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Bottom sediments of Saginaw Bay, Michigan

Journal of Sedimentary Petrology

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DOI: 10.1306/74D71000-2B21-11D7-8648000102C1865D

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Abstract

Saginaw Bay is a southwest extension of Lake Huron on the east shore of the Southern Peninsula of Michigan. It is a shallow-water derivative of the Pleistocene Lake Saginaw. Sixty-one bottom samples were collected on a semigrid pattern and analyzed physically. Findings were treated statistically. Sediments range in size from large pebbles to clay. Medium- to fine-grained clear quartz sand is common to all parts of the bay. Currents and wave action are primarily responsible for both median diameter and sorting distribution patterns. Only a very general correlation can be established between depth and median diameter. Heavy minerals occur in abundance locally and show an affinity to shallow-water areas subject to prevailing currents. Shape also locally determines heavy mineral concentrations. Only general conclusions can be established from roundness and sphericity and acid-soluble content. Increased organic content is correlative with quiet water environments. The shallow-water, heterogeneous nature of Saginaw Bay is not conducive to the recognition of sedimentary criteria suitable for correlations in other than a local environment.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Bottom sediments of Saginaw Bay, Michigan
Series title:
Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
DOI:
10.1306/74D71000-2B21-11D7-8648000102C1865D
Volume
34
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1964
Language:
English
Publisher:
SEPM Society for Sedimentary Geology
Publisher location:
Tulsa, OK
Contributing office(s):
Great Lakes Science Center
Description:
12 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Sedimentary Petrology
First page:
173
Last page:
184