Geologic units in Sanders county, Montana

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Ravalli Group: St. Regis, Revett, and Burke Formations; or Empire and Grinnell Formations; or Empire and Spokane Formations (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 33 % of this area

St. Regis Formation: Green and purplish gray quartzite, siltite, and argillite in mud-cracked couples and couplets. Thickness as much as 900 m (2,953 ft). Revett Formation: Light gray, cross-bedded, felspathic, fine-grained quartzite. Thickness as much as 900 m (2,953 ft). Burke Formation: Gray or purple quartzite, siltite, and argillite in mud-cracked couples and couplets. Thickness as much as 1,000 m (3,281 ft). Empire Formation (Ye): Grayish green and pale olive gray argillite and siltite with subordinate thin beds of quartzite and sandy limestone. Thickness as much as 610 m. Grinnell Formation: White, cross-bedded sandstone or quartzite with red to purple siltite and argillite beds. Thickness as much as 1,160 m (3,806 ft). Spokane Formation (Ysp): Red siltite and argillite in mudcracked couplets. Thickness as much as 1,500 m (492 ft).

Piegan Group: Helena and Wallace Formations (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 14 % of this area

Helena Formation (Yh): Northwestern Montana: (formerly “lower Wallace”): cycles of basal white quartzite or intraclast beds overlain by couplets of green siltite and argillite, capped by dolomite beds. Calcite pods and ribbons (molar tooth structure) common. West-central Montana: gray to dark gray limestone and dolomitic limestone with siltite partings. Thickness as much as 2,000 m (6,562). Wallace Formation: Tan-weathering, dolomitic quartzite and siltite, and black argillite with calcite ribbons (molar tooth structure) in graded pinch-and-swell couples and couplets. Thickness as much as 2,500 m (8,202 ft).

Lower Missoula Group: Shepard and Snowslip Formations; or Shepard Formation and unresolved Snowslip Formation equivalent (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 12 % of this area

Shepard Formation: Tan-weathering, dolomitic, green siltite and argillite in couplets and microlaminae. In the west formerly considered part of the “upperWallace.” Thickness as much as 1,100 m (3,609 ft). Snowslip Formation: Green and red siltite and argillite in couplets. Western Snowslip equivalent is black siltite and argillite in couplets and microlaminae, formerly considered part of the “upper Wallace.” A new name is under consideration for the western Snowslip equivalent. Thickness as much as 1,200 m (3,937 ft).

Lower Prichard Formation (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

Dark and light gray, pyrite- and pyrrhotite-rich siltite and argillite in planar couplets with subordinate gray, flat-laminated, fine-grained quartzite.

Upper Prichard or Appekunny Formation (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Upper Prichard Formation: Black and gray, pyritic siltite and argillite in planar couplets. Appekunny Formation: Gray and greenish gray argillite interbedded with light gray quartzite. Thickness as much as 1,700 m (5,577 ft).

Gravel (Quaternary) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Variable deposits that range from pebble to boulder size and include sand, silt, and clay. Dominantly alluvial terrace, abandoned channel and floodplain, remnant alluvial fan, and local glacial outwash.

Upper Missoula Group: McNamara, Bonner, and Mount Shields Formations; locally includes lower Libby Formation in northwestern Montana (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

McNamara Formation: Dense green and red siltite and argillite in mudcracked couplets containing diagnostic chert beds and rip-up clasts. Thickness as much as 1,650 m (5,413 ft). Bonner Formation: Pink, cross-bedded, feldspathic, medium- to coarse grained quartzite. Thickness as much as 580 m (1,903 ft). Mount Shields Formation: Upper part: red quartzite, siltite, and argillite in mud-cracked couples and couplets with abundant salt casts. Lower part: light gray, flat-laminated, feldspathic, fine-grained quartzite. Thickness as much as 2,000 m (6,562 ft). In northwestern Montana - Libby Formation:Light to dark gray and greenish gray siltite and argillite with subordinate quartzite in mud-cracked couplets. Thickness as much as 2,300 m (7,546 ft).

Glacial lake deposit (Quaternary) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

Light brown laminated silt, fine-grained sand, and clay. Shown only in northwestern and central-western Montana.

Glacial deposit (Quaternary) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Dominantly till, outwash, and local glacial lake deposits. Shown only in western and south-central Montana. Laurentide glacial deposits are indicated with a map pattern.

