Historical:Mt. Carmel Sandstone 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 >>Mt. Carmel Sandstone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Missourian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Mt. Carmel Sandstone Member of the Bond Formation (Worthen, 1875, p. 52, 55) is named for Mt. Carmel bluff on the Wabash River at Mt. Carmel, Wabash County (W 1/2 21, 1S-12W).


The Mt. Carmel Sandstone has been correlated with the McWain Sandstone of southwestern Illinois.

Extent and Thickness

The Mt. Carmel Sandstone is well developed in eastern and southeastern Illinois, where it is the first major channel sandstone above the Shoal Creek Limestone, and it is as much as 80 feet thick in places.

Stratigraphic Position

It occurs about 10 feet below the Flannigan Coal.


WORTHEN, A. H., 1875, Geology and paleontology: Geological Survey of Illinois, v. 6, 532 p.

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