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At the end of 1980, seven complete cores were recovered from a 30-m (100-ft) interval in the Raton Formation at York Canyon, New Mexico. The interval cored spans the palynologically defined Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary, which is marked by a distinctive noble metal–bearing claystone in the Raton basin. Azimuthal orientation of the cores can be recovered both from the average directions of the most stable components of the remanent magnetization, with a root mean square error of 28°, and from the average direction of secondary components of magnetization removed by thermal and alternating field demagnetization, with a root mean square error of...

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