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  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Illinois basin
    • Ozark uplift
Publication:

Nelson, W.J., Devera, J.A., and Masters, J.M., 1996, Geology of the Jonesboro 15-minute quadrangle, southwestern Illinois; Jonesboro, Mill Creek, Ware, and McClure 7.5-minute quadrangle: Illinois Geological Survey Bulletin, no. 101, 57 p., See also Illinois Geol. Survey Geol. Quad. Map IGQ-14, scale 1:24,000, 1995


Summary:

Cape Limestone interval was examined in several cores from northern part of Thebes 7.5-min quad. Medium- to dark-gray, fine-grained limestone as thick as 22 ft occurs at top of Kimmswick Limestone in some cores. Rock is largely skeletal packstone, but contains layers of wackestone and lime mudstone. Contact with Kimmswick crinoidal grainstone is either gradational or sharp, but not noticeably disconformable. Whether dark limestone in these cores is Cape or dark facies of Kimmswick is uncertain. Dark, fine-grained limestone that may be Cape was logged in other boreholes in the area. In Humble Oil Co. No. 1 Pickel well, NW1/4SE1/4NW1/4 sec. 21, T13S, R2W, Mill Creek 7.5-min quad, IL, Cape(?) is about 18 ft of brown, very fine-grained, fossiliferous limestone. In Mims No. 1 Potashnick well, NW1/4NW1/4SE1/4 sec. 26, T13S, R2W, McClure 7.5-min quad, IL, Cape(?) is 23 ft of light-brownish-gray, very fine-grained, shaly limestone. Two wells in Pulaski Co., IL, encountered limestone that may be Cape, 5 ft in one well and 12 ft in the other. Mappability of Cape is still unresolved. Probably should be reclassified as a member of Kimmswick instead of as a separate formation. [Figure 2 shows it as a member of Kimmswick.]

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


Map showing publication footprint
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    • Cape Limestone
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    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Illinois basin
    • Ozark uplift
Publication:

Nelson, W.J., 1996, Bedrock geology of the Paducah 1 degree x 2 degrees quadrangle, Illinois, Kentucky, and Missouri: Illinois Geological Survey Bulletin, no. 102, 40 p., (incl. geologic map, scale 1:100,000)


Summary:

Ordovician (middle Cincinnatian, Maysvillian) Cape Limestone is classified as a formation even though in most places it is too thin to delineate on maps of scale 1:24,000 or smaller. Cape was combined with overlying Maquoketa Group on most source maps and on geologic map accompanying report. Thus, Cape apparently does not meet test of mappability North American Stratigraphic Code (1983, art. 24) mandates for a valid formation. The Cape should be reclassified as a member of either the Maquoketa above or of Kimmswick Limestone below. A formal reclassification is not proposed in this report, pending further study. Consists of medium- to dark-brownish-gray, medium- to coarse-grained limestone composed of shell and echinoderm fragments in sparry calcite cement (skeletal grainstone). Cape is more argillaceous than Kimmswick and its fossil fragments are smaller and more rounded. Thickness is 20 ft in part of Thebes 7.5-min quad, but elsewhere, Cape is less than 6 ft thick and discontinuous. Cape-Kimmswick contact is "welded" and disconformable.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Cape Limestone*
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Illinois basin
    • Ozark uplift

Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Cape Limestone*
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Illinois basin
Publication:

Harrison, R.W., 1999, Geologic map of the Thebes quadrangle, Missouri and Illinois: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Quadrangle Map, GQ-1779, scale 1:24,000 [http://ngmdb.usgs.gov/Prodesc/proddesc_19294.htm]


Summary:

A finely crystalline limestone, tentatively identified as Cape Limestone, has been logged in drillholes above Kimmswick Limestone south of Thebes, IL. No outcrops of Cape identified in quad.

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


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