Type locality (geology)

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For other uses, see Type locality (biology).

Type locality (Latin locus typicus), also called type area or type locale, is the locality where a particular rock type, stratigraphic unit, fossil or mineral species is first identified.[1]

The term is similar to the term type site in archaeology or the term type specimen in biology.

List of geological type localities[edit]

Rocks and minerals[edit]

Formations and structures[edit]

Geologic ages and stages[edit]


  1. ^ "Scottish Geology, Glossary: Type locality/area". Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery of the University of Glasgow. Retrieved 2011-02-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Rogers, Nick; Stephen Blake; Kevin Burton; Mike Widdowson; Ian Parkinson; Nigel Harris (2008). An introduction to our dynamic planet (Co-published ed. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0521494243. 
  3. ^ Temple Butte Limestone, USGS