• Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau (Blakey/Ranney) published by Grand Canyon Association
  • Plate Tectonics (Frisch, Meschede, Blakey) published by Springer-Verlag
  • Ancient Landscapes of California (Blakey/Ranney) published by Springer-Verlag
  • In Progress: Sedimentary Basins of North America (Blakey/Other geoscientists) to be published by Elsevier

The publications listed below were mainly produced during Ron Blakey’s tenure as a member of the Geology Department at Northern Arizona University. Those after 2009 represent ongoing research as Professor Emeritus.

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Blakey, R.C., 1973, Stratigraphy and origin of the Moenkopi Formation of southeastern Utah: Mountain Geologist, vol. 10, no. 1, p. 1 17.

Blakey, R.C., 1974, Stratigraphic and depositional analysis of the Moenkopi Formation, Southeastern Utah: Utah Geological Survey Bulletin 104, 81 p.

Blakey, R.C., 1977, Petroliferous lithosomes in the Moenkopi Formation, Southern Utah: Utah Geology, vol. 4, no. 2, p. 67 84.

Blakey, R.C., 1979, Oil impregnated carbonate rocks of the Timpoweap Member Moenkopi Formation, Hurricane Cliffs area, Utah and Arizona: Utah Geology, vol. 6, no. 1, p. 45 54.

Blakey, R.C., 1979, Stratigraphy of the Supai Group (Pennsylvanian Permian), Mogollon Rim, Arizona: in Carboniferous Stratigraphy of the Grand Canyon Country, northern Arizona and southern Nevada, Field Trip No. 13, Ninth International Congress of Carboniferous Stratigraphy and Geology, p. 89 109.

Blakey, R.C., 1979, Lower Permian stratigraphy of the southern Colorado Plateau: in Four Corners Geological Society, Guidebook to the Permian of the Colorado Plateau, p. 115 129.

(PDF) Blakey, R.C., 1980, Pennsylvanian and Early Permian paleogeography, southern Colorado Plateau and vicinity: in Paleozoic Paleogeography of west central United States, Rocky Mountain Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, p. 239 258.

Blakey, R.C., Peterson, F., Caputo, M.V., Geesaman, R., and Voorhees, B., 1983, Paleogeography of Middle Jurassic continental, shoreline, and shallow marine sedimentation, southern Utah: Mesozoic PaleogeogÂraphy of west central United States, Rocky Mountain Section of Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (Symposium), p. 77 100.

(PDF) Blakey, R.C., and Gubitosa, R., 1983, Late Triassic paleogeography and depositional history of the Chinle Formation, Southern Utah and northern Arizona: Mesozoic Paleogeography of the west central United States, Rocky Mountain Section of Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (Symposium), p. 57 76.

Blakey, R.C., and Middleton, L.T., 1983, Permian shoreline eolian complex in Central Arizona: Dune changes in response to cyclic sea level changes: Developments in Sedimentology Modern and Ancient Eolian Deposits, Elsevier, New York, p. 551 581.

(PDF) Middleton, L.T., and Blakey, R.C., 1983, Sedimentologic processes and controls on the intertonguing of the fluvial Kayenta Formation and eolian Navajo Sandstone, northern Arizona and southern Utah: Developments in Sedimentology Modern and Ancient Eolian Deposits, Elsevier, New York, p. 613 634.

Blakey, R.C., and Middleton, L.T., 1983, Lower Mesozoic stratigraphy and depositional systems, southwest Colorado Plateau: in Marzolf, J. E., and Dunne, G. C., Evolution of early Mesozoic tectonostratigraphic environments southwestern Colorado Plateau to southern Inyo Mountains, Guidebook Part 2 Geologic Society of America, Utah Geologic and Mineral Survey Special Studies 60, p. 33 39.

Blakey, R.C., 1984, Marine sand wave complex in the Permian of central Arizona: Journal Sedimentary Petrology, vol. 54, p. 29 51.

Blakey, R.C., and Gubitosa, R., 1984, Sandstone body geometry and architecture of the Triassic Chinle Formation, Colorado Plateau: Sedimentary Geology, vol. 38, p. 51 86.

