Historical:Sorento 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 >>Bond Formation >>Sorento Limestone Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Missourian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence


M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon

Name Origin

The Sorento Limestone Member of the Bond Formation (Simon, in Wanless, 1955, p. 1764) is named for Sorento, Bond County.

Type Section

The type section consists of outcrops along the south-flowing tributary of Dry Fork just southwest of Sorento (NE NE 6, 6N-4W) (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 39).


The Sorento is tentatively correlated with the Little Vermilion Limestone of northern Illinois.

Extent and Thickness

The Sorento Limestone and the underlying unnamed coal have been recognized throughout much of the Illinois Basin. The Sorento is less than 2 feet thick.

Stratigraphic Position

In southwestern Illinois the Sorento generally lies 15-20 feet above the Shoal Creek Limestone. In the deeper part of the Illinois Basin the interval is usually 20-40 feet, but locally it may be as much as 100 feet.


The limestone is generally fine grained and medium gray.


It contains an open-marine fauna composed primarily of brachiopods, crinoids, and gastropods.


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., 1955, Pennsylvanian rocks of Eastern Interior Basin: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 39, p. 1753-1820 (see 1962).

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