Geologic units in Chautauqua county, Kansas

Shawnee Group (Late Pennsylvanian- Virgilian) at surface, covers 37 % of this area

Includes: Topeka Limestone, Calhoun Shale, Deer Creek Limestone (base DC), Tecumseh Shale, Lecompton Limestone (base LC), Kanwaka Shale, Oread Limestone with Plattsmouth Limestone Member (base PL).

Douglas Group (Late Pennsylvanian- Virgilian) at surface, covers 32 % of this area

Lawrence FM (base LA)- mostly gray shale and sandstone with minor red shale, coal, gray limestone and conglomerate, thickness ranges from 140ft to 250 ft. Stranger FM- five members containing sandstone, shale, and minor limestone, coal and conglomerate ranging from 100 ft. to 180 ft. thickness.

Wabaunsee Group (Late Pennsylvanian- Virgilian) at surface, covers 24 % of this area

Includes: Wood Siding FM, Root Shale, Stotler Limestone (base ST), Pillsbury Shale, Zeandale Limestone (base Z), Willard Shale, Emporia Limestone (base E), Auburn Shale, Bern Limestone (base BR), Scranton Shale, Howard Limestone (base H), and Severy Shale.

Alluvium (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Admire Group (Late Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Includes: Grenola Limestone, Roca Shale, Red Eagle Limestone (base RE), Johnson Shale, Foraker Limestone (base FO), Janesville Shale with Five Point Limestone Member (base FP), Falls City Limestone, and Onaga Shale.

Council Grove Group (Early Permian Gearyan) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Includes: Speiser Shale, Funston Limestone, Blue Rapids Shale, Crouse Limestone (base CS), Easy Creek Shale, Bader Limestone (base BE), Stearns Shale, Beattie Limestone, Eskridge Shale, and Neva Limestone.

Lansing Group (Middle Pennsylvanian- Missourian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Stanton Limestone- three limestone and two shales members, ranges from 15 to 130 ft. thick. Vilas Shale- sandy, carbonaceous gray shale with some sandstone and limestone locally, ranges from 5 to 120 ft. thick. Plattsburg Limestone- two limestone members seperated by shale, ranging from 25 to 115 ft. thick.