Elwood Atherton, Charles Collinson, and Jerry A. Lineback
The Clore Formation (S. Weller, 1913, p. 120) is named for Clore School, Randolph County.
The type section of the Clore Formation is in gullies near Clore School (SE cor. 20, 7S-6W).
Extent and Thickness
The Clore is 40-60 feet thick near its northern and northwestern limits, and it thickens southward to a little more than 120 feet in parts of Pope and Johnson Counties (fig. M-48). The Clore is thinned by sub-Degonia channels in many more places than are shown in figure M-48. In several areas, sub-Pennsylvanian channels also cut into the Clore.
The formation includes three members, a lower limestone and shale member (Cora), a middle sandstone and shale member (Tygett), and an upper limestone and shale member (Ford Station). Early geologists in places confused the Tygett Sandstone Member with either the Degonia Sandstone or the Palestine Sandstone and confined the Clore Formation to either the Cora or the Ford Station Member (Swann, 1963). The formation is dominantly shale throughout most of its extent, but the proportion of limestone increases southward. Near the southern outcrop belt the top is stepped up a few feet to include limestone equivalent farther north to the basal portion of the Degonia. At about the same place, the base is stepped down to include limestone equivalent to the uppermost portion of the Palestine.
Fossils are generally abundant in the Clore. The fauna is made up mainly of bryozoans and brachiopods. The genera Archimedes, Batostomella, and Rhombopora (fig. M-4) are conspicuous among the bryozoans, and B. nitidula is an index fossil. The brachiopods Spirifer increbescens and Composita subquadrata are especially abundant.
SWANN, D. H., 1963, Classification of Genevievian and Chesterian (Late Mississippian) rocks of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 216, 91 p.
WELLER, STUART, 1913, Stratigraphy of the Chester Group in southwestern Illinois: Illinois Academy of Science Transactions, v. 6, p. 118-129.
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