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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 49 (1965)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 355

Last Page: 355

Title: Faunal Zones of the Paleocene and Eocene Geologic Section Along Chattahoochee River, Alabama: ABSTRACT

Author(s): C. H. Oman, L. D. Toulmin

Article Type: Meeting abstract


The stratigraphic interval from the top of the Upper Cretaceous Providence Sand to the bottom of the upper Eocene Ocala Limestone, extending 49 miles along the Chattahoochee River, was studied and sampled. The section, more than 600 feet thick, can be correlated with the standard section in central and western Alabama by means of fossil zones. Each of the eight formations studied contains beds with distinctive guide fossils.

The Paleocene Series is represented by a limestone facies that contains a more poorly preserved fauna than the equivalent argillaceous facies of western Alabama. The upper Paleocene (Naheola Formation) is absent in eastern Alabama. The lower Eocene Series is lithologically and faunally similar to its equivalent farther west. The middle Eocene Series is more calcareous than in western Alabama. The lower Lisbon (Winona equivalent) and the Gosport Sand are absent. The upper Eocene Series is represented by a limestone facies of the Moodys Branch Formation and Yazoo Clay of western Alabama.

Foraminiferal zones established for the geologic section on the Chattahoochee River conform closely to the macrofossil zones.

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