Historical:Cedar Bluff Limestone Group
Elwood Atherton, Charles Collinson, and Jerry A. Lineback
The Cedar Bluff Limestone Group (Swann, 1963, p. 63) is named for the quarry of the Cedar Bluff Limestone Company, formerly the Ohara quarry, southeast of Princeton, Caldwell County, Kentucky (S1/2 21-H-20). It was originally called the Ohara Limestone, but the name Ohara is widely used for the Karnak Member of the Ste. Genevieve in the subsurface.
Extent and Thickness
It occurs in southeastern Illinois and is exposed in Hardin County.
The Cedar Bluff Limestone Group consists of the Downeys Bluff, Yankeetown, and Renault Formations in areas where these formations are dominantly limestone (fig. M-25).
The Valmeyeran-Chesterian contact falls within the Cedar Bluff Group at the top of the Levias Limestone Member of the Renault Formation.
SWANN, D. H., 1963, Classification of Genevievian and Chesterian (Late Mississippian) rocks of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 216, 91 p.
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