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Geologic Unit: Bearpaw

Usage:

Bearpaw Shale of Montana Group (MT*)
Bearpaw Shale (WY*)
Bearpaw Shale Member of Sedan Formation of Livingston Group (MT*-local)


Geologic age:

Late Cretaceous (Campanian and Maastrichtian)*


Type section, locality, area and/or origin of name:

Named from exposures at north, east, and south borders of Bearpaw Mountains, Blaine Co., MT (Hatcher and Stanton, 1903).
Reference section: in SW/4 sec. 17 and SE/4 sec. 18, T. 4 N., R. 8 E., Park Co., MT (Skipp and McGrew, 1977).


AAPG geologic province:

Bighorn basin*
Central Montana uplift*
Montana folded belt*
Powder River basin*
Sweetgrass arch*
Williston basin*


For more information, please contact Nancy Stamm, Geologic Names Committee Secretary.

Asterisk (*) indicates published by U.S. Geological Survey authors.

"No current usage" (†) implies that a name has been abandoned or has fallen into disuse. Former usage and, if known, replacement name given in parentheses ( ).

Slash (/) indicates name does not conform with nomenclatural guidelines (CSN, 1933; ACSN, 1961, 1970; NACSN, 1983, 2005). This may be explained within brackets ([ ]).