Paleosols and the Cretaceous/Tertiary transition in the Big Bend region of Texas

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Abstract

A marked change in paleosols coincides with the Cretaceous/Tertiary transition in fluvial sediments of the Big Bend region in Texas. Early Paleocene paleosols exhibit thick, black epipedons and a greater depth to the argillic and petrocalcic horizons compared to Late Cretaceous paleosols. These features and comparison with modern soils suggest that early Paleocene soils developed under conditions of higher rainfall and cooler temperatures than did Late Cretaceous soils. The change in paleosols occurs abruptly at the highest occurrence of dinosaur bones in the section.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)362-364
Number of pages3
JournalGeology
Volume18
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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