Historical:Reisner Limestone 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 >>Reisner Limestone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Virgilian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Reisner Limestone Member of the Mattoon Formation (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 41, 51) is named for Reisner School, Jasper County.

Type Section

The type section consists of exposures along West Crooked Creek, 1.5 miles northeast of the abandoned Reisner School (NE NE 16, 7N-10E).

Other Names

It previously was called Newton Limestone (Newton and Weller, 1937, p. 9, 24-25).

Stratigraphic Position

The Reisner Limestone lies 60-80 feet above the Bogota Limestone Member and 40-45 feet above an unnamed coal that was mined from a few shallow shafts in the vicinity of Newton and was reported to be approximately 2 feet thick. Kosanke et al. (1960) stratigraphically placed the Reisner Limestone as the youngest named member in the Mattoon Formation. However, recent studies indicate that the Reisner Limestone occurs below the Greenup Limestone, as had been stated by Newton and Weller (1937).


Near its type locality the Reisner Limestone is argillaceous and contains fragments of small brachiopods. It is generally less than 1 foot thick, is overlain by 1.5 feet of black fissile shale, and is underlain by claystone containing argillaceous and generally unfossiliferous (with local exceptions of Spirorbis) limestone as much as 3 feet thick in places.


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.
NEWTON, W. A., and J. M. WELLER, 1937, Stratigraphic studies of Pennsylvanian outcrops in part of southeastern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 45, 31 p.

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