A Revision of Taylor Nomenclature: Upper Cretaceous, Central Texas

Abstract
Since the days of R. T. Hill (1901) two Upper Cretaceous lithic units have been used as formations but have remained unnamed. These two units have usually been called the "Lower Taylor Marl” and the “Upper Taylor Marl.” If Taylor is used as a group, both of these formations belong in the Taylor Group. If one uses Hill’s di ision system ofclassification, the "Upper Taylor Marl" belongs to the Taylor Division but the “Lower Taylor Marl" belongs to the Austin Division, since it is a claystone lithosome interfingering with the type Austin Chalk and is genetically part of the Austin. Schuchert (1943, p. 900) may have been aware of some of the problems and some of the confusion rising out of this nomenclatural muddle when heapplied the term “unnamed formation" to the unit generally termed "LowerT aylor Marl.”The "Lower Taylor" and the “Upper Taylor" are separated by the Pecan Gap Formation {Stephenson, 1918) so that the lithic sequence is claystone, chalk (or marly limestone), and clays tone. In more detailed maps of the greater area of Austin, Texas, the Pecan Gap is omitted by faulting in some areas, leaving the two claystone formations in fault contact. To eliminate confusion, it is imperative that the twounnamed claystone units be named.
Authors
Keith P. Young
Citation

Young, K. P., 1965, A Revision of Taylor Nomenclature: Upper Cretaceous Central Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology, Geological Circular 65-3, 11 p.

ISSN
2475-3637
Number of figures
3
Number of pages
11
Publisher
The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology
Series
Geological Circular
Year
1965