Preliminary results of paleontologic and petrographic study of the structure of the Nummulitic series (Paleogene) of eastern Bejaoua, near Mateur indicate that all the clays which separate the Eocene limestone beds of northern Tunisia are not of the same age--some are Priabonian and not the transition clays of the Cretaceous-Tertiary. Distribution of isolated sandstone blocks prove that the area was entirely covered by the sea during the upper Nummulitic (Paleogene). Reinterpretation of the structure shows that the area is a series of simple anticlines and synclines, the Nummulitic series forming a synclinorium.

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