In search of the Abrams post office, Trinity County

California Geology
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An understanding of earth history depends in part on stratigraphy, a division of geology in which the distinctive features of natural units or formations of layered rocks are studied and described and names are assigned to them. The procedures for describing and naming rock units in a uniform way are incorporated in documents known as stratigraphic codes. The North American Stratigraphic Code (1983) is currently used by most geologists in the United States when formation names are selected. Rock unit names consist of a geographic name, generally taken from a natural feature near the locality where the unit was first described, followed by a descriptive feature, usually the dominant rock type in the unit. Although the procedure for naming a rock unit seems straightforward, stratigraphic nomenclature can lead to confusion when the principles outlined in the stratigraphic code are ignored or incorrectly applied. This paper traces the naming of the Abrams Mica Schist, one of the major units of the northern California Klamath Mountains. It describes how uncertainty about the location of the geographic feature after which the unit was named has led to conflicting terminology. The search revealed some interesting history of the early days of mining in the Coffee Creek region of the Trinity Alps in Trinity County. 

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Publication type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Title In search of the Abrams post office, Trinity County
Series title California Geology
Volume 40
Issue 5
Year Published 1987
Language English
Publisher EurekaMag
Contributing office(s) Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center
Description 5 p.
First page 99
Last page 103
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