Spatial and Temporal Facies Variations in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, Southern Kenya Rift Valley
Published:January 01, 2000
R. Bernhart Owen, Robin W. Renaut, 2000. "Spatial and Temporal Facies Variations in the Pleistocene Olorgesailie Formation, Southern Kenya Rift Valley", Lake Basins Through Space and Time, E. H. Gierlowski-Kordesch, K. R. Kelts
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Lake Olorgesailie was one of several large paleolakes known to have existed in the Kenya Rift Valley during the Pleistocene. The Olorgesailie Basin coversan area of about 100 km in the southern Kenya Rift,25 km northeast of Lake Magadi (Figure 1). TheOlorgesailie Formation includes a wide range of lacustrine, fluvial, and colluvial sedimentary rocks.Gregory (1921) first described the deposits from the area, which he attributed to a Miocene "Lake Kamasia."In 1943 Louis and Mary Leakey discoveredabundant Acheulian hand axes in the deposits(Leakey, 1952), which led to further archeologicalstudies by Isaac (1968), and more recently by Potts(1989, 1994). Shackleton (1955,...
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