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Applications of Palynology and Kerogen Analysis to California Paleogene Stratigraphy and Paleoenvironment

Joyce Lucas-Clark

Paleogene strata of California commonly yield usable preserved organic material. Fossil pollen, spores, and dinoflagellates of chronostratigraphic significance are recovered from Paleogene rocks that contain no other usable fossil material. Palynofacies analysis, which combines data from fossil species with data from kerogen analysis, is used to interpret paleo-environmental aspects such as paleobathymetry, probable upwelling, turbulence, and rates of sedimentation. Examples of applications come from Paleogene submarine canyon deposits, the northern California Franciscan coastal belt, and southern California Transverse Ranges.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #91035©1988 AAPG-SEPM-SEG Pacific Sections and SPWLA Annual Convention, Santa Barbara, California, 17-19 April 1988.