Abstract

The geographic occurrences of archaeocyathids are plotted for the Cordilleran region of western Canada. The archaeocyathids are found both east and west of, and within the Rocky Mountain Trench in British Columbia and are found east and west of the Tintina Trench in the southern Yukon. The overall pattern of the occurrences indicates that the shallow neritic portion of the continental shelf in Early Cambrian time traces a pattern widely diverse from that of the later, superimposed, Laramide structural trend. Portions of the continental shelf were already in existence west of the Rocky Mountain Trench by Early Cambrian time.

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