sandstone - teaching hand/display specimen of a moderately lithified medium-grained yellow brown Miocene sandstone
This sandstone is Miocene in age, is moderately lithified, was deposited in a closed basin in a non-marine or brackish marine depositional environment. It is mapped as the Ridge Route Formation, part of the Ridge Basin Group. The yellowish color is due to terrestrial deposition and subaerial oxidation. The sandstone in this formation that was deposited in a brackish marine environment is a grayish tan.
The sand grains in these specimens when rubbed off onto a sheet of paper, will look like sand to a student. It would be instructive to compare this sandstone with one is larger grained, with one that is cemented with calcium carbonate, and with different colored sandstones, as sandstone has great variety and a student should not see only one example.
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