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The Meganos channel, a fossil submarine channel, is in the central part of the Sacramento Valley of California. This channel was cut and filled in a marine environment during a relatively short interval of late Paleocene time. It has been traced in the subsurface more than 50 miles and has a maximum width of 6 miles. The greatest known thickness of sediments filling the channel is 2,015 feet. Formations truncated by the channel range in age from latest Paleocene through Late Cretaceous.

The rocks eroded by the channel are principally arenaceous; however, sediments filling the channel are composed of...

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