Geologic units in Northampton county, Pennsylvania

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Martinsburg Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 33 % of this area

Gray to dark-gray shale and slate.

Graywacke and shale of Martinsburg Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 21 % of this area

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

Allentown Formation (Cambrian) at surface, covers 11 % of this area

Medium- to medium-dark-gray, thick-bedded dolomite and impure limestone; dark-gray chert stringers and nodules; laminated; oolitic and stromatolitic; some orange-brown-weathering calcareous siltstone at base.

Epler Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 10 % of this area

Thick-bedded, medium- to medium-dark-gray, finely crystalline limestone, weathering light gray; yellow dolomitic laminae; interbedded medium-dark-gray, finely crystalline dolomite, weathering yellowish gray; edgewise conglomerate; fossil-fragment and oolitic lenses.

Jacksonburg Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 6 % of this area

Dark-gray shaly limestone (cement rock) having slaty cleavage; basal medium- to thick-bedded limestone (cement limestone) increases in thickness eastward.

Felsic to mafic gneiss (Precambrian) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Light, medium grained; predominantly quartz and feldspar of igneous origin.

Leithsville Formation (Cambrian) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

Medium- to dark-gray, crystalline dolomite, light-olive-gray in places, weathering to light gray and yellowish brown; massive bedded; oolitic; pink to gray, mottled chert and dark-gray chert; thin shale and dolomitic shale interbeds; scattered sand grains; upper part is very shaly.

Rickenbach Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

Medium- to dark-gray, coarsely crystalline dolomite in lower part; medium- to medium-light-gray, finely crystalline dolomite in upper part; chert lenses, beds, and nodules.

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.

Hornblende gneiss (Precambrian) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Dark, medium grained; includes some rocks of probable sedimentary origin.

Hardyston Formation (Cambrian) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

Typically light-gray, fine- to medium-grained quartzite, and feldspathic sandstone; color ranges from nearly white to dark gray; massive bedded; Scolithus present in upper part; quartz-pebble conglomerate occurs at base.

Ontelaunee Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 0.6 % of this area

Medium-dark-gray, finely crystalline dolomite, massive to finely laminated; weathers grayish yellow; thick-bedded, dark-gray chert at base.

Quartz fanglomerate (Triassic) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Well-rounded quartzite pebbles, cobbles, and rare boulders set in a reddish-brown, sandy matrix.

Limestone of Martinsburg Formation (Ordovician) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Local limestone masses (wildflysch).

Franklin Marble (Precambrian) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

White, coarsely crystalline; disseminated graphite flakes.

Allentown Dolomite (Lower Ordovician and Upper Cambrian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Wherry, 1909) - Very thin to very thick bedded dolomite containing minor orthoquartzite and shale. Upper part is medium-light- to medium-dark-gray, fine- to medium-grained, locally coarse-grained, medium- to very thick bedded dolomite. Floating quartz sand grains and two sequences of medium-light- to very light gray, thin-bedded quartzite and discontinuous, dark-gray chert lenses occur directly below upper contact. Rhythmically bedded lower dolomite beds alternate between light and dark gray weathering, medium and very light gray, fine and medium grained, and thin and medium bedded, which are interbedded with shaly dolomite. Ripple marks, crossbeds, edgewise conglomerate, mud cracks, oolites, and algal stromatolites occur throughout unit, but more typically in lower part. Shaly dolomite increases downward toward lower conformable contact with the Leithsville Formation. Oldest beds contain trilobite fauna of early Late Cambrian age; younger beds contain latest Cambrian fauna (Howell, 1945; Howell and others, 1950). Thickness about 580 m (1,900 ft).

Bushkill Member (Middle Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Drake and Epstein, 1967) - Interbedded medium- to dark gray, thinly laminated to thick-bedded shale and slate and less abundant medium-gray to brownish-gray, laminated to thin-bedded siltstone. To the southwest, fine-grained, thin dolomite lenses occur near base. Complete turbidite sequences (Bouma, 1962) occur locally, but basal cutout sequences (Tbcde, Tcde or Tde) dominate. Conformable lower contact is placed at top of highest shaly limestone; elsewhere, lower contact is commonly strain slipped. Correlates with graptolite Climacograptus bicornis to Corynoides americanus zones of Riva (1969, 1974) (Parris and Cruikshank, 1992). Thickness ranges from 1,250 m (4,100 ft) in Delaware River Valley to 457 m (1,500 ft) at New York State line.

Beekmantown Group, Lower Part (Lower Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Clarke and Schuchert, 1899) - Very thin to thick-bedded, interbedded dolomite and minor limestone. Upper beds are light-olive-gray to dark-gray, fine- to medium-grained, thin- to thick-bedded dolomite. Middle part is olivegray-, light-brown-, or dark-yellowish-orange- weathering, dark-gray, aphanitic to fine-grained, laminated to medium-bedded dolomite and light-gray to light-bluish-gray-weathering, medium-dark- to dark-gray, fine-grained, thin- to medium-bedded limestone, that is characterized by mottling with reticulate dolomite and light-olive-gray to grayish-orange, dolomitic shale laminae surrounding limestone lenses. Limestone grades laterally and down section into medium- gray, fine-grained dolomite. Lower beds consist of medium-light- to dark-gray, aphanitic to coarse-grained, laminated to medium-bedded, locally slightly fetid dolomite having thin black chert beds, quartz-sand laminae, and oolites. Lenses of light-gray, very coarse to coarse-grained dolomite and floating quartz sand grains and quartz-sand stringers at base of sequence. Lower contact placed at top of distinctive medium-gray quartzite. Contains conodonts of Cordylodus proavus to Rossodus manitouensis zones of North American Midcontinent province as used by Sweet and Bergstrom (1986). Unit Obl forms Stonehenge Formation of Drake and Lyttle (1985) and Drake and others (1985), upper and middle beds are included in Epler Formation, and lower beds are in Rickenbach Dolomite of Markewicz and Dalton (1977). Unit is about 183 m (600 ft) thick.

