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A palynological biozonation for the Maastrichtian Stage (Upper Cretaceous) of South Carolina, USA

January 1, 2002

Three palynological biozones are proposed for the Maastrichtian Stage of South Carolina. In ascending stratigraphic order, the biozones are the Carolinapollis triangularis (Ct) Interval Biozone, the Holkopollenites chemardensis (Hc) Interval Biozone, and the Sparganiaceaepollenites uniformis (Su) Interval Biozone. Integration of the biostratigraphy with lithologic and geophysical log data suggests that within the study area, the upper and lower boundaries of each zone are bounded by regional unconformities, and that a three-fold subdivision of the Maastrichtian Stage is warranted. The biozonation is based on the analysis of 114 samples from 24 subsurface and three outcrop sections from the Coastal Plain of South Carolina; samples from an additional seven subsurface and 18 outcrop sections from North Carolina and Georgia were examined to evaluate the geographic extent of the biozones. One new genus and five new species of pollen are described, and emendations are presented for two genera and one species of pollen. ?? 2003 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd.

Publication Year 2002
Title A palynological biozonation for the Maastrichtian Stage (Upper Cretaceous) of South Carolina, USA
DOI 10.1006/cres.2002.1029
Authors R. A. Christopher, D. C. Prowell
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Cretaceous Research
Index ID 70023905
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse