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Chalk Mountain District, Churchill Co., Nevada, USA

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Latitude & Longitude (WGS84): 39° 19' 45'' North , 118° 7' 25'' West
Latitude & Longitude (decimal): 39.32917,-118.12361
Köppen climate type:BWk : Cold desert climate

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Middle Jurassic - Middle Triassic
163.5 - 247.2 Ma

ID: 2836897
Walker Lake Terrane - Pamlico-Lodi assemblage - Carbonate and volcanogenic rocks

Age: Mesozoic (163.5 - 247.2 Ma)

Stratigraphic Name: Dunlap Formation; Excelsior Formation; Gabbs Formation; Sunrise Formation; Luning Formation

Description: The Pamlico-Lodi assemblage differs stratigraphically from the Luning-Berlin assemblage in that the Triassic carbonate sequences are interstratified with volcanic and volcanogenic rocks, not continentally derived epiclastic chert, conglomerate, sandstone, and argillite (Oldow, Satterfield, and Silberling, 1993; Silberling and John, 1989). The uppermost part of the sequence is a regionally extensive carbonate shelf like the Luning-Berlin assemblage. This is conformably overlain by quartz arenite and poorly sorted coarse clastic rocks faunally dated as Early Jurassic that grade upward into volcanogenic sedimentary and volcanic rocks (Oldow, 1984a; Oldow and Bartel, 1987). The Pamlico-Lodi assemblage has a polyphase folding history similar to the Luning-Berlin assemblage that was caused by northwest-southeast directed thrusting that displaced the rocks tens of kilometers toward the southeast (Oldow, 1984a). Compared with the Luning-Berlin assemblage to the east, however, rocks of the Pamlico-Lodi assemblage manifest much more shortening from this first deformation of southeast-directed tectonic transport (Speed, Silberling, and others, 1989). This assemblage is exposed in Churchill, Mineral, and northern Nye Counties. It includes rocks mapped as Dunlap, Excelsior, Gabbs, Sunrise, and Luning Formations.

Lithology: Major:{carbonate,arenite,clastic}, Minor:{volcanic}

Reference: Horton, J.D., C.A. San Juan, and D.B. Stoeser. The State Geologic Map Compilation (SGMC) geodatabase of the conterminous United States. doi: 10.3133/ds1052. U.S. Geological Survey Data Series 1052. [133]

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