The Short Creek Oolite is the only formally designated member of the Lower Mississippian Boone Formation. Although oolite deposits are often considered to be formed in shoal areas, detailed study of the War Eagle Short Creek disclosed characteristics incompatible with deposition as an oolite shoal. At the War Eagle Quarry, the Short Creek Oolite occurs between deep water strata and there is a conspicuous absence of cross-stratification and other shallow water bedding features. Modal analysis revealed a lower oolith content than found in Recent oolite shoals or in the Short Creek Oolite of Missouri, which has been interpreted as a shoal previously. These data suggest that the War Eagle Short Creek may have been deposited as a turbidite which brought ooliths from the Missouri - Kansas oolite shoal into the deeper water foreslope environment of northwest Arkansas.
Lisle, Barbara A.
"Short Creek Oolite (Lower Mississippian) Deposition, War Eagle Quarry, Madison County, Arkansas,"
Journal of the Arkansas Academy of Science: Vol. 37
, Article 14.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jaas/vol37/iss1/14