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  • Usage in publication:
    • Sun Valley Group*
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Conglomerate
    • Limestone
    • Siltstone
    • Sandstone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Snake River basin
    • Idaho Mountains province

Mahoney, J.B., Link, P.K., Burton, B.R., Geslin, J.K., and O'Brien, J.P., 1991, Pennsylvanian and Permian Sun Valley Group, Wood River basin, south-central Idaho, IN Cooper, J.D., and Stevens, C.H., eds., Paleozoic paleogeography of the western United States; Pacific Coast paleogeography symposium II: Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists, Pacific Section, Field Trip Guidebook, Bakersfield, CA, March 4-8, 1991, book 67, p. 551-579.


Name applied to rocks coeval, laterally contiguous, genetically related, separately mapped as Wood River, Grand Prize, Dollarhide Formations in central, north, south parts respectively late Paleozoic Wood River basin, sc. ID. Area of distribution for these 3 extends from Bellevue, Blaine Co, Snake River basin north to White Cloud Peak, Custer Co, Idaho Mountains province, and between Idaho batholith on west to Pioneer core complex on east. Named for town of Sun Valley. Initial deposition Desmoinesian. Deposition continued into Leonardian. Includes: conglomerate, bioclastic limestone, banded micritic sandstone, carbonaceous siltstone, graded silty micrite, massive silty micrite, sandy micrite, micritic sandstone; separable into basal conglomerate, middle fine-grained silty micrite, upper thin-bedded silty micrite facies representing deposits of subaqueous photic-zone braid delta and adjacent slope (basal part) to sub-wave base distal submarine ramp to mixed carbonate-silicilastic apron and basin (middle, upper parts). Is 2,000-3,000 m thick. Grand Prize and Dollarhide metamorphosed to sillimanite grade near batholith; metamorphic event 83.9 +/-3.4 Ma. Unconformably overlies Milligen Formation and deformed Salmon River assemblage. Unconformably underlies Challis Volcanic Group or Eocene conglomerate of Smiley Creek. Age = rocks Oquirrh Fm, Snaky Canyon Fm, Wells Fm. Geologic map; stratigraphic charts; fossils listed.

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

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