Abstract

The Upper Member of the Cannes-de-Roches Formation was recently recognized overlying the Bonaventure Formation in the New Carlisle area, over 100 km southwest of the previously documented exposures of this unit. Moreover, remnants of the La Coulée Formation, which are unconformably overlain by the Bonaventure Formation, have also been recognized underlying, with a similar type of contact, the Lower Member of the Cannes-de-Roches Formation. From this and from facies similarities, the Lower and Middle members of the Cannes-de-Roches Formation are now considered to be equivalent to the Bonaventure Formation. It is proposed to abandon these two member designations and to only keep the Bonaventure Formation. The remaining Upper Member of the Cannes-de-Roches Formation is renamed the Pointe Sawyer Formation. A late Viséan to early Namurian age is attributed to this grey clastic formation from spore analysis. Dark reddish-brown sandstone conformably overlie the Pointe Sawyer Formation in the Mal Bay area. They correspond to the beginning of sedimentation from more distant sources within the regional Carboniferous stratigraphic succession, which was until then characterized by sedimentation from proximal sources. This previously unidentified unit is here referred to as the Chemin-des-Pêcheurs Formation.

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