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    • Canton Shale Member
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  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Illinois basin
Publication:

Willman, H.B., Atherton, Elwood, Buschbach, T.C., Collinson, Charles, Frye, J.C., Hopkins, M.E., Lineback, J.A., and Simon, J.A., 1975, Handbook of Illinois stratigraphy: Illinois Geological Survey Bulletin, no. 95, 261 p.


Summary:

Named for Canton, Fulton Co. Type section consists of outcrops along Big Creek (cen. 9, 6N-4E). Consists of gray, rather uniform shale that is silty in upper part. In western and northern IL, lower few feet is dark gray and contains varied marine fauna and several layers of fossiliferous, calcareous concretions. In northern IL, a 4-6 in. bed of canneloid occurs locally about 10 ft above base of Canton. In southern IL, shale above St. David Limestone Member and shale either immediately or a few feet above Briar Hill Coal may be in part equivalent to Canton.

Source: GNU records (USGS DDS-6; Reston GNULEX).


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