Abingdon Coal Member

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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>Abingdon Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence

Primary source

Willman, H. B., Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, and Jack A. Simon, 1975, Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 95, 261 p.

Contributing author(s)

M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon


Original description

The Abingdon Coal Member of the Spoon Formation (Culver, 1925, p. 75).


Named for Abingdon, Knox County.

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Type section

Type location

Abingdon is near the type locality (cen. 6, 9N-2E) (Weller et al., 1942b, p. 1589).

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Type status

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Stratigraphic relationships

Extent and thickness

The Abingdon is recognized only in western Illinois, where it varies in thickness but only locally exceeds 2 feet. It is absent from extensive areas.





Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

Although the Abingdon is not definitely recognized in other parts of the state, coals locally present near this position in northern and southern Illinois may be equivalent to the Abingdon Coal.

Environments of deposition

Economic importance



CULVER, H. E., 1925, Coal resources of District III (western Illinois): Illinois State Geological Survey Mining Investigations Bulletin 29, 128 p.
WELLER, J. M., H. R. WANLESS, L. M. CLINE, and D. G. STOOKEY, 1942b, Interbasin Pennsylvanian correlations, Illinois and Iowa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 26, p. 1585-1593.

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