Geologic units in Butler county, Pennsylvania

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Glenshaw Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 54 % of this area

Cyclic sequences of shale, sandstone, red beds, and thin limestone and coal; includes four marine limestone or shale horizons; red beds are involved in landslides; base is at top of Upper Freeport coal.

Allegheny Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 42 % of this area

Cyclic sequences of sandstone, shale, limestone, clay, and coal; includes valuable clay deposits and Vanport Limestone; commercially valuable Freeport, Kittanning, and Brookville-Clarion coals present; base is at bottom of Brookville-Clarion coal.

Pottsville Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Predominantly gray sandstone and conglomerate; also contains thin beds of shale, claystone, limestone, and coal; includes Olean and Sharon conglomerates of northwestern Pennsylvania; thin marine limestones present in Beaver, Lawrence, and Mercer Counties; minable coals and commercially valuable high-alumina clays present locally.

Casselman Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Cyclic sequences of shale, siltstone, sandstone, red beds, thin, impure limestone, and thin, nonpersistent coal; red beds are associated with landslides; base is at top of Ames limestone.

Burgoon Sandstone through Cuyahoga Group, undifferentiated (Mississippian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Informal unit including elements of Burgoon Sandstone and Shenango Formation plus Cuyahoga Group; correlation uncertain; contains sedimentary structures and trace fossils characteristic of tidal flats; called ""Pocono"" by earlier workers.