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  • Usage in publication:
    • Palmerton sandstone
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Sandstone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Swartz, F.M., 1939, The Keyser limestone and Helderberg group, IN Willard, Bradford, Swartz, F.M., and Cleaves, A.B., The Devonian of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey General Geology Report, 4th series, no. 19-G, p. 29-91.


Summary:

Named the Palmerton sandstone for Palmerton, Carbon Co., southeastern PA. Unit has been mistaken for Oriskany sandstone for many years. Overlies the Bowmanstown chert and underlies the Esopus formation. Thickness is 120 to 145 feet. The Palmerton is of Middle Devonian age.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Palmerton Sandstone*
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Epstein, J.B., Sevon, W.D., and Glaeser, J.D., 1974, Geology and mineral resources of the Lehighton and Palmerton quadrangles, Carbon and Northampton Counties, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey Topographic and Geologic Atlas, 4th series, 195cd, 460 p., scale 1:24,000


Summary:

The Palmerton Sandstone in east-central PA consists of massive, white, variably indurated, coarse- to fine-grained sandstone. The unit is characterized by its massiveness, lack of definite bedding planes and complete domination by joints. Contains some brachiopods. Thickness is about 100 feet. Overlies the Schoharie-Esopus Formation and underlies the Buttermilk Falls Limestone. The lower contact is placed at the base of the lowermost sandstone interbed in a series of four or more sandstone and siltstone interbeds. The top of the formation is placed at the top of the sandstone beneath clay.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Palmerton Sandstone
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Berg, T.M. (compiler), 1980, Geologic map of Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Geological Survey State Map, 4th series, 1, scale 1:250,000


Summary:

The age of the Palmerton Sandstone in PA is shown on the geologic map of PA as Early and Middle Devonian. Overlies the Schoharie Formation and underlies the Buttermilk Falls Limestone.

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


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