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  • Usage in publication:
    • Whistle Creek limestone
  • Modifications:
    • Named
  • Dominant lithology:
    • Limestone
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Cooper, B.N., and Cooper, G.A., 1946, Lower Middle Ordovician stratigraphy of the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 57, no. 1, p. 35-113.


Summary:

Named the Whistle Creek limestone for Whistle Creek, Rockbridge Co., western VA. Consists of cherty limestone that contains HESPERORTHIS fauna; predominantly dark-bluish to brownish gray cherty limestone with irregular bedding. Thickness at type section is 82 feet. Unit overlies the New Market limestone and underlies either the "Holston" marble or the Lincolnshire limestone. In many places the position of the Whistle Creek is indicated by blocks of fossiliferous, punky chert. The Whistle Creek limestone is of Middle Ordovician age.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Whistle Creek limestone
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Cooper, G.A., 1956, Chazyan and related brachiopods [U.S.-Canada]: Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, v. 127, pt. 1, 1245 p.


Summary:

The Whistle Creek limestone correlates with the Row Park formation of the Stones River group in MD and PA. Author postulates that the Row Park and the Whistle Creek are partial facies of the New Market.

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


Map showing publication footprint
  • Usage in publication:
    • Whistle Creek Formation
  • Modifications:
    • Overview
  • AAPG geologic province:
    • Appalachian basin
Publication:

Spencer, E.W., 1968, Geology of the Natural Bridge, Sugarloaf Mountain, Buchanan, and Arnold Valley quadrangles, Virginia: Virginia Division of Mineral Resources Report of Investigations, no. 13, 55 p.


Summary:

The Whistle Creek Formation is composed of dark blue to gray irregular and thin-bedded, fossiliferous limestone with black chert nodules and lenses. Thickness ranges from 82 feet at type section to 165 feet. Unit underlies the Lincolnshire Formation.

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


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