Paleogene accretion of Upper Cretaceous oceanic limestone in northern California

TitlePaleogene accretion of Upper Cretaceous oceanic limestone in northern California
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1986
AuthorsSliter, WV, McLaughlin, RJ, Keller, G, Evitt, WR
JournalGeology
Volume14
Pagination350
Abstract

Blocks of pelagic limestone, tectonically incorporated into coastal terrane melange, contain planktonic foraminifers of early Campanian to middle Maestrichtian age (82-69 Ma) typical of low latitudes between 20°N and 20°S. Carbonate concretions from the sheared terrigenous matrix of the melange yield temperate, middle-latitude planktonic foraminifers and dinoflagellates of middle to late Eocene age (49-41 Ma). The pelagic limestone and the basaltic substrate presumably formed on the eastern flank of the Pacific-Farallon spreading ridge in a low-latitude zone of high productivity and migrated northward on the Farallon plate until about 40 Ma when they initially encountered terrigenous turbidites north of lat. 30°N. Northward translation and final accretion were completed by about 25 Ma.  PDF

URLhttps://doi.org/10.1130/0091-7613(1986)14<350:paouco>2.0.co;2
DOI10.1130/0091-7613(1986)14<350:paouco>2.0.co;2