Geologic units in Forest county, Pennsylvania

Pottsville Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 61 % 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.

Shenango Formation through Cuyahoga Group, undivided (Mississippian) at surface, covers 22 % of this area

Includes the Shenango Formation (Ms) and Cuyahoga Group (Mc), which are described separately below. Shenango: Light-gray sandstone and some beds of medium-gray shale and siltstone; upper third of formation is more shaly; contains a few marine fossils. Cuyahoga: Medium-gray siltstone and dark-gray shale containing interbedded light-gray, flaggy sandstone. Includes, in descending order: Meadville Shale, Sharpsville Sandstone, and Orangeville Shale; marine fossils common.

Corry Sandstone through Riceville Formation, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Same as Berea-through-Riceville (MDbr) interval, but uppermost sandstone unit is recognized as Corry, not Berea.

Shenango Formation through Oswayo Formation, undivided (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Greenish-gray, olive, and buff sandstone and siltstone, and gray shale in varying proportions; includes "Pocono" ("Knapp") and Oswayo of earlier workers; difficult lithologic distinction between Oswayo and "Knapp"- "Pocono" south and east of type area at Olean, N. Y.; contains marine fossils; includes lateral equivalents of Shenango Formation, Cuyahoga Group, Corry Sandstone, Bedford Shale, and Cussewago Sandstone, plus Oswayo Formation.

Allegheny Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 3 % 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.

Shenango Formation through Riceville Formation, undivided (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Sandstone, siltstone, and shale in varying proportions; distinguished from Shenango-through-Oswayo (MDso) interval on basis of more common gray shale in Riceville as compared with olive-colored shale and sandstone of Oswayo; contains marine fossils.

Shenango Formation (Mississippian) at surface, covers 0.8 % of this area

Light-gray sandstone and some beds of medium-gray shale and siltstone; upper third of formation is more shaly; contains a few marine fossils.

Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 0.5 % 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.

Venango Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Light-gray siltstone interbedded with some flaggy, gray sandstone and some bluish-gray shale; Panama Conglomerate and Woodcock Sandstone are, respectively, the lower and upper key beds defining the formation; referred to as "Cattaraugus" by some workers; includes some red shales where it interfingers to the east and south with the Catskill Formation; marine fossils present.

Cuyahoga Group (Mississippian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Medium-gray siltstone and dark-gray shale containing interbedded light-gray, flaggy sandstone. Includes, in descending order: Meadville Shale, Sharpsville Sandstone, and Orangeville Shale; marine fossils common.