Blakey, R.C., and Baars, D., 1987, Monument Valley, Arizona and Utah, in Beus, S.S. (ed.), Centennial Field Guide Volume 2: Rocky Mountain Section of the Geological Society of America, p. 361-364.

Blakey, R.C., 1988, Basin tectonics and erg response: Sedimentary Geology, vol. 56, p. 127-151.

Blakey, R.C., Peterson, F., and Kocurek, G., 1988, Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic eolian deposits of the Western Interior of the United States: Sedimentary Geology, vol. 56, p. 3-125.

Blakey, R.C., 1988, Superscoops: their significance as elements of eolian architecture: Geology, vol. 16, p. 483-487.

Clemmensen, L.B., and Blakey, R.C., 1989, Erg deposits in the Lower Jurassic Wingate Sandstone, northeastern Arizona: oblique dune sedimentation: Sedimentology, vol. 36, p. 449-470.

Blakey, R.C., and Knepp, R., 1989, Pennsylvanian and Permian geology of Arizona: in Jenney, J.P. and Reynolds, S.J., Geologic evolution of Arizona, Arizona Geological Society Digest 17, p. 313-347.

Blakey, R.C., 1989, Triassic and Jurassic geology of southern Colorado Plateau: in Jenney, J.P. and Reynolds, S.J., Geologic evolution of Arizona, Arizona Geological Society Digest 17, p. 369-396.

Clemmensen, L.B., Olsen, H., and Blakey, R.C., 1989, Erg-margin deposits in the Lower Jurassic Moenave Formation and Wingate Sandstone, southern Utah: Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 101, p. 759-773.

Blakey, R.C., 1990, Supai Group and Hermit Formation, in Beus, S. S. and Morales, M. (eds.): Geology of Grand Canyon, Oxford University Press.

(PDF) Blakey, R.C., 1990, Stratigraphy and geologic history of Pennsylvanian and Permian rocks, Mogollon Rim region, central Arizona and vicinity: Geological Society of America Bulletin, p. 1189-1217.

Kocurek, G., Havholm, K.G., Deynoux, M., and Blakey, R.C., 1991, Amalgamated accumulations resulting from climatic and eustatic changes, Akchar Erg, Mauritania: Sedimentology, v. 38, p. 751-772.

Havholm, K.G., Blakey, R.C., Capps, M., Jones, L.S., King, D.D., and Kocurek, G., 1993, Eolian genetic stratigraphy: an example from the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone, Colorado Plateau: International Association of Sedimentologists Special Publication 16, p. 87-107.

Jones, L.S., and Blakey, R.C., 1993, Erosional remnants and adjacent unconformities along an eolian-marine boundary of the Page Sandstone and Carmel Formation, Middle Jurassic, south-central Utah: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 62, p. 852-859.

Riggs, N.R., and Blakey, R.C., 1993, Early and Middle Jurassic paleogeography and volcanology of Arizona and adjacent areas: Society of Economic Paleontology and Mineralogy, Pacific Section, Mesozoic Paleogeography, Book 71, p. 347-375.

Blakey, R.C., Basham, E.L., and Cook, M.J., 1993, Early and Middle Triassic paleogeography, Colorado Plateau and vicinity in Morales, M., ed., Aspects of Mesozoic Geology and Paleontology of the Colorado Plateau: Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 59, p.13-26.

Blakey, R.C., 1994, Paleogeographic and tectonic controls on some Lower and Middle Jurassic erg deposits, Colorado Plateau, in Caputo, M.V., Peterson, J.A., Franczyk, J.J., (eds.), Mesozoic systems of the Rocky Mountain region, USA: Rocky Mountain Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Special Publication, p. 273-298.

Blakey, R.C., 1995, Tracks of time: Ca–on Journal, v. 1, p. 48-53.

