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Master of Science (MS)
W. David Liddell
The Middle Cambrian Spence Shale Member contains meter-scale, shallowing-up cycles (parasequences) and record approximately 360 ky of deposition. These meter-scale cycles are nested within transgressive systems tracts (TST) and highstand systems tracts (HST) which reflect different stages of a lower-order, higher-magnitude sea-level excursion.
Fossil assemblages are located in stratigraphic positions within the Spence Shale Member that can be predicted on the basis of sequence architecture. The cycle architecture, taphonomy, and geochemistry of the Spence parasequences confirm synthetic sections and theoretical models of meter-scale cycles developed in other studies. Delineation of meterscale cycles, based on taphonomic and sedimentologic criteria, allows high-resolution (100-500 ky) correlation. This study also documented the Cambrian existence of the Tooele and Arco Arches and aided in further understanding paleoenvironmental conditions within the Spence Shale Member.
Wright, Scott H., "Sequence Stratigraphy and Paleoecology of the Middle Cambrian Spence Shale Member of the Langston Formation of Northeastern Utah and Southeastern Idaho" (1999). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6542.
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