Historical:Cohn Coal Member

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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
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Lithostratigraphy: McLeansboro Group >>Mattoon Formation >>Cohn Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Missourian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Cohn Coal Member of the Mattoon Formation (Newton and Weller, 1937, p. 18) is named for Cohn (now called Livingston), Clark County.

Type Section

The type section consists of an exposure on the south side of Big Creek, about 2.5 miles from Livingston (NE 1, 11N-12W).


To the south in Crawford County, the Cohn Coal is correlated with a thin coal that has been mined in the vicinity of Flat Rock. In that area the Cohn Coal lies at or very near the base of the Merom Sandstone, which may have eroded the coal in some areas.

Extent and Thickness

The Cohn Coal occurs in eastern Illinois, where it is generally less than 10 inches thick. At its type locality it is only 2 inches thick.

Stratigraphic Position

At the type locality, it lies 22 feet above the Livingston Limestone and 12 feet below the base of the Merom Sandstone. A 16-inch thick nodular limestone containing numerous Spiroibis occurs 2 feet above the coal.


NEWTON, W. A., and J. M. WELLER, 1937, Stratigraphic studies of Pennsylvanian outcrops in part of southeastern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 45, 31 p.

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