Nowata Formation

TULSA- Shale and minor sandstone and limestone.
State Oklahoma
Name Nowata Formation
Geologic age Middle Pennsylvanian
Lithologic constituents
Sedimentary > Clastic > Mudstone > Shale (Bed)
Sedimentary > Clastic > Sandstone (Bed)
Sedimentary > Carbonate > Limestone (Bed)
Comments Named for the town of Nowata, Nowata Co, OK, Chautauqua platform. No type locality designated. Near the KS State line and east of Verdigris River, this formation occupies a narrow band between the escarpments of overlying and underlying limestones. Width of outcrop at Nowata is 2+ mi; is greater at Watova; in vicinity of Talala is 5 mi; east of Tulsa is 8 mi. Consists of a series of shales with a few interstratified sandstones and at lest one bed of coal; shales generally are bluish or greenish in color, weathering green or buff. Thickness varies from 50 ft to 600 ft at Tulsa. (Ohern, 1910).

Heran, W.D., Green, G. and Stoeser, D.B., 2003, A Digital Geologic Map Database of Oklahoma: USGS Open File Report 03-247, scale 1:250,000.

Marcher, M.V., and Bingham R.H., 1971, Reconnaissance of the water resources of the Tulsa quadrangle, northeastern Oklahoma: Oklahoma Geological Survey, Hydrologic Atlas 2, scale 1:250,000, 4 sheets. (Geology on sheet 1 compiled by M.V. Marcher, in 1969.)

Cederstrand, J.R., 1996k, Digital geologic map of Tulsa quadrangles, northeastern Oklahoma: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 96-380, (2 diskettes), URL address is:

Ohern, D.W., 1910, The stratigraphy of the older Pennsylvanian rocks of northeastern Oklahoma: Okla St Univ, Research Bull., 4; Abst, Geol. Soc. Am., Bull. 22: pp. 720-721.

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Counties Nowata - Rogers - Tulsa