Dinoflagellate cyst zonation of Campanian-Maastrichtian sequences in Israel

Ramses P. Hoek, Yoram Eshet, Ahuva Almogi-Labin

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A palynological study of Campanian-Maastrichtian sequences is conducted on core sections from the Be'er Sheva Valley (M-8 section) and the Shefela Basin (Zor'a B and Hartuv B cores) in Israel. For the first time, a five-fold regional dinoflagellate cyst zonation of the Upper Campanian-Lower Maastrichtian of Israel is proposed, calibrated against calcareous nannofossil and planktonic foraminiferal datums. The consistent occurrence of these zones in the studied sections demonstrates the potential of a dinoflagellate cyst-based zonation in correlating Campanian-Maastrichtian rocks in Israel. The last occurrence of Xenascus ceratioides is found most useful in determining the position of the Campanian/Maastrichtian boundary in Israel.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-150
Number of pages26
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


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