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Geologic Unit: Hanson Creek

Publication:
Merriam, C.W., 1940, Devonian stratigraphy and paleontology of 
   the Roberts Mountains region, Nevada: Geological Society of 
   America Special Paper, 25, 114 p., (incl. geologic map, scale 
   1:211,200)
Usage in Publication:
Hanson Creek formation

Modifications: Geologic Province: Dominant Lithology:
 Named
 Great Basin province
 Limestone

Summary:
Probably named for Pete Hanson Creek within Roberts Mountain quad, Eureka Co, NV, Great Basin province. "Typical" exposures occur on west side of Roberts Creek Mountain striking south and southwest across north fork of Pete Hanson Creek and cut off by a major fault at southern margin of Cooper Peak. Occurs in northern part of Roberts Mountains. Rocks were formerly assigned to lowermost part of Lone Mountain limestone (revised) by Hague (1892, USGS Mon. 20). Lower 40 ft consists of dark-gray to blackish, medium-grained, poorly stratified dolomitic limestone with scattered small crinoid stems and irregular calcite veins; grades upward to 45 ft of very fine-textured, poorly bedded, medium-to dark-gray limestone, with calcite veinlets and small black chert nodules; overlying 140 ft is thin-bedded, slabby and shaly limestone, dark bluish gray (fresh) or very light gray (weathered), very fossiliferous; succeeding 140 ft poorly bedded dark-gray limestone; uppermost 180 ft is limestone, massive, very dark gray, and fine-grained. Fossils include Illaenidae, CRYPTOLITHUS sp., corals, and cephalopods; fragmentary shells of RAFINESQUINA or STROPHOMENA and COLUMNARIA? Overlies Eureka quartzite (revised); underlies Roberts Mountains formation (new). Reconnaissance geologic map (plate 1). Assigned Middle and Late Ordovician age.
Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Denver GNULEX).


Publication:
Dover, J.H., 1983, Geologic map and sections of the central 
   Pioneer Mountains, Blaine and Custer Counties, central Idaho: 
   U.S. Geological Survey Miscellaneous Investigations Series 
   Map, I-1319, 1 sheet, scale 1:48,000
Usage in Publication:
Hanson Creek Formation*

Modifications: Geologic Province: Dominant Lithology:
 Overview
 Idaho Mountains province
 

Summary:
Mapped in northeastern part of study area, Custer Co, ID, Idaho Mountains province. Small outcrop within Wildhorse window. Consists of cliff-forming, dark-gray, light-gray-weathering, thin-bedded to massive dolomite, containing black chert nodules and stringers mainly in upper part; some interbeds finely laminated. Base not exposed; minimum measured thickness is 64 m. Oldest unit within Wildhorse window; conformably underlies Roberts Mountains Formation. Assigned Middle and Late Ordovician age based on graptolites.
Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Denver GNULEX).