Geologic units in Smith county, Mississippi

Catahoula formation (Miocene) at surface, covers 49 % of this area

Irregularly bedded gray sand and sandstone; mottled red and gray, green, and chocolate-colored clay; some quartzite, and some gravel; the Paynes Hammock sand, sandy limestone cross-bedded fine green sand, and thin-bedded sand and clay, is mapped with the underlying Chickasawhay limestone in eastern MS.

Forest Hill formation and Red Bluff clay (Oligocene) at surface, covers 24 % of this area

Forest Hill sand, cross-bedded fine gray sand, laminated fine sand and clay, and a little lignite; in Wayne and Clarke Counties lower part merges eastward into Red Bluff clay, blue-green glauconitic, gypsiferous, fossiliferous clay and thin limestone beds.

Vicksburg group and Chickasawhay limestone (Oligocene) at surface, covers 14 % of this area

Chickasawhay limestone, sandy limestone, and sand, present only in eastern MS (mapped with it is the overlying Paynes Hammock sand of Miocene age); Vicksburg group, predominantly limestone and marl, but contains some bentonite and near the top, chocolate-colored clay and some sand.

Jackson group (Eocene) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Yazoo clay, green and gray calcareous clay containing some sand and marl; Moodys Branch formation at base, shells embedded in glauconitic clayey quartz sand.

Pascagoula and Hattiesburg formation (Miocene) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Green and bluish-green clay, sandy clay, and sand; gray siltstone and sand; locally fossiliferous.