Stratigraphy, depositional environments and palaeogeography of the Colwell Bay Member (Headon Hill Formation, Solent Group: Late Eocene, Hampshire Basin)
Published:January 01, 2010
Chris King, 2010. "Stratigraphy, depositional environments and palaeogeography of the Colwell Bay Member (Headon Hill Formation, Solent Group: Late Eocene, Hampshire Basin)", Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001), John E. Whittaker, Malcolm B. Hart
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Detailed logging ofkey outcrops and boreholes in the mainly nearshore and marginalmarine sediments of the Colwell Bay Member has enabled regional correlations to be established. The Colwell Bay Member comprises a single depositional sequence, based by a combined sequence boundary and transgressive surface and terminated by a second sequence boundary. Regionally developed omission surfaces delimit five parasequences within the Colwell Bay Member. Environmentally controlled mollusc assemblages indicate progressive SW-to-NE progradation of marginal-marine environments within each parasequence. Previous interpretations of the Solent Group as deposited in a narrow embayment of the proto-English Channel are evaluated and rejected. It is interpreted as a remnant of a wide area of coastal and near-coastal sediments, deposited in a wide embayment of the southern North Sea Basin, now largely removed by mid-Tertiary uplift and erosion.
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Micropalaeontology, Sedimentary Environments and Stratigraphy: a Tribute to Dennis Curry (1912–2001)
Dennis Curry was a remarkable polymath and philanthropist, leading a double-life as one of the UK's most gifted amateur geologists, whilst at the same time being an extremely successful businessman (as Managing Director of Currys Ltd). This Festschrift, authored by friends and specialists from Britain and France, pays tribute to his often seminal research as well as exhibiting the wide range of his geological interest. It contains 12 chapters and covers several differing aspects of micropalaeontology (pteropods, diatoms and especially foraminifera), Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy, Hampshire Basin stratigraphy and palaeogeography, as well as major contributions on English Channel sedimentology and the great faunal turnover affecting mammals at the Eocene-Oligocene boundary. A scientific appreciation of Dennis Curry, ‘the professional amateur’, with recollections of former colleagues at University College, London (where he was Visiting Professor), together with an assessment of the valuable collections he established and donated to The Natural History Museum, are also included. Copiously illustrated, this book is a must for all geologists.