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Early Palaeogene planktic foraminiferal and carbon isotope stratigraphy, Hole 762C, Exmouth Plateau, Northwest Australian margin

Haidi J. L. Hancock, George C. Chaproniere, Gerald R. Dickens and Robert A. Henderson
Early Palaeogene planktic foraminiferal and carbon isotope stratigraphy, Hole 762C, Exmouth Plateau, Northwest Australian margin
Journal of Micropalaeontology (May 2002) 21, Part 1: 29-42

Abstract

Although the northwest margin of Australia is an important region for petroleum exploration and paleoceanographic investigations, its Paleogene stratigraphy is poorly documented, especially in terms of a foraminiferal biozonation. Early Paleogene cores from 502.96 to 307.80 m below sea floor at Ocean Drilling Program Site 762 on the Exmouth Plateau were examined in this study for their planktic foraminiferal assemblages and the carbon isotopic compositions of Subbotina spp. Planktic foraminifera are generally well preserved and belong to 74 species and 17 genera. In spite of a mid-latitudinal paleolatitude (c. 40 degrees S) the sequence, deposited between the early Paleocene and middle Eocene, contains all planktic foraminiferal Zones P1c through P10 of the current global scheme for tropical locations, except for Subzone P4b. Most zones are well defined by the datums of primary marker species except P3a and P9, which have boundaries that probably occur in core gaps, and the P9 zonal boundaries are defined by secondary marker species. Overall, variations in delta (super 13) C based on sequential samples of Subbotina are similar in pattern and magnitude to global summary isotope curves spanning the early Paleogene. However, the prominent delta (super 13) C excursion that characterizes the Paleocene/Eocene transition is mostly missing and appears to lie in a core gap. The planktic foraminiferal zonation, linked with that based on nannofossils, a recalibrated magnetostratigraphy and carbon isotope records, provides a robust temporal framework for the early Paleogene of the northwest margin of Australia.


ISSN: 0262-821X
EISSN: 2041-4978
Serial Title: Journal of Micropalaeontology
Serial Volume: 21, Part 1
Title: Early Palaeogene planktic foraminiferal and carbon isotope stratigraphy, Hole 762C, Exmouth Plateau, Northwest Australian margin
Affiliation: James Cook University, School of Earth Sciences, Townsville, Queensl., Australia
Pages: 29-42
Published: 200205
Text Language: English
Publisher: British Micropalaeontological Society, London, United Kingdom
References: 77
Accession Number: 2003-037181
Categories: Stratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Annotation: Includes appendix
Illustration Description: illus. incl. 2 tables, sketch map
S19°53'15" - S19°53'14", E112°15'14" - E112°15'15"
Secondary Affiliation: Australian National University, AUS, AustraliaRice University, USA, United States
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from The Geological Society, London, London, United Kingdom
Update Code: 200312
Program Name: ODPOcean Drilling Program
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