Neuquén Group

Almost the whole extent of the Neuquén Group is exposed between Lake Los Barreales and the bend of the Neuquén River in the center of this photo.
To the lower left of the lake, a swath of light yellowish sandstones of the group's Huincul Formation are visible.

The Neuquén Group is a group of geologic formations found in Argentina. Rocks in the Neuquén Group fall within the Cenomanian to early Campanian stages of the Late Cretaceous Period, about 100 million to 80 million years in age. It overlies the older Lohan Cura Formation and is itself overlain by the younger Allen Formation of the Malargüe Group, separated from both by unconformities.

Deposits have been located in the provinces of Río Negro, Neuquén, and Mendoza. Although several different types of environments are represented in various sections of the Neuquén Group, the dominant regime is alluvial deposition. Many dinosaurs and other fossils have been discovered in these sediments.

There are seven formations within the Neuquén Group. These are divided into three subgroups named after major rivers in the area. In some works, the subgroups themselves are treated as formations and what usually is considered to be the formations as mere members of these. However, particularly in the Río Limay Subgroup, the formations are clearly composed of very distinct rocks.[1]

Neuquén Group strata, ordered from youngest to oldest

South of Añelo, taking the road between Lake Los Barreales and the Neuquén River will provide splendid views on the successively younger formations, starting with the Cerro Lisandro Formation to the lake's northwest, and finally crossing the Anacleto Formation about 35 km down the road near the lake's eastern tip. The older strata are exposed south of Lake Los Barreales.[1]

See also


  1. 1 2 Sánchez et al. (2006)


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