Geologic units in Monroe county, Pennsylvania

Long Run and Walcksville Members of Catskill Formation, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 16 % of this area

Includes, in descending order, the Long Run (Dclr) and Walcksville (Dcw) Members of the Catskill Formation, which are described separately below.

Long Run Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 16 % of this area

Gray and grayish-red sandstone and grayish-red siltstone and mudstone in fining-upward cycles.

Duncannon Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 15 % of this area

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

Poplar Gap Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 14 % of this area

Gray and light-olive-gray sandstone, conglomerate, and siltstone containing intermittent red beds; laterally equivalent to Clarks Ferry, Sawmill Run, and Berry Run Members.

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

Gray, brown, and olive shale and siltstone; marine fossils. Includes the following members, in descending order: Tully-argillaceous limestone; Sherman Ridge, Montebello (sandstone), Fisher Ridge, Dalmatia, and Turkey Ridge. In south-central Pennsylvania, includes Clearville, Frame, Chaneysville, and Gander Run Members. Characterized by coarsening-upward cycles.

Marcellus Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Black shale; sparse marine fauna and siderite concretions. Contains local limestone (""Purcell"") member. Tioga bentonite included at base in eastern Pennsylvania.

Walcksville Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Greenish-gray sandstone and red siltstone and mudstone in fining-upward cycles.

Buttermilk Falls Limestone through Esopus Formation, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

In descending order: Buttermilk Falls Limestone--gray fossiliferous limestone and black chert; Palmerton Sandstone--massive white siliceous sandstone; Schoharie Formation--gray calcareous, argillaceous siltstone; Esopus Formation--gray silty shale and sandy siltstone.

Trimmers Rock Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 3 % 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.

Bloomsburg Formation (Silurian) at surface, covers 3 % of this area

Grayish-red and greenish-gray shale, siltstone, and very fine to coarse-grained sandstone; some calcareous mudstone in central Pennsylvania; thins to west and is replaced by Mifflintown beds; thickens eastward, replacing overlying Wills Creek and Tonoloway Formations and underlying Mifflintown Formation.

Ridgeley Formation through Coeymans Formation, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

In descending order: Ridgeley Formation--white siliceous sandstone; Shriver Chert--gray siltstone and shale and dark-gray chert; Port Ewen Shale--dark-gray calcareous siltstone and shale; Minisink Limestone--dark-gray clayey limestone; New Scotland Formation--dark-gray fossiliferous shale and clayey limestone; Coeymans Formation--gray, clayey to sandy limestone.

Packerton Member of Catskill Formation (Devonian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Greenish-gray to gray sandstone and some siltstone; some laterally persistent conglomerate beds in lower part.

Decker Formation through Poxono Island Formation, undivided (Silurian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

In descending order: Decker Formation--gray calcareous sandstone having lenses of calcareous conglomerate, siltstone, and shale, and lenses of limestone and dolomite (in Stroudsburg area, includes calcareous shale, limestone, and dolomite of Rondout Formation at top); Bossardville Limestone--gray argillaceous limestone and dolomitic limestone; Poxono Island Formation--thin-bedded dolomite, limestone, and shale; red shale in lower part. This undivided succession is equivalent to Keyser, Tonoloway, and Wills Creek (part) Formations of central Pennsylvania.

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

Light- to dark-gray, fine- to very coarse grained sandstone and conglomerate containing thin shale interbeds. Includes four members, in descending order: Tammany--conglomerate and sandstone; Lizard Creek--sandstone and red or green shale; Minsi--sandstone and conglomerate; Weiders--conglomerate. Tammany and Lizard Creek Members together are approximately equivalent to Clinton Group to the west; Minsi and Weiders Members together are equivalent to Tuscarora Formation to the west.

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

Dominantly gray sandstone and some siltstone and shale; freshwater fossils.

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

Alternating olive-gray siltstone and sandstone; marine fossils.

Bloomsburg Formation (Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Grayish-red siltstone, shale, and sandstone arranged in fining-upward cycles.

Poplar Gap and Packerton Members of Catskill Formation, undivided (Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Includes, in descending order, the Poplar Gap (Dcpg) and Packerton (Dcp) Members of the Catskill Formation.

Bloomsburg Red Beds (Upper Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(White, 1883) (High Falls Shale of previous usage) - Grayish-red, thin- to thick-bedded, poorly to moderately well sorted, massive siltstone, sandstone, and local quartz-pebble conglomerate containing local planar to trough crossbedded laminations. Conglomerate consists of matrix-supported quartz pebbles in grayish-red, fine-grained sandstone matrix. Locally, near base of unit, is greenish-gray, light-gray, or grayish-orange, massive, planar tabular to trough crossbedded quartz sandstone to siltstone with subrounded grains. Lower part of formation marked by several upward-fining sequences of light-gray sandstone grading through grayish-red, fine-grained sandstone and siltstone to grayish-red, mudcracked siltstone and mudstone. Each sequence is 1 to 3 m (3-10 ft) thick. Lower contact placed at bottom of lowermost red sandstone. Thickness approximately 460 m (1,510 ft).

