Historical:Drummond 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: Hunton Limestone Megagroup >>Kankakee Formation >>Drummond Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Silurian System >>Alexandrian Series
Allostratigraphy: Tippecanoe Sequence


H. B. Willman and Elwood Atherton

Name Origin

The Drummond Member of the Kankakee Formation (Willman, 1973, p. 17), the basal member, is named for Drummond, Will County, 5.5 miles southwest of the type section.

Type Section

The type section of the Drummond Member is located in a railroad cut on the southeast side of the Des Plaines River Valley, 2 miles southwest of Joliet, Will County (NW SE SW 30, 35N-10E), where the member is 8.5 feet thick.

Extent and Thickness

The Drummond Member is as much as 11 feet thick in the Joliet area but thins to only 1 foot thick along the Kankakee River.


The Drummond Member is pure, vesicular to coarsely vuggy, gray dolomite that generally contains abundant grains of glauconite, scattered grains of well rounded quartz sand, relatively large chert nodules, and large colonies of corals.


The Platymerella Zone occurs in the lower part of the Drummond Member, with the fossils most common in lenses of chert.


WILLMAN, H. B., 1973, Rock stratigraphy of the Silurian System in northeastern and northwestern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 479, 55 p.

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