Historical:Hanover Limestone 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: Kewanee Group >>Carbondale Formation >>Hanover Limestone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Hanover Limestone Member of the Carbondale Formation (Wanless, in Lamar et al., 1934, p. 84; 1957, p. 101) is named for Hanover School, Greene County.

Type Section

Hanover School is near the type locality (NE SW 27, 10N-11W) (Wanless, 1956, p. 10; 1957, p. 101).


The Hanover is one of the most widespread Pennsylvanian limestones in the central United States and is equivalent to the Blackjack Creek Limestone of Kansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri (Wanless, 1957, p. 101).


The Hanover is a thin marine limestone that is seldom more than 4 feet thick and in places is represented only by nodules of limestone or a thin concentration of marine fossils in which brachiopods are dominant. It is a persistent bed of gray, argillaceous, brecciated or nodular limestone in most of western and northern Illinois, where it overlies the black Excello Shale. It is poorly developed in southern Illinois.


LAMAR, J. E., H. B. WILLMAN, C. F. FRYLING, and W. H. VOSKUIL, 1934, Rock wool from Illinois mineral resources: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 61, 262 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1956, Classification of the Pennsylvanian rocks of Illinois as of 1956: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 217, 14 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1957, Geology and mineral resources of the Beardstown, Glasford, Havana, and Vermont Quadrangles: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 82, 233 p.

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