Geologic units in Asotin county, Washington

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Miocene volcanic rocks (Middle Miocene) at surface, covers 58 % of this area

Dark-gray to black, dense aphanitic basalt flows; commonly columnar jointed, less commonly irregularly and platy jointed; some flows vesicular, grading to scoriaceous; includes minor pillow lava, palagonite beds, and interbedded soil profiles and sedimentary beds; contains diatomite beds locally. Maximum thickness in south-central Washington may be in excess of 10,000 feet; much thinner in western Washington, where flows are mostly associated with marine sedimentary rocks. Includes acidic and intermediate volcanic rocks in northern Cascade Mountains.

Quaternary nonmarine deposits (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 38 % of this area

Periglacial eolian deposits. Buff to light-brown, massive, homogenous, unconsolidated loessial silt; some water-laid material locally. Probably early Pleistocene.

Alluvium (Holocene) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Mostly unconsolidated silt, sand, and gravel valley fill with some clay; includes low-level terrace, marsh, peat, artificial fill, and glacial deposits locally.

Carboniferous and Permian volcanic rocks (Devonian to Permian; Triassic in Asotin County) at surface, covers 1.0 % of this area

Predominantly altered andesite, basalt, and diabase with interbedded chert and argillite; includes some tuff, greenstone, and spilitic volcanic rocks; northern Cascade Mountains. Mostly schistose greenstone, some agglomerate, and rarely lapilli; includes minor beds of limestone with associated argillite and graywacke; northwestern Stevens County.

Pliocene-Pleistocene volcanic rocks (Mostly Pleistocene) at surface, covers 0.7 % of this area

Light-gray andesite, andesite porphyry, and open-textured basalt flows with minor associated mudflows and breccia. Includes restricted areas of valley flow basalt in Snake River Canyon in southeastern Washington and in Spokane area.

Miocene nonmarine rocks (Late Miocene) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

Poorly to moderately consolidated tuffaceous sandstone, conglomerate, siltstone, and claystone in western Washington. Chiefly clay and shale with minor sand, gravel, and diatomaceous earth near Spokane. Includes diatomite beds near Yakima and Quincy, and some marine beds in Western Washington.

Triassic sedimentary rocks, undivided (Triassic with Permian where impossible to differentiate) at surface, covers 0.2 % of this area

Predominantly limestone, marble, and dolomite near Riverside in Okanogan County. Conglomerate, shale, graywacke, gritstone, and limestone on San Juan Island. Siltstone with greenstone locally on Orcas Island. Graywacke conglomerate, cherty greenstone, and limestone in northern Ferry County.

Grande Ronde Basalt (Early to Middle Miocene) at surface, covers 0.1 % of this area

Flows of dark-gray to black, aphyric tholeiitic basalt, including both high- and low-Mg chemical types (Swanson and others, 1979). Potassium-argon ages mostly in the range of 15 to 17 Ma (Lux, 1982; Watkins and Baksi, 1974; Fiebelkorn and others, 1983)

Lake Bonneville deposits. (Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Silt, clay, sand, and gravel deposited in and at margins of former Lake Bonneville (33-11 calibrated ka) and sand and gravel deposited in giant flood bars by outburst floods from the lake (17.4 calibrated ka). The 1,575-m (5,170 ft) Lake Bonneville shoreline was used to determine the maximum extent of the lake deposits. Flood deposits follow Bonneville flood path from near Downey and the Portneuf River westward along the Snake River to Lewiston. They include sand and silt deposited in slack-water areas to 740 m (2,430 ft) elevation in the Boise, Weiser, Payette, and Snake river drainages. (Quaternary Sediments).

Saddle Mountains Basalt (Middle to Late Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Petrographically diverse flows of basalt erupted between about 13.5 and 6 Ma (McKee and others, 1977; Swanson and others, 1979)

Seven Devils Group. (Triassic and Permian) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Basaltic to rhyolitic (largely mafic) arc-derived volcanic and volcaniclastic rocks of the Wallowa terrane; includes minor limestone. Composed of Windy Ridge, Hunsaker Creek, Wild Sheep Creek, and Doyle Creek formations. (Mesozoic-Paleozoic Rocks of the Blue Mountains Island-Arc Complex).

Columbia River Basalt Group. (Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Large-volume lava flows of tholeiitic basalt, basaltic andesite, and subordinate andesite in western Idaho; consists of Imnaha Basalt (17.5-16.5 Ma), Grande Ronde Basalt (16.5-15.6 Ma), Wanapum Basalt (15.6-14.5 Ma), and Saddle Mountains Basalt (14.5-6 Ma). Includes porphyritic basalt and basaltic andesite in western Owyhee County. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Volcanic and Intrusive Rocks).

Coon Hollow and Weatherby formations. (Cretaceous and Jurassic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Marine mudstone and subordinate conglomerate and sandstone of the Coon Hollow Formation south of Lewiston and turbiditic sandstone, mudstone, volcanic conglomerate, and andesite and rhyolite tuff of the Weatherby Formation north of Weiser. (Mesozoic-Paleozoic Rocks of the Blue Mountains Island-Arc Complex).

Sedimentary and volcanic rocks. (Jurassic and Triassic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Marine limestone and marble of the Martin Bridge Formation and calcareous mudstone and phyllite of the Hurwal Formation exposed west of Riggins and south of Lewiston; basaltic andesite, rhyolite tuff (~202 Ma), and conglomerate along Salmon River southwest of Grangeville; and rhyolite tuff at Pittsburg Landing (~198 Ma). (Mesozoic-Paleozoic Rocks of the Blue Mountains Island-Arc Complex).

Landslide deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Unsorted gravel, sand, and clay of landslide origin; includes rotational and translational blocks and earth flows. (Quaternary Sediments).

Quartz diorite. (Cretaceous and Jurassic) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Primarily quartz diorite, with subordinate diorite, gabbro, granite, and amphibolite; largely undeformed except near eastern part of Blue Mountains island-arc complex; wide age range (160-90 Ma). (Mesozoic-Paleozoic Rocks of the Blue Mountains Island-Arc Complex).

Alluvial-fan deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Gravel and subordinate sand and silt deposited at mouths of canyons; largest fans are in Basin and Range Province in east-central and southeastern Idaho. (Quaternary Sediments).

Silicic vent deposits (Pliocene to Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Complex domal masses of rhyolite and dacite that include near-vent flows, breccia, pumicite, perlite, obsidian, and ash-flow tuff

Wanapum Basalt (Middle Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Flows of gray to dark-gray, medium-grained, commonly plagioclase porphyritic basalt of Frenchman Springs petrochemical type (Wright and others, 1973). Generally exhibits blocky to platy jointing. Potassium-argon ages mostly about 15 Ma (Lux, 1982; Fiebelkorn and others, 1983)

Alluvial deposits. (Quaternary) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Deposits in valleys consisting of gravel, sand, and silt. Includes younger terrace deposits. May contain some glacial deposits and colluvium in uplands. (Quaternary Sediments).