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Llano Uplift: Paleozoic and Younger A roughly oval-shaped area where Precambrian and Paleozoic aged rocks have been exposed by erosion of the Cretaceous.

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1 Llano Uplift: Paleozoic and Younger A roughly oval-shaped area where Precambrian and Paleozoic aged rocks have been exposed by erosion of the Cretaceous rocks of the Edwards Plateau. Matt Engle, Timothy Fedor, Patrick Glass, Mary Hangen, Kurt Hellmich

2 Enchanted Rock Large pink granite pluton stock (<40 sq mi) Exfoliated Dome Vernal pools Top ~ 1800’ ASL People have been coming for ~10,000 yrs.

3 Inks Lake State Park Home base On banks of Colorado River Majority of mapping done here


5 History of Llano Uplift from Cambrian to Recent

6 Llano Uplift


8 Background Created during the Grenville Orogeny from 1.25GY to 980MY Was upthrown/abducted over 270MY Located in the eastern region of the Edwards Plateau Marked by abundant disconformities driven by divergent plate boundaries

9 You are headed here!

10 Sedimentary Deposition The majority of the sediment was deposited by the Western Interior Seaway and the Sundance sea Time of deposition took place from the Jurassic to the Oligocene This seaway opened due to the subduction of the Farallon plate Sedimentary structures deposited consisted of: limestone, shale, and sandstones

11 Paleoclimatology Western Interior Seaway and The Sundance Sea were warm empiric seas that supported abundant marine life such as Mosasaurs, Sharks, and many invertebrates This seaway was over 2,500m deep, 600mi wide and 1000mi long

12 Climate Today Temperature: – Annual average high temperature 78.3, Low 54.0, Average 66.1 – Average annual precipitation 31.7 in

13 Cambrian Strata of the Llano Uplift

14 Riley Formation Base Formation of the Cambrian Strata Contains three members: – Hickory Sandstone Member – Cap Mountain Limestone Member – Lion Mountain Sandstone Member

15 Hickory Sandstone Member Base unit Unconformably overlies Pack Saddle Schist Thickness: 276’ to 470’ Lower Hickory: Friable Poorly sorted Rounded to sub-rounded Fine Grained Contains feldspars from the Precambrian rocks beneath Upper Hickory Dark red Friable Well rounded Medium to coarse grained

16 Cap Mountain Limestone Member Thickness: 90’ to 411’ Gradational boundary from Hickory Sandstone – Marked by displacement of quartz and hematite cement by calcite cement Lower Cap Mountain – Limy and sandy Middle Cap Mountain – Silty

17 Lion Mountain Sandstone Member Thickness: 29’ to 69’ Characteristics – Coarse grained – Dusky-green to grayish olive-green – Cross bedded – Glauconitic – Contains lenses of white, glauconitic trilobite coquinite, and phosphatic brachiopods – Contains hematite nodules

18 Wilberns Formation Contains four members – Welge Sandstone Member – Morgan Creek Limestone Member – Point Peak Member – San Saba Member Upper portions contain algal reefs

19 Welge Sandstone Member Thickness: 11’ to 30’ Basal unit of Wilberns Formation Unconformably overlies Lion Mountain Sandstone Characteristics: – Medium to coarse grained – Dark yellow-brown – Well sorted quartz sandstone

20 Morgan Creek Limestone Member Thickness: 114’ to 143’ Gradational contact with the Welge Sandstone beneath Lower characteristics: – Coarse grained – Green-gray to light olive-gray – Glauconitic limestone Middle characteristics: – Thin to medium bedded – Dark green-gray – Silty – Argillaceous – Fine grained limestone inter-bedded with coarse grained limestone Upper characteristics: – Coarse grained glauconitic limestone inter-bedded with thick bedded, dark green-gray silty, fine grained limestone

