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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Carbondale Formation >>Kerton Creek Coal 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 Kerton Creek Coal Member of the Carbondale Formation (Ekblaw, 1931 , p. 391).


Named for Kerton Creek in Fulton County.

Other names


Type section

Type location

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

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Type status

Reference section

Reference location

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Reference status

Stratigraphic relationships

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.

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.


This coal is either canneloid or quite high in ash.




Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

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

Environments of deposition

Economic importance



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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