Hunt Fork Shale

Unit symbol: Degh
Age range Devonian (393.3 to 358.9 Ma)
Lithology: Sedimentary
Group name: Hunt Fork Shale (Endicott Group)
Mostly shale and sandstone; shale is medium-dark- and olive-gray; sandstone is grayish-green and greenish-gray, mostly fine- to medium-grained, micaceous, and locally ripple crossbedded and or graded, widely distributed across northern Alaska. Unit locally subdivided into three informal members: a shale member that consists of mudstone, shale, and sandstone; a wacke member; and a limestone member (Brosgé and others, 2001; Harris and others, 2009). Shale member weathers black to brown; where locally pyritic, weathers rusty and contains a few ironstone concretions. Mudstone and shale are medium- to medium-dark-gray, very silty, fissile, and interbedded with sandstone. Interbedded sandstone is as much as 25 percent brown-weathering, thin-bedded, fine-grained, partly calcareous sandstone and graywacke that includes both quartz-chert arenite and quartz-chert wacke; sandstone is schistose in southern part of its exposure area, as well as minor thin beds of ferruginous, argillaceous, fossiliferous limestone. Unit displays a cyclic depositional pattern with siltstone grading upward into shale; limestone occurs in upper parts of some cycles (Brosgé and others, 1979; Kelley, 1990a). Wacke member is included here with the Noatak Sandstone, unit Degn. Informal dark-gray limestone member weathers yellow, brown, and gray and is thin- to medium-bedded or nodular and has common algal lumps. Commonly includes some orange-weathering, partly calcareous siltstone and fine-grained sandstone above or below the limestone. Unit is metamorphosed in core of Brooks Range and where found thrust imbricated in the Doonerak Window. Where metamorphosed, it consists of dark-gray to black phyllite and lesser gray-green phyllite with thin layers of siliceous or calcareous metasiltstone, lithic wacke, metasandstone, and minor layers of fossiliferous metalimestone. Locally massive mafic sills and dikes up to 10 m thick are common. Mafic bodies in the unit (both strongly and weakly foliated parts) display lower greenschist-facies minerals (Till and others, 2008a). Fossils include brachiopods (late Frasnian to early Famennian), mollusks, echinoderms, and Middle to Late Devonian conodonts (Brosgé and others, 1979; Till and others, 2008a)

Source map information

Source map Mayfield, C.F., and Tailleur, I.L., 1978, Bedrock geology map of the Ambler River quadrangle, Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 78-120-A, 1 sheet, scale 1:250,000.
Symbol Pzbs
Unit name Black phyllite and siliceous phyllite
Description Fine-grained gray to dark gray carbonaceous phyllite; local siliceous zones may appear as black chert; probably equivalent to Dbs
Lithology Metamorphic

Correlated geologic units

Label Dbs
Description Thin bedded black, siliceous, carbonaceous phyllite and impure chert
Geologic age Middle-Devonian to Late-Devonian
Geologic setting Undivided
Lithology Form Importance
Phyllite < Metaclastic < Metasedimentary < Metamorphic Major
Chert < Chemical < Sedimentary Bed Major