Geologic units in Warren county, Ohio

Waynesville and Arnheim Formations, Undivided (Ordovician) at surface, covers 44 % of this area

Waynesville Formation, shale (70%) and limestone (30%) interbedded; gray to bluish gray weathers light gray; planar to irregular, thin to thick bedded; 90 to 120 feet thick. Arnheim formation, shale (60%) and limestone (40%) interbedded; gray to bluish gray weathers light gray; planar, wavy, irregular, to nodular (in upper portion), thin to thick bedded; 50 to 100 feet thick. Contains multiple sedimentary cycles consisting of the alternation of shale and limestone displaying planar to irregular bedding with limestone and shale exhibiting wavy to nodular bedding. Ranges from 140 to 220 feet. The Geological Survey of Ohio recognizes the Cincinnati Group proposed by Meek and Worthen (1865), but at this time retains it as an informal term. The unit will be formally reinstated as a lithostratigraphic term after revision of its lower boundary and minor lithologic redescription of its units are completed. The ten formations included in the group are the (ascending) Clays Ferry Formation, the Kope Formation, the Fairview Formation, the Miamitown Shale, the Grant Lake Limestone, the Arnheim Formation, the Waynesville Formation, the Liberty Formation, the Whitewater Formation, and the Drakes Formation. Six members have been identified in the course of field mapping: the Point Pleasant Tongue of the Clays Ferry, the informal Bellevue, Corryville, Mount Auburn, and Straight Creek members of the Grant Lake Limestone, and the Preachersville Member of the Drakes Formation. The Backbone Creek and Elk Creek beds are recognized as excellent stratigraphic marker beds (Shrake and others, 1988).

Grant Lake and Fairview Formations, Miamitown Shale, Undivided (Ordovician) at surface, covers 26 % of this area

Limestone (50%) and shale (50%), interbedded; gray to bluish-gray weathers light gray to yellowish-gray;, planar to lenticular, thin to medium bedded in lower half; wavy to irregular to nodular, thin to thick bedded in upper half; fossiliferous. Interval of shale (90%) with limestone (10%), as much as 35 feet thick, near middle of unit.

Drakes, Whitewater and Liberty Formations, Undivided (Ordovician) at surface, covers 24 % of this area

Drakes Formation; shale (90%) and limestone/dolomite (10%), interbedded; gray and maroon, weathers yellowish gray; planar to irregular, thin to thick bedded; 20 to 30 feet thick. Whitewater Formation, limestone (60%) and shale (40%) interbedded; gray weathers yellowish gray; irregular to wavy, thin to medium bedded; 20 to 80 feet thick. Liberty Formation, limestone (50%) and shale (50%), interbedded; gray weathers yellowish gray; planar to irregular, thin to medium bedded; 20 to 40 feet thick. Interval ranges from 60 to 150 feet in thickness. The Geological Survey of Ohio recognizes the Cincinnati Group proposed by Meek and Worthen (1865), but at this time retains it as an informal term. The unit will be formally reinstated as a lithostratigraphic term after revision of its lower boundary and minor lithologic redescription of its units are completed. The ten formations included in the group are the (ascending) Clays Ferry Formation, the Kope Formation, the Fairview Formation, the Miamitown Shale, the Grant Lake Limestone, the Arnheim Formation, the Waynesville Formation, the Liberty Formation, the Whitewater Formation, and the Drakes Formation. Six members have been identified in the course of field mapping: the Point Pleasant Tongue of the Clays Ferry, the informal Bellevue, Corryville, Mount Auburn, and Straight Creek members of the Grant Lake Limestone, and the Preachersville Member of the Drakes Formation. The Backbone Creek and Elk Creek beds are recognized as excellent stratigraphic marker beds (Shrake and others, 1988).

Kope Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Shale (75%) and limestone (25%) interbedded; gray to bluish gray weathers light gray to yellowish gray; planar, thin to thick bedded; 200 to 260 feet thick.

Massie and Osgood Shales; Dayton and Brassfield Limestones; Laurel Dolomite; Undivided (Silurian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Massie Shale; gray to bluish gray; planar to irregular, thin to thick bedded; calcareous; slakes; minor limestone and dolomite beds; 0 to 10 feet thick. Laurel Dolomite; gray to tan, weathers brown; argillaceous to nonargillaceous; wavy, thin to medium bedded; 5 to 10 feet thick. Osgood Shale, blue gray to gray weathers brown; thin to massive bedded; calcareous with minor limestone and dolomite; slakes and slumps readily in outcrop; 3 to 25 feet thick. Dayton Limestone; gray to bluish-gray weathers grayish-white; medium to thick bedded; fine grained; dolomitic; 5 to 15 feet thick. Brassfield Limestone; white to pink, locally gray to reddish brown; irregular, thin to medium bedded; coarsely crystalline; abundant pelmatozoan fossils; grayish-green glauconitic partings; cliff forming; 20 to 50 feet thick. Interval ranges from 32 to 100 feet in thickness.

Dayton and Brassfield Limestones (Silurian) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Dayton Limestone; gray to bluish-gray weathers grayish-white; medium to thick bedded; fine grained; dolomitic; 5 to 15 feet thick. Brassfield Limestone; white to pink, locally gray to reddish brown; irregular, thin to medium bedded; coarsely crystalline; abundant pelmatozoan fossils; grayish-green glauconitic partings; cliff forming; 20 to 50 feet thick. Interval ranges from 32 to 100 feet in thickness.