Historical:Athensville Coal Member

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Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy
Series Bulletin 95
Author H. B. Willman, Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, Jack A. Simon
Date 1975
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Lithostratigraphy: McLeansboro Group >>Modesto Formation >>Athensville Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Athensville Coal Member of the Modesto Formation (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 37) is named for Athensville, Greene County.

Type Section

The type section consists of exposures near the town (SE NW SW 16, 12N-9W, Macoupin County).

Other Names

It previously was called Upper Scottville (Kosanke, 1950, p. 85).


It may correlate with the Lake Creek Coal of southern Illinois.

Extent and Thickness

It occurs in southwestern Illinois.

Stratigraphic Position

The Athensville Coal generally lies less than 10 feet below the Scottville Limestone.


KOSANKE, R. M., 1950, Pennsylvanian spores of Illinois and their use in correlation: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 74, 128 p.
KOSANKE, R. M., J. A. SIMON, H. R. WANLESS, and H. B. WILLMAN, 1960, Classification of the Pennsylvanian strata of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 214, 84 p.

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