The geologic bibliography on the Black Canyon area is not very extensive. Many concepts, moreover, have changed greatly since the older reports were published. But much descriptive matter is still valid, even in the oldest reports, and some of the old ones have great historic interest. The more important references are listed as follows, together with corollary readings on allied subjects, briefly annotated.
Atwood, W. W. Sr., and Atwood, W. W., Jr., 1938, Working hypothesis for the physiographic history of the Rocky Mountain Region: Geol. Soc. America Bull., v. 49, p. 957-980.
Atwood, W. W., and Mather, K. F., 1932, Physiography and Quaternary geology of the San Juan Mountains, Colorado: U.S. Geol. Survey Prof. Paper 166, 176 p.
Beidleman, R. G., 1959, The Gunnison River diversion project: The Colorado Mag. of the State Hist. Soc. of Colorado, v. 36, no. 3, 15 p.
Cross, Whitman, 1894, The laccolitic mountain groups of Colorado, Utah, and Arizona: U.S. Geol. Survey 14th Ann. Rept., pt. 2, p. 157-241.
Hunter, J. F., 1925, Precambrian rocks of Gunnison River, Colorado: U.S. Geol. Survey Bull. 777, 94 p.
Larsen, E. S., Jr., and Cross, Whitman, 1956, Geology and petrology of the San Juan region, southwestern Colorado: U.S. Geol. Survey Prof. Paper 258, 303 p.
Lohman, S. W., 1961, Abandonment of Unaweep Canyon, Mesa County, Colorado, by capture of the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers, in Short papers in the geologic and hydrologic sciences: U.S. Geol. Survey Prof. Paper 424B, p. B144-B146.
Peale, A. C., 1876, Report on valleys of Eagle, Grand, and Gunnison Rivers, Colo., for the year 1874, in Hayden, F. V., 8th Ann. Rept. U.S. Geol. and Geog. Survey Terr.: p. 73-180.
Ross, C. S., and Smith, R. L., 1961, Ash-flow tuffs: Their origin, geologic relations, and identification: U.S. Geol. Survey Prof. Paper 366, 81 p.
Thornbury, W. D., 1954, Principles of geomorphology: New York, John Wiley and Sons, 618 p.
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