Blakey, R.C., and Parnell, R.A., 1995, Middle Jurassic magmatism: the volcanic record in the eolian Page Sandstone and related Carmel Formation, Colorado Plateau, in Busby, C.J., and Miller, D.M., (eds.), Jurassic magmatism and tectonics of the North American Cordillera: Geological Society of America Special Paper 199, p. 393-411.

Blakey, R.C., 1996, Permian eolian deposits, sequences, and sequence boundaries, Colorado Plateau, in Sonnenfeld, M.D. and Longman, M.W. (eds.), Paleozoic systems of the Rocky Mountain Region: Rocky Mountain Section SEPM, Denver, p.405-426.

(PDF) Blakey, R.C., Havholm, K.G., and Jones, L.S., 1996, Stratigraphic analysis of eolian interactions with marine and fluvial deposits, Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone and Carmel Formation, Colorado Plateau, U.S.A.: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 66, p. 324-342.

Jones, L. S., and Blakey, R. C., 1997, Eolian – fluvial interaction in the Page Sandstone (Middle Jurassic) in south-central Utah, USA: a case study of erg-margin processes: Sedimentary Geology, v 109, p. 181-198.

Blakey, R.C., 2003, Supai Group and Hermit Formation, in Beus, S. S. and Morales, M. (eds.): Geology of Grand Canyon, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, p. 136-162.

(PDF) Elliott, D. K., and R. C. Blakey. 2005, The pre-Permian vertebrate record in Arizona; in, A. Heckert and S. Lucas (eds.), Vertebrate Paleontology in Arizona. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin No. 29, p. 1-9

Elliott, D. K., and R. C. Blakey. 2005, Paleozoic Vertebrates of Arizona. In, R. McCord (ed.) The Vertebrate Paleontology of Arizona. Mesa Southwest Museum Bulletin, p. 1-17.

(PDF) Umhoefer, P.J. and Blakey, R.C., 2006, Moderate (1600 km) northward translation of Baja British Columbia from southern California: An attempt at reconciliation of paleomagnetism and geology, in Haggart, J.W., Enkin, R.J. and Monger, J.W.H., eds., Paleogeography of the North American Cordillera: Evidence For and Against Large-Scale Displacements: Geological Association of Canada, Special Paper 46, p. 305-327.

(PDF) Algeo, T. J., Lyons, T. W., Blakey, R. C., and Over, J. D., 2007, Hydrographic Conditions of the Devono-Carboniferous North American Seaway Inferred from Sedimentary Mo-TOC Relationships: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology v. 256 p.204-230.

Raucci, J. J., Blakey, R. C., and Umhoefer, P. J., 2006, New Geologic Mapping of Petrified Forest National Park Aids in Understanding Evolution of Land Animals in Arizona: Arizona Geology, V. 36, No. 2, p. 1-4.

(PDF) Algeo,T. J., Heckel, P. H., Maynard, J. B., Blakey, R. C., and Rowe, H., 2008, Modern and ancient epicontinental seas and the superestuarine circulation model of marine anoxia: Geological Association of Canada Special Paper 48.

(PDF) Blakey, R. C., 2007, Carboniferous-Permian paleogeography of the Assembly of Pangaea: in, Wong, Th.E (Ed.): Proceedings of the XVth International Congress on Carboniferous and Permian Stratigraphy. Utrecht, 10-16 August 2003. Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (Amsterdam) p. 443-456.

(PDF) Chan, M., D. Netoff, R. Blakey, G. Kocurek, and W. Alvarez, 2007, Clastic-injection pipes and syndepositional deformation structures in Jurassic eolian deposits: Examples from the Colorado Plateau, in A. Hurst and J. Cartwright, eds., Sand injectites: Implications for hydrocarbon exploration and production: AAPG Memoir 87, p. 233-244.

(PDF) Blakey, R. C., 2008, Pennsylvanian-Jurassic sedimentary basins of the Colorado Plateau and Southern Rocky Mountains in, Miall, A. D. (ed), Sedimentary Basins of United States and Canada: Elsevier, Amsterdam p. 245-296.

(PDF) Miall, A. D., and Blakey, R. C., 2008, The Phanerozoic tectonic and sedimentary evolution of North America, in, Miall, A. D. (ed), Sedimentary Basins of United States and Canada: Elsevier, Amsterdam p. 1-29.

