La Biche Group

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Labiche Formation
Stratigraphic range: late Albian to Santonian
TypeGeological formation
UnderliesBelly River Formation
OverliesPelican Formation
Thicknessup to 420 metres (1,380 ft)[1]
Coordinates55°00′37″N 112°43′34″W / 55.01023°N 112.72600°W / 55.01023; -112.72600 (Labiche Formation)Coordinates: 55°00′37″N 112°43′34″W / 55.01023°N 112.72600°W / 55.01023; -112.72600 (Labiche Formation)
Country Canada
Type section
Named forLa Biche River
Named byR.G. McConnell, 1892

The Labiche Formation is a stratigraphical unit of late Albian to Santonian age in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

It takes the name from La Biche River, a tributary of the Athabasca River, and was first described in outcrop in the Athabasca River valley by R.G. McConnell in 1892.[2]


The Labiche Formation is composed shale with flakes of coccolithic debris, Inoceramus prisms, pyrite. [1]


The Labiche Formation reaches a maximum thickness of 420 metres (1,380 ft) in the sub-surface of northern Alberta.[1]

Relationship to other units[edit]

The Labiche Formation is overlain by the Belly River Formation and conformably overlays the Pelican Formation.[1]

It is equivalent to the parts of the Colorado Group in central Alberta and to the sum of Smoky Group, Dunvegan Formation and Shaftesbury Formation in north-western Alberta.


  1. ^ a b c d Lexicon of Canadian Geologic Units. "Labiche Formation". Retrieved 2010-01-09.
  2. ^ McConnell, R.G., 1893. Report on a portion of the district of Athabasca, comprising the country between Peace River and Athabasca River north of Lesser Slave Lake. Geological Survey of Canada, Annual Reptort (new series), 1890-91, v. 5, Part 1, p. 1-67.