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Pub. Id: A115 (1992)

First Page: 317

Last Page: 331

Book Title: M 53: Geology and Geophysics of Continental Margins

Article/Chapter: Upper Cretaceous Stratigraphy and Relative Sea-Level Changes, Gulf Coastal Plain of Eastern and Central Alabama: Chapter 17: Sea-Level and Seismic Stratigraphic Studies

Subject Group: Geologic History and Areal Geology

Spec. Pub. Type: Memoir

Pub. Year: 1992

Author(s): David T. King Jr., Michael C. Skotnicki


Relative sea-level change had a major effect upon sedimentary depositional patterns in the outcropping and shallow subsurface Upper Cretaceous stratigraphic section in the Gulf coastal plain of Alabama. In this paper, we examine the facies stratigraphy and stratigraphic breaks in the upper Santonian-Maastrichtian section in light of local biostratigraphy and biochronostratigraphic correlation. We examine the relationship of facies stratigraphy and stratigraphic breaks to relative sea-level changes, and we propose a preliminary depositional-sequence stratigraphy for the study area that is closely related to global patterns in relative coastal onlap.

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