Historical:Gila Limestone 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 >>Mattoon Formation >>Gila Limestone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Virgilian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Gila Limestone Member of the Mattoon Formation (Newton and Weller, 1937, p. 27) is named for Gila, Jasper County.

Type Section

The type section consists of exposures about 1.5 miles south of Gila along Mint Creek (NE SW 31, 8N-9E) (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 41, 51, 78, 79).

Extent and Thickness

The Gila has not been recognized outside the type area, where it is a gray, fine-grained, dense limestone 2.5 inches thick.


Fish scales and teeth are the only fossils found.


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.
NEWTON, W. A., and J. M. WELLER, 1937, Stratigraphic studies of Pennsylvanian outcrops in part of southeastern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 45, 31 p.

ISGS Codes

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