Graywacke and shale of Martinsburg Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Shale containing conspicuous graywacke; includes autochthonous sandstone and shale of Shochary Ridge.

Poxono Island Formation (Upper Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(White, 1882) - Greenish-gray, finely crystalline to aphanitic, thin- to medium-bedded, flaggy dolomite containing discontinuous lenses of disseminated, rounded quartz grains. Some local quartz sandstone beds and argillaceous dolomite. Lower contact gradational (Epstein, 1973). Formation poorly exposed; located by drill data. Thickness estimated at 183 m (600 ft) from well data.

Esopus Formation (Lower Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Vanuxem, 1842) - Medium-gray weathering, medium- to dark-gray, laminated to medium-bedded, partly massive, shaly to finely arenaceous siltstone, containing minor calcareous siltstone near top, locally limonite stained. Contains Taonurus. Rocks are cleaved in southwest and extreme northeast part of outcrop belt but not in central region. Lower contact sharp and unconformable where underlying Oriskany Group is coarse quartz sandstone. Elsewhere, lower contact conformable; fine sandstone to siltstone grades downward several meters into silty limestone. Thickness approximately 91 m (300 ft).

Bossardville Limestone (Upper Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(White, 1882) - Light-gray to yellowish- gray-weathering, medium-gray to medium-dark-gray, very fine grained, locally fossiliferous, laminated to thin-bedded limestone and argillaceous limestone. Desiccation polygons occur in southwest. Lower contact is gradational and placed at top of uppermost dolomite. Thickness approximately 30 m (100 ft) in southwest, thinning to 3.1 m (10 ft) at New Jersey-New York State boundary.

Port Ewen Shale (Lower Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Clarke, 1903) - Upper part is medium-gray- weathering, dark-to-medium-dark-gray, thin- to medium-bedded, fossiliferous, calcareous siltstone and shale. Lower part is medium-dark-gray, irregularly bedded nonfossiliferous, calcareous silty shale. Lower contact abrupt and placed at top of uppermost medium-gray, argillaceous limestone in Minisink Limestone. Thickness approximately 46 m (150 ft).

Oriskany Group, undivided (Lower Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Willard, 1938) - Thickness ranges from 38 m (125 ft) in southwest to 52 m (170 ft) in northeast. Ridgely Sandstone (Swartz and others, 1913) - White-weathering, medium-gray, medium- to thick-bedded, carbonate-cemented quartz-pebble conglomerate and coarse quartz sandstone, which contain abundant brachiopods. Moderately well sorted, subrounded sand gains. Unit thins northeastward and pinches out at Peters Valley. Lower contact abrupt. Thickness ranges from 0 to 10 m (0-32 ft). Shriver Chert (Swartz and others, 1913) - Medium- to dark-gray-weathering, black to dark-gray, medium-to-thick-bedded siltstone and shale containing interbedded black chert and local chert-bearing limestone. Present only in southwestern part of outcrop area where lower contact is gradational with silty limestone of Glenarie Formation. Thickness ranges from 0 to 9 m (0-30 ft). Glenarie Formation (Chadwick, 1908) - Medium-gray-weathering, medium- to dark-gray, fine-grained, thin- to medium-bedded, fossiliferous, silty limestone, and local chert lenses. Unit thickens to northeast. Lower contact probably gradational. Thickness ranges from 17 to 52 m (55-170 ft).

Rondout and Decker Formations, undivided (Lower Devonian and Upper Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Rondout Formation (Clarke and Schuchert, 1899) - Upper part is medium-gray weathering, medium-dark-gray, very fine to fine-grained, medium-bedded, fossiliferous, argillaceous limestone. Middle part is light-medium-gray-weathering, medium-gray, laminated to medium-bedded, argillaceous dolomite. Locally contains deep desiccation polygons. Lower part is medium-gray-weathering, medium- to dark-gray, very fine to medium-grained, medium-bedded fossiliferous limestone. Silurian-Devonian boundary placed in middle of formation (Denkler and Harris, 1988). Lower contact abrupt and placed at top of highest calcareous quartz sandstone. Thickness approximately 12 m (40 ft). Decker Formation (White, 1882) - Light-gray- to yellowish-gray-weathering, light- to medium-gray, calcareous quartz siltstone, sandstone, and fine-pebble conglomerate locally interbedded with fossiliferous medium-gray, medium- to coarse-grained limestone and very fine grained, thin- to medium-bedded dolomite. Lower contact gradational. Thickness varies from 15 m (50 ft) near Duttonville to 25 m (82 ft) at Wallpack Center.

