This guidebook was produced for participants of the Sixth Gondwana Symposium held at the Institute of Polar Studies in August 1985. The trip traverses the highly scenic Appalachian Plateau. Enroute to eastern Kentucky, nonmarine sandstone, mudstone, coal, and limestone of the Upper Carboniferous to Permian (?) Dunkard Group, and Upper Carboniferous Monongahela and Conemaugh Formations will be examined in southern Ohio and western West Virginia. In eastern Kentucky, examination of the rocks will proceed up through the sequence starting with the Lower Carboniferous Berea Sandstone, a shallow marine deposit with abundant sedimentary structures; followed by the Borden Formation, which represents a prograding delta with shelf to basin facies including turbidites and abundant sedimentary structures; followed by the Borden Formation, which represents a prograding delta with shelf to basin facies including turbidites and abundant sedimentary structures, trace, and invertebrate fossils; the Slade Formation, a shallow carbonate sequence with paleokarst and paleosol features, and ending with the Upper Carboniferous Breathitt Formation, a marine to nonmarine sandstone, mudstone, and coal unit with famous coal ball localities.
Field Excursion 6 for Sixth Gondwana Symposium edited by S.M. Haban, The Institute of Polar Studies, Ohio State University, Stops 4-6.