The Clayton formation (Paleocene) of Alabama - I. On the Clayton Formation lithostratotype

Richard H. Flugeman

Abstract


A recently published measured section of the lithostratotype of the Paleocene Clayton Formation at Clayton, Barbour County, Alabama, interpreted the Clayton Formation as consisting primarily of crystalline limestone. A measured section interpreting the type Clayton as a section of calcareous sands with a prominent black clay bed is presented here. It is suggested that the carbonate section may actually have been to the southeast of the lithostratotype , where a carbonate facies does predominate.

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