Abstract

A combination of biostratigraphic markers (ammonites, inoceramid bivalves) and carbon isotope excursions is employed to establish a high-resolution correlation between the middle to late Cenomanian successions of the Western Interior Basin (USA) and the Anglo-Paris Basin (southern UK). Sequences identified from sedimentologic criteria in the Pueblo succession and elsewhere in the Western Interior Basin are shown to coincide precisely with globally recognized sea-level events and were therefore under eustatic control. This evidence refutes arguments that Cenomanian sequences in the Western Interior Basin were formed by local tectonic events. The interaction of longer-term tectonic movements and more rapid eustatic change may have simply enhanced the amount of erosion associated with sequence boundaries. A crossplot of radiometric ages derived from North American bentonites against an orbitally tuned time scale developed in the Anglo-Paris Basin provides support for the argument that the sequences were controlled by the 405-k.y.-long eccentricity cycle.

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