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  • Usage in publication:
    • Saltville chert
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Chert
    • Sandstone
    • Limestone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Swartz, F.M., 1929, The Helderberg group from central Pennsylvania to southwestern Virginia: Pennsylvania Academy of Science Proceedings, v. 3, p. 75-89.


Summary:

Named the Saltville chert of the Helderberg group in southwestern VA for Saltville, Smyth Co., VA. Consists of chert and sandstone with some thin limestone beds. Thickness ranges from 5 to 60 feet. Overlies Rocky Gap sandstone and correlated with Shriver chert and underlying New Scotland limestone and doubtfully correlated with basal part of Ridgeley sandstone of northern WV and western MD. Unit extends from near Saltville to Gala, Botetourt Co. The Saltville is of Early Devonian age.

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


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