Coeymans Formation, Kalkberg Limestone, Coeymans Limestone, Manlius Limestone, undivided (Lower Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

At New York border consists of fine-grained, chert-bearing, argillaceous limestone (Kalkberg Limestone) grading downward through coarse-grained limestone (Coeymans Limestone) into fine-grained limestone (Manlius Limestone). Toward southwest these units grade into fine- to coarse-grained limestone with a marked increase in quartz sand that comprises the Coeymans Formation (Epstein and others, 1967). Total thickness 27 m (90 ft). Coeymans Formation (Epstein and others, 1967) - Medium-light-gray, fine- to coarse-grained calcareous sandstone and medium-gray, fine- to coarse-grained, medium- to thick-bedded, locally irregularly-bedded, argillaceous to arenaceous limestone containing lenses of quartz sand and nodules of black chert. Grades downward into medium-gray, fine-grained, argillaceous and arenaceous limestone containing local beds of fine- to coarse-grained pebbly calcareous sandstone. Local bioherms consisting of light-gray to light-pinkish-gray, coarse-grained to very coarse biogenic limestone are unbedded and have sharp boundaries. Lower contact of unit abrupt. Formation thickness varies from 11 m (35 ft) in northeast to 24 m (80 ft) in southwest. Kalkberg Limestone (Chadwick, 1908) - Medium-gray-weathering, medium-dark-gray, fine-grained, very thin to massively bedded fossiliferous limestone. Grades downward into fine- to medium-grained, thin-bedded, fossiliferous argillaceous limestone containing nodules and lenses of dark-gray chert. Grades to the southwest into calcareous and arenaceous rocks of the upper part of the Coeymans Formation near Wallpack Center. Lower contact placed at base of lowest black chert. Approximately 12 m (40 ft) thick. Coeymans Limestone (Clarke and Schuchert, 1899) - Medium-gray weathering, medium-dark-gray, fine-to-coarse-grained, medium- to massively bedded fossiliferous limestone and local argillaceous limestone lenses. Unit is approximately 9 m (30 ft) thick. Between Duttonville and Millville, grades into biohermal and nonbiohermal facies of medium- to coarse-grained limestone of Coeymans Formation of Epstein and others (1967). Manlius Limestone (Vanuxem, 1840) - Medium-gray weathering, medium-dark- to dark-gray, very fine to fine-grained, unevenly bedded fossiliferous limestone. Some local medium-grained limestone, yellowish-gray shale partings and biostromes. Near Hainesville, unit grades into lower part of Coeymans Formation. Lower contact abrupt and placed at top of uppermost very fine grained argillaceous limestone. Thickness approximately 11 m (35 ft).

Shawangunk Formation (Middle and Lower Silurian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Mather, 1840; Epstein and Epstein, 1972) - Upper part is medium- to medium-dark-gray, or dark-greenish-gray, medium- to thick-bedded sandstone and pebble conglomerate having well rounded grains, some of which are limonite stained. Conglomerate consists of matrix-supported quartz and subordinate shale pebbles as long as 5 cm (2 in.) in poorly to well-sorted, planar tabular to trough crossbedded sandstone. Local black to dark-greenish-gray, thin-bedded shale near upper contact. Middle part, occurring in southwest and sporadically in northeast, is light- to medium-dark-gray, greenish-gray, interbedded thin- to medium-bedded, planar tabular to trough cross-bedded shale and sandstone. Grains are well rounded and moderately to well sorted. Contains sparse graphite flakes. Lower part is light- to medium-gray to light-olive-gray, thin- to thick-bedded quartz and feldspathic sandstone, quartzite, and quartz-pebble conglomerate, which is matrix-supported, poorly to well sorted, cross to planar bedded. Clasts are primarily quartz and sparse dark-gray argillite and black chert. Sandstone is feldspathic and locally approaches an arkose in compostion. Lower contact unconformable and, at places, is a fault of small displacement. Thickness approximately 427 m (1,400 ft).

Schoharie Formation (Lower Devonian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Vanuxem, 1840) - Yellowish-gray- to locally pale-olive-weathering, medium- to dark-gray, medium- to thick-bedded, calcaeous siltstone and lesser amounts of silty limestone. Locally contains thin ribs or pods of black chert in limestone. Limestone content decreases in lower part of unit. Contains the trace fossil Taonurus, a grazing trail. Lower contact gradational and placed at top of highest massive siltstone below lowest limestone. Thickness approximately 53 m (175 ft).