Crowfoot Formation

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Crowfoot Formation
Stratigraphic range: Frasnian
Type Geological formation
Underlies Stettler Formation
Overlies Southesk Formation
Thickness up to 38 metres (120 ft)[1]
Primary Anhydrite, dolomite
Other Shale
Coordinates 50°44′53″N 112°35′13″W / 50.748°N 112.587°W / 50.748; -112.587 (Crowfoot Formation)Coordinates: 50°44′53″N 112°35′13″W / 50.748°N 112.587°W / 50.748; -112.587 (Crowfoot Formation)
Region  Alberta
Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin
Country  Canada
Type section
Named for Crowfoot Creek
Named by H.R. Belyea and D.J. McLaren, 1957

The Crowfoot Formation is a stratigraphical unit of Frasnian age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

It takes the name from Crowfoot Creek, a tributary of the Bow River and was first described in the Royalite Crowfoot No. 2 well, located near the creek by H.R. Belyea and D.J. McLaren in 1957. [2]


The Crowfoot Formation consists of anhydrite, silty dolomite, with minor shale. [1]


The Crowfoot Formation is typically 4 metres (10 ft) thick, but can reach up to 38 metres (120 ft).[1]

Relationship to other units[edit]

The Crowfoot Formation is overlain by the Stettler Formation and overlays the Southesk Formation.[1]

It is equivalent to the Calmar Formation and part of the Graminia Formation in central Alberta and to the Torquay Formation in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Montana.


  1. ^ a b c d Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Crowfoot Formation". Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ Belyea, H.R. and McLaren, D.J., 1957. Upper Devonian nomenclature in southern Alberta. Journal of the Alberta Society of Petroleum Geologists, v. S. p.166-182.