The geology of Burnsville Cove, Bath and Highland Counties, Virginia

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Burnsville Cove is a karst region in Bath and Highland Counties of Virginia. A new geologic map of the area reveals various units of limestone, sandstone, and siliciclastic mudstone (shale) of Silurian through Devonian age, as well as structural features such as northeast-trending anticlines and synclines, minor thrust faults, and prominent joints. Quaternary features include erosional (strath) terraces and accumulations of mud, sand, and gravel. The caves of Burnsville Cove are located within predominantly carbonate strata above the Silurian Williamsport Sandstone and below the Devonian Oriskany Sandstone. Most of the caves are located within the Silurian Tonoloway Limestone, rather than the Silurian-Devonian Keyser Limestone as reported previously.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title The geology of Burnsville Cove, Bath and Highland Counties, Virginia
DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-14391-0_16
Year Published 2015
Language English
Publisher Springer International Publishing
Publisher location Cham
Contributing office(s) Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center
Description 36 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Monograph
Larger Work Title The Caves of Burnsville Cove, Virginia
First page 299
Last page 334
Country United States
State Virginia
County Bath County, Highland County
Other Geospatial Burnsville Cove
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