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Geologic Unit: Honaker
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  • Usage in publication:
    • Honaker limestone*
    • Honaker dolomtie*
  • Modifications:
    • Original reference
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Limestone
    • Dolomite
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Campbell, M.R., 1897, Tazewell folio, Virginia-West Virginia: U.S. Geological Survey Geologic Atlas of the United States Folio, GF-44, 6 p., scale 1:125,000


Summary:

Pg. 2. Honaker limestone [in Virginia, Honaker dolomite]. Varies in character from blue flaggy limestone to dark impure limestone and massive gray dolomite. Thickness 900 to 1,000 feet. Overlies Russell formation and underlies Nolichucky shale. West of this quadrangle [Tazewell], the Honaker limestone is subdivided by a small band of calcareous shale (Rogersville shale) into two distinct limestones, the upper of which has been named Maryville and the lower Rutledge limestone. In passing eastward the Rogersville shale becomes more and more calcareous until on western edge of this quadrangle the three blend into a single limestone with about same thickness as the aggregate farther west. Age is Middle Cambrian.
[Named from exposures at Honaker, Russell Co., southwestern VA. Extends into northeastern TN and western NC.]

Source: US geologic names lexicon (USGS Bull. 896, p. 975).


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Honaker Dolomite
  • Modifications:
    • Age modified
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Markello, J.R., and Read, J.F., 1982, Upper Cambrian intrashelf basin, Nolichucky Formation, southwest Virginia Appalachians: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 66, no. 7, p. 860-878. [Available online, with subscription, from AAPG archives: http://www.aapg.org/datasystems or http://search.datapages.com]


Summary:

Age of Honaker Dolomite shown on diagram to be Middle and Late Cambrian. (Age based on work by J.R. Derby, 1965, Paleontology and stratigraphy of the Nolichucky Formation in southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee, unpub. PhD. dissert., Virginia Polytechnic Institute.)

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


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