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Correlation Between Shallow Benthic Zones and Calcareous Plankton Zones at the Bartonian–Priabonian Transition: Preliminary Results from the Varignano Section (Trento Province, Northern Italy)

  • Cesare A. PapazzoniEmail author
  • Alessandra Moretti
  • Valeria Luciani
  • Eliana Fornaciari
  • Luca Giusberti
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Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)


The Varignano section (Trento province, northern Italy), the sediments of which were deposited in a bathyal palaeoenvironment, contains eight resedimented bioclastic levels with larger foraminifera, thus providing an excellent opportunity to directly correlate the shallow benthic zones (SBZs) with the standard calcareous planktonic zones around the Bartonian–Priabonian transition. Moreover, this section is located only 80 km from the Alano di Piave section (Veneto region), a candidate to host the GSSP of the base of Priabonian, where this direct correlation is hampered by the absence of resedimented levels across the critical interval. The preliminary results of the integrated study of calcareous plankton and larger foraminifera reveal that the extinction of morozovellids and large acarininids (E13–E14 boundary) occurs within SBZ18 and not at the SBZ18–SBZ19 boundary as usually considered.


Biostratigraphy Shallow benthic zones Middle–Upper Eocene Larger foraminifera Planktonic foraminifera Calcareous nannoplankton 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cesare A. Papazzoni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alessandra Moretti
    • 1
  • Valeria Luciani
    • 2
  • Eliana Fornaciari
    • 3
  • Luca Giusberti
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e GeologicheUniversità di Modena e Reggio EmiliaModenaItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica e Scienze Della TerraUniversità di Ferrara, Polo Scientifico e Tecnologico—Blocco BFerraraItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di GeoscienzeUniversità di PadovaPaduaItaly

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