Geologic units in Columbia county, Pennsylvania

Trimmers Rock Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 30 % of this area

Olive-gray siltstone and shale, characterized by graded bedding; marine fossils; some very fine grained sandstone in northeast; black shale of Harrell Formation at base in Susquehanna Valley.

Irish Valley Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

Nonmarine, grayish-red siltstone and mudstone, and gray and grayish-red sandstone interbedded with minor, thin, light-olive-gray marine siltstone; arranged in fining-upward cycles. Lower part of member has conglomeratic sandstones.

Buddys Run Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

Grayish-red and brownish-gray siltstone, mudstone, and sandstone; some gray and dusky-yellow sandstone and siltstone; laterally equivalent to Duncannon, Clarks Ferry, and Sherman Creek Members.

Hamilton Group (Devonian) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

Includes, in descending order, the Mahantango (Dmh) and Marcellus (Dmr) Formations.

Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 8 % of this area

Grayish-red sandstone, siltstone, shale, and mudstone; units of gray sandstone occur in upper part; lithologies in upper part arranged in fining-upward cycles. In the Altoona area, the Catskill Formation is mapped as the Duncannon, Sherman Creek, and Irish Valley Members, which are described under "Central and Eastern Pennsylvania" provinces.

Mauch Chunk Formation (Mississippian) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Grayish-red shale, siltstone, sandstone, and some conglomerate; some local nonred zones. Includes Loyalhanna Member (crossbedded, sandy limestone) at base in south-central and southwestern Pennsylvania; also includes Greenbrier Limestone Member, and Wymps Gap and Deer Valley Limestones, which are tongues of the Greenbrier. Along Allegheny Front from Blair County to Sullivan County, Loyalhanna Member is greenish-gray, calcareous, crossbedded sandstone.

Sherman Creek Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Alternating grayish-red mudstone and siltstone in poorly defined fining-upward cycles, and minor intervals of gray sandstone; laterally equivalent to Berry Run, Sawmill Run, Packerton, and Long Run Members of eastern Pennsylvania.

Pocono Formation (Mississippian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Light-gray to buff or light-olive-gray, medium-grained, crossbedded sandstone and minor siltstone; commonly conglomeratic at base and in middle; medial conglomerate, where present, is used to divide into Mount Carbon and Beckville Members; equivalent to Burgoon Sandstone of Allegheny Plateau.

Wills Creek Formation (Silurian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Variegated gray, grayish-red, yellowish-gray and greenish-gray, interbedded calcareous shale, siltstone, shaly limestone, and dolomite; passes into Bloomsburg Formation in the southeast; not present east of Harrisburg.

Bloomsburg and Mifflintown Formations, undivided (Silurian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Includes, in descending order, the Bloomsburg Formation (Sb) and the Mifflintown Formation--interbedded dark-gray shale and medium-gray fossiliferous limestone; equivalent to "McKenzie" and "Rochester" of earlier workers; not present east of Harrisburg.

Pottsville Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Gray conglomerate, fine- to coarse-grained sandstone, and siltstone and shale containing minable anthracite coals. Includes three members, in descending order: Sharp Mountain--conglomerate and conglomeratic sandstone; Schuylkill--sandstone and conglomeratic sandstone; Tumbling Run--conglomeratic sandstone and sandstone.

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

Gray, fine- to coarse-grained sandstone, siltstone, shale, conglomerate, and numerous anthracite coals in repetitive sequences.

Duncannon Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Grayish-red sandstone, siltstone, and mudstone in fining-upward cycles; conglomerate occurs at base of some cycles.

Clinton Group (Silurian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

Predominantly Rose Hill Formation--light-olive-gray to brownish-gray, fossiliferous shale; locally, limestone occurs near top; includes dark-reddish-gray, very fine to coarse-grained, ferruginous sandstone; east of Harrisburg, equivalent to Lizard Creek Member of Shawangunk Formation. Above Rose Hill is Keefer Formation--light- to dark-gray, fossiliferous sandstone, hematitic, oolitic sandstone, and shale; not recognized east of Harrisburg.

Spechty Kopf Formation (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 1.0 % of this area

Light- to olive-gray, fine- to medium- grained, crossbedded sandstone, siltstone, and local polymictic diamictite, pebbly mudstone, and laminite; arranged in crude fining-upward cycles in some places; locally has grayish-red shale near top and conglomerate at base and in middle.

Keyser and Tonoloway Formations, undivided (Devonian and Silurian) at surface, covers 0.8 % of this area

In descending order: Keyser Formation--medium-gray, crystalline to nodular, fossiliferous limestone; upper part laminated and mud-cracked; not present east of Harrisburg; passes into lower Coeymans, Rondout, and Decker Formations in the east. Tonoloway Formation--medium-gray, laminated, mud-cracked limestone containing some medium-dark- or olive-gray shale interbeds; lower part passes into Wills Creek Formation east and south; passes into Bossardville and Poxono Island beds in the east.

Huntley Mountain Formation (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Greenish-gray and light-olive-gray, flaggy, fine-grained sandstone, siltstone, and a few red shale interbeds; includes lower "Pocono" plus "Oswayo" of earlier workers. Forms transition between Catskill Formation and Burgoon Sandstone.

Onondaga and Old Port Formations, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 0.4 % of this area

Includes, in descending order, the Onondaga Formation (Don), Ridgeley Member of Old Port Formation (Dor), and Shriver, Mandata, Corriganville, and New Creek Members of Old Port Formation, undivided (Dosn).

Burgoon Sandstone (Mississippian) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Buff, medium-grained, crossbedded sandstone; includes shale and coal; in places, contains conglomerate at base; contains plant fossils; equivalent to Pocono Formation of Ridge and Valley province.