Geologic units in Boundary county, Idaho

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Granodiorite and two-mica granite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 29 % of this area

Granodiorite and granite containing biotite, commonly with muscovite; includes bulk of Atlanta lobe (85-67 Ma) and isolated plutons in northern Idaho (107-67 Ma). (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Prichard Formation. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 21 % of this area

Siltite, quartzite, and argillite in northern Idaho; deposited in deep water and contains voluminous ~1470 Ma mafic sills. Includes siltite, quartzite, fine-grained schist, and carbonate rocks structurally above anorthosite near Boehls Butte, northeast of Elk River. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Glacial deposits. (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 15 % of this area

Till and outwash consisting of gravel, sand, silt, and clay. Formed by valley glaciers at higher elevations and by the Cordilleran ice sheet in northern Idaho. Includes deposits of several glacial episodes. Includes rock glacier deposits and some modern alluvium derived from reworked till and outwash. (Quaternary Sediments).

Tonalite, granodiorite, and quartz diorite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 9 % of this area

Tonalite, granodiorite, and quartz diorite, typically hornblende-bearing; includes the Payette River tonalite (~90 Ma) along western border zone of the Atlanta lobe, and the ~99 Ma Croesus pyroxene-biotite quartz diorite south of Hailey. Also includes granodiorite with potassium feldspar megacrysts that is typically hornblende-bearing and foliated (~90 Ma in central Idaho and ~100 Ma in northernmost Idaho) and early mafic phases of the Bitterroot lobe (~70 Ma). (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Fluvial and lake sediment. (Quaternary) at surface, covers 9 % of this area

Largely fine-grained sediment, in part playa deposits of evaporative lakes; includes Snake River Group and Bruneau Formation in central Snake River Plain and glacial lake deposits in Bonners Ferry area of northern Idaho. Also includes travertine and tufa northeast of Bancroft and Lake Thatcher sediments in the Gem Valley south of Grace. (Quaternary Sediments).

Alluvial deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Deposits in valleys consisting of gravel, sand, and silt. Includes younger terrace deposits. May contain some glacial deposits and colluvium in uplands. (Quaternary Sediments).

Gneiss, schist, and quartzite. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Kyanite and sillimanite gneiss, schist, quartzite, and amphibolite that is metamorphosed lower part of Prichard Formation (Hauser Lake Gneiss) and underlying quartzite of Gold Cup Mountain in the Priest River metamorphic complex. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Metasedimentary rocks. (Paleozoic to Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Quartzite, feldspathic quartzite, calc-silicate gneiss, biotite gneiss, schist, and amphibolite north and east of McCall and as pendants in the southern part of the Idaho batholith; schist, quartzite, and marble in southwestern Idaho; argillite, siltite, quartzite, carbonate bearing quartzite, dolomite, phyllite, and conglomerate of the Deer Trail Group in northwest corner of state; and quartzite, Hayden Creek diamictite, and siltite stratigraphically above(?) the Swauger Formation south of Salmon. (Metasedimentary Rocks of Uncertain Age (Neoproterozoic to Paleoproterozoic)).

Windermere Supergroup. (Cambrian and Neoproterozoic) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Upper part consists of shallow marine and fluvial quartzose sandstone, and minor siltite, shale, and limestone of the Brigham Group of southeast Idaho, Wilbert Formation of east-central Idaho, and quartzites of unknown affinity west of Borah Peak. More highly metamorphosed equivalents are quartzite, metaconglomerate, metasiltite, calc-silicate marble, and schist of Gospel Peaks successions C and D in central Idaho; mature quartzite, biotite schist, and minor calc-silicate rocks of Syringa metamorphic sequence east of Moscow; and schist and quartzite in the Albion Range (Elba Quartzite, schist of Upper Narrows, quartzite of Yost, schist of Stevens Spring, quartzite of Clarks Basin, schist of Mahogany Peaks, and Harrison Summit Quartzite). Lower part consists of diamictite, immature sandstone, and bimodal volcanic rocks related to continental rifting. Includes Pocatello Formation (700-665 Ma), formation of Leaton Gulch near Challis, Shedroof Conglomerate in extreme northwest Idaho, and metamorphic equivalents (schist, marble, calc-silicate rocks, metaconglomerate, and ~686 Ma metavolcanic rocks) of Gospel Peaks successions A and B in central Idaho. (Paleocene to Neoproterozoic Sedimentary and Igneous Rocks of the Cordilleran System).

Ravalli Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Feldspathic quartzite and subordinate siltite and argillite of the Burke, Revett, and St. Regis formations in northern Idaho; south of St. Joe River, includes correlative garnet-grade quartzite and schist. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Tonalite, hornblendite, and gabbro. (Jurassic) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

Tonalite in upper part of House Mountain metamorphic complex southeast of Boise (~157 Ma), hornblendite and gabbro at South Mountain southwest of Boise (~160 Ma), and tonalite of Continental Mountain at the Canadian border (~168 Ma). (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Piegan Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Calcareous and dolomitic siltite, quartzite, and subordinate argillite of the Helena and Wallace formations in northern Idaho; south of St. Joe River, correlative rocks include garnet grade feldspathic quartzite and calc-silicate gneiss. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Syenite and related rocks. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Syenite, monzonite, quartz monzonite, and subordinate pyroxenite (115-110 Ma); includes Gem stocks north of Wallace, Gold Hill stock northeast of Potlatch, Benning Mountain stock along the Montana-Idaho border east of Sandpoint, syenite of Wall Mountain north of Bonners Ferry, monzonite of Long Canyon (~88 Ma) northwest of Bonners Ferry, and no Business Mountain pluton (uncertain age) west of Donnelly. (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Lower Missoula Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Siltite, argillite, and dolomitic siltite in northern Idaho; includes Snowslip and Shepard formations, rocks previously mapped as upper member of Wallace Formation, and correlative garnet-grade phyllite and schist south of St. Joe River. Also includes schist, micaceous quartzite, and calc-silicate rocks in lower part of Meadow Creek metamorphic sequence east of Elk City, and argillite, siltite, phyllite, and calc-silicate rocks south of Lost Trail Pass. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Precambrian rocks, undivided (Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Predominantly phyllite with some schist, limestone, dolomite, quartzite, and volcanic rocks; northeastern Pend Oreille County. Mainly quartzite sandstone in upper part, dark-gray argillite with sandstone and limestone in middle part, and sandstone with argillite in lower part; southeastern Pend Oreille County. Banded slate with quartzite and dolomite; southwestern Stevens County. Quartzite, siliceous argillite, and argilliceous quartzite grading into argillite and quartz-mica schists form south ot north; southeastern Stevens County. Quartzite, argillite, quartz-feldspar gneiss, and other metamorphic rocks in northeastern Whitman and southeastern Spokane Counties are partly if not all extenstions of the Belt strata.

Precambrian conglomerate (Late-Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Gray-brown, coarse, poorly sorted pebbles and cobbles of limestone, dolomite, reddish-brown quartzite, black slate or phyllite, and rarely granitic rocks in a gray sandy phyllite matrix; northeastern Pend Oreille County and southwestern Stevens County. Rocks become finer grained and more schistose and the unit becomes thicker toward the southwest, where there is included an isolated subunit which may be a tillite, consisting of cobbles, boulders, and blocks of argillite and carbonate rocks in a fine silty matrix.

Glacial drift, undivided (Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Glacial and glaciofluvial sand, gravel, and till; includes alpine glacier outwash and till as well as some Recent alluvium.