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Erba, Elisabetta; Covington, James M (1992): Calcareous nannofossil abundances in Mesozoic sediments of ODP Leg 129 holes. PANGAEA,, Supplement to: Erba, E; Covington, JM (1992): Calcareous nannofossil biostratigraphy of Mesozoic sediments recovered from the western Pacific, Leg 129. In: Larson, RL; Lancelot, Y; et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, College Station, TX (Ocean Drilling Program), 129, 179-187,

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Calcareous nannofossils were studied from Jurassic and Cretaceous sediments drilled in the western Pacific during Ocean Drilling Program Leg 129. Mesozoic sediments at Sites 800, 801, and 802 are dominated by volcaniclastic turbidites, claystones, porcellanites, and radiolarites. Pelagic limestones are limited to the middle Cretaceous, and a few calcareous claystones were recovered in the Upper Jurassic section at Site 801.
We documented the distribution of nannofossils, their total abundance, preservation, and relative species abundance based on semiquantitative and qualitative studies. Preservation of the calcareous nannofloras is poor to moderate, and the total abundance fluctuates from rare to very abundant. Marker species proposed for the middle and Late Cretaceous were recognized, allowing the application of standard nannofossil biozonations.
At Site 800 calcareous nannofloras are abundant and moderately preserved in the Aptian-Cenomanian, and nannofossil biostratigraphy constitutes the basic stratigraphic framework for this interval.
Radiolarians are the most abundant and persistent group throughout the sequence drilled at Site 801. Long intervals are barren of nannofloras and assemblages are usually characterized by low abundance and poor preservation. Nannofossil biostratigraphy was applied to the upper Aptian-Cenomanian interval and a few marker species were recognized for the late Tithonian.
At Site 802 Cretaceous biostratigraphy is mainly based on calcareous nannofossil biozones corroborated by radiolarian and palynomorph events in the late Aptian-Coniacian age interval. A hiatus was indicated between the Santonian and the late Campanian, and another is suspected in the interval between the Cenomanian and the Coniacian.
Median Latitude: 17.553900 * Median Longitude: 153.964267 * South-bound Latitude: 12.096300 * West-bound Longitude: 152.322900 * North-bound Latitude: 21.923000 * East-bound Longitude: 156.359700
Date/Time Start: 1989-11-26T02:45:00 * Date/Time End: 1990-01-04T17:20:00
129-800A * Latitude: 21.923000 * Longitude: 152.322900 * Date/Time Start: 1989-11-26T02:45:00 * Date/Time End: 1989-12-05T20:27:00 * Elevation: -5697.0 m * Penetration: 544.4 m * Recovery: 150.73 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg129 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 61 core; 544.4 m cored; 0 m drilled; 27.7 % recovery
129-801A * Latitude: 18.642800 * Longitude: 156.359500 * Date/Time Start: 1989-12-06T17:15:00 * Date/Time End: 1989-12-09T17:00:00 * Elevation: -5685.0 m * Penetration: 194 m * Recovery: 31.49 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg129 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 20 cores; 186 m cored; 0 m drilled; 16.9 % recovery
129-801B * Latitude: 18.642000 * Longitude: 156.359700 * Date/Time Start: 1989-12-09T17:00:00 * Date/Time End: 1989-12-17T01:15:00 * Elevation: -5685.0 m * Penetration: 511.2 m * Recovery: 59.17 m * Location: North Pacific Ocean * Campaign: Leg129 * Basis: Joides Resolution * Device: Drilling/drill rig (DRILL) * Comment: 44 cores; 317.2 m cored; 0 m drilled; 18.7 % recovery
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