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Revista de la Asociación Geológica Argentina

Print version ISSN 0004-4822On-line version ISSN 1851-8249


RABASSA, Jorge et al. Littoral paleoenvironments during the beginning of the Holocene marine transgression in Lapataia Bay, Beagle Channel, National Park of Tierra del Fuego. Rev. Asoc. Geol. Argent. [online]. 2009, vol.65, n.4, pp.648-659. ISSN 0004-4822.

The Aserradero Lapataia 1 and 2 sites present clayey silty sediments including mollusk shell; Mulinia edulis, Mytilus chilensis, Aulacomya atra and Yoldia sp. Besides, dinoflagelate cysts, covers of benthonic foraminifera and copepod eggs are dominant. The microflora is represented by sporomorphs and fresh to salty water microplancton. Radiocarbon dates on Mulinia edulis shells yielded ages of 8094 ± 43 (AA74047) and 8167 ± 43 (AA74048) yr B.P. At Arroyo Baliza, clayey silts were found including Venus antiqua, Aulacomya atra, Mytilus chilensis, among others, accompanied by acritarchs and remnants of copepods. This association suggests marginal marine environments, with low to moderate salinity, and high nutrient concentration in the surface waters. Radiocarbon dating on Venus antiqua shells yielded 2844 ± 34 yr B.P. (AA74046). Marine deposits of the Aserradero Lapataia sites confirm the oldest ages known for the estuarine phase of the Holocene transgression in the Beagle Channel. Arroyo Baliza provide new evidence for the Late Holocene regressive phase in the Beagle Channel.

Keywords : Holocene transgression; Beagle Channel; Paleoenvironments.

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