Historical:Pleasantview Sandstone 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 >>Pleasantview Sandstone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Pleasant view Sandstone Member of the Carbondale Formation (Wanless, 1929, p. 90) is named for Pleasantview (now Pleasant View), Schuyler County.

Type Section

The type locality is along Mill Creek (31, 2N-1E) (Wanless, 1956, p. 10; 1957, p. 190).

Extent and Thickness

The sandstone occurs as sheet facies 20 feet or less thick and as channel facies as much as 80 feet thick.


In the channel facies the sandstone cuts through underlying strata down to, and locally through, the Colchester (No. 2) Coal (Ekblaw, 1931; Rusnak, 1957). The sandstone is best developed in western Illinois, but a sandstone commonly present a short distance below the Summum (No. 4) Coal throughout the Illinois Basin is probably equivalent to the Pleasantview. It is generally overlain by several feet of shale, which separates it from the underclay of the Summum Coal.


EKBLAW, S. E., 1931, Channel deposits of the Pleasantview Sandstone in western Illinois: Illinois Academy of Science Transactions, v. 23, p. 391-399.
RUSNAK, G. A., 1957, Fabric and petrologic study of the Pleasantview Sandstone: Journal of Sedimentary Petrology, v. 27, p. 41-55; disc. p. 198-201, 346-350.
WANLESS, H. R., 1929, Geology and mineral resources of the Alexis Quadrangle: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 57, 230 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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