Willman, H. B., Elwood Atherton, T. C. Buschbach, Charles Collinson, John C. Frye, M. E. Hopkins, Jerry A. Lineback, and Jack A. Simon, 1975, Handbook of Illinois Stratigraphy: Illinois State Geological Survey Bulletin 95, 261 p.
H. B. Willman and Elwood Atherton
The Markgraf Member of the Joliet Formation (Willman, 1973, p. 21).
Named for the abandoned Markgraf quarry on the north side of the Des Plaines River, on the southwest side of Joliet, Will County (SW SW 16, 35N-10E).
The Markgraf Member of the Joliet Formation overlies the the Brandon Bridge Member.
Extent and thickness
At the Markgraf quarry the member is 22.1 feet thick. It thins southward and is only 12.3 feet thick where exposed along the Kankakee River at the mouth of Rock Creek Canyon (SW SE SW 32, 32N-11E).
The Markgraf Member is light gray, nearly white, medium-bedded dolomite. Along the Des Plaines River the member consists of three approximately equal units-- a basal very silty dolomite, a middle moderately silty and argillaceous dolomite with bands of chert nodules, and an upper slightly argillaceous dolomite that also contains bands of chert nodules. Along the Kankakee River, where the member is relatively thin, the dolomite all resembles the upper unit along the Des Plaines Valley.
Well log characteristics
Age and correlation
Environments of deposition
WILLMAN, H. B., 1973, Rock stratigraphy of the Silurian System in northeastern and northwestern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Circular 479, 55 p.
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