format: a small-scale world geology map with an extended geological attribute database. doi: 10.4095/223767. Geological Survey of Canada, Open File 5529. [154]

Late Pennsylvanian - Middle Pennsylvanian
298.9 - 315.2 Ma

ID: 3284505
Upper arkosic limestone member of the Madera Formation

Age: Pennsylvanian (298.9 - 315.2 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Madera Formation

Description: Gray, greenish-gray, olive-gray, and brown limestone interbedded with layers of variegated subarkosic sandstone and mudstone. Thickness about 600 ft

Reference: Williams, P.L., J.C. Cole. Geologic map of the Albuquerque 30’ x 60’ quadrangle, north-central New Mexico. U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 2946. [178]

298.9 - 323.2 Ma

ID: 2946383
Madera Group

Age: Pennsylvanian (298.9 - 323.2 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Madera Group

Description: In Manzano Mountains includes Wild Cow Formation and Los Moyos Limestone; in Lucero Mesa includes Red Tanks, Atrasado, Gray Mesa Formations; in Sacramento Mountains includes the non-Madera Holder, Beeman and Gobbler Formations. May include strata lumped as Magdalena Group in a few areas.

Lithology: Major:{limestone,sandstone,shale}, Minor:{chert,mixed clastic}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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