Original paper

Lower Cretaceous Calcareous Nannofossils From the Great Valley Sequence of Northern California: A Preliminary Survey

Worsley, Thomas R.

Newsletters on Stratigraphy Volume 8 Number 2 (1979), p. 124 - 132

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published: Dec 14, 1979

DOI: 10.1127/nos/8/1979/124

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Abstract

Diverse calcareous nannofossil assemblages occur in seven samples collected from an apparently continuous 4000 m section of homoclinally dipping strata of Early Cretaceous age in the Great Valley of northern California. Two additional samples from younger strata at different localities also contain nannofossils. The lithostratigraphic units comprising the section are (in ascending order) the "Knoxville Formation", an informal name applied to the Jurassic part of the Great Valley sequence, the Paskenta Formation and its unnamed equivalents of Early Cretaceous age, and the Budden Canyon Formation of Aptian or Albian Age. This section was previously studied with respect to ammonites, pelecypods of the genus Buchia, and benthic Foraminifera. Preliminary nannofossil results suggest that the unnamed Early Cretaceous beds at McCarty Creek, dated as Valanginian to Hauterivian or Aptian by ammonites and Buchia, can be assigned similar ages by nannofossils if one takes into account the different stratigraphic levels sampled for each group. Similarly. Aptian or Albian age assignments of the Budden Canyon Formation are in agreement for ammonites and nannofossils. As nannofossil sampling of the California section becomes more complete, it may become one of the best reference sections available for Lower Cretaceous correlations.

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calcareousnannofossillithostratigraphicammonitesGreat Valleynorthern CaliforniaMcCarty Creek