Planktonic foraminifera stratigraphy and datum events of ODP Leg 198 sites

During Leg 198 of the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), Paleogene sediments were recovered form 10 holes at four sites along a bathymetric transect from the Southern High of Shatsky Rise. In terms of age, the Paleogene successions span from the Cretaceous/Paleocene boundary to the early Oligocene. Sediments are mainly composed of tan nannofossil ooze with scattered darker layers richer in clay. This data report concerns planktonic foraminiferal biostratigraphy from three holes, specifically Hole 1209A (water depth = 2387 m), Hole 1210A (water depth = 2573 m), and Hole 1211A (water depth = 2907 m). The thickness of Paleogene sediments is 105.90 m in Hole 1209A, 95.05 m in Hole 1210A, and 56.11 m in the deepest Hole 1211A. Preliminary investigations conducted on board revealed that at Site 1209 the succession was mostly complete, whereas the succession was more condensed at Site 1211.

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