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Lithology, carbonate and organic carbon geochemistry, and molluscan macrofauna were investigated in fine-grained clay-dominated strata spanning the Cenomanian-Turonian Stage boundary in the southern Colorado Plateau region. Analyses of these data show basinal and onshore to offshore changes in sedimentologic and molluscan assemblage trends through the upper Cenomanian Sciponoceras gracile and Neocardioceras juddii and lower Turonian Watinoceras coloradoense Biozones.

Diverse infaunal/epifaunal bivalve assemblages are best developed in the Sciponoceras gracile Biozone and at the more clay-rich nearshore sections. Gastropod and infaunal bivalve abundance and diversity decrease in an offshore and up-section direction as carbonate and organic carbon percentages generally increase.


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