Mowry and Thermopolis Formations

Mowry Formation (Km): Light gray to silvery gray, platy to blocky, siliceous shale and subordinate thin-bedded, gray siltstone or very fine-grained sandstone laminae or beds. Fish scales common in central Montana. Ledge-forming, chert-bearing, fine- to medium-grained sandstone at top. throughout west-central Montana. Marine. Thickness 240 m (787 ft). Thermopolis Formation (Kt): Dark gray to black shale with subordinate siltstone beds. Middle part of formation contains one or more thin sandstone beds with chert pebble horizons where Muddy Sandstone is not present. Offshore marine. Thickness as much as 305 m (1,000 ft).
State Montana
Name Mowry and Thermopolis Formations
Geologic age Cretaceous
Lithologic constituents
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mudstone > Shale > Black-shale (Bed)
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mudstone > Shale (Bed)
Sedimentary > Clastic > Siltstone (Bed)
Sedimentary > Clastic > Sandstone (Bed)

Vuke, S.M., Porter, K.W., Lonn, J.D., and Lopez, D.A., 2007, Geologic Map of Montana - Compact Disc: Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology: Geologic Map 62-C, 73 p., 2 sheets, scale 1:500,000. This map was digitized in 2012 as a result of a contract between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Montana Bureau of Mines and Geology.

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Counties Broadwater - Gallatin - Jefferson - Lewis and Clark - Meagher