Geologic units in Harmon county, Oklahoma

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Dog Creek Shale (Early Permian) at surface, covers 46 % of this area

WOODWARD- Red-brown shale and silty shale, with gypsum, dolomite, and orange-brown sandstone. In upper part are many thin,dense light-gray dolomite beds, the basal one of which is named "Southard Bed" (unmapped); in lower part is much satin-spar gypsum with a greenish-gray dolomite at top termed "Watonga Bed" (unmapped). Thickness ranges from 30 feet or less at Kansas border to 100 feet in southern part of area. CLINTON- "Dog Creek Shale," Pdc, reddish-brown shale with thin beds of siltstone and dolomite; thickness, about 220 feet; gradational eastward into the Chickasha Formation. OKLAHOMA CITY- Mostly red-brown silty shale and some fine-grained sandstone. Contains one or two layers of thin dolomite (or gypsum) in lower part; basal part grades southward into "Chickasha Formation". Thickness averages about 200 feet. (El Reno Group) LAWTON- "Dog Creek Shale," Pdc, reddish-brown silty shale, 85 to 190 feet (26 to 58 m) thick. (El Reno Group) ARDMORE-SHERMAN- Shale, red-brown, blocky, silty, weakly indurated, gradational southward into "Chickasha Formation;" thickness, 0 to about 130 feet. (El Reno Group).

Whitehorse Group (Early Permian) at surface, covers 17 % of this area

CLINTON- Predominantly orange-brown, fine-grained sandstone, the "Whitehorse Group" is mapped as Pwh where separate formations have not been distinguished and as the "Rush Springs Formation" and the "Marlow Formation" where identified. "Rush Springs Formation," Pr, orange-brown, cross-bedded, fine-grained sandstone with some dolomite and gypsum beds. Thickness, about 300 feet, thinning northward to about 186 feet. The "Weatherford Gypsum Bed," Prw, is about 30 to 60 feet below the top (mapped in southeastern part only). "Marlow Formation," Pm, orange-brown, fine-grained sandstone and siltstone, about 100 to 130 feet thick, thinning northward. This formation has 2 gypsum and (or) dolomite beds in upper 20 feet--the "Emanuel Bed" (at top) and the "Relay Creek Bed" (20 feet below top). Two thin, pale shales occur; the first is 1 foot below the top ("Gracemont") and the second is 55 feet above the base (unnamed). The "Verden Sandstone Lentil," Pmv, is a coarse-grained, calcareous, fossiliferous sandstone (2 to 10 feet thick) that occurs in the middle of the Marlow, about 25 feet below the Relay Creek Bed and 85 to 95 feet above the base. LAWTON- Predominantly orange-brown, fine-grained sandstone, the "Whitehorse Group" is mapped as Pwh where separate formations have not been distinguished and as the "Rush Springs Formation" and the "Marlow Formation" where identified. "Whitehorse Group undifferentiated," Pwh, fine-grained sandstone and siltstone as much as 100 feet (30 m) thick in western part of quadrangle, interbedded with gypsum beds 3 to 10 feet (1 to 3 m) thick.

Terrace Deposits (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 16 % 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.

Van Vacter Member of Blaine Formation (Early Permian) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

LAWTON- "Van Vacter Member," Pbv, of the Blaine Formation contains 6 dolomite-gypsum-shale sequences with a total thickness of 80 to 105 feet (24 to 32 m).

Alluvium (Holocene) at surface, covers 8 % 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.

Blaine Formation (Early Permian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

WOODWARD- Alternating cyclic sequence of 3 or 4 massive gypsum beds with red-brown shales, generally with a named dolomite at the base of each gypsum, and a greenish-gray shale at the base of each dolomite. The named unmapped sequence is (ascending) "Cedar Springs Dolomite, Medicine Lodge Gypsum," shale, "Magpie Dolomite, Nescatunga Gypsum," shale, "Altona Dolomite, Shimer Gypsum," shale, and"Haskew Gypsum" at top. Thickness ranges up to 90 feet, with the shales being thinner northward. CLINTON- "Blaine Formation," Pb, 3 to 4 gypsum and dolomite beds, about 100 to 200 feet thick, separated by reddish-brown shale. Gradational southward and eastward into Chickasha Formation. OKLAHOMA CITY- Mostly thin gypsums with thin dolomites below each gypsum, interbedded with red-brown shale; grades southward into "Chickasha Formation". Thickness, 50 to 75 feet. (El Reno Group).

Flowerpot Shale (Early Permian) at surface, covers 0.6 % 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).

Elm Fork Member of Blaine Formation (Early Permian) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

LAWTON- "Elm Fork Member," Pbe, of the Blaine Formation contains 3 dolomite-gypsum sequences with a total thickness of 80 to 110 feet (24 to 34 m).

Blaine Formation (Permian; Guadalupe Series) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Blaine Formation

Sand sheet deposits (Holocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Sand sheet deposits

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

Alluvium

Whitehorse Group, undivided (Permian; Guadalupe Series) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Whitehorse Group, undivided

Quaternary deposit, undivided (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Quaternary deposit, undivided