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Trace Fossils from the Rocky Point Member of the Peedee Formation (Upper Cretaceous) and the Castle Hayne Limestone (Eocene)

H. Allen Curran
H. Allen Curran
Department of Geology Smith College Northampton
Massachusetts 01063
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January 01, 1986


Trace fossils are the preserved tracks, trails, burrows, and borings formed by a wide variety of organisms. Such fossils are known to be formed at least to some extent in virtually all types of ancient marine depositional environments. Numerous studies, particularly in the past decade, have made effective use of trace fossils in the Interpretation of depositional environments. Surprisingly, however, few studies of Atlantic Coastal Plain formations have made use of trace fossils. From North Carolina I know of only two such studies, by Curran and Frey (1977) and by Belt et al. (1983), in Pleistocene strata exposed at the Lee Creek mine near Aurora. Certainly there is no dearth of trace fossils in Atlantic Coastal Plain formations; they can be found in many units, in both outcrop and quarry exposures. Detailed studies of trace fossil assemblages can yield useful information to aid with the interpretation of depositional environments, the determination of sedimentation rates, and the relationships between Formational and facies boundaries.

The purpose of this report is to bring to the attention of the field trip participants the occurrence of trace fossils in some of the units to be visited during the trip. The trace fossils described herein were discovered during several days of reconnaissance field work conducted in August, 1985. These trace fossils have not been interpreted in detail, and the full extent of the trace fossil assemblages present in these units is not yet known.

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SEPM Field Trip Guidebook

Southeastern United States: Third Annual Midyear Meeting, 1986, Raleigh, North Carolina

Daniel A. Textoris
Daniel A. Textoris
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SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
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January 01, 1986




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