Geologic units in Carroll county, Tennessee

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Claiborne and Wilcox Formation (Tertiary) at surface, covers 28 % of this area

Irregularly bedded sand, locally interbedded with lenses and beds of gray to white clay, silty clay, lignitic clay, and lignite. Thickness more than 400 feet.

Loess (Quaternary) at surface, covers 22 % of this area

Clayey and sandy silt, gray to brown, massive. Maximum thickness about 100 feet along bluffs of Mississippi River; thins eastward. (Minimum mapped thickness 4 feet.)

McNairy Sand (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 21 % of this area

Predominantly sand, in places interbedded with silty light-gray clays. Fine-grained sand at base, locally contains heavy minerals. Thickness about 300 feet.

Midway Group including Porters Creek Clay and Clayton Formation (Tertiary) at surface, covers 20 % of this area

Midway Group - includes Porters Creek Clay - Pale-brown to brownish-gray, massive, blocky clay; locally contains glauconitic sand. Thickness 130 to 170 feet. Also includes Clayton Formation- Glauconitic sand, argillaceous and locally fossiliferous; at base in Hardeman County is an impure fossiliferous limestone. Thickness 30 to 70 feet.

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

Sand, silt, clay, and gravel. In flood plain of Mississippi River more than 100 feet thick; in smaller streams generally less than 20 feet thick.

Coon Creek Formation (Cretaceous) at surface, covers 0.7 % of this area

Fossiliferous, micaceous sand, silty and glauconitic; locally fossiliferous sandy clay at base. Siderite concretions common in upper part. Thickness about 140 feet.