Geologic units in Lincoln county, Minnesota

Undifferentiated (Cenomanian to Campanian) at surface, covers 94 % of this area

Conglomerate, sandstone, mudstone, shale, marlstone, siltstone, and minor lignite, deposited in marine and non-marine settings; likely Cenomanian to Campanian age. Unit outline is the product of contouring the stratigraphic top and base, from which an isopach grid was created. Because the distribution is patchy, unit boundaries were drawn from the gridded data to represent locations where more than 25 feet (8 meters) of thickness occurs. As a result, many areas outside of the unit boundaries may be overlain by thin Cretaceous strata and the unit is depicted without a contact line.

Sioux Quartzite (Paleoproterozoic) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Quartzite, mudstone, and local conglomerate of fluvial and marine origin (~1,760 to 1,630 Ma; 1,902 ± 55 Ma rhyolite pebble in basal conglomerate).

Mafic metavolcanic rocks (Neoarchean) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

Mafic metavolcanic rocks. Includes minor volcaniclastic and hypabyssal intrusive rocks metamorphosed to lower greenschist to lower amphibolite facies; includes the Ely Greenstone (~2,722 Ma).

Granitic intrusion (Neoarchean) at surface, covers 0.5 % of this area

Granitic intrusion. Includes the Sacred Heart (~2592, 2,603 Ma) and Ortonville granites, the Shannon Lake Granite (~2,674), and other intrusions having low gravity and magnetic signatures.

Niobrara Formation (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

White to dark-gray argillaceous chalk, marl, and shale. Weathers yellow to orange. Contains thin, laterally continuous bentonite beds, chalky carbonaceous shale, minor sand, and small concretions. Thickness up to 150 ft (46 m).

Sioux Quartzite (Lower Proterozoic) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Pink and reddish to tan, siliceous, fine- to coarse-grained, iron-stained orthoquartzite with minor metamorphosed conglomerate and mudstone layers. Estimated thickness greater than 1,000 ft (305 m).

Pierre Shale (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Blue-gray to dark-gray, fissile to blocky shale with persistent beds of bentonite, black organic shale, and light-brown chalky shale. Contains minor sandstone, conglomerate, and abundant carbonate and ferruginous concretions. Thickness up to 1,000 ft (305 m).

Cretaceous, undifferentiated (Upper to Lower Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Black opaline spiculite, gray to black shale, yellow-brown to gray chalk, gray silty clay, and pink quartz-rich sandstone. Includes the Split Rock Creek Formation and other near-shore facies of the Dakota Formation, Graneros Shale, Greenhorn Formation, Carlile Shale, Niobrara Formation, and Pierre Shale. Thickness up to 400 ft (122 m).

Mafic volcanic and hypabyssal intrusive rocks of uncertain age (Archean or Paleoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Mafic volcanic and hypabyssal intrusive rocks of uncertain age. Adjacent to and within the Yellow Medicine shear zone.