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  • Usage in publication:
    • Calico Bluff formation*
  • Modifications:
    • Original reference
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Limestone
    • Slate
    • Shale
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Alaska East-Central region
Publication:

Brooks, A.H., and Kindle, E.M., 1908, Paleozoic and associated rocks of the upper Yukon, Alaska: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 19, p. 255-314.


Summary:

Pg. 292, etc. Calico Bluff formation. Thin-bedded limestone, slates, and shales; some igneous rock. Invertebrate fossils of Early Carboniferous age. Conformably overlies Upper Devonian shales and slates. Underlies (unconformably) Nation River formation.
Exposed at Calico Bluff and other points on Upper Yukon River, also on Porcupine River, Nation River region, central eastern AK.

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 318).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Calico Bluff formation*
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Alaska East-Central region
Publication:

Mertie, J.B., Jr., 1933, Notes on the geography and geology of Lituya Bay [Alaska], IN Mineral resources of Alaska, report on progress of investigations in 1930: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 836-B, p. 117-135.


Summary:

Pg. 423. Calico Bluff formation. Mertie stated that he believed a group of intermediate or transitional rocks, 1,000 to 2,000 feet thick exists between Nation River formation and Calico Bluff formation in Tatonduk-Nation district, but that this remains to be proved. He assigned Calico Bluff formation to upper Mississippian (Chester), on basis of fossils identified by G.H. Girty.

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 318).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Calico Bluff Formation*
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Alaska East-Central region
Publication:

Brabb, E.E., 1969, Six new Paleozoic and Mesozoic formations in east-central Alaska, IN Contributions to stratigraphy, 1968: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1274-I, p. 1-26.


Summary:

At Calico Bluff on Yukon River, Calico Bluff Formation of Late Mississippian age conformably overlies Ford Lake Shale (new) of Late Devonian to Late Mississippian age, which in turn overlies Nation River Formation of Late Devonian age.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Menlo GNULEX).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Calico Bluff Formation*
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
    • Biostratigraphic dating
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Alaska East-Central region
Publication:

Armstrong, A.K., 1975, Carboniferous corals of Alaska; a preliminary report, IN Paleozoic corals of Alaska: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 823-C, p. 45-57. [Available online from the USGS PubsWarehouse: http://pubs.er.usgs.gov/pubs/pp/pp823AD]


Summary:

Pg. 54. Calico Bluff Formation. At type locality consists primarily of argillaceous brown-black shales and some beds of argillaceous lime mudstone to packstone; limestones and calcareous shales are more abundant in lower 200 to 300 feet of formation. Thickness 1,500+/- feet. Age is Late Mississippian to Early Pennsylvanian. Microfossils examined by B.L. Mamet indicate base is zone 16 (lower Chesterian) and top is zone 20 (Morrowan); continuous deposition.
Type locality: large cut bank [Calico Bluff] of Yukon River, east-central AK (see Brabb, 1969, figs. 2, 3).

Source: Publication.


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