Mapping was conducted using field maps at a scale of 1:12,000 with 2-ft contours. Stratigraphic boundaries drawn at topographic breaks reflect detailed mapping using contours not shown on this map. Most stratigraphic units mapped in stream valleys are projected from subsurface data. Except for a few erosional bluffs, these units are covered by colluvium. This map supersedes Geology of the Middletown-Odessa Area, Delaware: Delaware Geological Survey Geologic Map Series No. 2 (Pickett and Spoljaric, 1971).
The geology of the map area reflects a complex history with a cut and fill geometry where the Pleistocene-aged deposits incised into older units. The Tertiary deposits were modified by erosion and deposition of the Columbia Formation during the early Pleistocene and again by the Lynch Heights and Scotts Corners Formations as a result of sea-level fluctuations during the middle to late Pleistocene. The geology is further complicated by periglacial activity that produced Carolina Bay deposits in the map area, which modified the land surface.
Geologic Map 26 can also be viewed in a Web Mapping Application. Layers can be turned on and off and manipulated under the "Layers" icon in the upper right hand corner. Geologic Map 26 Web Mapping Application
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