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Diatoms and Stratigraphically Significant Silicoflagellates from the Atlantic Margin Coring Project and Other Atlantic Margin Sites

William H. Abbott
Micropaleontology
Vol. 26, No. 1 (1980), pp. 49-80
DOI: 10.2307/1485273
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1485273
Page Count: 32
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Diatoms and Stratigraphically Significant Silicoflagellates from the Atlantic Margin Coring Project and Other Atlantic Margin Sites
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Abstract

In 1976, 19 sites were cored along the U. S. Atlantic Continental Shelf and Slope by the Oceanographic Branch of the U. S. Geological Survey aboard the Glomar Conception. Only 6 sites contained siliceous microfossil assemblages of sufficient quantity and quality for biostratigraphic study. Two of the sites, AMCOR (Atlantic Margin Coring Project) 6002 and AMCOR 6011, contained good Miocene assemblages; a small Pleistocene assemblage occurred at the top of AMCOR 6002. A Late Miocene to Early Pliocene assemblage was encountered in AMCOR 6007B. AMCOR 6013, 6019, and 6021 contained Pleistocene assemblages. In addition to the AMCOR cores, 3 additional Atlantic Margin cores were studied. These were the JOIDES 1 (Caldrill) core, and Atlantic Slope Project (ASP) cores 10 and 22. JOIDES 1 contains a Middle Miocene assemblage similar to AMCOR 6002. ASP 10 contains a Lower Pliocene assemblage and ASP 22 contains a Middle to Late Oligocene and a Pleistocene assemblage. Siliceous assemblages at all sites consisted mainly of shallow shelf species, including brackish and marine benthics and occasionally freshwater forms. Although planktonic forms were present, they were few and most were extant cosmopolitan species. This makes it difficult to correlate the biostratigraphy of the sediments with siliceous microfossil zonations from other oceans. The only biostratigraphic zonations for Atlantic Shelf diatom assemblages are for the Miocene.

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