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The Upper Cretaceous-lower Tertiary sedimentary rocks in central and southern Egypt are characterized by gradual facies differentiation of three main types--Nile Valley, Garra-El Arbain, and Farafra. These facies are present in three different basins within the marginal trough on the northern flank of the African shield. Two main parvafacies are recognized, one in the Maestrichtian and the other in the Paleocene; the Nubia Sandstone in southern Egypt represents a heterochronous magnafacies correlatable with several rock units in central Egypt.
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