Turonian–Santonian Calcareous Nannofossil Biozonation for La Luna Formation, Middle Magdalena Valley Basin, Northern Colombia

  • Juan P. Pérez PaneraEmail author
  • Francisco J. Parra
  • Rosa E. Navarrete
  • Christian Sánchez
  • Diana Daza
  • Manuel Rodriguez
  • Mario Prince
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Earth System Sciences book series (SPRINGEREARTH)


A well site biostratigraphic study was carried out in the Chuira-2 ST-1 well, through the Umir and La Luna Formations in the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin (MMVB), north of Colombia. Results of the calcareous nannofossil analysis are presented and compared to local biozonations for planktonic foraminifera and palinomorphs for La Luna Formation in the MMVB and calcareous nannofossils for the Maracaibo Basin. Biostratigraphic analyses result in the identification of different time intervals and sediment thickness of an inverse fault traversed by the well. Six local calcareous nannofossil biozones, based on eleven dissolution-resistant taxa bioevents, for the lower to the upper part of the La Luna Formation in the MMVB are proposed—Micula adumbrata Interval Biozone, comprising the early Turonian; Eprolithus moratus Interval Biozone, for the middle Turonian to the latest Turonian; Micula staurophora Interval Biozone, for the early Coniacian to the early late Coniacian; Micula adumbrata–Micula concava Interval Biozone, of late Coniacian age; Micula concava Interval Biozone, of early Santonian age; and Zeugrhabdotus scutula Interval Biozone, which corresponds to the early Santonian to late Santonian.


Biostratigraphy Late cretaceous La Luna Formation Calcareous nannofossil 



We thank Gran Tierra Energy Colombia Ltd., who acquired Petronorte-UT Midas, for allowing us to publish these results and to Paleosedes EU consulting Colombian company, for funding this work. We also thank Dr. D. Watkins (University of Nebraska, USA) for his useful comments in the review of the MS.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Juan P. Pérez Panera
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Francisco J. Parra
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Rosa E. Navarrete
    • 3
  • Christian Sánchez
    • 6
  • Diana Daza
    • 6
  • Manuel Rodriguez
    • 6
  • Mario Prince
    • 6
  1. 1.CONICET—Laboratorio de Bioestratigrafía, Gerencia de I+D GeocienciasYPF Tecnología S.A.BerissoArgentina
  2. 2.División Paleozoología InvertebradosUniversidad Nacional de La PlataLa Plata, Buenos AiresArgentina
  3. 3.PALEOSEDES E. U. Departamento de BioestratigrafíaBogotáColombia
  4. 4.Géosciences-Environnement ToulouseUniversité de Toulouse. UPS (SVT-OMP), CNRS, IRDToulouseFrance
  5. 5.Laboratorio de Bioquímico-Estratigrafía, Facultad de GeocienciasUniversidad Nacional de Colombia, Ciudad UniversitariaBogotáColombia
  6. 6.Gran Tierra Energy Colombia Ltd. CalleBogotáColombia

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