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The Pennsylvanian–Early Permian Bird Spring Carbonate Shelf, Southeastern California: Fusulinid Biostratigraphy, Paleogeographic Evolution, and Tectonic Implications

Product Code: USPE429
Series: GSA Special Papers
Author/Editor: Edited by Calvin H. Stevens and Paul Stone
Publication Date: 16 November 2007
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GSA Special Paper 429.

The Bird Spring Shelf in southeastern California, along with coeval turbidite basins to the west, records a complex history of Pennsylvanian and Early Permian sedimentation, sea-level changes, and deformation along this part of the western North American continental margin. In this work we describe and figure the fusulinids, including several new species, and establish detailed correlations between deposits of the shelf and the flanking basins. We then use these correlations to reconstruct the depositional history, paleogeography, and deformational history of the region. This work adds significant detail to existing interpretations of the late Paleozoic as a time of major tectonic instability on the continental margin of southeastern California as it changed from a relatively passive margin, which had persisted through most of the Paleozoic, to an active convergent margin that would characterize the Mesozoic.

 

Type: Book
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Thirteen Digit ISBN: 9780813724294
Publisher: GSA
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 82
Weight: 0.40 kg

Contents

Abstract • Introduction • Chronostratigraphic Nomenclature • Paleogeographic Setting • Stratigraphic Framework • Previous Studies of Fusulinids in Southeastern California • Fusulinid Sample Material • Fusulinid Faunas and Zones • Correlations • Comparison of Bird Spring Shelf and Keeler Basin Fusulinid Faunas • Comparison of Bird Spring Shelf and Darwin Basin Fusulinid Faunas • Interpretations and Discussion • General Paleoenvironmental Significance of Fusulinids • Fusulinid Distribution and Sedimentation Patterns on the Bird Spring Shelf • Possible Effects of Eustatic Sea-Level Fluctuations • Regional Paleogeographic Evolution • Tectonic Interpretations and Timing of the Last Chance Thrust • Tectonic Correlations • Summary • Systematic Paleontology • Fusulinid Plates • Acknowledgments • Appendix 1. List of Fusulinid Samples with General Locations • Appendix 2. Descriptions of Outcrop Areas and Fusulinid Localities, Ship Mountains, Providence Mountains, Old Dad Mountain, Cowhole Mountain, Warm Spring Canyon, Striped Butte, Panamint Butte • Appendix 3. Locality Information for Figured Specimens • References Cited

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