Stoddart Group

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Stoddart Group
Stratigraphic range: Mississippian to Pennsylvanian
Type Geological formation
Sub-units Taylor Flat Formation
Kiskatinaw Formation
Golata Formation
Underlies Ishbel Group, Prophet Formation
Overlies Debolt Formation
Thickness up to 660 metres (2,170 ft)[1]
Primary Limestone, Sandstone, Shale
Other Dolomite, siltstone, coal, anhydrite
Coordinates 56°13′08″N 120°48′00″W / 56.219°N 120.800°W / 56.219; -120.800 (Stoddart Group)Coordinates: 56°13′08″N 120°48′00″W / 56.219°N 120.800°W / 56.219; -120.800 (Stoddart Group)
Region  Alberta
Country  Canada
Type section
Named for Stoddart Creek
Named by A.T.C. Rutgers, 1958.

The Stoddart Group is a stratigraphical unit of Mississippian to Early Pennsylvanian age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

It takes the name from the Stoddart Creek, a creek that flows into Charlie Lake north of Fort St. John, and was first described in well Pacific Fort St. John #23 (at depths from 2000 to 2600m) by A.T.C. Rutgers in 1958.


The Formation is composed of both carbonate and clastic facies. [1]


The Stoddart Group reaches a maximum thickness of 660 metres (2,170 ft) in the sub-surface north of Fort St. John in north-eastern British Columbia. It is present in the sub-surface from the foothills of the Northern Rockies and eastwards into the Peace River Country in north-western Alberta.[1]


The Stoddart Group is composed of the following formations, from top to bottom:

Sub-unit Age Lithology Max.
Taylor Flat Formation Early Pennsylvanian limestone, dolomite, occasional sandstone, calcareous shale 152 m (500 ft) [2]
Kiskatinaw Formation Chesterian quartzose sandstone, dark grey shale, rare carbonate 183 m (600 ft) [3]
Golata Formation late Meramecian-Chesterian fossiliferous limestone, shales, occasional siltstone, coal and anhydrite 50 m (160 ft) [4]

Relationship to other units[edit]

The Stoddart Group is overlain by the Ishbel Group in the foothills and the Prophet Formation in the northern plains; it conformably overlays the Debolt Formation.[1]

It can be correlated with the Tunnel Mountain Formation, the Kananaskis Formation, the Mattson Formation and the Mount Head Formation of the southern Canadian Rockies, and with the Amsden Formation in Montana.


  1. ^ a b c d Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Stoddart Group". Retrieved 2009-03-01. 
  2. ^ Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Taylor Flat Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  3. ^ Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Kiskatinaw Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  4. ^ Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Golata Formation". Retrieved 2009-12-21.