The Somerset Shale Member (Salem Limestone) of Kentucky: References

by Don R. Chesnut (chesnut<at>
ęDRC 2014
Butts, C., 1922, The Mississippian Series of eastern Kentucky. Kentucky Geological Survey, Series Six, Volume Seven, 188 pages.

Feldman, H.R., 1984, Paleontology and Paleoecology of the Somerset Shale Member of the Salem Limestone (Mississippian) in Central Kentucky. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, Master of Arts Thesis, 114 pages.

Feldman, H.R., 1987, Facies faunas of the Salem Limestone (Mississippian) in southern Indiana and central Kentucky. Southeastern Geology, volume 27, pages 171-183.

Feldman, H.R., 1989, Echinoderms of the Somerset Shale Member, Indiana and Kentucky. Journal of Paleontology, volume 63, Number 6, pages 900-912.

Greb, S.F. and Chesnut, D.R., 2009, Carboniferous geology and biostratigraphy of the Appalachian and Black Warrior Basins. Kentucky Geological Survey, Special Publication SP-10-12, 101 pages. [pdf]

Suggested References

Cummings, E.R., Branson, E.B., Beede, J.W.,and Smith, E.A., 1905. Fauna of the Salem Limestone of Indiana. Indiana Department of Geology and Natural Resources, Thirtieth Annual Report, pp. 1187-1394. [pdf 9.3 Mb] [This text doesn't mention the Somerset Shale, but many of the fauna cited in this publication might be found in the shale member. This publication could be a valuable guide for identification of Somerset Shale fossils. Many of the names of fossils from this 1905 publication are outdated and more modern names should be sought.]