2 Louisiana Geological Survey End of the Year 2009
The LouisianaGeological Survey
LOUISIANA GEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Chacko J. John,
Director and State Geologist Proessor-Research
Board of Advisers
Frank W. Harrison, Jr., ChairDon BriggsKaren Gautreaux James M. ColemanRay LasseigneWilliam B. Daniel, IVWilliam Fenstermaker
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Louisiana State UniversityRoom 3079, Energy, Coast &Environment Bldg.Baton Rouge, LA 70803Telephone: (225) 578-5320Fax: (225) 578-3662
LGS Mission Statement
The goals o the Geological Survey areto perorm geological investigationsthat beneft the state o Louisiana by:(1) encouraging the economicdevelopment o the natural resources o the state (energy,mineral, water, and environmental);(2) providing unbiased geologicinormation on natural and environmental hazards; and (3) ensuring the eective transer o geological inormation.
The Louisiana Geological Survey was created by Act 131 o theLouisiana Legislature in 1934 to investigate the geology andresources o the State. LGS is presently a research unit afliatedwith the Louisiana State University and reports through theExecutive Director o the Center or Energy Studies to the ViceChancellor or Research and Graduate Studies.
acies consists o well sorted medium-grained sandstone and bimodally conglomeratic sand-stone in which the gravel raction consists o centimeter- to decimeter-size angular clasts o gold-gray mudstone.The upper 12 meters is sand dominated with thin continuous beds o gray-gold mudstone nearits base and discontinuous mudstone lenses in the upper two thirds. The medium- to thick-bedded sandstone layers display high-angle concave-upward cross bedding which truncateslaminated mudstone into isolated lenses. The coarse acies is exclusively medium-grained,well sorted sandstone that lacks gravel-size and mud-size components.
plant tissue or impressioncoal fragments
cross beddingclasts of mudstone/shalemudstone/shaleconcretionsandstone
(quartz + dark minerals)
Wilcox FormationGrindstone Bluff Exposure
UTM: 0423401E, 3607659N
Base not exposed.
Top of exposure.
mdst: brown-gray w/ goldss: gold-brownss: brown-gold,gold(2.5Y5/4)mdst: lt gray, lt brown, gold banded(2.5Y7/2.5)ss: red-gold, dark gold(2.5Y5/4.5)ss: gray-gold and red-gold w/ brown-gray(10YR4/6)mdst: brown, gray banded(10YR6/3)ss: brown-goldmdst: brown-gray, brown, graycgl: gray mdst clasts, brown-gold mtx(2.5Y4/3.5)ss: brown-gray, goldmdst: brown-gray, brown w/ goldss: lt brown-gray w/ gold(10YR5.5/5)
Photograph o part o Grindstone Blu exposure. 30 cm and 3.0 mconcretions stand in erosional relie in the upper, sand-dominated interval o Grindsone Blu exposure. Cross bedding is displayed in nonconsolidated sand between the two smaller concretions.Figure 3. Stratigraphiccolumn o Grindstone Blu exposure, Wilcox Formation.The columnar section depictstwo distinct stratigraphicintervals: mudstones and conglomeratic sandstonesin lower, sandstone and mudstone in upper, separated at the exposure locality by acovered section.