The Sharon Conglomerate: gaining a new perspective on the Appalachian Basin
The Sharon Conglomerate, which is the lowest member of the Pottsville Group, is Lower Pennsylvanian (Morrowan or Early Atokan) in age. The Sharon lies disconformably above Upper Mississippian units. It outcrops in three regions of Ohio: Northwest Ohio, Southeast Ohio, and East-Central Ohio. The Northwest Ohio outcrops are further sub-divided into two areas. A fair amount of work has been completed on these outcrops in Northwest and Southeast Ohio; however very little research time has been spent on the East-Central Ohio outcrop (Jacko, 1988). The Sharon has been correlated with other Lower Pennyslvanian conglomerates in the Appalachian Basin. More detailed studies of the Sharon Conglomerate as well as othe Lower Pennsylvanian conglomerates are needed (Hansen, 1984; Nelson 1989). More detailed studies of these conglomerates may unleast information on the evolution, tectonics, and history of the Appalachian Basin (Jacko, 1988).