Geologic units in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania

Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 24 % 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 17 % 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.

Llewellyn Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 12 % of this area

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

Trimmers Rock Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 8 % 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.

Pottsville Formation (Pennsylvanian) at surface, covers 8 % 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.

Pocono Formation (Mississippian) at surface, covers 7 % 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.

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

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

Spechty Kopf Formation (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 5 % 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.

Sherman Creek Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 4 % 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.

Irish Valley Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 3 % 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.

Huntley Mountain Formation (Mississippian and Devonian) at surface, covers 2 % 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.

Burgoon Sandstone (Mississippian) at surface, covers 2 % 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.

Hamilton Group (Devonian) at surface, covers 1 % of this area

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

Onondaga and Old Port Formations, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 0.1 % 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).

Keyser and Tonoloway Formations, undivided (Devonian and Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % 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.