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The interval spanning the uppermost Hell Creek Formation to the overlying lowermost Fort Union Formation in north-central Montana encompasses a marked paleoenvironmental change (associated with the formational contact), the Chicxulub impact event, and the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. We have examined the record of this transition at the Hell Creek Formation lectostratotype to determine the placement of these events using a series of lithological, geochemical, palynological, and 40Ar/39Ar geochronological analyses. The claystone derived from the Chicxulub impact is identified based on lithological criteria, enrichment of iridium and osmium, and osmium isotope ratios. The impact claystone also contains a Cyathidites...

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