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Upper Contact of the Fort Payne Formation

The upper contact of the Fort Payne Formation with the Middle Mississippian (late Osagean to early Meramecian) Salem-Warsaw Limestone (olive green in Figure 1) is sharp but conformable and occurs near the top of the ridges along Lake Cumberland (Thaden and Lewis, 1962, 1966). The contact and overlying units are exposed on U.S. 27 toward Wolf Creek Dam (Lewis and Potter, 1978, stop 3), and are better exposed east of Lake Cumberland along Ky. 61 (Meyer and others, 1997; Krause and Meyer, 2004).


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