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Geologic units in Ross county, Ohio
- Tymochtee and Greenfield Formations, Undivided (Silurian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area
Tymochtee and Greenfield Formations, Undivided - Dolomite, olive-gray to yellowish- brown, thin to massive bedded, upper two-thirds commonly contains brownish-black to gray shale laminae; locally developed brecciated zones in lower one third.
- Maxville Limestone; Rushville, Logan, and Cuyhoga Formations, Undivided (Mississippian) at surface, covers 31 % of this area
Maxville Limestone; Rushville, Logan, and Cuyhoga Formations, Undivided - Shale, siltstone, and sandstone, interbedded; various shades of gray, yellow to brown weather similar color; sandstone, silty to granular, local stringers of quartz pebbles. Shale, clayey to silty, locally fossiliferous. Medium to dark gray, thin to thick bedded limestone locally preserved at top of interval where unit crops out in southern half of state. Lithologies percentages vary in different areas where unit crops out; laterial and vertical gradation common at regional scale.
- Salina Group (Silurian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area
Salina Group - Dolomite, gray, yellow-gray to olive-gray, laminated to thin bedded; occasional thin bed and laminae of dark gray shale and anhydrite and/or gypsum; brecciated zones in part.
- Estill Shale (Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area
Estill Shale - Shale and minor dolomite interbedded, reddish to greenish gray, weathers light gray, planar to irregular bedding, thin to thick bedded, 30 to 180 feet thick. Diagnostic features include dominance of shale and the units susceptibility to be unstable on slopes and cause landslides.
- Peebles Dolomite, Lilley and Bisher Formations, Undivided (Silurian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area
Peebles Dolomite, Lilley Formation, Bisher Formation, Undivided - Peebles Dolomite, bluish gray weathers light gray; planar to irregular, thick to massive bedded; 0 to 120 feet thick; vuggy to cavernous porosity; cliffs former. Lilley Formation, dolomite with minor limestone, chert, and shale; bluish gray to gray weathers reddish gray to gray; planar to irregular, thin to thick bedded; 20 to 80 feet thick; fossiliferous. Bisher Formation, dolomite with minor shale; bluish gray to gray weathers yellowish-orange; argillaceous and silty in part; planar to lenticular, thin to thick bedded; 20 to 90 feet thick; Interval ranges from 80 to 160 feet in thickness. Peebles Dolomite overlies Lilley Formation and underlies Greenfield Dolomite, Hillsboro Sandstone, or Ohio Shale in southern OH. Age is Silurian (Wenlockian and Ludlovian) (Rexroad and Kleffner, 1984). Wenlockian age of the Lilley Formation is based on 10 species of conodont fauna. The Lilley Formation, Lilley-Peebles transition unit, and the Peebles Dolomite compose the upper Niagaran sequence along the east flank of the Cincinnati arch in southern OH. The Lilley consists of two main lithologies: 1) gray to blue gray, fine-grained argillaceous, variably fossiliferous uneven- to thin-bedded dolomite with dolomitic shale partings and 2) light-gray, medium to coarse-grained fossiliferous dolomite. Thickness averages 15 m in Adams and southeastern Highland Cos. and thickens to 24 m in western and northwestern Highland Co. Eustatic sea-level fall in early to middle Wenlockian is proposed as the cause for shoaling during deposition. Underlies Peebles Dolomite and overlies Bisher Formation (Kleffner, M.A., 1990).
- Sunbury Shale, Berea Sandstone, and Bedford Shale, Undivided (Devonian and/or Mississippian) at surface, covers 14 % of this area
Sunbury Shale, Berea Sandstone, and Bedford Shale, Undivided - Shale and sandstone; upper 10 to 50 feet shale; black to brown, weathers light brown; carbonaceous; thin, planar bedding. Underlain by 10 to 50 feet sandstone; brown, weathers light brown to reddish brown; thin to thick bedded, planar to lenticular bedding; minor shale interbeds. Basal 80 to 100 feet shale and interbedded sandstone; gray to brown, weathers light gray to light brown; thin to medium bedded, planar to lenticular bedding; thick. Interval thickness ranges from 100 to 200 feet.
- Allegheny and Pottsville Groups, Undivided (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area
Allegheny and Pottsville Groups, Undivided - Shale, siltstone, and underclay: Shale, black, gray, and olive; clayey to silty; locally contains marine fossils; calcareous in part. Siltstone, gray, greenish and olive; clayey to sandy; thin bedded to medium bedded; locally contain marine fossils. Underclay, gray and olive; generally 3 feet or less in thickness; clayey to silty; commonly rooted and underlying coal beds; nonbedded; locally varies from flint to plastic clay. Sandstone, light to medium gray weathers to shades of yellow-brown; mostly very fine to medium grained, locally quartzose and conglomeratic in lower one-third of unit; thin to massive to cross bedded; locally calcareous; Limestone, flint and coal. Limestone, black to light gray; micritic to medium grained; locally grades into flint; thin to medium bedded to discoidal concretions containing marine fossils; locally nonmarine, micritic limestones occur beneath coal beds in upper one third of unit. Coal, mostly banded bituminous, locally cannel; thin to locally as much as 12 feet thick; generally in discrete beds but locally contain shale partings and split into multiple beds. Lateral and vertical lithic variability and gradation common. Unit as much as 700 feet thick.
- Ohio Shale (Devonian) at surface, covers 43 % of this area
Ohio Shale - Shale; brownish black to greenish gray, weathers brown; carbonaceous to clayey, laminated to thin bedded, fissile parting; carbonate and/or siderite concretions in lowermost 50 feet; petroliferous odor; 250 to 500+ feet thick. Includes Olentangy Shale south of central Delaware Co.