Historical:Abingdon Coal Member

Jump to navigation Jump to search
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
Link Web page
PDF PDF file
Store ISGS Store

Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>Abingdon Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Abingdon Coal Member of the Spoon Formation (Culver, 1925, p. 75) is named for Abingdon, Knox County.

Type Section

Abingdon is near the type locality (cen. 6, 9N-2E) (Weller et al., 1942b, p. 1589).


Although the Abingdon is not definitely recognized in other parts of the state, coals locally present near this position in northern and southern Illinois may be equivalent to the Abingdon Coal.

Extent and Thickness

The Abingdon is recognized only in western Illinois, where it varies in thickness but only locally exceeds 2 feet. It is absent from extensive areas.


CULVER, H. E., 1925, Coal resources of District III (western Illinois): Illinois State Geological Survey Mining Investigations Bulletin 29, 128 p.
WELLER, J. M., H. R. WANLESS, L. M. CLINE, and D. G. STOOKEY, 1942b, Interbasin Pennsylvanian correlations, Illinois and Iowa: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 26, p. 1585-1593.

ISGS Codes

Stratigraphic Code Geo Unit Designation