Historical:New Burnside 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: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>New Burnside Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The New Burnside Coal Member of the Spoon Formation (Weller, 1940, p. 42) is named for New Burnside, Johnson County.

Type Section

The type locality is near New Burnside (SE SE SW 5, 11S-4E) (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 32).


The New Burnside is correlated with the Brush Coal of western Illinois.

Extent and Thickness

The New Burnside Coal is well developed in scattered localities in southern Illinois and is as much as 5 feet thick where mined; however, in most of the area it is generally thinner.

Stratigraphic Position

It occurs 15-25 feet above the Bidwell Coal.


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.
WELLER, J. M., 1940, Geology and oil possibilities of extreme southern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 71, 71 p.

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