A 44-ft-deep corehole (FLO-311) was drilled at Burches Ferry, Florence County, S.C., in order to document the lithologic and paleontologic characteristics of the boundary between the upper Campanian Donoho Creek Formation and the upper Maastrichtian Peedee Formation. Palynomorph and calcareous nannofossil data provide detailed age control for these sediments. Examination of calcareous nannofossil assemblages shows that sediments from the type locality of the Peedee Formation consist largely of reworked Campanian materials. Robust Campanian species such as Reinhardtites anthophorus, Reinhardtites levis, and Stoverius asymmetricus commonly are found reworked into the Maastrichtian Peedee Formation in its entirety. Therefore, identification of lower upper Maastrichtian sediments is based on the presence of background assemblages rather than on the more traditional marker species. The presence of species restricted to the latest Campanian at the Donoho Creek-Peedee contact in outcrop indicates that the entire sedimentary package represented by calcareous nannofossil Zones CC23 and CC24 has been removed.
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Evidence for large-scale reworking of Campanian sediments into the Upper Maastrichtian Peedee formation at Burches Ferry, South Carolina