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A micropaleontological study was conducted on the Cañada Formation located on Santa Cruz Island in the Santa Barbara Channel in southern California. Foraminifera from 11 microfossil samples were picked, mounted, identified, and photographed. Depth of deposition of the samples was interpreted and combined with a reinterpretation of depth of deposition from previous foraminiferal studies from the Cañada Formation.

Eight shallowing events occurred during the deposition of the Cañada Formation. Depth of deposition ranged from 50 m to 2,000 m or more beginning in early Eocene and ending in early medial Eocene.

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