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Lower Cretaceus Kiowa Formation; The eastern margin of the Western Interior Seaway

Robert W. Scott
Robert W. Scott
Amoco Production Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma 74102
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January 01, 1988


The Kiowa Formation is exposed discontinuously along the shores of Kanopolis Reservoir in central Kansas. This reservoir was formed by the damming of the Smoky River in Ellsworth County about 20 mi (32 km) southwest of Salina. One of the best exposures is about 660 ft (200 m) southwest of the dam control tower along the shore (NE¼, Sec.3, T.17S., R.6W.; 97°58 W., 38°36—30—N.; Crawford 1964 USGS topographic sheet) (Fig. 1). The outcrop is accessible by a short hike west of the road leading across the dam. The condition of the exposure depends on the water level and varies from time to time. A similar section is exposed along the eastern bluff in the second bay west of the state campground. It is accessible by walking northwest a few hundred meters from the road (C. NE¼, Sec.4, T.17S., R.6W.;97°59—W., 38°36—24—N.). The unfossiliferous lower part of the section is partly exposed on private land east of the dam (SW¼, Sec.l, T.17S., R.6W.;97°56—36’W., 38°36—24’N.)

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DNAG, Centennial Field Guides

South-Central Section of the Geological Society of America

O. T. Hayward
O. T. Hayward
Geology Department, Baylor University, Waco, Texas 76798
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January 01, 1988




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