Renault Limestone

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Lithostratigraphy: Pope Megagroup >>Cedar Bluff Limestone Group >>Renault Limestone
Chronostratigraphy: Paleozoic Erathem >>Mississippian Subsystem >>Valmeyeran Series
Allostratigraphy: Kaskaskia 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)

Elwood Atherton, Charles Collinson, and Jerry A. Lineback


Original description

Renault Limestone (S. Weller, 1913, p. 120, 122; Swann, 1963, p. 79).


Named for Renault Township, Monroe County.

Other names


Type section

Type location

The type section of the Renault Limestone consists of exposures in the valley of Horse Creek. A typical exposure 4 miles northeast of the village of Renault on the south side of Dry Fork (SE SW 23, 4S-9W) is accepted as the type section (Swann, 1963).

Type author(s)

Type status

Reference section

Reference location

Reference author(s)

Reference status

Stratigraphic relationships

Extent and thickness

The Renault is a widespread, relatively thin formation, averaging only about 8 feet thick (fig. M-24), but it ordinarily stands out as a high-resistive unit on electric logs. The Renault thickens to more than 40 feet in part of Johnson County.


The Renault consists of a lower relatively pure limestone, the Levias Member (Valmeyeran), and an upper sandy limestone, the Shetlerville Limestone Member (Chesterian), which in turn includes a persistent sandstone bed (Popcorn Sandstone Bed) at its base. The interbedded sandstone and shale unit overlying the limestone portion in the type area was originally regarded as the upper part of the Renault but now is assigned to the Yankeetown.




Well log characteristics


Age and correlation

The lower part of the Renault Limestone is Valmeyeran in age and the upper part Chesterian.

In some earlier reports the Levias Member was miscorrelated with strata below the Aux Vases Sandstone and it was therefore classified as a member of the Ste. Genevieve Formation.

Environments of deposition

Economic importance

“Lower Renault" or "Renault sand” are informal names applied to producing zones in the Renault Limestone.



SWANN, D. H., 1963, Classification of Genevievian and Chesterian (Late Mississippian) rocks of Illinois: Illinois State Geological Survey Report of Investigations 216, 91 p.
WELLER, STUART, 1913, Stratigraphy of the Chester Group in southwestern Illinois: Illinois Academy of Science Transactions, v. 6, p. 118-129.

ISGS Codes

Stratigraphic Code Geo Unit Designation