New Burnside Coal Member

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Lithostratigraphy: Kewanee Group >>Spoon Formation >>New Burnside Coal Member
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Pennsylvanian Subsystem >>Desmoinesian Series
Allostratigraphy: Absaroka Sequence

Primary source

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.

Contributing author(s)

M. E. Hopkins and J. A. Simon


Original description

The New Burnside Coal Member of the Spoon Formation (Weller, 1940, p. 42).


Named for New Burnside, Johnson County.

Other names


Type section

Type location

The type locality is near New Burnside (SE SE SW 5, 11S-4E) (Kosanke et al., 1960, p. 32).

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Stratigraphic relationships

It occurs 15-25 feet above the Bidwell Coal.

Extent and thickness

The New Burnside Coal is well developed in scattered localities in southern Illinois and is as much as 5 feet thick where mined; however, in most of the area it is generally thinner.





Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

The New Burnside is correlated with the Brush Coal of western Illinois.

Environments of deposition

Economic importance



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.
WELLER, J. M., 1940, Geology and oil possibilities of extreme southern Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 71, 71 p.

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