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Geologic units in San Bernardino county, California

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Tertiary volcanic flow rocks, unit 16 (Northern Mojave Desert) (Tertiary (4-22 Ma)) at surface, covers 11 % of this area

Tertiary volcanic flow rocks; minor pyroclastic deposits.

Precambrian rocks, undivided, unit 2 (Mojave Desert and Transverse Ranges) (Early Proterozoic to Miocene) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Conglomerate, shale, sandstone, limestone, dolomite, marble, gneiss, hornfels, and quartzite; may be Paleozoic in part

Plio-Pleistocene and Pliocene loosely consolidated deposits (Miocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Pliocene and/or Pleistocene sandstone, shale, and gravel deposits; in part Miocene.

Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rock complex (Early Proterozoic to Miocene) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Complex of Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks. Mostly gneiss and schist intruded by igneous rocks; may be Mesozoic in part.

Quaternary sand deposits, unit 2 (inland) (Quaternary) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Extensive marine and nonmarine sand deposits, generally near the coast or desert playas

Quaternary alluvium and marine deposits (Pliocene to Holocene) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Alluvium, lake, playa, and terrace deposits; unconsolidated and semi-consolidated. Mostly nonmarine, but includes marine deposits near the coast.

Tertiary pyroclastic and volcanic mudflow deposits, unit 8 (Northern Mojave Desert) (Tertiary (4-22 Ma)) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Tertiary pyroclastic and volcanic mudflow deposits.

Tertiary nonmarine rocks, undivided (Paleocene to Pliocene) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Undivided Tertiary sandstone, shale, conglomerate, breccia, and ancient lake deposits.

Miocene nonmarine rocks (Oligocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Sandstone, shale, conglomerate, and fanglomerate; in part Pliocene and Oligocene.

Precambrian granitic rocks, unit 1 (Eastern Mojave Desert) (Early Proterozoic to Miocene) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Precambrian granite, syenite, anorthosite, and gabbroic rocks in the San Gabriel Mountains; also various Precambrian plutonic rocks elsewhere in southeastern California

Mesozoic volcanic rocks, unit 3 (Mojave Desert, Death Valley area, and Eastern Sierra Nevada) (Triassic to Cretaceous) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Undivided Mesozoic volcanic and metavolcanic rocks. Andesite and rhyolite flow rocks, greenstone, volcanic breccia and other pyroclastic rocks; in part strongly metamorphosed. Includes volcanic rocks of Franciscan Complex: basaltic pillow lava, diabase, greenstone, and minor pyroclastic rocks

pre-Cenozoic metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks undivided (Early Proterozoic to Cretaceous) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Undivided pre-Cenozoic metasedimentary and metavolcanic rocks of great variety. Mostly slate, quartzite, hornfels, chert, phyllite, mylonite, schist, gneiss, and minor marble.

pre-Cenozoic granitic and metamorphic rocks undivided (Early Proterozoic to Late Cretaceous) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Granitic and metamorphic rocks, mostly gneiss and other metamorphic rocks injected by granitic rocks. Mesozoic to Precambrian.

Cambrian marine rocks (Late Proterozoic to Middle Devonian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Sandstone, shale, limestone, dolomite, chert, quartzite, and phyllite; includes some rocks that are possibly Precambrian

Quaternary volcanic flow rocks, unit 7 (Mojave Desert) (Quaternary) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Quaternary volcanic flow rocks; minor pyroclastic deposits; in part Pliocene and Miocene.

Tertiary intrusive rocks (hypabyssal), unit 7 (Northern Mojave Desert) (Tertiary) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Tertiary intrusive rocks; mostly shallow (hypabyssal) plugs and dikes. Includes some Mesozoic rocks.

Precambrian rocks, undivided, unit 1 (Death Valley) (Early Proterozoic to Mesozoic) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Conglomerate, shale, sandstone, limestone, dolomite, marble, gneiss, hornfels, and quartzite; may be Paleozoic in part

Recent (Holocene) volcanic flow units, unit 4 (Mojave Desert) (Holocene) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Recent (Holocene) volcanic flow rocks; minor pyroclastic deposits; in part Pleistocene.

Mesozoic gabbroic rocks, unit 2 (undivided) (Triassic to Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.8 % of this area

Gabbro and dark dioritic rocks; chiefly Mesozoic

Lithology: gabbro; diorite

Paleozoic marine rocks, undivided, unit 1 (Mojave Desert and Death Valley area) (Late Proterozoic to Jurassic) at surface, covers 0.8 % of this area

Undivided Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks. Includes slate, sandstone, shale, chert, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, marble, phyllite, schist, hornfels, and quartzite

Cenozoic (Tertiary) granitic rocks, unit 1 (Death Valley) (middle to late Miocene) at surface, covers 0.7 % of this area

Cenozoic (Tertiary) granitic rocks--quartz monzonite, quartz latite, and minor monzonite, granodiorite, and granite; found in the Kingston, Panamint, Amargosa, and Greenwater Ranges in southeastern California.

