Hanover Limestone Member

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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Carbondale Formation >>Hanover Limestone 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 Hanover Limestone Member of the Carbondale Formation (Wanless, in Lamar et al., 1934, p. 84; 1957, p. 101).


Named for Hanover School, Greene County.

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Type section

Type location

Hanover School is near the type locality (NE SW 27, 10N-11W) (Wanless, 1956, p. 10; 1957, p. 101).

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Stratigraphic relationships

Extent and thickness


The Hanover is a thin marine limestone that is seldom more than 4 feet thick and in places is represented only by nodules of limestone or a thin concentration of marine fossils in which brachiopods are dominant. It is a persistent bed of gray, argillaceous, brecciated or nodular limestone in most of western and northern Illinois, where it overlies the black Excello Shale. It is poorly developed in southern Illinois.




Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

The Hanover is one of the most widespread Pennsylvanian limestones in the central United States and is equivalent to the Blackjack Creek Limestone of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri (Wanless, 1957, p. 101).

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Economic importance



LAMAR, J. E., H. B. WILLMAN, C. F. FRYLING, and W. H. VOSKUIL, 1934, Rock wool from Illinois mineral resources: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 61, 262 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1956, Classification of the Pennsylvanian rocks of Illinois as of 1956: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 217, 14 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1957, Geology and mineral resources of the Beardstown, Glasford, Havana, and Vermont Quadrangles: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 82, 233 p.

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