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TABLE OF FORMATIONS, ALBERTA

AGE IN MILLIONS OF YEARS

PERIOD

NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS
LAURENTIDE DRIFT

SOUTHCENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND FOOTHILLS
LAURENTIDE DRIFT

ERA

SOUTHERN PLAINS

CENTRAL PLAINS

NORTHWEST PLAINS

NORTHEAST PLAINS

QUATERNARY

1.6

LAURENTIDE DRIFT

LAURENTIDE DRIFT HAND HILLS CYPRESS HILLS SWIFT CURRENT SWAN HILLS GRAVELS

LAURENTIDE DRIFT

LAURENTIDE DRIFT

CENOZOIC

TERTIARY

OBED PASKAPOO UPPER PASKAPOO PORCUPINE HILLS UPPER COALSPUR LOWER WILLOW CREEK LOWER

PORCUPINE HILLS

PASKAPOO RAVENSCRAG

PASKAPOO

UPPER

66.4
SAUNDERS

COALSPUR

EDMONTON

WILLOW CREEK

SCOLLARD

FRENCHMAN

SCOLLARD LOWER BATTLE WHITEMUD HORSESHOE CANYON BEARPAW RIBSTONE WAPITI

ST. MARY RIVER

ST. MARY RIVER BLOOD RESERVE BEARPAW

HORSESHOE CANYON

BATTLE WHITEMUD EASTEND

BLOOD RESERVE BRAZEAU BRAZEAU BEARPAW

BEARPAW

BELLY RIVER

BELLY RIVER

OLDMAN JUDITH RIVER FOREMOST PAKOWKI

BELLY RIVER

VICTORIA BROSSEAU BASAL BELLY RIVER

WAPITI

UPPER

NOMAD CHUNGO HANSON

NOMAD CHUNGO HANSON WAPIABI THISTLE DOWLING

PAKOWKI MILK RIVER

LEA PARK FIRST WHITE SPECKLED SHALE

CHINOOK

LEA PARK FIRST W.S.

FIRST WHITE SPECKLED SHALE

SMOKY

WAPIABI

THISTLE DOWLING BADHEART MUSKIKI

PUSKWASKAU COLORADO SHALE MED. HAT WAPIABI

ALBERTA

BADHEART MUSKIKI CARDIUM

SMOKY

BADHEART MUSKIKI CARDIUM POUCE COUPE

COLORADO SHALE

CRETACEOUS

CARDIUM

CARDIUM

CARDIUM

COLORADO

COLORADO

KASKAPAU BLACKSTONE

JUMPING POUND

KASKAPAU SECOND WHITE SPECKLED SHALE DUNVEGAN BELLE FOURCHE FISH SCALE WESTGATE SHAFTESBURY WESTGATE

DOE CK.

COLORADO

BLACKSTONE

BLACKSTONE

SECOND WHITE SPECKLED SHALE

SECOND WHITE SPECKLED BELLE FOURCHE FISH SCALE WESTGATE

LA BICHE

DUNVEGAN SHAFTESBURY

UNDIFFERENTIATED

BELLE FOURCHE FISH SCALE WESTGATE BARONS

BELLE FOURCHE FISH SCALE

97.5

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CROWSNEST VOLCANICS MA BUTTE BOW ISLAND JOLI FOU BASAL COLORADO

PADDY VIKING PEACE RIVER CADOTTE VIKING (PELICAN)

MOUNTAIN PARK

BASAL COL

JOLI FOU COLONY MCLAREN

FORT ST. JOHN

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HARMON NOTIKEWIN A B C SPIRIT RIVER

JOLI FOU

MESOZOIC

GATES

WASECA

GRAND RAPIDS

BLAIRMORE

BEAVER MINES UPPER UPPER MANNVILLE UPPER UPPER MANNVILLE

LOWER

LUSCAR

GP. REX LLOYDMINSTER WILRICH GLAUCONITIC OSTRACOD CUMMINGS BLUESKY

E F

MANNVILLE

MANNVILLE

MANNVILLE

GRANDE CACHE

SPARKY

FALHER

D CLEARWATER

LEGEND
LITHOLOGIC COLOUR CODE
WABISKAW

TORRENS MOOSEBAR

HOME CALCAREOUS

GLAUCONITIC OSTRACOD LOWER SUNBURST CUTBANK (TABER) DETRITAL OSTRACOD LS. BANTRY SHALE

Glacial deposits (drift, soils) Clastics (sandstones, siltstones, conglomerates)

