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Microfaunal Abundance Fluctuations in the Western Black Sea (Romanian Offshore, Cretaceous to Pliocene)

Marius Dan Georgescu
Marius Dan Georgescu
Memorial University of Newfoundland, Department of Earth Sciences, St. John’s, Newfoundland A1B 3X5, Canada
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January 01, 2003


Variations in microfaunal abundance are a useful tool in recognizing basin evolutionary stages. The Western Black Sea basin, situated near a continental passive margin, has three evolutionary phases: flysch, filling, and shelf sedimentation. Flysch sediments accumulated after basin rifting and contain rare and sporadic microfossils. During the filling phase, mostly turbidite sediments accumulated. Their microfossil record shows mixed, rather poor assemblages in periods with increased terrigenous input, but the assemblages are rich in hemipelagic sediments at the tops of turbidite sequences. The most diverse and abundant assemblages occur in sediments of the shelf sedimentation phase. During a basin evolutionary stage, microfaunal abundance shows a gradual upward increase, reaching highest values at the top. A tentative correlation with the supercycles of the Haq et al. (1988) chart is made. This correlation shows that a microfaunal abundance peak is situated in the lower proximity of a supercycle top in the Haq et al. (1988) chart.

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Micropaleontologic Proxies for Sea-Level Change and Stratigraphic Discontinuities

Hilary Clement Olson
Hilary Clement Olson
Institute for Geophysics, University of Texas, 4412 Spicewood Springs Rd., Bldg. 600, Austin, Texas 78759-8500, U.S.A.
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R. Mark Leckie
R. Mark Leckie
Department of Geosciences, University of Massachusetts, 611 N. Pleasant St., Amherst Massachusetts 01003, U.S.A.
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