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Relationship of sediments to the Columbia River Basalt Group (CRBG) in the Columbia Basin area During and after CRBG eruptive activity, lakes, streams, and rivers re-established themselves and deposited sediments across the Columbia Plateau. As a result we find that sediments are interfingered with, and overlie the CRBG units (indicated in red). The presence of these sediments provides a natural, mappable subdivision between those sediments intercalated with the CRBG (interbeds) and those that overlie the CRBG (suprabasalt sediments). Sediments associated with CRBG span an age range from approximately 16.5 to 5 million years ago. Sediments interbedded with the CRBG (indicated in yellow) in the Columbia Basin area are considered part of the Ellensburg Formation and are identified on the basis of which CRBG units overlie and underlie the sedimentary interbed. Sediments overlying the CRBG.
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