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Benthic foraminiferal zonation in deep-water carbonate platform margin environments, northern Little Bahama Bank

Martin, R.E.

Journal of Paleontology 62.1: 1-8

1988


ISSN/ISBN: 0022-3360
DOI: 10.2307/1305248
Accession: 037224017

The utility of benthic foraminifera in bathymetric interpretation of clastic depositional environment is well established. In contrast, bathymetric distribution of benthic foraminifera in deep-water carbonate environments has been largely neglected. Approximately 260 species and morphotypes of benthic foraminifera were identified from 12 piston core tops and grab samples collected along two traverses 25 km apart across the northern windward margin of Little Bahama Bank at depths of 275-1,135 m. Certain species and operational taxonomic groups of benthic foraminifera correspond to major near-surface sedimentary facies of the windward margin of Little Bahama Bank and serve as reliable depth indicators.

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