Pond Creek Coal Member

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Lithostratigraphy: McLeansboro Group >>Modesto Formation >>Pond 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

Pond Creek Coal Member (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 37).


Named for Pond Creek in Williamson County.

Other names

It previously was informally called the Second Cutler Rider coal.


Type section

Type location

The type section of the Pond Creek Coal is at a depth of 125 feet in Consolidated Coal Company drill hole 91 (SW NE NE 21, 8S-3E).

Type author(s)

Type status

Reference section

Reference location

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Reference status

Stratigraphic relationships

Extent and thickness

The Pond Creek is more extensive than either the De Graff Coal or the Lake Creek Coal, which, respectively, lie just a few feet above and below the Pond Creek, but the Pond Creek is recognized only in southern Illinois.





Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

It may be equivalent to the Rock Branch Coal of southwestern Illinois.

Environments of deposition

Economic importance



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.

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