Abstract

At North Franklin Mountain in the western tip of Texas, more than 5,000 ft. of sedimentary and volcanic rocks lie unconformably beneath the Bliss sandstone (Upper Cambrian). Except for algal structures, these older rocks are nonfossiliferous and are thought to be Precambrian in age. Granite, probably Precambrian, is intruded into the sequence. In ascending order the Precambrian rocks consist of the Castner limestone (new name), the Mundy breccia (new name), the Lanoria quartzite, and an unnamed rhyolite unit. The Castner is 1,100 ft. thick and includes limestone, hornfels, and chert, as well as diabase sills. It contains moundlike algal structures near the base and rests on intrusive granite. The Mundy, ranging from a trace to 250 ft. thick, consists of basalt rubble of unknown source resting unconformably on the Castner. The Lanoria quartzite, 2,600 ft. thick, is composed of fine-grained sandstone, and shale, all metamorphosed. It is divided into 3 members by a middle unit of massive quartzite. The rhyolite unit contains rounded pebbles of Lanoria quartzite at its base and attains its maximum known thickness, 1,400 ft. at North Franklin Mountain. The Castner limestone may be equivalent to the Allamoore limestone of Van Horn area, 100 mi. to the E. However, other Precambrian formations in the 2 areas are so unlike that positive correlation cannot be made.

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