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In Search of the Bartonian (Middle Eocene) GSSP (I): Potential in the Basque–Cantabrian and Aquitanian Basins (Western Pyrenees)

  • Aitor PayrosEmail author
  • Jaume Dinarès-Turell
  • Xabier Orue-Etxebarria
  • Simonetta Monechi
  • Silvia Ortiz
  • Estibaliz Apellaniz
  • Gilen Bernaola
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The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) for the base of the Bartonian (middle Eocene) stage is as yet undefined. Herein we assess the GSSP potential of the successions found in the Basque–Cantabrian and Aquitanian basins (western Pyrenees). On the basis of the available data, no outcrop in the Biarritz and Pamplona areas fulfilled the requirements outlined by the International Commission on Stratigraphy. However, the succession exposed on the eastern side of the Cape of Oyambre (San Vicente de la Barquera, province of Cantabria, northern Spain) did so, and yielded positive preliminary results.


Eocene Bartonian GSSP Pyrenees Cantabria Oyambre 



The research was funded by the Basque Government project GIC07/122-IT-215-07 and the Spanish Government projects CGL 2011-23770 and CGL 2011-23077.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aitor Payros
    • 1
    Email author
  • Jaume Dinarès-Turell
    • 2
  • Xabier Orue-Etxebarria
    • 1
  • Simonetta Monechi
    • 3
  • Silvia Ortiz
    • 1
  • Estibaliz Apellaniz
    • 1
  • Gilen Bernaola
    • 4
  1. 1.Estratigrafía-Paleontología, Fac. Ciencias, UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e VulcanologiaRomeItaly
  3. 3.Dipartamento di Scienze Della TerraUniversità di FirenzeFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Dept. Ingeniería Minera, EscUniv. Ing. Téc. Minas, UPV/EHU, Rafael Moreno Pitxitxi 2BilbaoSpain

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