Carboniferous marine rocks, unit 1 (Western Mojave Desert) (Late Proterozoic to Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Shale, sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, chert, hornfels, marble, quartzite; in part pyroclastic rocks

Schist of various types and ages, unit 2 (Southern and West-central California) (Late Cretaceous to Eocene) at surface, covers 0.5 % of this area

Schists of various types; mostly Paleozoic or Mesozoic age; some Precambrian.

Miocene marine rocks (Oligocene to Pliocene) at surface, covers 0.4 % of this area

Sandstone, shale, siltstone, conglomerate and breccia; in part Pliocene and Oligocene.

Paleozoic marine rocks, undivided, unit 2 (Northern Mojave Desert and Southeastern Sierra Nevada) (Cambrian to Jurassic) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

Undivided Paleozoic metasedimentary rocks. Includes slate, sandstone, shale, chert, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, marble, phyllite, schist, hornfels, and quartzite

Carboniferous marine rocks, unit 2 (SE California Carbonate Assemblage) (Mississippian to Early Permian) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

Shale, sandstone, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, chert, hornfels, marble, quartzite; in part pyroclastic rocks

Devonian marine rocks, unit 1 (Death Valley) (Middle to Late Devonian) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Limestone and dolomite, sandstone and shale; in part tuffaceous

Undivided pre-Cenozoic metavolcanic rocks, unit 2 (undivided) (Paleozoic(?) to Mesozoic(?)) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Undivided pre-Cenozoic metavolcanic rocks. Includes latite, dacite, tuff, and greenstone; commonly schistose.

Limestone of probable Paleozoic or Mesozoic age (Paleozoic to Mesozoic) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Limestone, dolomite, and marble whose age is uncertain but probably Paleozoic or Mesozoic

Permian marine sedimentary rocks, unit 1 (Death Valley and Mojave Desert) (Pennsylvanian to Triassic) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Shale, conglomerate, limestone and dolomite, sandstone, slate, hornfels, quartzite; minor pyroclastic rocks

Quaternary large landslide deposits (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Selected large landslides, such as Blackhawk slide on north side of San Gabriel Mountains; early to late Quaternary.

Lithology: landslide

Schist of various types and ages, unit 5 (Slate Range) (Mesozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Schists of various types; mostly Paleozoic or Mesozoic age; some Precambrian.

Lithology: schist; gneiss; slate

Quaternary volcanic flow rocks, unit 7, questionably identified (Mojave Desert) (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Quaternary volcanic flow rocks; minor pyroclastic deposits; in part Pliocene and Miocene.

Mesozoic granitic rocks , unit 2 (Peninsular Ranges) (Middle Jurassic to Late Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Mesozoic granite, quartz monzonite, granodiorite, and quartz diorite

Triassic marine rocks, unit 1 (Death Valley area and Mojave Desert) (Early to Middle Triassic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Shale, conglomerate, limestone and dolomite, sandstone, slate, hornfels, quartzite; minor pyroclastic rocks

Quaternary glacial deposits (Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Glacial till and moraines. Found at high elevations mostly in the Sierra Nevada and Klamath Mountains.

Lithology: glacial drift

Alluvial deposits (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

ALLUVIAL DEPOSITS-Locally includes beach and sand dune deposits

Jurassic marine rocks, unit 3 (Mojave Desert) (Jurassic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Shale, sandstone, minor conglomerate, chert, slate, limestone; minor pyroclastic rocks

Paleozoic metavolcanic rocks, unit 6 (El Paso Mountains) (Devonian(?) and Permian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Undivided Paleozoic metavolcanic rocks. Mostly flows, breccia and tuff, including greenstone, diabase, and pillow lavas; minor interbedded sedimentary rocks

Lithology: greenstone; andesite

Cretaceous marine rocks (in part nonmarine), unit 3 (Mescal Range) (Middle Jurassic to late Early Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Undivided Cretaceous sandstone, shale, and conglomerate; minor nonmarine rocks in Peninsular Ranges

Metamorphic rocks (Early Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

METAMORPHIC ROCKS-Gneiss and schist and lesser amounts of gneissic granite, pyroxenite, hornblendite, migmatite, pegmatite, and marble.

Playa, marsh, and alluvial-flat deposits, locally eroded (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

PLAYA, MARSH, AND ALLUVIAL-FLAT DEPOSITS, LOCALLY ERODED

Lithology: playa; alluvium

Undated granitic rocks, unit 3 (Southern California) (Jurassic(?) to Cretaceous(?)) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Undated granitic rocks unit 3

Middle Miocene to Oligocene volcanic and sedimentary rocks, undivided (Oligocene to Middle Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Sequences of diverse volcanic rocks with abundant interbedded sedimentary rocks. (11-32 Ma)

Andesite and basalt flows (Early Miocene to Early Pliocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

ANDESITE AND BASALT FLOWS-Mostly in about 17 to about 6 m.y. age range. In Humboldt County, locally includes rocks as old as 21 m.y. May include rocks younger than 6 m.y. in places

Lithology: basalt; andesite; shoshonite

Pliocene marine rocks (Miocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Sandstone, siltstone, shale, and conglomerate; in part Pleistocene and Miocene.

