Geologic units in Comanche county, Kansas

Nippewalla Group (Late Permian- Custerian to Cimarronian) at surface, covers 40 % of this area

Dog Creek FM- maroon silty shale, siltstone, fine-grained feldspathic sandstone. Blaine FM- (base B) gypsum beds seperated by dolomite and red shale. Flower Pot Shale -(base FL) red gypsiferous shale silty shale and minor sandstone and siltstone. Cedar Hills Sandstone- feldspathic sandstone, siltstone, and silty shale. Salt Plain FM- red flaky, silty shale and some siltstone with thick salt beds at base. Harper Sandstone with Kingman Sandstone member (base K)- red argillaceous siltstone and fine silty sandstone with a few beds of res shale and white sandstone. Stone Coral FM- dolomite, anhydrite, gypsum and salt.

Alluvium (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 30 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Alluvium (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 12 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Dune Sand (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

unconsolidated dune sand

Kiowa Shale and Cheyenne Sandstone (Early Cretaceous) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Kiowa Shale or FM- light -gray to black illitic shale with thin coquinoidal limestone beds at the base; sandstone lenses common. Cheyenne Sandstone- massive to crossbedded, light-gray to buff fine-grained sandstone with lenses of gray sandy shale and conglomerate.

Loess (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

eolian silts

Guadalupia Series: Big Basin Formation, Day Creek Dolomite, and Whitehorse Formation (Late Permian- Custerian to Cimarronian) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Big Basin FM- red silty shale, siltstone, dolomitic siltstone and fine-grained feldspathic sandstone. Day Creek Dolomite- light gray to pink, dense, fine-grained dolomite. Whitehorse FM- mostly red beds of feldspathic sandstone with some beds of siltstone and shale and minor dolomite.

Marlow Formation (Early Permian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

WOODWARD- Orange-brown fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, with some interbedded red-brown shale and silty shale in upper part and some thin gypsum beds at base, about 35 feet above base, and at top. The upper two gypsum and (or) dolomite beds are generally pink to maroon and less than 1 foot thick; they may erode into mappable escarpments about 20 feet apart, being named "Emanuel Bed" at top (mapped) and "Relay Creek Bed" 15 to 20 feet below the top (not mapped). In places the basal Marlow is a greenish-gray medium-grained sandstone. In Woods and Woodward Counties, the "Doe Creek Lentil" (Pmd) is a coarse-grained calcareous sandstone with algal clumps and invertebrate fossils, ranging up to 70 feet thick from the base of the Marlow to the Relay Creek Bed, cropping out in a narrow band of high hills striking northeast. Thickness is about 120 feet, with top eroded at many places. CLINTON- "Marlow Formation," Pm, orange-brown, fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, about 100 to 130 feet thick, thinning northward. This formation has 2 gypsum and (or) dolomite beds in upper 20 feet--the "Emanuel Bed" (at top) and the "Relay Creek Bed" (20 feet below top). Two thin, pale shales occur; the first is 1 foot below the top ("Gracemont") and the second is 55 feet above the base (unnamed). OKLAHOMA CITY- Mostly orange-brown fine-grained gypsiferous sandstone, with some red-brown shale. Contains 10 feet of calcitic sandstone lenses near middle and 2 thin dolomites (or gypsums) at top. Exposed thickness, about 50 feet (top 50 to 75 feet eroded). (Whitehorse Group) LAWTON- "Marlow Formation," Pm, very fine-grained sandstone with some silty shale; thickness, about 90 to 130 feet (27 to 40 m); contains 2 thin gypsum and (or) dolomite beds in upper 20 feet (6 m)-the "Emanuel Bed" (at top) and the "Relay Creek Bed" (20 feet below top). (Whitehorse Group) ARDMORE-SHERMAN- Sandstone, orange-brown, fine- to medium-grained, moderately indurated, with "Verden Sandstone Lentil," Pmv, 10 feet thick near middle, and "Relay Creek" and "Emanuel" dolomite and gypsum beds at top; thickness, 105 to 135 feet (Whitehorse Group).