Moredock Member

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Lithostratigraphy: Ottawa Limestone Megagroup >>Galena Group >>Kimmswick Subgroup >>Dunleith Formation >>Moredock Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Ordovician System >>Champlainian Series >>Trentonian Stage
Allostratigraphy: Tippecanoe 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)

H. B. Willman and T. C. Buschbach


Original description

The Moredock Member of the Dunleith Formation (Templeton and Willman, 1963, p. 124).


Named for Moredock Lake, at Valmeyer, Monroe County, near the type section.

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Type section

Type location

The type section of the Moredock Member is in the Mississippi River bluff (cen. N line SW 3, 3S-11W), where the member is 58.4 feet thick.

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Stratigraphic relationships

The Moredock Member of the Dunleith Formation occurs in the southern limestone facies, overlying the Eagle Point Member.

Extent and thickness

The Moredock is commonly 60-70 feet thick where overlain by the New London Member, but in many exposures in the southern outcrop area the Moredock is overlain unconformably by Maquoketa Group strata, as it is at the type section, or by the Cape Limestone, and the upper few feet of the member are missing.


The Moredock is exceptionally pure, coarse-grained calcarenite that is massive, cross-bedded, crinoidal, nearly white, and banded with pink, buff, and gray beds. Although the member is generally noncherty, large chert nodules or lenses of chert occur locally. It is distinguishable from the Eagle Point Member, which is finer grained, has bands of chert nodules, and is less pure.




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TEMPLETON, J. S., and H. B. WILLMAN, 1963, Champlainian Series (Middle Ordovician) in Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 89, 260 p.

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