Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

George D. Swingle

Committee Members

Russell J. Lewis, Lawrence T. Larson, Harry J. Klepser


Conclusions: The following conclusions are presented from the study of the lithostratigraphy of the Conasauga Group in Carter and Stanley valleys:

1. The Conasauga Group presents classic examples of isopic and heteropic facies.

2. The lithology of the individual formations of the Conasauga Group is remarkably similar in both thrust belts.

3. The carbonate units of the Conasauga Group thicken eastward and southeastward and the claystone units thicken westward and northwestward.

4. The Pumpkin Valley Shale is a transitional unit which has a Rome lithology in the lower half of the formation and Conasauga-type lithologies in the upper one-half of the unit.

5. The Rogersville Shale thins to less than four feet in the northeastern part of the study and the Rutledge and Maryville formations merge to form Honaker Dolomite.

6. The Bradley Creek Limestone Member of the Nolichucky Formation thickens to the southeast of the Carter Valley strike belt. The Bradley Creek Member may be a northward extending tongue (lithostrome) of the Maryville Limestone which occurs south of the Pulaski fault.

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