Geologic units in Kearny county, Kansas

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Loess (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 65 % of this area

eolian silts

Dune Sand (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 23 % of this area

unconsolidated dune sand

Alluvium (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers 8 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Alluvium (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Ogallala Formation (Miocene) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

massive to cross-bedded, generally arkosic sand, silt and gravel, locally cemented with calcium carbonate; also contains limestone, volcanic ash, diatomaceous marl, opaline sandstone and bentonitic clay

Greenhorn Limestone and Graneros Shale (Late Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.5 % of this area

Greenhorn FM- thin bedded gray, chalky limestone and calcareous shale. Graneros Shale- fissile, noncalcareous, gray shale locally contains sandstone and siltstone beds.

Dakota Formation (Early Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

White, gray, red, brown and tan kaolinitic claystone, mudstone, shale and siltstone interbedded with grayish to yellowish brown thick lenticular sandstone beds. It also contains lignite and sandstone is commonly well cemented with iron oxide and calcite.