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Geologic Unit: Gowanda
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  • Usage in publication:
    • Gowanda beds
  • Modifications:
    • Original reference
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Shale
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Chadwick, G.H., 1919, Remarkable persistence of thin horizons: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 30, p. 157.


Summary:

Pg. 157. Gowanda beds. Name replaces "Portland beds," preoccupied and withdrawn. Overlie Dunkirk black shale and unconformably underlie Laona sandstone. Assigned to Chemung. [The †Portland shale had been included in Portage group by Clarke, Luther, and Hartnagel.]

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 845).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Gowanda shale
    • Gowanda beds
  • Modifications:
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Chadwick, G.H., 1923, Chemung stratigraphy in western New York: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 34, no. 1, p. 68-69.


Summary:

Pg. 69. Gowanda shale in Chautauqua County; Gowanda beds in Cattaraugus, Allegany, and Steuben Counties [Lake Erie region, western New York]. Of Chemung age. In Cattaraugus County is overlain by unnamed sandstone and underlain Dunkirk shale; in Allegany County is overlain by "Rushford sandstone" and by Canaseraga sandstone (=Dunkirk shale); in Steuben County is overlain by Wellsburg sandstone and underlain by Prattsburg sandstones. [Age is Late Devonian.]

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 845).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Gowanda beds
  • Modifications:
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Chadwick, G.H., 1924, The stratigraphy of the Chemung group in western New York: New York State Museum Bulletin, no. 251, p. 149-157.


Summary:

Pg. 149-157. Name Gowanda beds replaces Portland (preoccupied). Thickness 500 feet on Cattaraugus Creek around Gowanda [Cattaraugus County, western New York], 250 feet on Lake Erie. Included in Chemung group. The limited fauna of Portage type which Gowanda beds carry on Lake Erie and at Forestville gradually acquires the brachiopod facies of lower Chemung (Cayuta) shale which it has on Caneadea Creek. Underlies Laona sandstone and overlies Dunkirk shale. [Age is Late Devonian.]
[See 1931 and later entries under Chemung group.]

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 845).


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