Approximately 24 samples of the Monterey Formation, Southern California, have been analyzed for their major-element oxide and minor-element content. These analyses allow identification of a detrital fraction, composed of terrigenous quartz, clay minerals, and other Al silicate minerals, and a marine fraction, composed of biogenic silica, calcite, dolomite, organic matter, apatite, and minor amounts of pyrite. The minor-element contents in the marine fraction alone are interpreted to have required, at the time of deposition, a high level of primary productivity in the photic zone and denitrifying bacterial respiration in the bottom water.
|Publication Subtype||USGS Numbered Series|
|Title||Geochemistry of minor elements in the Monterey Formation, California; seawater chemistry of deposition|
|Series title||Professional Paper|
|Other Geospatial||Monterey Formation|
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|Additional Online Files (Y/N)||N|
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