Historical:Roodhouse 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 >>Carbondale Formation >>Roodhouse coal bed
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Roodhouse Coal Member of the Carbondale Formation (Siever, in Wanless, 1956, correlation chart, pl. 1) is named for Roodhouse, Greene County.

Type Section

Roodhouse is near the type section (NW 21, 12N-11W) (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 35, 47).


It probably correlates with the Kerton Creek Coal in Fulton County.

Stratigraphic Position

It directly overlies the Pleasantview Sandstone, without an underclay.


The coal is canneloid and, like the Kerton Creek Coal of southern Fulton County, occurs immediately above a channel facies of the Pleasantview Sandstone, apparently in channels that were not completely filled by the sandstone (Wanless, 1957, p. 98). The coal is as much as 5 feet thick near the center of the channels but is not present outside them.


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.
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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