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Elder Sandstone

ELDER SANDSTONE-Feldspathic sandstone, siltstone, shale, and chert. Lander County.
StateNevada
NameElder Sandstone
Geologic ageSilurian
Original map labelSe
CommentsThe Elder Sandstone is at least 2,000 feet thick and probably more than 4,000 feet thick (Stewart and McKee, 1977).
Primary rock typearkose
Secondary rock typesiltstone
Other rock typesshale; chert
Lithologic constituents
Major
Sedimentary > Clastic > Sandstone > Arkose (Bed)Includes sparse quartzite.
Minor
Sedimentary > Clastic > Siltstone (Bed)Possibly incidental in rank (relative abundance vague or unreported in literature).
Incidental
Sedimentary > Chemical > Chert (Bed)Possibly minor in rank (relative abundance vague or unreported in literature).
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mudstone > Shale (Bed)Sandy siliceous tuffite shale and lesser cherty shale. Possibly minor in rank (relative abundance vague or unreported in literature).
Map references
Stewart, J.H., and Carlson, J.E., 1978, Geologic Map of Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey and Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1:500,000 (not part of any formal series, printed and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey, G75163, reprinted, 1981, G81386).
Unit references
Stewart, J.H., and Carlson, J.E., 1978, Geologic Map of Nevada: U.S. Geological Survey and Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, 1:500,000 (not part of any formal series, printed and distributed by the U.S. Geological Survey, G75163, reprinted, 1981, G81386).
Stewart, J. H., 1980, Geology of Nevada: A discussion to accompany the Geologic Map of Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Special Publication 4.
Stewart, J.H., and McKee, E.H., 1977, Geology, Pt. 1, in Geology and Mineral Deposits of Lander County, Nevada: Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology Bulletin 88, p. 1-59, 3 pl.
Geographic coverageLander

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