Felton (Scotts Valley - San Margarita Sandstone) (Miocene of the United States)

Also known as San Margarita Sandstone - Scotts Valley, Felton, Santa Cruz

Where: Santa Cruz County, California (37.0° N, 122.0° W: paleocoordinates 36.3° N, 118.0° W)

• coordinate based on nearby landmark

• outcrop-level geographic resolution

When: San Margarita Sandstone Formation, Serravallian (13.8 - 11.6 Ma)

• Reaches a maximum thickness of 130 m; unconformably overlies granitic basement, Locatelli, and Monterey Formation; conformably overlain by Santa Cruz Mudstone

• bed-level stratigraphic resolution

Environment/lithology: coastal; unlithified, gray, white, yellow sandstone

• Upper Miocene to Pliocene sedimentary sequence consisting of shallow water transgressive sandstone (Santa Margarita Sandstone), and the deep water siliceous organic mudstone unit (Santa Cruz Mudstone) and a shallow water unit (Purisima Fm)
• Very thick bedded and thickly crossbedded yellowish-gray to white with friable arkosic sandstone

Size class: macrofossils

Reposited in the UMMP

Collection methods: quarrying,

• Also collections at USGS, Menlo Park

Primary reference: J. C. Clark. 1981. Stratigraphy, paleontology, and geology of the Central Santa Cruz Mountains, California Coast Ranges. United States Geological Survey Professional Paper 1168:1-51 [A. Miller/A. Hendy/R. McClees-Funinan]more details

Purpose of describing collection: biostratigraphic analysis

PaleoDB collection 37544: authorized by Austin Hendy, entered by Austin Hendy on 16.03.2004

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Taxonomic list

• Representative for molluscan, echinoid and cirriped taxa; does not include mentioned foraminifera
 Pectinida - Pectinoidae
 Clypeasteroida - Echinarachniidae