Geologic units in Whitman county, Washington

Additional scientific data in this geographic area

Quaternary nonmarine deposits (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 64 % of this area

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

Miocene volcanic rocks (Middle Miocene) at surface, covers 25 % 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.

Alluvium (Holocene) at surface, covers 6 % 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.

Younger glacial drift (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Advance and recessional outwash, stratified drift, and associated deposits. Primarily silt, sand, and gravel with some clay. Includes alluvium locally and scabland deposits of eastern Washington.

Precambrian rocks, undivided (Proterozoic) at surface, covers 2 % of this area

Predominantly phyllite with some schist, limestone, dolomite, quartzite, and volcanic rocks; northeastern Pend Oreille County. Mainly quartzite sandstone in upper part, dark-gray argillite with sandstone and limestone in middle part, and sandstone with argillite in lower part; southeastern Pend Oreille County. Banded slate with quartzite and dolomite; southwestern Stevens County. Quartzite, siliceous argillite, and argilliceous quartzite grading into argillite and quartz-mica schists form south ot north; southeastern Stevens County. Quartzite, argillite, quartz-feldspar gneiss, and other metamorphic rocks in northeastern Whitman and southeastern Spokane Counties are partly if not all extenstions of the Belt strata.

Mesozoic granitic rocks, undivided (Mostly Cretaceous-Jurassic) at surface, covers 0.9 % of this area

Granite, quartz monzonite, quartz diorite, granodiorite, and trondhjemite. Includes diorite in southeastern Washington; diorite and gabbro near Concunully in Okanogan County; gneiss, schist, and migmatites in areas of Chelan, Colville, and Okanogan batholiths. Includes high-grade metamorphic rocks of Precambrian age in Spokane area.

Glacial drift, undivided (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 0.4 % of this area

Glacial and glaciofluvial sand, gravel, and till; includes alpine glacier outwash and till as well as some Recent alluvium.

Older glacial drift (Pleistocene) at surface, covers 0.3 % of this area

Till, outwash, and associated interglacial deposits; sorted and unsorted gravel, sand, silt, and clay. Includes peat beds and non-glacial sediments locally. Mostly pre-Wisconsin in age.

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).

Pliocene-Pleistocene volcanic rocks (Mostly Pleistocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % 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.

Granodiorite and two-mica granite. (Cretaceous) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Granodiorite and granite containing biotite, commonly with muscovite; includes bulk of Atlanta lobe (85-67 Ma) and isolated plutons in northern Idaho (107-67 Ma). (Paleocene and Cretaceous Idaho Batholith and Older Cretaceous and Jurassic Intrusive Rocks).

Sedimentary rocks associated with flood basalts. (Miocene) at surface, covers < 0.1 % of this area

Fluvial and lacustrine deposits associated with Columbia River Basalt Group and equivalent basalts (17-8 Ma); consolidated to weakly consolidated sandstone, siltstone, arkose, conglomerate, claystone, and tuffaceous sediment; subordinate intercalated basalt and rhyolitic tuff. Includes Payette and Sucker Creek formations in southwestern Idaho, sediments associated with basalt of Weiser in western Idaho, and Latah Formation in northern Idaho. Includes sedimentary rocks of uncertain origin in southwest corner of Idaho. (Quaternary to Eocene Continental Sediments and Sedimentary Rocks).