21 Point Peak Member Thickness: 150’ Gradational contact with both the Morgan Creek beneath, and San Saba above Characteristics: – Thinly bedded – Light olive-gray – Argillaceous – Glauconitic Consists of both calcareous siltstone and fine grained silty limestone – Siltstone is predominate lower in member – Limestone predominates higher in member Contains varicolored conglomerate of thin, flat, sub-rounded limestone clasts

22 San Saba Member Thickness: 280’ to 325’ Consists of limestone and dolomite Limestone – Thinly to thickly bedded – Fine grained – Glauconitic – Varying shades of gray Dolomite – Either medium bedded and fine grained, or thickly bedded and coarse grained – Contains chert – Various shades of gray – May be mottled with red or purple – Generally occurs higher in the section

23 Llano Region

24 Ordivician: Ellenberger Group -limestone and dolomite Tanyard Formation (oldest) Threadgill Member Gray dolomite with limestone lenses Staendebach Member Light gray, finer grained cherty dolomite Gorman Formation Variable mixture of limestone and dolomite Honeycut Formation Limestone near top and bottom, brown dolomite in the center

25 Longhorn Cavern Limestone Cave in Burnet Couty, Ellenberger Group

26 Devonian strata Houy Formation Stribling Formation Outcrops rare in Llano region

27 Mississippian Strata Chappel Limestone Crinoidal biosparite and biomicrite Usually only a few feet in thickness Barnett Shale Black to dark gray petroliferous shale Microsparite concretions common near the top Contains major natural gas reserves

28 Pennsylvanian and Cretaceous Stratigraphy WELL DATA SOLUTIONS

29 Pennsylvanian Groups Bend Group – Marble falls Limestone – Smithwick Shale Strawn Group Canyon Group Cisco Group

30 Bend Group Marble Falls limestone: Interbedded cherty and non-cherty limestone with shale. Commonly believed to be an unconformity at the Miss/Penn Boundary. Lower: light to dark chert limestone and thin shale beds. About 30m thick but ranges from 21-45m in some areas. Upper: light to dark algal biomicrite and shale. Facies oriented in N-S in contrast to lower marble falls. About 82m thick.

31 Bend Group Smithwick Shale: 400 feet thick of dark gray claystone, grades into interbedded sandstone and claystone. Claystone is composed of illite, quartz and muscovite silt. The sandstone indicates the source area was composed of sedimentary and granitic plutonic rocks with low-grade metamorphic and volcanic rocks. (American Geological Institute).

32 Strawn Group Composed of massive conglomerate sandstone, and alternating sandy shale.

33 Canyon Group Massive limestone with alternating shale Can be up to 250ft thick Limestone described as thinly bedded, fine grained and cherty Shale is yellow to grey and described as clayey.

34 Cisco Group Composed of sandy shale, sandstone, thin limestone beds, and some coal Thin limestone beds described as fine grained yellow to grey Harpersville Formation

35 Journal of Geology

36 Cretaceous Groups Trinity Group Fredericksburg Group Washita Group

37 Trinity Group Upper Trinity: Upper Glen Rose Middle Trinity: Lower Glen Rose, Hensel Sand, Cow Creek Limestone Lower Trinity: Sycamore, Hosston, Sligo

38 Glen Rose Formation Most well know for its dinosaur fossils

39 Limestone trace fossils

40 Fredericksburg Group Walnut Formation: 70 to 80 feet of marly limestone, alternating with harder more crystalline limestone and limy clay. Comanche Peak: white, irregularly bedded, nodular limestone interbedded with marl. Edwards: massive limestone beds with bands of chert nodules and rudistid biostromes (tube shaped bivalves). Kiamichi: a light brown to gray, argillaceous (resembles clay) limestone.

41 Washita Group Georgetown Formation: light grey chalky limestone and marl Del Rio Formation: greenish‐gray to tan, soft, plastic, laminated and gypsiferous (containing gypsum) mudstone or shale. Buda Formation: tan to brown, very hard, medium‐ to massive‐bedded, coarse‐grained, slightly glauconitic crystalline limestone.

42 Buda Formation

43 Buda Formation


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