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Geologic units in Haakon county, South Dakota

Terrace Deposits (Phanerozoic | Cenozoic | Quaternary) at surface, covers 47 % of this area

Clay to boulder-size clasts deposited as pediments, paleochannels, and terrace fills of former flood plains. Thickness up to 75 ft (23m).

Lithology: clay or mud; silt; sand; gravel

Eolian Deposits (Phanerozoic | Cenozoic | Quaternary) at surface, covers 25 % of this area

(loess and sand dune) Silt to medium-grained sand. Deposited as sand sheets and barchan, linear, and dome-like dunes and as veneer on uplands. Thickness up to 300 ft (91m).

Lithology: silt; sand

Fox Hills Sandstone (Phanerozoic | Mesozoic | Cretaceous-Late) at surface, covers 15 % of this area

Bluish-green to green, white to dark-gray, yellow to tan, carbonaceous and iron-stained, cross-bedded, very fine- to coarse-grained, glaconitic sandstone and siltstone. Interbedded with gray and green to brown shale and silty shale. Thickness 25-400 ft (8-122 m).

Lithology: sandstone; siltstone; shale

Pierre Shale (Phanerozoic | Mesozoic | Cretaceous-Late) at surface, covers 12 % of this area

Blue-gray to dark-gray, fissile to blocky shale with persistent beds of bentonite, black organic shale, or light-brown chalky shale. Contains minor sandstone, conglomerate, and abundant carbonate and ferruginous concretions. Thickness 1,000-2,700 ft (305-823 m).

Alluvium (Phanerozoic | Cenozoic | Quaternary) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Clay to boulder-size clasts with locally abundant organic material. Thickness up to 75 ft (23m).

Lithology: clay or mud; silt; sand; gravel

White River Group (Phanerozoic | Cenozoic | Tertiary | Eocene Oligocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Includes: Brule Formation (Oligocene)- White, pink, light-green, and light-brown, massive to thin-bedded, bentonitic claystone, tuffaceous siltstone, and well-bedded, calcareous, tuffaceous quartz sandstone. Thickness up to 150 ft (46 m). Chadron Formation (Eocene)- Upper beds are gray, light-brown to maroon bentonite, claystone, siltstone tuffaceous fine-grained sandstone, and local, silicified carbonate lenses. Basal portion consists of poorly cemented, white, coarse-grained arkose and conglomerate. Thickness up to 160 ft (49 m). Chamberlain Pass Formation (Eocene)- Pale olive to pale red, mottled mudstone containing white, cross-bedded channel sandstone with basal conglomerate. Thickness up to 32 ft (10 m). Slim Buttes Formation (Eocene)- White, grayish- to yellowish-orange,pale-red to pink siltstone, clayey siltstone, bentonitic claystone,medium- to fine-grained sandstone, and conglomerate. Thickness up to 48 ft (15 m).