Just wanted to let you know that the Statemap 2014-15 field mapping project has resulted in the publication of three new geologic maps. These are the Parma, Prim, and Greers Ferry quadrangles. Reduced images are posted below. These should be available as .pdfs on our website in the near future. I’ll keep you posted!
Greers Ferry Quadrangle
Also, I would like to thank the many people who helped with data collection in the field this year, without whom this project would have been impossible.
Andy Haner Danny Rains
Angela Chandler Stefanie Domrois
Doug Hanson Ty Johnson
Now it’s off to the Brownsville quad for next year!
Crinoids are a group of marine invertebrates that were abundant in the Mississippian Period (359-323 million years ago). It is unusual to find a complete crinoid fossil; however, pieces of the stalk (commonly called stem or column) are abundantly preserved in the rocks in northern Arkansas. The center portion of the stem in this picture has dissolved away and ooliths were deposited in it. Ooliths are small round bodies, usually 0.5-1 mm in size, and are commonly formed of calcium carbonate (calcite). They are formed as successive concentric layers precipitate around a nucleus such as a shell fragment, algal pellet, or a quartz-sand grain. The layers form in wave-agitated water such as a shoal environment along a shoreline. The rock type is called an oolitic limestone. Fossiliferous and oolitic limestone is present in the Pitkin Limestone in northern Arkansas.