Quaternary surficial deposits, undivided (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Unconsolidated to strongly consolidated alluvial and eolian deposits. This unit includes: coarse, poorly sorted alluvial fan and terrace deposits on middle and upper piedmonts and along large drainages; sand, silt and clay on alluvial plains and playas; and wind-blown sand deposits. (0-2 Ma)

Lithology: sand; gravel; mud; silt

Limestone and sparse dolomite, siltstone, and sandstone (Mississippian to Early Permian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

LIMESTONE AND SPARSE DOLOMITE, SILTSTONE, AND SANDSTONE-Includes units such as undivided Riepe Spring Limestone of Steele (1960) and Ely Limestone or their equivalent in Elko, White Pine, and northern Lincoln Counties and most of the Bird Spring Formation and Callville Limestone in Clark and southern Lincoln Counties. Includes some stratigraphically higher Permian rocks in Leppy Peak, easternmost Elko County.

Schist of various types and ages, unit 10 (Halloran Complex) (Precambrian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Schists of various types; mostly Paleozoic or Mesozoic age; some Precambrian.

Lithology: schist

Early Tertiary to Late Cretaceous granitic rocks (Late Cretaceous to Early Tertiary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Porphyritic to equigranular granite to diorite emplaced during the Laramide orogeny. Larger plutons are characteristically medium-grained, biotite +/- hornblende granodiorite to granite. Smaller, shallow-level intrusions are typically porphyritic. Most of the large copper deposits in Arizona are associated with porphyritic granitic rocks of this unit, and are thus named 'porphyry copper deposits'. (50-82 Ma)

Intrusive rocks (Late Cretaceous to Middle Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

INTRUSIVE ROCKS-Aphanitic, porphyritic, and coarsely granular rocks ranging in composition from diorite to granite. Clark County

Granitic rocks (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

GRANITIC ROCKS-Porphyritic rapakivi granite.

Lithology: granite

Limestone and minor amounts of dolomite and shale (Mississippian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

LIMESTONE AND MINOR AMOUNTS OF DOLOMITE AND SHALE-Includes units such as Rogers Spring and Monte Cristo Limestones

Andesite and related rocks of intermediate composition (Late Miocene to Middle Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

ANDESITE AND RELATED ROCKS OF INTERMEDIATE COMPOSITION-Flows and breccias

Middle Proterozoic granitic rocks (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Mostly porphyritic biotite granite with large microcline phenocrysts, with local fine-grained border phases and aplite. Associated pegmatite and quartz veins are rare. This unit forms large plutons, including the Oracle Granite, Ruin Granite, granite in the Pinnacle Peak - Carefree area northeast of Phoenix, and several bodies west of Prescott. (1400-1450 Ma)

Pliocene to middle Miocene deposits (Middle Miocene to Pliocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Moderately to strongly consolidated conglomerate and sandstone deposited in basins during and after late Tertiary faulting. Includes lesser amounts of mudstone, siltstone, limestone, and gypsum. These deposits are generally light gray or tan. They commonly form high rounded hills and ridges in modern basins, and locally form prominent bluffs. Deposits of this unit are widely exposed in the dissected basins of southeastern and central Arizona. (2-16 Ma)

Middle Miocene to Oligocene sedimentary rocks (Oligocene to Middle Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Con-glomerate, sandstone, mudstone, limestone, and rock-avalanche breccia (sheet-like deposits of crushed rock) deposited and tilted during widespread normal faulting and basin development. Sediments, mostly conglomerate and sandstone, are commonly medium to dark brown, reddish brown, or brownish gray; younger strata are generally lighter colors. Most deposits are 20 to 30 Ma in southeastern Arizona and 15 to 25 Ma in central and western Arizona. (11-32 Ma)

Holocene river alluvium (Holocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Unconsolidated to weakly consolidated sand and gravel in river channels and sand, silt, and clay on floodplains. Also includes young terrace deposits fringing floodplains. (0-10 ka)

Lithology: sand; gravel; mud; silt

Early Proterozoic granitic rocks (Early Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Wide variety of granitic rocks, including granite, granodiorite, tonalite, quartz diorite, diorite, and gabbro. These rocks commonly are characterized by steep, northeast-striking foliation. (1600-1800 Ma)

Early Proterozoic metamorphic rocks (Early Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Undivided metasedimentary, metavolcanic, and gneissic rocks. (1600-1800 Ma)