Abstract

Recent detailed geologic mapping in the Sierran foothills reveals that rocks previously included in the Jurassic Amador Group must be redefined. The term “Amador Group” was applied by Taliaferro and Clark to a section of epiclastic metasedimentary rocks (the Cosumnes Formation) and the seemingly conformable overlying metavolcanic rocks (the Logtown Ridge Formation).

New structural and stratigraphic evidence indicates that at their type localities on the banks of the Cosumnes River the boundary between the two formations should be relocated about 610 m downsection from the position shown by Clark. This change removes all known paleontological control on the age of the Cosumnes Formation.

Structural relations show that the type Cosumnes and Logtown Ridge Formations are in fault contact at the Cosumnes River. Rocks of the Cosumnes Formation are now grouped with a complex unit of megabreccia that includes other strata previously termed the “western belt” of the Calaveras Formation. The megabreccia formed, at least partly, sometime between late Paleozoic and Late Jurassic times, but rocks in the megabreccia, including the Cosumnes Formation, could be older than late Paleozoic.

The term “Amador Group” is herein abandoned.

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