Organ Rock Shale

photo: Remnants of Organ Rock Shale form many spires in the Maze District's Land of Standing Rocks.
Remnants of Organ Rock Shale form many spires in the Maze District's Land of Standing Rocks.

Photo by Mike Hill

 

Deposited:
Permian Period (245 to 286 million years ago)

Depositional Environment:
Marine lowlands, braided streams and tidal flats

Appearance:
Dark red, lumpy mudstones/sandstones (forms towers with protective White Rim caprock)

Examples:
Towers in Monument Basin at the Island in the Sky District as well as in the Land of Standing Rocks in the Maze

 
Rock Strata
Layer Above: White Rim Sandstone, part of Cutler Group Undivided
Current Layer: Organ Rock Shale, part of Culter Group Undivided
Layer Below: Cedar Mesa Sandstone, part of Cutler Group Undivided

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