Mount Blanco

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Mount Blanco
Mt Blanco 2005.jpg
Mount Blanco viewed from above
Highest point
Elevation 3,074 ft (937 m)
Coordinates 33°47′29″N 101°15′11″W / 33.79139°N 101.25306°W / 33.79139; -101.25306Coordinates: 33°47′29″N 101°15′11″W / 33.79139°N 101.25306°W / 33.79139; -101.25306
Mount Blanco is located in Texas
Mount Blanco
Mount Blanco
Age of rock Blancan, Quaternary
Mountain type Butte

Mount Blanco is a small white hill — an erosional remnant — located on the eastern border of the Llano Estacado within Blanco Canyon in Crosby County, Texas.[1] It is the type locality of the Blanco Formation and Blancan Fauna, which occurs throughout North America.[2][3]


The term "Blanco Canyon beds", later shortened to "Blanco beds", was first applied to this formation in 1890 by William F. Cummins of the Geological Survey of Texas.[4] The Blanco beds are considered to be of lacustrine origin – deposited in a Pleistocene lake basin set in the Ogallala formation of Pliocene age which underlies the upper surface sediments of the Llano Estacado.[5] The thickness of the Blanco beds varies from around 22 to 26 m (72 to 85 ft) thick at the most.[6] The formation mainly consists of light-gray fine-grained mudstone, sandstone, and some conglomerate. These light-colored sediments contrast sharply with the rust-colored sediments of the Ogallala Formation.

Fossil Fauna[edit]

All fossil fauna from Mount Blanco modified from Dalquest (1975) unless otherwise noted.[7]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Holliday, V.T. 1988. Mt. Blanco revisited: soil-geomorphic implications for the ages of the Upper Cenozoic Blanco and Blackwater Draw Formations. Geology 16(6):505-508.
  2. ^ Cope, E.D. 1892. A contribution to a knowledge of the fauna of the Blanco beds of Texas. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 44:226-229.
  3. ^ Schultz, G.E. 1977. Blancan and post-Blancan faunas in the Texas Panhandle. In: Schultz, G.E. (ed), Guidebook: Field conference on late Cenozoic biostratigraphy of the Texas Panhandle and adjacent Oklahoma: West Texas State University, Kilgore Research Center, Special Publication 1, pp. 105-145.
  4. ^ Cummins, W.F. 1890. The Permian of Texas and its overlying beds. In: Dumble, E.T. (ed), First annual report of the Geological Survey of Texas 1889, pp. 183-197.
  5. ^ Izett, G.A., Wilcox, R.E., and Borchardt, G. 1972. Correlation of a volcanic ash bed in Pleistocene deposits near Mount Blanco, Texas, with the Guaje Pumice Bed of the Jemez Mountains, NM. Quaternary Research 2:554-578.
  6. ^ Evans, G.L. 1948. Geology of the Blanco beds of West Texas. In: Colbert, E.H. (ed), Pleistocene of the Great Plains (symposium). Geological Society of America Bulletin No. 59, pp. 617-619.
  7. ^ Dalquest, W. W. 1975. Vertebrate Fossils from the Blanco Local Fauna of Texas. Occasional Papers The Museum Texas Tech University 30:1-52.
  8. ^ Cummins, W.F. 1892. Report on the geography, topography, and geology of the Llano Estacado or Staked Plains. In: Dumble, E.T. (ed), Third annual report of the Geological Survey of Texas 1891, pp. 129-223.

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