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Awatubi Crest
Grand Canyon Aerial Kwagunt Butte, Malgosa Crest, Nankoweap Mesa.jpg
Southwest flank of Kwagunt Butte, an upthrust of Awatubi Crest
Highest point
Elevation 5,276 ft (1,608 m)
Prominence 450 ft (140 m)
Isolation 1.2 mi (1.9 km)
Parent peak Kwagunt Butte (6,377 ft)
Awatubi Crest is located in Arizona
Awatubi Crest
Awatubi Crest
Location in Arizona
Awatubi Crest is located in the United States
Awatubi Crest
Awatubi Crest
Location in the United States
Location Grand Canyon National Park
Coconino County, Arizona, US
Parent range Kaibab Plateau-(at East Rim, East Grand Canyon)
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Cape Solitude
Age of rock Neoproterozoic
Mountain type sedimentary rock
Type of rock Kwagunt Formation

Awatubi Crest is a 5,276 foot-elevation summit located in the eastern Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of northern Arizona, USA. The crest is situated as a prominence between Kwagunt Butte north, and Chuar Butte south. Unlike these two buttes composed of the many common layers of Grand Canyon sedimentary rocks, the Awatubi Crest was created by the uplift of the Butte Fault exposing Kwagunt Formation rock.

The Butte Fault is expressed as a low/elevation white ridgeline, aligned north–south on the west flanks of the buttes, (and Malgosa Crest), and extends north to the west flank of Nankoweap Mesa (and Malgosa Crest). At the south terminus of the fault, and at the north flank of Chuar Butte, the Awatubi Crest prominence is composed of strongly angled thrusts of dp-brown rocks of the Kwagunt Formation.


Aerial Kwagunt Butte, Nankoweap Mesa
(bottom-right)-Triangular prominence, 2 layers of high-angle rocks.

The Awatubi Crest is composed of the Kwagunt Formation exposed in two high-angle thrust sections; the east section contains the prominence (5,276 ft); the section northwest sits on the southwest flank of Kwagunt Butte.


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