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Glacial marine sediments in the Precambrian Gowganda Formation at Whitefish Falls, Ontario (Canada)



Glacial marine sediments in the Precambrian Gowganda Formation at Whitefish Falls, Ontario (Canada)



Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 9(1): 7-25



Study of a well-exposed section of the Gowganda Formation at Whitefish Falls, Ontario, suggests criteria for the recognition of glacial marine sediments. Thickness of hundreds of feet, lateral continuity, faint internal stratification, sorted lenses of sandstone and conglomerate, and dropstones characterize much of the tillite. Thickness of hundreds of feet, lateral continuity, and marked development of irregular and lenticular laminae instead of varve structure characterize much of the argillite. These characteristics, together with evidence for a nearshore, marine-to-deltaic environment for the overlying beds, suggest a glacial marine interpretation even though no fossil evidence is available.

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DOI: 10.1016/0031-0182(71)90015-0


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