Alluvium (Quaternary) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Gravel, sand, silt, and clay deposits of stream and river channels, and floodplains.

Mafic intrusive rock (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Mafic intrusive rock

Sediment or sedimentary rock (Tertiary) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

Sediment or sedimentary rock (no unique unit description on map).

Red Lion through Flathead Formation: Red Lion, Pilgrim, Park, Meagher, Wolsey, and Flathead Formations; or Red Lion, Hasmark, Silver Hill, and Flathead Formations (Cambrian) at surface, covers 0.8 % of this area

Red Lion Formation: Gray limestone with siliceous lamina and black calcareous shale interbedded with thin limestone. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 115 m (377 ft). Pilgrim Formation: Gray, commonly mottled limestone that may contain intraformational limestone conglomerate. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 180 m (590 ft). Park Formation: Grayish green, fissile, micaceous shale with a few thin beds of calcareous sandstone and thin, gray limestone. Local arkose beds. Offshore marine. Thickness as much as 310 m (1,017 ft). Meagher Formation: Gray to bluish gray limestone and dolomitic limestone, locally mottled and with intraformational conglomerate beds. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 300 m (984 ft). Wolsey Formation (CAw): Dark green and purplish gray fissile, micaceous shale, thin glauconitic limestone beds and thin, fine-grained sandstone beds. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 145 m (476 ft). Flathead Formation (CAf): Pinkish gray to light gray sandstone or quartzite. Locally very glauconitic, pebbly, arkosic, or iron-stained. Marine shoreface. Thickness as much as 100 m (328 ft). Hasmark Formation: Light gray or bluish gray limestone and dark-gray calcareous shale. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 560 m (1,823 ft). Silver Hill Formation: Brown, green, and very light gray banded calcareous shale interbedded with laminated limestone. Shallow marine. Thickness as much as 120 m (394 ft).

Granitic rock (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.4 % of this area

Granitic rock

Volcanic rock: locally includes Challis Volcanics in southwestern Montana (Tertiary) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Volcanic rock; In southwestern Montana - Challis Volcanics: Basaltic andesite, andesite, quartz latite, latite, rhyodacite, and rhyolite flows, and tuff, most of which is nonporphyritic and commonly spherulitic; glassy to devitrified. Subordinate water-laid tuff.

Syenite (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Syenite

Gravel (Quaternary and Tertiary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Variable deposits that range from pebble to boulder size and include sand, silt, and clay. Dominantly alluvial terrace, abandoned channel and floodplain, remnant alluvial fan, and local glacial outwash.

Mafic intrusive rock (Late or middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Mafic intrusive rock

Ravalli Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Feldspathic quartzite and subordinate siltite and argillite of the Burke, Revett, and St. Regis formations in northern Idaho; south of St. Joe River, includes correlative garnet-grade quartzite and schist. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Upper Missoula Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Feldspathic quartzite and subordinate siltite and argillite. Includes Mount Shields, Bonner, Striped Peak, and Libby formations in northern Idaho and possibly correlative quartzite north of Salmon and in the Meadow Creek metamorphic sequence east of Elk City. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Piegan Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Calcareous and dolomitic siltite, quartzite, and subordinate argillite of the Helena and Wallace formations in northern Idaho; south of St. Joe River, correlative rocks include garnet grade feldspathic quartzite and calc-silicate gneiss. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Granitic rock (Tertiary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Granitic rock

Prichard Formation. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Siltite, quartzite, and argillite in northern Idaho; deposited in deep water and contains voluminous ~1470 Ma mafic sills. Includes siltite, quartzite, fine-grained schist, and carbonate rocks structurally above anorthosite near Boehls Butte, northeast of Elk River. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).

Lower Missoula Group. (Mesoproterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Siltite, argillite, and dolomitic siltite in northern Idaho; includes Snowslip and Shepard formations, rocks previously mapped as upper member of Wallace Formation, and correlative garnet-grade phyllite and schist south of St. Joe River. Also includes schist, micaceous quartzite, and calc-silicate rocks in lower part of Meadow Creek metamorphic sequence east of Elk City, and argillite, siltite, phyllite, and calc-silicate rocks south of Lost Trail Pass. (Mesoproterozoic Belt Supergroup).