No work comes out of a vacuum. One could rightly thank all the professional, academic and amateur geologists, miners, and engineers who have contributed to the study of Missouri geology since the first Native American picked up a shiny rock, or powdered her first hematite for a cave drawing. And I do.
On a more practical basis, though, a few sources should be acknowledged (and by no means held responsible) for this traipse through Missouri geology presented here. So kudos, and a tip of the geopick to Art Hebrank, Jerry Vineyard, Jim Vandike, Toby Dogwiler, Hal Baker, Don Rimbach and all the authors, past and present, of the last 150 years of literature produced by the Missouri Geological Survey, in all its various name changes and incarnations. Without these men and women even this small website would not be possible.
If you (fair reader, whoever you are) would like to pursue this topic, I recommend my primary sources:
University of Missouri--Columbia Geology Library. (Thanks, Stephen!)
Maps and Publications Desk, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Division of Geology and Land Survey, P.O. Box 250, Rolla, Missouri 65402. DGLS has a cornucopia of information on Missouri geology, available to the public at a modest fee--generally the cost of printing and shipping. Check their list of publications, and don't overlook those "old green books"--Second Series publications.
Bunker, Bill, J., and Brian J. Witzke; W.L. Watney, G.A. Ludvigson;
Chapter 10--Phanerozoic History of the central midcontinent. The Geology of North America. Vol. D-2., Sedimentary Cover--North American Craton U.S., The Geological Society of America, 1988.
Levin, Harold, The Earth Through Time. 6th ed.: Saunders College Publishing, 1999. This is a standard historical geology text; since Dr. Levin has spent much of his career at Washington University in St. Louis, many of the illustrations and diagrams have a Missouri/Illinois flavor.
Thompson, T.L., The Stratigraphic Succession in Missouri. Vol. 40 revised; MDNR-Division of Geology and Land Survey, 1995. The original Volume 40, (coord. W.B. Howe, edited by J. W. Koenig, 1961) may also be useful, especially if you are trying to read older texts referring to prior stratigraphic names.
Unklesbay, A.G., and Vineyard, J.D., Missouri Geology: Three Billion Years of Seas, Sediments and Erosion. University of Missouri Press, 1992. Although the easiest for the layman, this book should be read in concert with more recent scholarly works.
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