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Geologic Unit: Vaughn

Usage:

Vaughn Member of Blackleaf Formation of Colorado Group (MT*)
Vaughn Member of Mowry Shale (MT*)


Geologic age:

early Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian)*


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

Type section: 3.5 mi northeast of Vaughn in south-facing bluffs, in NE/4 sec. 6, T. 21 N., R. 2 E., and SE/4 sec. 31, T. 22 N., R. 1 E., Cascade Co., MT. Named from town of Vaughn, in sec. 24, T. 21 N., R. 1 E., Cascade Co., MT (Cobban and others, 1959).
Principal reference section: in W/2 NE/4 sec. 7, T. 9 S., R. 4 E., Gallatin Co., MT (Tysdal and others, 1989).
Reference section (composite); type is inaccessible: in secs. 31 and 32, T. 22 N., R. 2 E., to NE corner sec. 6, T. 21 N., R. 2 E. (Cobban and others, 1976).


AAPG geologic province:

Sweetgrass arch*
Snake River basin*
Montana folded belt*


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

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

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