Historical:Pope Creek Coal Member
M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon
The Pope Creek Coal Member of the Abbott Formation (Wanless, 1931a, p. 189-190, 192) is named for Pope Creek in Mercer County.
The type locality is along Pope Creek (cen. 33, 14N-2W) (Wanless, 1929, p. 52; 1956, p. 9).
The Pope Creek has been correlated with the Delwood Coal of southern Illinois, the Upper Block Coal Member of Indiana, and the No. 3 (Ice House) coal of western Kentucky.
Extent and Thickness
The Pope Creek Coal is widespread in the western Illinois outcrop belt, where it is as much as 3 feet thick and averages about 1 foot (Wanless, 1957).
The upper part of the coal is truncated in places by the Bernadotte Sandstone, but more commonly the coal is overlain by a gray shale several feet thick.
WANLESS, H. R., 1929, Geology and mineral resources of the Alexis Quadrangle: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 57, 230 p.
WANLESS, H. R., 1931a, Pennsylvanian cycles in western Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 60, 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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