The evolution of Frasnian marine "community-types" of south-central New York

Robert G. Sutton, George R. McGhee

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The evolution of Frasnian marine "community-types" in south-central New York represents a complex interaction of biological and physical processes. The two most important physical factors were shelf profile (bathymetric configuration) and regional differences in substratum type, and temporal changes in both. Offshore marine communities were more sensitive to changes in bathymetric configuration than were the nearshore communities; the latter retained an essentially unchanging ecological structure throughout Frasnian time. Three major biome phases can be discerned in the Frasnian strata of south-central New York. These reflect the progressive shallowing on the shelf, the increase in overall sand content with time, and the geographic expansion of sandgrade substrata in shallow marine habitats.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalSpecial Paper of the Geological Society of America
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

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  • Geology


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