Journal article

Foraminiferal response to Holocene environmental changes of a tidal estuary in Victoria, southeastern Australia

LY Li, S Gallagher, B Finlayson

MARINE MICROPALEONTOLOGY | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2000

Abstract

The Holocene strata in the Anderson Inlet area in Victoria can be stratigraphically divided into four units, Unit I, Unit II, Unit III, and Unit IV. Unit I and Unit IV lack fossils and were deposited in non-marine, probably fluvial environments. Unit II and Unit III contain abundant foraminifera with molluscs, ostracods and bryozoans. Foraminiferal analysis suggests that Unit III was formed in a partially sheltered marine environment, while the high plankton content and relatively high diversity of benthic species in Unit II indicate that this unit was deposited in an open bay at water depths possibly less than 5 m. The foraminiferal data are integrated with radiocarbon dates to arrive at th..

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