Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2122/2297
AuthorsOrue-Etxebarria, X.* 
Payros, A.* 
Bernaola, G.* 
Dinarès-Turell, J.* 
Tosquella, J.* 
Apellaniz, E.* 
Caballero, F.* 
TitleFIELD TRIP TO THE YPRESIAN/LUTETIAN BOUNDARY AT THE GORRONDATXE BEACH SECTION (BASQUE COUNTRY, W PYRENEES)
Issue Date2006
Series/Report no.(2006)
URIhttp://hdl.handle.net/2122/2297
KeywordsBOUNDARY
Subject Classification04. Solid Earth::04.04. Geology::04.04.10. Stratigraphy 
AbstractOne of the Paleogene Stage boundaries still needing official definition is the Ypresian/Lutetain (Early- Middle Eocene) boundary. With the aim of contributing to attain this definition, a high-resolution multidisciplinary study, including physical stratigraphy (lithostratigraphy, sequence stratigraphy and magnetostratigraphy) and biostratigraphy (calcareous nannofossil, planktic foraminifer and larger foraminifer), has been carried out over the 700 m thick uppermost Ypresian – lower Lutetian Gorrondatxe section. The results show that the different events traditionally used to place the Ypresian/Lutetian boundary, hitherto thought to be simultaneous (i.e., the planktic foraminifer P9 (=E7) / P10 (=E8) Zone boundary; the calcareous nannofossil CP12a / CP12b Subzone boundary; the larger foraminifer SBZ12 / SBZ13 Zone boundary; and the boundary between magnetic polarity chrons C22n and C21r), actually occur at very different levels. Therefore, before considering any section to place the Ypresian/Lutetian boundary stratotype, the criterion to precisely define this boundary should be selected. To this end, the succession of events pinpointed in the Ypresian/Lutetian boundary interval of the Gorrondatxe beach section might prove a useful database. The Gorrondatxe section fulfils most of the requirements demanded of a prospective stratotype section. In addition, the great sedimentary thickness, which implies a very high deep-marine sedimentation rate, provides the Gorrondatxe section an additional value, as it offers the opportunity to chronologically order successive biomagnetostratigraphic events more precisely than elsewhere. Therefore, we consider that, once the criterion to define the Ypresian/Lutetian boundary is selected, the Gorrondatxe beach section should be deemed a firm candidate to place the Global Stratotype Section and Point of the base of the Lutetian Stage.
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