LOWER

GLADSTONE

GETHING

GLADSTONE

BULLHEAD

ELLERSLIE CADOMIN DETRITAL

DINA

GETHING

McMURRAY

Shales Carbonates (limestone, dolomite) Evaporites (anhydrite, halite) Precambrian

CADOMIN

CADOMIN

CADOMIN

144

NIKANASSIN

KOOTENAY

ELK MIST MOUNTAIN MORRISSEY PASSAGE BEDS GREEN BEDS SWIFT NIKANASSIN UNNAMED NIKANASSIN

PASSAGE BEDS

UNNAMED

GEOLOGICAL CONTACTS
Formation, group boundary Correlation uncertain Terminology transition Member, zone, unit boundary

JURASSIC

ELLIS

SHALE with dark reddish-brown bands GREY BEDS

PIGEON CREEK

GREY BEDS

RIERDON

GREY BEDS

GREY BEDS

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FERNIE

FERNIE

FERNIE

HIGHWOOD ROCK CREEK

HIGHWOOD ROCK CREEK

SAWTOOTH

SHAUNAVON

ROCK CREEK

FERNIE

ROCK CREEK POKER CHIP

POKER CHIP

POKER CHIP

POKER CHIP

RESOURCES OCCURRENCE
NORDEGG NORDEGG NORDEGG NORDEGG

Gas Oil Bitumen

208
SCHOOLER CREEK

TRIASSIC

BALDONNEL

WINNIFRED

SCHOOLER CREEK

BALDONNEL CHARLIE LAKE BOUNDARY

Coal mining Coal occurrences Shale gas potential

CHARLIE LAKE

SPRAY RIVER

WHITEHORSE

SCHOOLER CREEK

BREWSTER STARLIGHT

CHARLIE LAKE HALFWAY DOIG

HALFWAY

LLAMA

HALFWAY DOIG

DIABER

TOAD

SULPHUR MTN.

WHISTLER VEGA PHROSO

DIABER

COMMENTS
The geological names used in the stratigraphic columns are grouped according to the geographic areas shown. The areas are described as follows: Northern Mountains & Foothills are approximately north of the Red Deer River and west of the Disturbed Belt. South-Central Mountains & Foothills are approximately south of the Red Deer River and west of the Disturbed Belt. Southern Plains are approximately south of Township 30 and east of the Disturbed Belt. Central Plains are approximately between Townships 31 to 64 and east of the Foothills Disturbed Belt.
LOWER

GRAYLING

MONTNEY

MONTNEY

245
ISHBEL

SPRAY ISHBEL LAKES

UPPER LOWER

PERMIAN
286
PENNSYLVANIAN

RANGER CANYON BELLOY JOHNSTON CANYON KANANASKIS TUNNEL MTN. ETHERINGTON CARNARVON MARSTON TAYLOR FLAT KISKATINAW GOLATA BELLOY

320

MISSISSIPPIAN

MOUNT HEAD

LOOMIS SALTER BARIL

STODDART

MOUNT HEAD

UPPER DEBOLT

RUNDLE

DEBOLT

RUNDLE

RUNDLE

UPPER POROUS TURNER VALLEY MIDDLE DENSE LOWER POROUS

UPPER T.V. MIDDLE ELKTON ELKTON

RUNDLE

WILEMAN

SHUNDA

SHUNDA

SHUNDA

LIVINGSTONE

RUNDLE

SHUNDA

SHUNDA

Northwestern Plains are approximately between Townships 65 to 126 and west of Range 7, west of the 5th Meridian. Northeastern Plains are approximately north of Townships 65 to 126 and east of Range 7, west of the 5th Meridian. It is obvious that selective members and zones are not known to occur throughout entire areas and the usage of formational names cannot be defined rigidly within each area. Some overlapping of the nomenclature of the areas is possible and in some areas necessary. Wherever possible, older or alternative local names are shown in brackets.

