Geologic units in Gem county, Idaho

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Columbia River Basalt Group. (Miocene) at surface, covers 42 % of this area

Large-volume lava flows of tholeiitic basalt, basaltic andesite, and subordinate andesite in western Idaho; consists of Imnaha Basalt (17.5-16.5 Ma), Grande Ronde Basalt (16.5-15.6 Ma), Wanapum Basalt (15.6-14.5 Ma), and Saddle Mountains Basalt (14.5-6 Ma). Includes porphyritic basalt and basaltic andesite in western Owyhee County. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Volcanic and Intrusive Rocks).

Sedimentary rocks associated with flood basalts. (Miocene) at surface, covers 22 % of this area

Fluvial and lacustrine deposits associated with Columbia River Basalt Group and equivalent basalts (17-8 Ma); consolidated to weakly consolidated sandstone, siltstone, arkose, conglomerate, claystone, and tuffaceous sediment; subordinate intercalated basalt and rhyolitic tuff. Includes Payette and Sucker Creek formations in southwestern Idaho, sediments associated with basalt of Weiser in western Idaho, and Latah Formation in northern Idaho. Includes sedimentary rocks of uncertain origin in southwest corner of Idaho. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks).

Alluvial deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers 10 % 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).

Tonalite, granodiorite, and quartz diorite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 7 % 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).

Sediments and sedimentary rocks (Pleistocene and Pliocene). (Pleistocene and Pliocene) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Older gravel, sand, and silt deposited in fans, streams, and lakes. Includes older terrace gravels and Tuana Gravel northwest of Twin Falls. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks).

Plutonic rocks along the western Idaho shear zone. (Cretaceous and Jurassic) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Deformed granodiorite, tonalite, and quartz diorite; includes Little Goose Creek complex northwest of McCall dominated by porphyritic granodiorite (~105 Ma) and subordinate 160-87 Ma tonalite and quartz diorite. (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Lake Bonneville deposits. (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Silt, clay, sand, and gravel deposited in and at margins of former Lake Bonneville (33-11 calibrated ka) and sand and gravel deposited in giant flood bars by outburst floods from the lake (17.4 calibrated ka). The 1,575-m (5,170 ft) Lake Bonneville shoreline was used to determine the maximum extent of the lake deposits. Flood deposits follow Bonneville flood path from near Downey and the Portneuf River westward along the Snake River to Lewiston. They include sand and silt deposited in slack-water areas to 740 m (2,430 ft) elevation in the Boise, Weiser, Payette, and Snake river drainages. (Quaternary Sediments).

Granodiorite and two-mica granite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 3 % 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).

Tonalitic orthogneiss and foliated granodiorite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Orthogneiss (primarily tonalite) and foliated granodiorite (~90 to ~80 Ma). Includes early phases of the Idaho batholith, migmatite, intrusions along major structures, and plutonic rocks of uncertain age along the Salmon River northwest of Salmon. (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Alluvial-fan deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Gravel and subordinate sand and silt deposited at mouths of canyons; largest fans are in Basin and Range Province in east-central and southeastern Idaho. (Quaternary Sediments).

Rhyolite (Miocene). (Miocene) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Rhyolite tuffs and flows (14-8 Ma); includes Juniper Mountain volcanic center, tuff of Little Jacks Creek, Cougar Point Tuff, tuffs in the Mt. Bennett Hills, and Arbon Valley Tuff Member of Starlight Formation. Volcanic sources include Owyhee-Humboldt (13.8-12.0 Ma), Bruneau-Jarbidge (12.5-11.3 Ma), Twin Falls (10.0-8.6 Ma), and Picabo (10.2 Ma) volcanic centers. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Volcanic and Intrusive Rocks).

Older rhyolite, latite, and andesite. (Miocene) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Older rhyolite, latite, and andesite (Miocene)—Rhyolitic domes and tuffs, and subordinate latite flows (17-14 Ma); includes rhyolites of Silver City and tuff of Flint Creek in the Owyhee Mountains and rhyolite of Timber Butte northeast of Emmett. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Volcanic and Intrusive Rocks).

Challis intrusive rocks. (Eocene) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Shallow roots of Challis volcanic field. Older suite of granodiorite and quartz monzodiorite and subordinate diorite, granite, and subvolcanic dacite; includes Jackson Peak, Beaver Creek, Marsh Creek, and Summit Creek stocks (49-45 Ma). Younger suite of granite and minor syenite and subvolcanic rhyolite; includes Sawtooth, Casto, Bungalow, and Lolo Hot Springs plutons (47-43 Ma). (Eocene Challis Magmatic Complex and Related Sedimentary Rocks).

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

Unsorted gravel, sand, and clay of landslide origin; includes rotational and translational blocks and earth flows. (Quaternary Sediments).