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Santa Clara Formation
Stratigraphic range: Plio-Pleistocene
Type Geologic formation
Primary Gravel, sandstone, siltstone
Region Santa Cruz Mountains,
Santa Clara County,
Country United States
Type section
Named for Santa Clara County

The Santa Clara Formation is a geologic formation in the southeastern Santa Cruz Mountains, in Santa Clara County, California.


It was formed during the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene Ages of the Neogene Period, during the Cenozoic Era. It is composed of fluvial boulder to pebble gravel, sandstone, and siltstone locally including thin bedded lacustrine mudstone.

It preserves fossils dating back to the Neogene period.

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