PEKISKO

PEKISKO

PEKISKO

PEKISKO

PEKISKO

BANFF

BANFF

BANFF

BANFF

BANFF

BANFF

EXSHAW

EXSHAW COSTIGAN COSTIGAN

EXSHAW

BAKKEN

EXSHAW

EXSHAW

EXSHAW

WABAMUN

WABAMUN

WABAMUN

KOTCHO

STETTLER CROSSFIELD

PALLISER

MORRO

PALLISER

MORRO

CROSSFIELD

STETTLER

TETCHO

SASSENACH ALEXO ALEXO

GRAMINIA

TROUT RIVER

WINTERBURN

WINTERBURN

WINTERBURN

CROWFOOT

BLUERIDGE

WABAMUN

360

BIG VALLEY

BIG VALLEY

CALMAR

WINTERBURN

KAKISA

CALMAR WOLF LAKE ZETA CYNTHIA NISKU BIGORAY LOBSTICK NISKU

CALMAR

July 2009

RONDE

RONDE ARCS

REDKNIFE JEAN MARIE

NISKU (ARCS)

NISKU

IRETON HONDO CAMROSE GROSMONT D C B A TWIN FALLS TATHLINA

GROTTO

IRETON

UPPER

MOUNT HAWK

FAIRHOLME

FAIRHOLME

SOUTHESK

SOUTHESK (WHITE REEF)

WOODBEND

WOODBEND

WOODBEND

PALEOZOIC

DEVONIAN

LEDUC

PEECHEE (WHITE REEF)

IRETON LEDUC

IRETON

LEDUC

IRETON LEDUC

FORT SIMPSON

WOODBEND

CAIRN

MALIGNE

CAIRN (BLACK REEF)

COOKING LAKE

MAJEAU LAKE BSL. COOKING LAKE

COOKING LAKE MUSKWA

COOKING LAKE MILDRED WATERWAYS

BEAVERHILL LAKE

BEAVERHILL LAKE

BEAVERHILL LAKE

BEAVERHILL LAKE

FLUME

FLUME

MOBERLY CHRISTINA CALUMET FIREBAG

SWAN HILLS ?

WATERWAYS

SWAN HILLS

WATERWAYS

SWAN HILLS ? ?

WATERWAYS

SLAVE POINT (?)

SLAVE PT. FORT VERMILION WATT MTN.

SLAVE PT. FORT VERMILION WATT MTN.

SLAVE PT. FORT VERMILION WATT MTN.

374
YAHATINDA

MIDDLE

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GILWOOD

GILWOOD SULPHUR POINT UPPER UPPER

PRAIRIE EVAPORITE

PRAIRIE EVAPORITE

ELK POINT

ZAMA RAINBOW PINE POINT UPPER KEG RIVER MUSKEG ELK POINT

ELK POINT

WINNIPEGOSIS

ELK POINT

UNDIVIDED

BLACK CK.

WINNIPEGOSIS

387

LOWER KEG RIVER CHINCHAGA LOWER

CONTACT RAPIDS LOWER COLD LAKE ERNESTINA LAKE LOTSBERG BASAL RED BEDS GRANITE WASH

CONTACT RAPIDS LOWER COLD LAKE ERNESTINA LAKE LOTSBERG BASAL RED BEDS GRANITE WASH

LOWER

COLD LAKE ERNESTINA LAKE BASAL RED BEDS

GRANITE WASH

SILURIAN

ORDOVICIAN

408 438
BEAVERFOOT MT. WILSON SKOKI MONKMAN KECHIKA OWEN CREEK SKOKI TIPPERARY OUTRAM SURVEY PEAK MISTAYA SURVEY PEAK MISTAYA

STONEWALL STONY MOUNTAIN RED RIVER

STONEWALL STONY MOUNTAIN RED RIVER

505

UPPER

CAMBRIAN

LYNX

LYNX

LYNX

LYELL LOWER LYNX SULLIVAN WATERFOWL

LYELL SULLIVAN WATERFOWL

LYNX

UPPER LYNX

BISON CREEK

BISON CREEK

FINNEGAN

UPPER LYNX SULLIVAN WATERFOWL

FINNEGAN

DEADWOOD ARCTOMYS PIKA ELDON STEPHEN CATHEDRAL MT. WHYTE BASAL SANDSTONE UNIT EARLIE

DEADWOOD

523

LYNX ARCTOMYS PIKA ELDON EARLIE STEPHEN CATHEDRAL MT. WHYTE BASAL SANDSTONE UNIT

LEDUC

PERDRIX

DUVERNAY

DUVERNAY

IRETON

HAY RIVER

ENERGY RESOURCES CONSERVATION BOARD

MIDDLE

ARCTOMYS PIKA TITKANA ELDON STEPHEN SNAKE INDIAN CATHEDRAL MT. WHYTE GOG

ARCTOMYS PIKA ELDON STEPHEN CATHEDRAL MT. WHYTE GOG

ARCTOMYS PIKA ELDON STEPHEN CATHEDRAL MT. WHYTE BASAL SANDSTONE UNIT

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