Title

Correlating Palynofacies Assemblages with Sequence Stratigraphy in Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Sedimentary Rocks of the Book Cliffs, East-Central Utah

Abstract

Some of the most important factors that govern the preservation of depositional sequences in passive margins are the rate of sediment supply, the type of sediment, subsidence history, sea-level changes, and climate. Because detrital organic matter behave like sedimentary particles, their distribution in sediments can be used to infer palynofacies, and consequently depositional conditions. This study correlates palynofacies assemblages with sequence stratigraphic interpretations of Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) sedimentary rocks in the Book Cliffs, east-central Utah, namely the Kenilworth, Grassy, and Desert Members of the Blackhawk Formation, Mancos Shale, Castlegate Sandstone, and Buck Tongue of the Mancos Shale.

Department(s)

Geosciences and Geological and Petroleum Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Campanian; Cretaceous; depositional sequence; organic matter; palynofacies; sequence stratigraphy; USA, Utah, Book Cliffs

Geographic Coverage

East-Central Utah

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

167606

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 1996 Geological Society of America, All rights reserved.

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