A preliminary petrologic investigation of some Paleozoic carbonates from the Wind River Range, Wyoming, has been conducted from thin section study revealing various rock fabrics and a preponderance of diagenetic alteration evidence. The limestones and dolostones are from five principal units: the Gros Ventre, Gallatin, Bighorn, Darby, and Madison formations. Three areas of study are considered. First, it has been found that rather uniform depositional conditions must have existed on this shelf with a decrease in depositional energy at or near the tops and/or bottoms of each system. Secondly, there appears to be a relatively strong correlation between secondary dolomite and non-carbonate material in these sediments which may or may not be indicative of an unstable shelf environment. Finally, Robert L. Folk (1959, pp. 1-38) has made several conclusions about the relative abundance of principal constituents in carbonate rocks. His opinions have been substantiated by this study.
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science
©1966 Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Riddler Tucker, M. M.
"Preliminary Study of Some Wyoming Paleozoic Carbonates,"
Proceedings of the Iowa Academy of Science, 73(1), 234-252.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/pias/vol73/iss1/35