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  • Usage in publication:
    • Ward Cove limestone member
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Limestone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Cooper, B.N., and Prouty, C.E., 1943, Stratigraphy of the lower Middle Ordovician of Tazewell County, Virginia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 54, no. 6, p. 819-886.


Summary:

Named the Ward Cove limestone member of the Cliffield formation for Ward Cove, Tazewell Co., southwestern VA. Consists of coarse-grained limestone and overlying NIDULITES beds (formerly zones 6 and 7 of Butts, 1940). Thickness is 225 feet. Overlies Peery limestone member of Cliffield formation and underlies Lincolnshire member of Cliffield formation. The coarse-grained limestone part of the Ward Cove is equivalent to Butts' Holston formation and the NIDULITES bed is equivalent to the lower part of Butts' Ottosee. The Ward Cove is of Middle Ordovician age.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Ward Cove limestone
  • Modifications:
    • Revised
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Cooper, B.N., 1945, Industrial limestones and dolomites in Virginia; Clinch Valley district: Virginia Geological Survey Bulletin, no. 66, 259 p.


Summary:

The Ward Cove is raised in rank to the Ward Cove limestone in southwestern VA.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Ward Cove limestone
  • Modifications:
    • Revised
    • Redescribed
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Prouty, C.E., 1946, Lower Middle Ordovician of southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 30, no. 7, p. 1140-1191. [Available online, with subscription, from AAPG archives: http://www.aapg.org/datasystems or http://search.datapages.com]


Summary:

The Ward Cove limestone is stratigraphically restricted to the coarse-grained limestone part of Cooper and Prouty's (1943) Ward Cove limestone. The overlying NIDULITES bed is named the Thompson Valley limestone. The Ward Cove thickens in a southwestern direction from about 150 feet near New Castle, VA to over 350 feet at Mechanicburg, and over 550 feet near Sharon Springs.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Ward Cove Limestone*
  • Modifications:
    • Revised
    • Areal extent
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Ryder, R.T., 1992, Stratigraphic framework of Cambrian and Ordovician rocks in the central Appalachian basin from Morrow County, Ohio, to Pendleton County, West Virginia, IN Evolution of sedimentary basins; Appalachian basin: U.S. Geological Survey Bulletin, 1839-G, p. G1-G25.


Summary:

In cross section E-E', in the subsurface of east-central WV and southwestern VA, Ward Cove Limestone is extended from VA to WV in Pendleton Co. In vicinity of Harrisonburg, VA, Ward Cove becomes a tongue of Liberty Hall Formation. In WV, it replaces part of the Big Valley Formation of Perry (1964). Shown as part of the Black River Group. Age is Middle Ordovician (Blackriveran).

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


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