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Miocene deep water agglutinated foraminifera from Viosca Knoll, offshore Louisiana (Gulf of Mexico)

Green, R.C.; Kaminski, M.A.; Sikora, P.J.; (2004) Miocene deep water agglutinated foraminifera from Viosca Knoll, offshore Louisiana (Gulf of Mexico). In: Bubik, M. and Kaminski, M.A., (eds.) Proceedings of the Sixth International Workshop on Agglutinated Foraminifera (Prague, Czech Republic, September 1-7, 2001). (pp. pp. 119-144). Grzybowski Foundation: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

An exploration well from the Gulf of Mexico, Amoco Viosca Knoll-915, has been studied in order to document the Neogene foraminiferal assemblages. Ditch cuttings samples from the Amoco V.K. 915 well yielded diverse assemblages of agglutinated and calcareous benthic foraminifera over a stratigraphic interval of 2940 m. Three species associations can be identified in the studied interval; the stratigraphical location of these associations is evident when total agglutinated species abundance for each sampling interval is plotted. In this study we use a combination of morphotype habitat preference and test functional morphology to interpret depositional environments. The associations indicate a change from a well-ventilated water column, to the development of a strong oxygen minimum zone characterised by alveolar foraminifera. The species composition of the lowermost association indicates a depositional environment dominated by fine-grained overbank fines and channel levee deposits, in agreement with sedimentological data. Colour plates of key agglutinates species are presented, created using digital image manipulation techniques (Palaeovision Technique, NHM).

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Miocene deep water agglutinated foraminifera from Viosca Knoll, offshore Louisiana (Gulf of Mexico)
ISBN-13: 9788391238547
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.es.ucl.ac.uk/Grzybowski/public.htm
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Earth Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/18648
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