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  • Usage in publication:
    • Cape Girardeau limestone
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Limestone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Ozark uplift
Publication:

Swallow, G.C., 1855, The first and second annual reports of the Geological Survey of Missouri: Missouri Geological Survey Report of Progress, 239 p.


Summary:

Named as lowermost formation of Upper Silurian. Named for Cape Girardeau, Cape Girardeau Co., eastern MO. As described by B.F. Shumard (same volume), is a fossiliferous compact bluish-gray brittle limestone. Smooth fracture in layers 2 to 6 in. thick with thin argillaceous partings. Thickness is 40 to 50 ft. Underlain by Hudson River group.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Girardeau Limestone*
  • Modifications:
    • Revised
    • 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:

Girardeau Limestone assigned to top of Maquoketa Group following usage of Thompson (1991). Mapped undivided with Leemon Formation at the surface in IL. In subsurface, mapped undivided with remaining Maquoketa Group (Cape La Croix Shale, Thebes Sandstone, and Orchard Creek Shale). Consists of brownish-gray sublithographic to lithographic limestone. Occurs in regularly spaced wavy beds 2 to 4 in. thick separated by calcareous shale partings. Interfingers with underlying Orchard Creek. Age is Late Ordovician (Cincinnatian).

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


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