Abstract

The stratigraphic sequence of the Gile Mountain and Waits River Formations, two major Silurian-Devonian lithostratigraphic units in eastern Vermont, has long been controversial. This uncertainty has given rise to numerous difficulties in interpreting the regional structure of eastern Vermont. Extensive sequences of compositionally graded beds at 19 localities across the Gile Mountain belt near Royalton, Vermont, show that the Gile Mountain Formation is younger than the Waits River Formation, indicating that the belt is a syncline.

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