(PDF) Blakey, R. C., 2008, Gondwana paleogeography from assembly to breakup – a 500 million year odyssey, in Fielding, Christopher R., Frank, Tracy D., and Isbell, John L. (eds), Resolving the Late Paleozoic Ice Age in Time and Space: Geological Society of America, Special Paper 441, p. 1-28.

Blakey, R. C., and Ranney, W., 2008, Ancient Landscapes of the Colorado Plateau: (Grand Canyon) Grand Canyon Association, 176 p.

Blakey, R. C., and Ranney, W., 2009, Tracking Arizona’s Ancient Landscapes: Arizona Geology, V. 38, No. 3, p. 1-3.

(PDF) Blakey, R. C., 2009, Paleogeography and Geologic History of the western Ancestral Rocky Mountains, Pennsylvanian-Permian, Southern Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau, in, The Paradox Basin Revisited: New Developments in Petroleum Systems and Basin Analysis, Houston, B., Moreland, P., and Wray, L. (eds): 2009 RMAG Special Publication, Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists, Denver p. 222-264.

(PDF) Dickinson, William R., Kelley N. Stair, George E. Gehrels, Lisa Peters, Bart J. Kowallis, Ronald C. Blakey, Joseph R. Amar, and Brent W. Greenhalgh, 2010, U-Pb and 40Ar/39Ar Ages for a Tephra Lens in the Middle Jurassic Page Sandstone: First Direct Isotopic Dating of a Mesozoic Eolianite on the Colorado Plateau: The Journal of Geology, volume 118, p. 215-221.

Frisch, Wolfgang, Meschede, Martin, and Blakey, Ronald, 2010, Plate Tectonics (Heidelberg) Springer, 212 p.

(PDF) Gehrels, G., Kapp, P., Decelles, P., Pullen, A., Blakey, R., Weislogel, A., Ding, L., Guynn, J., Martin, A., McQuarrie, N., Yin, A. 2011, Detrital zircon geochronology of pre-Tertiary strata in the Tibetan-Himalayan orogen: Tectonics _volume 30, issue 5.

(PDF) Gehrels, George E. Ron Blakey, Karl E. Karlstrom, J. Michael Timmons, Bill Dickinson, and Mark Pecha, 2011, Detrital zircon U-Pb geochronology of Paleozoic strata in the Grand Canyon, Arizona: Lithosphere,v. 3-3, p. 183-200.

(PDF) Nardin, E., Godderis, Y., Donnadieu, Y., Le Hir, G., Blakey, R.C., Puceat, E., Aretz, M._, 2011, Modeling the early Paleozoic long-term climatic trend: Bulletin of the Geological Society of America_ volume 123, issue 5, pp. 1181 – 1192.

(PDF) Guillaume Le Hir⁎, Yannick Donnadieu, Yves Godderis, Brigitte Meyer-Berthaud, Gilles Ramstein, Ronald C. Blakey, 2011, The climate change caused by the land plant invasion in the Devonian: Earth and Planetary Science Letters 310 203–212

(PDF) Blakey, R. C., and Middleton, L. T., 2012, Geologic history and paleogeography of Paleozoic and early Mesozoic sedimentary rocks, eastern Grand Canyon, Arizona: Geological Society of America Special Paper 489 p..81-92.

(PDF) Howell, E. R., and Blakey, R. C., 2013 Sedimentological constraints on the evolution of the Cordilleran arc: New insights from the Sonsela Member Upper Triassic Chinle Formation, Petrified Forest National Park (Arizona, USA): Geological Society of America Bull, p. 1349-1368.

Blakey, Ron C., 2104, Paleogeography and Paleotectonics of the Western Interior Seaway, Jurassic-Cretaceous of North America: AAPG Search and Discovery Article #30392 (Available on-line at AAPG.Org)

Blakey RC- Paleotectonic and paleogeographic history of the Arctic region: Atlantic Geology Volume 57, 2021