The Navajo Atlas: Environments, Resources, Peoples, and by James Marion Goodman

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From Chinle Valley eastward, elevation becomes the dominant influence on vegetation. Only in the deeper alluvial soils of the Red Lake-Black Salt valley area does sagebrush become a dominant. The soils are generally shallow and droughty, although deeper accumulations of alluvial soils occur in some valley areas. The highest portion of the profile occurs in the Chuska Mountains. The Chuska sandstone (Tc), capped in some places by lava flows (Te), lies upon the crest of the East Defiance monocline to produce the spine of the mountains.

Title : The Navajo Atlas : Environments, Resources, People, and History of the Diné Bikeyah Civilization of the American Indian Series ; [V. ; Goodman, Mary E. Goodman Drawings and Cartographic Assistance By Mary E. Goodman University of Oklahoma Press : Norman and London Page iv BY JAMES M. GOODMAN Investigations in Environmental Analysis (Dubuque, Iowa, 1971) The Navajo Atlas: Environments, Resources, People, and History of the Diné Bikeyah (Norman, 1982) Publication of this work has been made possible in part by a grant from the Andrew W.

Very little active downcutting now occurs in these valleys. In fact, much of the sediment, sands, silts, and clays that are washed downstream to the southwest are picked up by strong southwesterly winds and blown back upstream. The surface geology of Navajo Land (Map 16) displays the extensive nature of Mesozoic age strata. The Mesozoic rocks represent all three of the Mesozoic periods: Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous. The older Triassic rocks are most prominently represented by the soft and colorful shales, mudstones, and siltstones that are associated with the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, and Beautiful Valley, a portion of the Chinle Valley.

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