Historical:Kerton Creek 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: Kewanee Group >>Carbondale Formation >>Kerton Creek coal bed
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Kerton Creek Coal Member of the Carbondale Formation (Ekblaw, 1931 , p. 391) is named for Kerton Creek in Fulton County.

Type Section

The type section is exposed along Kerton Creek (NE NE 15, 3N-2E) (Wanless, 1956, p. 10; 1957, p. 98, 189).


It is believed to correlate with the Roodhouse Coal of Greene County.

Extent and Thickness

This coal is recognized only in Fulton County, where it occurs in channels that had been only partially filled with the underlying Pleasantview Sandstone. The coal is up to 5 feet thick.

Stratigraphic Position

The Summum (No. 4) Coal, which also thickens in the same unfilled channels as the Kerton Creek, overlies the Kerton Creek by only a few feet. The Kerton Creek does not have an underclay but rests directly on the Pleasantview Sandstone.


This coal is either canneloid or quite high in ash.


EKBLAW, S. E., 1931, Channel deposits of the Pleasantview Sandstone in western Illinois: Illinois Academy of Science Transactions, v. 23, p. 391-399.
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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