Fajada Butte

Fajada Butte (HM29GE)

Location: Nageezi, NM 87037 San Juan County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 1.706', W 107° 54.243'

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Fajada Butte dominates the landscape. Exposed rock layers reveal the regions geologic and human history.

Cliff House Sandstone forms the upper layer with deposits of fossil shells, clams, shark teeth, and marine sand. Menefee Formation forms the lower layers, combining siltstones and mudstones interbedded with sandstone, shale, and thin coal beds. This easily eroded formation undercuts the harder sandstone layer above, causing unsupported boulders to break off and continue the erosion process of Fajada Butte.

The Chacoan people used the various rock layers in their daily lives. They quarried sandstone for building materials, tools, and food processing (manos and metates). Cliff faces provided a place to record symbols and images. Fossils, shale, jet, and argillite were used for jewelry.

Today Fajada Butte is a sacred place for the Pueblo, Hopi,, and Navajo peoples. The butte figures prominently in their oral histories, migration stories, and ongoing traditions, revealing their connections to the land.
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HM NumberHM29GE
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Placed ByNational Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)13S E 238324 N 3991004
Decimal Degrees36.02843333, -107.90405000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 1.706', W 107° 54.243'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 1' 42.36" N, 107° 54' 14.58" W
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Area Code(s)505
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Service Rd, Nageezi NM 87037, US
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