Geologic units in Grant county, South Dakota

Carlile Shale (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 67 % of this area

Dark-gray to black, silty to sandy shale with several zones of septarian, fossiliferous, carbonate concretions. Contains up to three sandstone units in the upper portion of the formation and sandy calcareous marl at the base. Thickness up to 330 ft (100 m).

Pierre Shale (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 28 % of this area

Blue-gray to dark-gray, fissile to blocky shale with persistent beds of bentonite, black organic shale, and light-brown chalky shale. Contains minor sandstone, conglomerate, and abundant carbonate and ferruginous concretions. Thickness up to 1,000 ft (305 m).

Milbank Granite (Upper Archean) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Pink to dark-red, coarse-grained granite composed of orthoclase, quartz, and biotite.

Niobrara Formation (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

White to dark-gray argillaceous chalk, marl, and shale. Weathers yellow to orange. Contains thin, laterally continuous bentonite beds, chalky carbonaceous shale, minor sand, and small concretions. Thickness up to 150 ft (46 m).

Greenhorn Formation (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.7 % of this area

Gray shale, mudstone, marl, calcarenite, and shaly limestone grading upward into light-gray to tan, alternating marl and thin-bedded, fossiliferous limestone. Thickness up to 40 ft (12 m).

Graneros Shale (Upper Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.4 % of this area

Dark-gray, noncalcareous, pyritic, poorly fossiliferous shale, with numerous sandstone layers at the base. Thickness up to 110 ft (36 m).

Granitic intrusion (Neoarchean) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Granitic intrusion. Includes the Sacred Heart (~2592, 2,603 Ma) and Ortonville granites, the Shannon Lake Granite (~2,674), and other intrusions having low gravity and magnetic signatures.

Undifferentiated (Cenomanian to Campanian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Conglomerate, sandstone, mudstone, shale, marlstone, siltstone, and minor lignite, deposited in marine and non-marine settings; likely Cenomanian to Campanian age. Unit outline is the product of contouring the stratigraphic top and base, from which an isopach grid was created. Because the distribution is patchy, unit boundaries were drawn from the gridded data to represent locations where more than 25 feet (8 meters) of thickness occurs. As a result, many areas outside of the unit boundaries may be overlain by thin Cretaceous strata and the unit is depicted without a contact line.

Granite to granodiorite (Neoarchean) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Granite to granodiorite. Variably magnetic.