Historical:Markgraf 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 >>Joliet Formation >>Markgraf Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Silurian System >>Niagaran Series
Allostratigraphy: Tippecanoe Sequence


H. B. Willman and Elwood Atherton

Name Origin

The Markgraf Member of the Joliet Formation (Willman, 1973, p. 21), which overlies the the Brandon Bridge Member, is named for the abandoned Markgraf quarry on the north side of the Des Plaines River, on the southwest side of Joliet, Will County (SW SW 16, 35N-10E).

Extent and Thickness

At the Markgraf quarry the member is 22.1 feet thick. It thins southward and is only 12.3 feet thick where exposed along the Kankakee River at the mouth of Rock Creek Canyon (SW SE SW 32, 32N-11E).


The Markgraf Member is light gray, nearly white, medium-bedded dolomite. Along the Des Plaines River the member consists of three approximately equal units-- a basal very silty dolomite, a middle moderately silty and argillaceous dolomite with bands of chert nodules, and an upper slightly argillaceous dolomite that also contains bands of chert nodules. Along the Kankakee River, where the member is relatively thin, the dolomite all resembles the upper unit along the Des Plaines Valley.


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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