(Symposium of the Quaternary Research Association held at University College - 1980)

Document title

Interpretation of the Lateglacial marine environment of NW Europe by means of foraminiferida in Studies in the Lateglacial of North-West Europe.

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LORD A. R. ; LOWE J. J. (Editeur scientifique) ; GRAY J. M. (Editeur scientifique) ; ROBINSON J. E. (Editeur scientifique) ;


The Lateglacial is in geological terms very short and in absolute chronology closely defined. Within north-west Europe planktonic foraminifera are rare or absent and study is consequently confined to bottom-dwelling species. As these species are essentially all extant, biostratigraphic studies depend upon the interpretation of sequences in terms of environmental change as indicated by the benthonic foraminifera present. Correlation of such "environmental stratigraphy" over any distance is unreliable unless underpinned by absolute chronology. The evidence provided by foraminifera for conditions in the marine environment of the Lateglacial North Sea and adjacent waters is reviewed, although it is at present fragmentary. New information from the Shell-Esso South Cormorant Field close to the continental shelf edge is discussed.



Symposium of the Quaternary Research Association held at University College ()

ISBN : 0-08-024001-1

Editor : Unknown country of publication (1980)

Millesime : 1980 [pp. 103-114]




Maison des sciences de l'homme - Paris

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