Original paper

The Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary in Taramsa section, west of Qena, Nile Valley, Egypt

Faris, Mahmoud; El Monem T., Abd; El Hameed, Abd; Marzouk, Akmal M.

Newsletters on Stratigraphy Volume 16 Number 2 (1986), p. 85 - 97

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published: May 27, 1986

DOI: 10.1127/nos/16/1986/85

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Abstract

Examination of the late Cretaceous-early Tertiary succession in Taramsa section, West of Qena, has revealed the presence of latest Maastrichtian fauna and nannofossil flora. The distinct biotic changes at the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary characterize a profound environmental instability. The gradual replacement of the Cretaceous taxa by Tertiary ones suggests a transitional character of the boundary. The marked change in colour and the observed variation in lithology near the Cretaceous/Tertiary boundary do not indicate, at the present time, whether the sedimentation was continous or contain a hiatus at the boundary.

Keywords

late Cretaceous-early TertiaryCretaceous/Tertiary boundarylithologybioticWest of QenaNile ValleyEgypt