Early Palaeogene planktic foraminiferal and carbon isotope stratigraphy, Hole 762C, Exmouth Plateau, northwest Australian margin

Hancock, Haidi J.L., Chaproniere, George, Dickens, Gerald R., and Henderson, R.A. (2002) Early Palaeogene planktic foraminiferal and carbon isotope stratigraphy, Hole 762C, Exmouth Plateau, northwest Australian margin. Journal of Micropalaeontology, 21 (1). pp. 29-42.

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Abstract

Although the northwest margin of Australia is an important region for petroleum exploration and palaeoceanographic investigations, its Palaeogene stratigraphy is poorly documented, especially in terms of a foraminiferal biozonation. Early Palaeogene cores from 502.96 to 307.80 m below sea floor at Ocean Drilling Program Site 762 on the Exmouth Plateau were examined in this study for their planktic foraminiferal assemblages and the carbon isotopic compositions of Subbotilla spp. Planktic foraminifera are generally well preserved and belong to 74 species and 17 genera. In spite of a mid-latitudinal palaeolatitude (c. 40 a S) the sequence, deposited between the early Paleocene and Middle Eocene, contains all planktic foraminiferal Zones PIc through PIO of the current global scheme for tropical locations, except for Subzone P4b. Most zones are well defined by the datums of primary marker species except P3a and P9, which have boundaries that probably occur in core gaps, and the P9 zonal boundaries are defined by secondary marker species. Overall, variations in Ol3C based on sequential samples of Subbotina are similar in pattern and magnitude to global summary isotope curves spanning the early Palaeogene. However, the prominent S13C excursion that characterizes the Palaeocene/Eocene transition is mostly missing and appears to lie in a core gap. The planktic foraminiferal zonation, linked with that based on nannofossils, a recalibrated magnetostratigraphy and carbon isotope records, provides a robust temporal framework for the Early Palaeogene of the northwest margin of Australia.

Item ID: 4390
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 0262-821X
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2009 05:35
FoR Codes: 04 EARTH SCIENCES > 0403 Geology > 040311 Stratigraphy (incl Biostratigraphy and Sequence Stratigraphy) @ 100%
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