National Geologic Map Database

Geologic Unit: Kings Lake


Kings Lake Limestone of Decorah Group (IL*,MO*-notably in St. Louis region)


(alphabetical) --all in IL,MO: Mincke Member, Tyson Member.

Geologic age:

Late Ordovician (Mohawkian)*

Type section, locality, area and/or origin of name:

Type section: exposure in west bluff of Mississippi River Valley, 1.6 mi north of Foley, about 500 ft north of road junction at Kings Lake, in SE/4 SE/4 NE/4 sec. 26, T. 50 N., R. 2 E., Foley 7.5-min quadrangle, Lincoln Co., MO (Templeton and Willman, 1963).
Reference sections in MO: (1) roadcut on U.S. Interstate Highway I-55, mileage 182, in SW/4 NW/4 NW/4 sec. 7, T. 41 N., R. 6 E., Herculaneum 7.5-min quadrangle, Jefferson Co.; (2) roadcut on north frontage road of U.S. Interstate Highway I-44 west of Allenton-Six Flags exit, in sec. 33, T. 44 N., R. 3 E., western St. Louis Co.; (3) exposure on St. Louis County Road W., 1 mi south of Eureka, in NW/4 NW/4 NE/4 sec. 12, T. 43 N., R. 3 E., Pacific 7.5-min quad; and (4) roadcut on U.S. Highway 61, north of bridge over Spencer Creek, in SE/4 SE/4 sec. 21, T. 44 N., R. 4 E., St. Louis Co. (Thompson, 1991).

AAPG geologic province:

Illinois basin*
Lincoln anticline*
Ozark uplift*

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