Abstract

Introduction.

This paper is intended to present certain general conclusions reached in the course of a preliminary study of the stratigraphy and paleontology of the Pottsville series along New river in West Virginia. While concerned mainly with paleontologic correlations, it touches incidentally on the stratigraphic position of the well-known New River coals mined at numerous points from Quinnimont down to Hawks Nest.

Use of term “Pottsville” and Formations included in “Pottsville Series.”

The Pottsville series, or the “ Conglomerate series,” as it is perhaps better known in West Virginia, embraces the group of sandstones, conglomerates, sandy shales and coals lying between the green and red calcareous Mauch Chunk shales below, and the softer, more argillaceous terranes of the “Lower Productive Coal Measures” above. It is essentially a sandstone series, though it includes some of the most valuable soft coals of the Appalachian region. Its massive ledges, rising often abruptly at . . .

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