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The Late Cretaceus Niobrara Formation in south central Nebraska

Roger K. Pabian
Roger K. Pabian
Conservation and Survey Division, IANR, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska 68588-0517
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January 01, 1987


Excellent outcrops of Niobrara and Pleistocene strata can be seen near Franklin and Bloomington (Exposures 1 and 2, Fig. 1; Figs. 2-5) in Franklin County. The Niobrara Formation generally dips westward at about 15 ft/mi (3 m/km), and at the western end of the outcrop area in Harlan County, the Niobrara is conformably overlain by the Pierre Shale.

All of the outcrops are road cuts and are within public access. The outcrop near Franklin has a very steepnorth slope and a fairly gentle east slope. The section at the Bloomington bridge is very steep but negotiable by persons without physical limitations. The outcrops near Red Cloud are fairly steep but are also negotiable by persons without physical limitations.

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

North-Central Section of the Geological Society of America

Donald L. Biggs
Donald L. Biggs
531 Hayward Avenue Ames, Iowa 50010
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Geological Society of America
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January 01, 1987




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