Geologic units in Alfalfa county, Oklahoma

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Terrace Deposits (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 48 % of this area

WOODWARD- Lenticular and interfingering deposits of light-tan to gray gravel, sand, silt, clay, and volcanic ash. Sand dunes are common in many places. Thickness ranges up to 150 feet and averages about 60 feet. ENID- Sand, silt, clay, and gravel. Maximum thickness, about 75 feet (23 m) along major streams. TULSA- Fine gravel, sand, silt, and clay. CLINTON- Stream-laid deposits of sand, silt, clay, gravel, and volcanic ash; thickness ranges from 0 to about 120 feet. OKLAHOMA CITY- Lenticular beds of sand, silt, clay, and gravel. Thickness ranges from a few feet to about 100 feet and probably averages about 50 feet along major streams. FORT SMITH- Gravel, sand, silt, and clay. LAWTON- Sand, clay, and gravel as much as 75 feet (23 m) in Tillman County, ranging from 5 to 50 feet (2 to 15 m) elsewhere. ARDMORE-SHERMAN- Gravel, sand, silt, clay, and volcanic ash; thickness, about 5 to 50 feet; at various levels, as high as 160 feet above present flood plains. McALESTER TEXARKANA- Gravel, sand, silt, clay, and volcanic ash; several levels 20 to 160 feet or more above present flood plains, with each level containing deposits that average 20 to 30 feet in thickness, some windblown sand on top; may include colluvial wash down sides of hills.

Cedar Hill Sandstone (Early Permian) at surface, covers 18 % of this area

WOODWARD- Orange-brown to greenish-gray fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, with some red-brown shale. Thickness ranges up to 180 feet, with more sandstone to the north and more shale to the south. ENID- Mainly orange-brown, fine-grained quartzose sandstone. Thickness about 180 feet (55 m). (El Reno Group). CLINTON- "Cedar Hill Sandstone," Pch, greenish-gray sandstone and reddish-brown shales; thickness, about 180 feet; gradational southward into Duncan Sandstone. OKLAHOMA CITY- Lenticular beds of orange-brown fine-grained sandstone and red-brown shale; lower part grades southward into "Duncan Sandstone". "Piedmont Sandstone Bed" at base. Thickness, 180 feet (only lower 80 feet exposed in mapped area). (El Reno Group).

Alluvium (Holocene) at surface, covers 13 % of this area

WOODWARD- Lenticular and interfingering deposits of gravel, sand, silt, and clay. Generally light-tan to gray. Thickness along major streams ranges up to 100 feet and probably averages 40 feet; along minor streams the thickness ranges up to 45 feet and probably averages 20 feet. ENID- Sand, silt, clay, and locally gravel. Maximum thickness ranges from 30 to 80 feet (9 to 24 m) along major streams and from 0 to 60 feet (0 to 18 m) along minor streams. TULSA- Gravel, sand, silt, and clay. TULSA- Gravel, sand, silt, and clay. OKLAHOMA CITY- Sand, silt, clay, and lenticular beds of gravel. Thickness ranges from about 30 to 100 feet and probably averages about 50 feet along major streams. Along minor streams, thickness ranges from a few feet to about 50 feet and probably averages about 25 feet. LAWTON- Sand, clay, and gravel as much as 50 feet (15 m) thick; Shown only along major streams and tributaries. ARDMORE-SHERMAN- Gravel, sand, silt, and clay, including low terraces; thickness, about 25 to 100 feet. McALESTER TEXARKANA- Gravel, sand, silt, and clay, including low terraces about 30 feet above channels; thickness, about 50 feet along Little River and 110 feet along Red River.