Ramseyburg Member (Upper and Middle Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Drake and Epstein, 1967) - Interbedded medium- to dark-gray, to brownish-gray, fine- to medium-grained, thin- to thick-bedded graywacke sandstone and siltstone and medium- to dark-gray, laminated to thin-bedded shale and slate. Unit may form complete turbidite sequences, Tabcde (Bouma, 1962), but basal cutout sequences Tcde dominate. Basal scour, sole marks, and soft-sediment distortion of beds are common in graywacke. Thermally metamorphosed near intrusive bodies. Lower contact placed at bottom of lowest thick- to very thick bedded graywacke, but contact locally grades through sequence of dominantly thin-bedded shale and slate and minor thin- to medium-bedded discontinuous and lenticular graywacke beds in the Bushkill member. Parris and Cruikshank (1992) correlate unit with Orthograptus ruedemanni to lowest part of Climacograptus spiniferus zones of Riva (1969, 1974). Thickness ranges from 640 m (2,100 ft) in Delaware River Valley, to 1,524 m (5,000 ft) near Stillwater, to 1067 m (3,500 ft) at New York State line.

Beekmantown Group, Upper Part (Lower Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Clarke and Schuchert, 1899) - Locally preserved upper beds are light- to medium-gray- to yellowish-gray-weathering, medium-light- to medium-gray, aphanitic to medium-grained, thin- to thick-bedded, locally laminated, slightly fetid dolomite. Medium-dark to dark-gray, fine-grained, medium-bedded, sparsely fossiliferous limestone lenses occur locally. Lower beds are medium-dark- to dark-gray, medium- to coarse-grained, mottled surface weathering, medium- to thick-bedded, strongly fetid dolomite that contains pods and lenses of dark-gray to black chert. Cauliflower-textured black chert beds of variable thickness occur locally. Gradational lower contact is placed at top of laminated to thin-bedded dolomite of the lower part (Obl) of the Beekmantown Group. Contains conodonts high in the Rossodus manitouensis zone to low zone D of the North American midcontinent province as used by Sweet and Bergstrom (1986). Upper beds are included in Epler Formation; lower beds are included in Rickenbach Dolomite of Drake and Lyttle (1985) and Drake and others (1985); entire upper part (Obu) is Ontelaunee Formation of Markewicz and Dalton (1977). Thickness ranges from 0 to 244 m (0-800 ft).

Jacksonburg Limestone (Middle Ordovician) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

(Kmmel, 1908; Miller, 1937) - Upper part is medium- to dark-gray, laminated to thin-bedded shaly limestone and less abundant medium-gray arenaceous limestone containing quartz-sand lenses. Upper part thin to absent to northeast. Lower part is interbedded medium- to dark-gray, fine- to medium-grained, very thin to medium-bedded fossiliferous limestone and minor medium- to thick-bedded dolomite-cobble conglomerate having a limestone matrix. Unconformable on Beekmantown Group and conformable on the discontinuous sequence at Wantage in the Paulins Kill area. Contains conodonts of North American midcontinent province from Phragmodus undatus to Aphelognathus shatzeri zones of Sweet and Bergstrom (1986). Thickness ranges from 41 to 244m (135-800 ft).

Quartz-Oligoclase Gneiss (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

White-weathering, light-greenish-gray, medium- to coarse-grained, moderately layered to indistinctly foliated gneiss and lesser amounts of granofels composed of quartz, oligoclase or andesine, and, locally, biotite, hornblende and (or) clinopyroxene. Contains thin amphibolite layers.

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

(Wherry, 1909) - Thin- to thick-bedded dolomite containing subordinate siliciclastic rocks. Upper part is medium- to medium-dark-gray, fine- to medium-grained, pitted, friable, mottled and massive dolomite. Middle part is medium-gray, stylolitic, fine-grained, thin- to medium-bedded dolomite that is interbedded with shaly dolomite and, less commonly, vari-colored quartz sandstone, siltstone, and shale. Lower part is medium-gray, medium-grained, medium-bedded dolomite containing quartz-sand grains in stringers and lenses near the contact with the Hardyston Quartzite. Archaeocyathids of Early Cambrian age suggest an intraformational disconformity separating rocks of Middle and Early Cambrian age (Palmer and Rozanov, 1976). Thickness approximately 305 m (1,000 ft).

Microperthite Alaskite (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Pink- to buff-weathering, light-pinkish-gray or pinkish-white, medium- to coarse-grained, gneissoid to indistinctly foliated granite composed principally of microcline microperthite, quartz and oligoclase. Includes small bodies of amphibolite not shown on map.

Albite-Oligoclase Granite (Middle Proterozoic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

White-weathering, light-greenish-gray, medium- to coarse-grained granite composed of albite or oligoclase, quartz, and sparse amounts of hornblende or clinopyroxene. Petrogenetically related to quartz-oligoclase gneiss (Ylo) but Yla has a more granulitic texture. Includes small bodies of pegmatite not shown on map.