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The Eocene-Oligocene transition in the eastern Gulf Coastal Plain of Alabama and Mississippi occurs within a sequence of marine clastic rocks making up the Jackson Group and the lower Vicksburg Group. The placement and the nature of the Eocene-Oligocene boundary remain controversial after more than 20 yr of detailed study. In Alabama, the Eocene-Oligocene boundary is placed within a condensed section at the contact between the Shubuta Member of the Yazoo Clay and the Red Bluff Clay. In eastern Mississippi, the Eocene-Oligocene boundary is recognized through the use of planktonic foraminifera and calcareous nannofossils as also occurring at the Yazoo–Red...

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