Stratigraphic range: Late Cretaceous
|Unit of||Smoky Group|
|Underlies||Bad Heart Formation|
|Thickness||up to 99 metres (320 ft)|
|Named for||Muskiki Lake|
|Named by||D.F. Stott, 1963|
It takes the name from Muskiki Lake and Muskiki Creek, a tributary of the Cardinal River, and was first described in an outcrop along the Thistle Creek, north of Muskiki Lake, in the Bighorn Range, by D.F. Stott in 1963. The name is of Cree origin ("maskihkîy"), meaning medicine.
The Muskiki Formation is 99 metres (320 ft) thick at its type locality at Thistle Creek. It thins out towards the south and east. It occurs in the Canadian Rockies foothills from the Highwood River in the south to the Berland River, north of the Athabasca River and into north-eastern British Columbia.
Relationship to other units
The Kaskapau Formation in northern Alberta replaces the upper Blackstone Formation, the Cardium Formation, and the Muskiki Formation. Where the Kaskapau Formation includes post Cardium beds, the Muskiki is considered a member of the Wapiabi Formation.
- Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Muskiki Formation". Retrieved 2009-03-05.
- Stott, D.F., 1963. The Cretaceous Alberta Group and equivalent rocks, Rocky Mountain Foothills, Alberta Geological Survurvey, Canada, Memoir 317
- Cree Dictionaty. "maskihkîy".
- Lexicon of Canadian Geological Units. "Kaskapau Formation". Retrieved 2009-02-06.
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