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Geologic Unit: Wardell

Wardell Formation (VA,TN)
Wardell Limestone (VA)
Wardell Formation of Black River Group (VA*, WV*)
Wardell Formation of Chickamauga Group (TN)

Ordovician, Middle*

Geologic Province:
Appalachian basin*

Areal Extent:

Type Locality:
Type section: about 150 ft east of County Road 610, about 1 mi north of ford across Little River, Tazewell Co., VA. Named from settlement of Wardell near Tazewell-Russell Co. line (Cooper and Prouty, 1943).

Unit Name History:
Named Wardell formation (Cooper and Prouty, 1943).
Extended into TN (Prouty, 1946).
Revised to Wardell limestone (Brent, 1963).
Revised, assigned to Chickamauga Group (Ruppel and Walker, 1984).
Revised; Areal limits (Ryder, 1992).

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Last modified: 15-Jan-2013