Geologic units in Dorchester county, South Carolina

Bear Bluff Formation (Pliocene) at surface, covers 32 % of this area

One of the older coastal terrace sequences in the Carolinas. Equivalent to Windsor Fm.

Duplin Formation (Pliocene) at surface, covers 15 % of this area

Coastal terrace of Carolinas. Pliocene equivalent to Yorktown. Deeply weathered.

Waccamaw Formation (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 14 % of this area

Another Carolina costalized terrace of early-middle Pleistocene age. Deeply weathered.

Alluvial Valley Swamp (Quaternary) at surface, covers 9 % of this area

Unconformable on all underlying units, fluvial sand and gravel at base, grading upwards into fine sands and silts, local peat. May be overrun with recent sediments from forest cutting and agriculture.

Swamp (Quaternary) at surface, covers 9 % of this area

Extensive cypress swamps occur in low-lying poorly-drained bay deposits. Limit of cypress is southern Delaware; from NJ south to Georgia. Atlantic white cedar is original species. Commonly extensive thick peat and buried wood.

Chenier plain and deltas of Suwannee & Chattahoochie Rivers (Holocene) at surface, covers 7 % of this area

Chenier plain and deltas of Suwannee & Chattahoochie Rivers

Penholoway Formation (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 5 % of this area

Similar to Cape May, broad lateral extent underlying terraces in the Carolinas; swamps and ridges on terrace surface were originally barrier islands and back bays. Superimposed on these landforms are swarms of Carolina bays.

Tidal Marsh (Quaternary) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

Peat and muck deposits along tidal margins of esturaries and back bays. Deposits range from a few feet to 60+ feet deep. Locally include silt and fine sand and clay as levees on tidal channels. At depth peaty material may be accumulated from fresh water plants. Peat at the surface dominated by spartina and other salt tolerant species.

Socastee Formation (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 4 % of this area

Low coastal formation in Carolinas like Penholoway but younger and lower in altitude.