Anthracite Upland Section
Ridge and Valley Province

Anthracite upland Section showing geology and shaded relief


The Anthracite Upland Section consists of an upland that has low, linear to rounded hills, strip mines, and mining waste piles. The upland is surrounded by an escarpment, a valley, and a mountain rim. The dominant rock types are sandstone, siltstone, conglomerate, and anthracite coal. The local relief ranges from low to high; the range in elevation is from 320 feet to 2,094 feet. Rocks are folded; many folds are narrow with steep limbs.

The Anthracite Upland Section occurs in east-central Pennsylvania where it occurs in parts of eight counties including Carbon, Columbia, Dauphin, Lebanon, Luzerne, Northumberland, Perry, and Schuylkill.

Some of the Outstanding Scenic Geological Features include Ashland Anticline, Bears Head, Devils Race Course, Flagstaff Mountain Overlook, Hells Kitchen, Hickory Run Boulder Field, Lehigh Gorge, Spring Mountain Thrust Fault, and St. Clair Fern Fossil Locality.

Scenery of the Section can be experienced by visiting one of the State Parks situated within the Section including Tuscarora, Hickory Run, Lehigh Gorge, Locust Lake, and Nescopeck.