Cretaceous fossil wood from the Raggatt Basin, southern Kerguelen Plateau (Site 750)

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doi: 10.2973/odp.proc.sr.120.195.1992
Author(s): Francis, J. E.; Coffin, Millard F.
Author Affiliation(s): Primary:
Univ. Adelaide, Dep. Geol. Geophysics, Adelaide, South Aust., Australia
Other:
Univ. Louis Pasteur, France
Ocean Drilling Program, United States
Univ. Claude Bernard, France
Woods Hole Oceanogr. Inst., United States
Rühr Univ. Bochum, Federal Republic of Germany
Britoil, United Kingdom
Bur. Mineral Resour., Geol. and Geophys., Australia
Ohio State Univ., United States
Univ. Toronto, Canada
Univ. Nebraska, United States
Brown Univ., United States
Kobe Univ., Japan
EAWAG/ETH, Switzerland
Alfred Wegener Inst. Polar and Mar. Res., Federal Republic of Germany
Tohoku Univ., United States
Lamont-Doherty Geol. Obs., United States
Australian Antarctic Division, Australia
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Univ. Leicester, United Kingdom
Kyoto Univ., Japan
Univ. R. I., United States
Volume Title: Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Central Kerguelen Plateau; covering Leg 120 of the cruises of the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution, Fremantle, Australia, to Fremantle, Australia, sites 747-751, 20 February to 30 April 1988; Part 1
Volume Author(s): Wise, Sherwood W., Jr.; Schlich, Roland; Palmer Julson, Amanda A.; Aubry, Marie-Pierre; Berggren, William A.; Bitschene, Peter Rene; Blackburn, Neal A.; Breza, James R.; Coffin, Millard F.; Harwood, David M.; Heider, Franz; Holmes, Mary Anne; Howard, William R.; Inokuchi, Hiroo; Kelts, Kerry; Lazarus, David B.; Mackensen, Andreas; Maruyama, Toshiaki; Munschy, Marc; Pratson, Elizabeth Lewis; Quilty, Patrick G.; Rack, Frank; Salters, Vincent J. M.; Sevigny, James H.; Storey, Michael; Takemura, Atsushi; Watkins, David K.; Whitechurch, Hubert; Zachos, James; Barbu, Eva M.
Source: Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Central Kerguelen Plateau; covering Leg 120 of the cruises of the drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution, Fremantle, Australia, to Fremantle, Australia, sites 747-751, 20 February to 30 April 1988; Part 1, Sherwood W. Wise, Jr., Roland Schlich, Amanda A. Palmer Julson, Marie-Pierre Aubry, William A. Berggren, Peter Rene Bitschene, Neal A. Blackburn, James R. Breza, Millard F. Coffin, David M. Harwood, Franz Heider, Mary Anne Holmes, William R. Howard, Hiroo Inokuchi, Kerry Kelts, David B. Lazarus, Andreas Mackensen, Toshiaki Maruyama, Marc Munschy, Elizabeth Lewis Pratson, Patrick G. Quilty, Frank Rack, Vincent J. M. Salters, James H. Sevigny, Michael Storey, Atsushi Takemura, David K. Watkins, Hubert Whitechurch, James Zachos and Eva M. Barbu. Proceedings of the Ocean Drilling Program, Scientific Results, Vol.120, p.273-280. Publisher: Texas A & M University, Ocean Drilling Program, College Station, TX, United States. ISSN: 0884-5891
Note: In English. 23 refs.; illus. incl. 2 plates, sketch map
Summary: Lower Cretaceous volcaniclastic sediments from Ocean Drilling Program Leg 120, Site 750, from the eastern flank of the Raggatt Basin on the Kerguelen Plateau, contain small clasts of fossil wood. Some wood is preserved as charcoal and has excellent structural preservation, whereas other wood is preserved as vitrinite with poor structure. All the wood examined is from conifer trees and is identified as Podocarpoxylon, wood similar to that of the living podocarps, and a type common in antarctic and other Gondwanan Cretaceous floras. The presence of wood suggests that forested land was situated near the Raggatt Basin during the Early Cretaceous. Some wood was charred by burning in forest fires, possibly caused by volcanic eruptions. The charcoal and some unburnt wood was then buried in adjacent (probably nonmarine) sediments. This report provides an additional record of forest vegetation in high-latitude sites during the Cretaceous. (Auth.)
Year of Publication: 1992
Research Program: ODP Ocean Drilling Program
Key Words: 09 Paleontology, Paleobotany; Cretaceous; Floral studies; Fossil wood; Indian Ocean; Kerguelen Plateau; Leg 120; Mesozoic; ODP Site 750; Ocean Drilling Program; Paleobotany; Plantae; Raggatt Basin
Coordinates: S573532 S573532 E0811425 E0811425
Record ID: 1992037353
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