Bison Formation or Bison Shale (Early Permian) at surface, covers 9 % of this area

WOODWARD- "Bison Formation"- Mostly orange-brown to greenish-gray fine-grained sandstone. Thickness ranges up to 120 feet. ENID- "Bison Formation"-Mainly red-brown shale and greenish-gray and orange-brown calcitic siltstone with minor sandstone in Garfield County. Thickness, about 120 feet (35 m). (Hennessey Group). CLINTON- "Bison Formation," Pbi, is exposed as orange-brown and greenish-gray, fine-grained sandstone and siltstone. The Bison is gradational southward into reddish-brown shale; it thins southward and is about 120 feet thick. OKLAHOMA CITY- "Bison Formation"-Mostly red-brown shale; grades northward into many thin greenish-gray calcitic siltstones and some orange-brown fine-grained sandstones and siltstones. "Reeding Sandstone Bed" at base. Thickness ranges from 95 feet in south to 120 feet in north. (Hennessey Group). ARDMORE-SHERMAN- "Bison Shale"-Shale, gray to red-brown, calcareous, blocky; thickness, 50 to 90 feet, decreasing southward. (Hennessey Group).

Flowerpot Shale (Early Permian) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

WOODWARD- Red-brown silty shale with some thin gypsum and dolomite beds in upper 50 feet and fine-grained sandstones in upper part to north. The middle and upper parts contain 50 feet or more of rock salt in the immediate subsurface, giving origin to the Ferguson Salt Plain in Blaine County and the Big and Little Salt Plains in Woods and Harper Counties on the Cimarron River. Thickness ranges from 180 feet in north part to 430 feet in south part. The "Chickasha Formation" (Pc) is a deltaic tongue of red-brown to greenish-gray to orange-brown cross-bedded mudstone conglomerate, siltstone, shale, and fine-grained sandstone, about 30 feet thick, in the middle of the Flowerpot Shale, pinching out northward. CLINTON- "Flowerpot Shale," Pf, reddish-brown shale containing several salt and gypsum beds in the upper part. Thickness, about 300 to 450 feet; gradational southward and eastward into Chickasha Formation and Duncan Sandstone. OKLAHOMA CITY- Mostly red-brown silty clay shale with stringers of gypsum (satin spar and selenite); grades southward into "Chickasha Formation". Thickness, 20 to 40 feet. (El Reno Group) LAWTON- "Flowerpot Shale," Pf, reddish-brown and greenish-gray shale, interbedded with greenish-gray siltstone; thickness, about 175 to 195 feet (53 to 59 m).

Salt Plains Formation (Early Permian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

WOODWARD- Orange-brown fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, with a greenish-gray sandstone in middle 30 feet ("Crisfield Sandstone Member") unmapped. Thickness ranges up to 160 feet. ENID- Mainly red-brown shale with several thin beds of orange-brown, fine-grained sandstone. Thickness about 160 feet (50 m). (Hennessey Group) OKLAHOMA CITY- Red-brown blocky shale orange-brown siltstone, grades southward into Pp "Purcell Sandstone" in Norman area. Thickness, 200 feet. (Hennessey Group).

Kingman Formation or Kingman Siltstone (Early Permian) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

WOODWARD- "Kingman Formation"- Orange-brown to greenish-gray fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, with some red-brown shale. Thickness is about 70 feet. ENID- "Kingman Siltstone"- Mainly red-brown with several thin layers of greenish-gray and orange-brown calcitic siltstone. Thickness, about 70 feet (20 m). (Hennessey Group). OKLAHOMA CITY- "Kingman Siltstone"- Orange-brown to greenish- gray, even bedded siltstones with some fine-grain sandstone and red-brown shale; grades southward into "Purcell Sandstone". Thickness, 30 feet. (Hennessey Group).

Nippewalla Group (Late Permian- Custerian to Cimarronian) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Dog Creek FM- maroon silty shale, siltstone, fine-grained feldspathic sandstone. Blaine FM- (base B) gypsum beds seperated by dolomite and red shale. Flower Pot Shale -(base FL) red gypsiferous shale silty shale and minor sandstone and siltstone. Cedar Hills Sandstone- feldspathic sandstone, siltstone, and silty shale. Salt Plain FM- red flaky, silty shale and some siltstone with thick salt beds at base. Harper Sandstone with Kingman Sandstone member (base K)- red argillaceous siltstone and fine silty sandstone with a few beds of res shale and white sandstone. Stone Coral FM- dolomite, anhydrite, gypsum and salt.

Alluvium (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

unconsolidated sand, silt, clay, and gravel

Dune Sand (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

unconsolidated dune sand

Loess (Holocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

eolian silts