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Scientific Investigations Map 2889

Prepared in cooperation with the Maryland Geological Survey

Geologic Map of the Frederick 30' x 60' Quadrangle, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia

By Scott Southworth1, David K. Brezinski2, Avery Ala Drake, Jr.3, William C. Burton1, Randall C. Orndorff1, Albert J. Froelich4, James E. Reddy1, Danielle Denenny1, and David L. Daniels3

1 U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA 20192
2 Maryland Geological Survey, Baltimore, MD 21218
3 U.S. Geological Survey, retired
4 Deceased

Frederick Quadrangle Map

PDF Geologic Map of the Frederick Quadrangle
(6,342 KB, 1 page)

SIM 2889 Cover and link to the Pamphlet

PDF Geologic Map of Frederick Pamphlet
(1,224 KB, 48 pages)



The Frederick 30 60 quadrangle lies within the Potomac River watershed of the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. The map area covers parts of Montgomery, Howard, Carroll, Frederick, and Washington Counties in Maryland; Loudoun, Clarke, and Fairfax Counties in Virginia; and Jefferson and Berkeley Counties in West Virginia. Many geologic features (such as faults and folds) are named for geographic features that may or may not be shown on the 1:100,000-scale base map.

The geology of the Frederick 30 60 quadrangle, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia, was first mapped on the 32 1:24,000-scale 7.5-minute quadrangle base maps between 1989 and 1994. The geologic data were compiled manually at 1:100,000 scale in 1997 and were digitized between 1998 and 1999. The geologic map and database may be used to support activities such as land-use planning, soil mapping, groundwater availability and quality studies, identifying aggregate resources, and conducting engineering and environmental studies.

The map area covers distinct geologic provinces and sections of the central Appalachian region that are defined by unique bedrock and resulting landforms. From west to east, the provinces include the Great Valley section of the Valley and Ridge province, the Blue Ridge province, and the Piedmont province; in the extreme southeastern corner, a small part of the Coastal Plain province is present. The Piedmont province is divided into several sections; from west to east, they are the Frederick Valley synclinorium, the Culpeper and Gettysburg basins, the Sugarloaf Mountain anticlinorium, the Westminster terrane, and the Potomac terrane. The geology of the Frederick quadrangle is discussed by geologic province and sections; the geologic units within each province are discussed from oldest to youngest. Where applicable, the discussion includes information on tectonic origins.

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