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Benburb type section (Carboniferous of the United Kingdom)

Where: Northern Ireland, United Kingdom (54.4° N, 6.7° W: paleocoordinates 5.8° S, 1.4° W)

• local area-level geographic resolution

When: Gorestown Mudstone Member (Blackstokes Limestone Formation), Asbian (339.4 - 336.0 Ma)

• Lower part of the Blackstokes.

• group of beds-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: marine; lithified, pyritic, gray, argillaceous, calcareous mudstone and lime mudstone

• Section has been contact metamorphosed by Tertiary intrusives but fossils have not been "damaged."
• tough, blocky-bedded mudstones with two thin beds of micrite. lower limestone is 20 cm thick, grey, pyritous. upper is 50 cm and argillaceous.

Primary reference: W. I. Mitchell and M. Mitchell. 1983. The Lower Carboniferous (Upper Visean) succession at Benburb, Northern Ireland. Reports of the Institute of Geological Sciences (82/12)1-10 [J. Alroy/M. Sommers] more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 6950: authorized by John Alroy, entered by Mike Sommers on 14.04.2000

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