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  • Usage in publication:
    • Wildcat Valley Sandstone*
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Sandstone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Miller, R.L., Harris, L.D., and Roen, J.B., 1964, The Wildcat Valley Sandstone (Devonian) of southwest Virginia, IN Geological Survey Research 1964: U.S. Geological Survey Professional Paper, 501-B, p. B49-B52.


Summary:

Named the Wildcat Valley Sandstone for Wildcat Valley, Wise Co., VA. Consists of a calcareous sandstone that was previously called part of the Helderberg Limestone. Unit overlies the Hancock Limestone and underlies the Chattanooga Shale. The Wildcat Valley is of Devonian age.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Wildcat Valley Sandstone(?)*
  • Modifications:
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin

Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Wildcat Valley Sandstone
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
    • Areal extent
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Nolde, J.E., 1994, Devonian to Pennsylvanian stratigraphy and coal beds of the Appalachian plateaus province, IN Geology and mineral resources of the southwest Virginia coalfield: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Publication, no. 131, p. 1-85.


Summary:

Wildcat Valley Sandstone crops out in Powell Valley and can be traced in the subsurface throughout southwestern VA. Thickness ranges from 30 to 150 ft. Contains a variety of lithologies. At the type locality, the formation consists of very fine to fine-grained, calcareous sandstone with abundant fossils and white chert. Northward, the formation becomes a light gray to white fine-grained limestone with chert and fossils interbedded with fine grained white calcareous sandstone underlain by light-brown, fine-grained limestone. Disconformably overlies the Late Silurian Hancock Limestone and disconformably underlies the Late Devonian lower black shale member of the Chattanooga Shale. Based on paleontologic data and the stratigraphic cross sections, the boundary between the Ulsterian and Erian Series is placed approximately 10 ft below the top of the Wildcat Valley Sandstone. Therefore, the Wildcat Valley of this report is Early and Middle Devonian.

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


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