Plankton stratigraphy of the Early and Middle Miocene Kareem and Rudeis Formations in the central part of the Gulf of Suez, Egypt

Boukhary, M. ; Abd El Naby, Ahmed ; Faris, M. ; Morsi, Abdel-Mohsen 


The planktonic foraminifera and nannofossils of three wells in the Gulf of Suez penetrating the Early to Middle Miocene Upper Rudeis and Kareem Formations are attributed (from top to base) to the Middle Miocene Globorotalia peripheroronda Partial Range Zone (M6), the earliest Middle Miocene Praeorbulina sicana-Orbulina suturalis Interval Zone (M5), subdivided into the Praeorbulina glomerosa s. strict.-O. suturalis Interval Subzone (M5b) and the P. sicana-P. glomerosa s. str. Interval Subzone (M5a) and the Early Miocene Globigerinoides bisphericus Partial Range Subzone (M4b). The appearance of O. suturalis at the base of Subzone M5b represents the final stage of evolution of the Globigerinoides trilobus-Praeorbulina-Orbulina Lineage. In addition, the calcareous nannoplankton assemblages indicate the Sphenolithus heteromorphus Zone (NN5) and the Helicosphaera ampliaperta Zone (NN4). These biozones are well correlatable with those established by El-Heiny and Martini (1981, Geol Mediterr. Tome, VIII(2): 101-108) from the southwestern flank of the Gulf of Suez. © 2012 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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Issue Date 2012
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Journal Historical Biology 
Series/Report no. 24 (1);
pp. 49-62;

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