Unconsolidated surficial deposits, undivided

Unit symbol: Qs
Age range Quaternary (1.806 to 0 Ma)
Lithology: Unconsolidated
Group name: Unconsolidated and poorly consolidated surficial deposits
Unconsolidated, poorly to well-sorted, poorly to moderately well-stratified deposits; consist predominantly of alluvial, colluvial, marine, lacustrine, eolian, and swamp deposits. May include some glacial deposits. Also includes widespread glacial and periglacial deposits that consist of end, lateral, and ground moraine, outwash, rock glacier deposits, and other glacial and periglacial deposits as well as glacially scoured bedrock that may be covered with thin, glacially derived deposits. These glacial deposits are of Holocene and Pleistocene age and may include small areas of potentially latest Tertiary deposits. Map unit locally includes reworked volcanic debris as well as block and ash flows. On generalized map, shown as part of unit QTs

Source map information

Source map Weber, F.R., Foster, H.L., Keith, T.E.C., and Dusel-Bacon, Cynthia, 1978, Preliminary geologic map of the Big Delta quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-529A, scale 1:250,000.
Symbol Ql
Unit name Loess
Description Silt, eolian; light brown to brownish gray, unconsolidated, well-sorted, massive to poorly stratified; locally mottled by iron stains. In places contains ventifacts. Thickness ranges from 1 to 50 m.
Lithology Unconsolidated

Correlated geologic units

Label Qfl
Description Loess, including Fairbanks loess
Geologic age Pleistocene to Holocene
Geologic setting Unconsolidated
Lithology Form Importance
Silt < Fine-detrital < Unconsolidated Eolian, Loess Major