The Mint Canyon Formation (Tm) is a Miocene geologic formation in the Sierra Pelona Mountains of Los Angeles County, southern California. The formation preserves fossils dating back to the Middle to Late Miocene (Barstovian and Clarendonian in NALMA classification).
|Mint Canyon Formation|
|Stratigraphic range: Mid-Late Miocene (Barstovian-Clarendonian)|
|Underlies||Castaic & Saugus Formations|
|Overlies||Tick Canyon Formation|
|Primary||Conglomerate & sandstone|
|Region||Los Angeles County, California|
|Extent||Sierra Pelona Ridge, San Gabriel Mountains|
|Named for||Mint Canyon|
Mint Canyon Formation (the United States)
Mint Canyon Formation (California)
The formation correlates with the Caliente Formation in the Plush Ranch Basin to the northwest and the lower Punchbowl Formation in the Punchbowl Block to the southeast. The Mint Canyon Formation consists primarily of fluvial, alluvial, and lacustrine conglomerates, sandstones, and mudstones. The Mint Canyon Formation is overlain by the dominantly marine Castaic Formation, which consists of shale, sandstone, and minor conglomerate. In the Texas Canyon sub-basin, the formation is overlain by the Saugus Formation. The contact between the Mint Canyon and Castaic Formations is an angular unconformity in some places, and it is apparently conformable and gradational in others.