Witt Coal Member

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Lithostratigraphy: McLeansboro Group >>Bond Formation >>Witt Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Missourian 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 Witt Coal Member of the Bond Formation (Gluskoter, in Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 43).


Named for Witt, Montgomery County.

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Type section

Type location

Type author(s)

The type section consists of exposures along the East Fork of Shoal Creek, about 6.5 miles south of Witt (NE NW SE 7, 8N-2W).

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Stratigraphic relationships

In the Witt type area the coal lies approximately 45 feet above the Flat Creek Coal.

Extent and thickness

The Witt Coal is generally less than 1 foot thick and is recognized only in southwestern Illinois.





Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

It has been tentatively correlated with a persistent, unnamed, thin coal that occurs about 35 feet above the Reel Limestone throughout eastern and southeastern 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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