Historical:McCleary's Bluff 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 >>McClearys Bluff Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Missourian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The McCleary 's Bluff Coal Member of the Mattoon Formation (Kosanke, 1950, p 89; Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 40, 51) is named for McCleary's Bluff, Wabash County.

Type Section

The type section consists of a 3-inch coal seam exposed on the bluff overlooking the Wabash River (NW SW SE 29, 2S-13W).

Extent and Thickness

The only known exposures of the McCleary's Bluff Coal occur on McCleary's Bluff and at Keys Hill in Wabash County (NE SW 25, 1S-13W).

Stratigraphic Position

Its stratigraphic position is approximately 50 feet above the Friendsville Coal (Kosanke et al., 1960). It was erroneously placed below the Friendsville Coal by Kosanke (1950) and Siever (in Wanless, 1956). An unnamed coal member approximately 1 foot thick lies 7 feet above the McCleary's Bluff Coal in its type area.


KOSANKE, R. M., 1950, Pennsylvanian spores of Illinois and their use in correlation: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 74, 128 p.
KOSANKE, R. M., J. A. SIMON, H. R. WANLESS, and H. B. WILLMAN, 1960, Classification of the Pennsylvanian strata of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 214, 84 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1956, Classification of the Pennsylvanian rocks of Illinois as of 1956: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 217, 14 p.

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