Core samples from the Paleogene of the Bonavista C-99 well on the northeast Newfoundland shelf and cuttings from downdip Blue H-28 contain foraminiferal assemblages which enable reconstruction of paleoenvironments along a downslope transect in Eocene through Late Oligocene-Miocene time. Comparison with coeval assemblages in North Sea wells with respect to structure and grain size of agglutinated taxa between the two areas reveal inter-basin differences.
Reconstruction of the paleobathymetry derived from foraminiferal analysis, confirms seismic evidence for shallowing at the Bonavista site beginning in the Early Oligocene. The relationship of the Bonavista assemblages to contour currents is explored with reference to modern regional analogues. Species such as Reticulophragmium amplectens, Haplophragmoides walteri, Eponides umbonatus and Uvigerina ex. gr. miozea-nuttalli persist stratigraphically higher in the deeper Blue site.
The paleoslope of this two-well transect is determined as approximately 0.48° during the Middle to Late Eocene and 0.68° during the Late Oligocene-Early Miocene. The bottom water hydrography of the transect can be evaluated by reference to these assemblages and a comparison to flysch-type agglutinated assemblages from a transect in the North Sea. The presence of an Upper Eocene-Middle Miocene hiatus at the Blue site contrasting with apparently continuous Tertiary deposition at Bonavista places a theoretical upper limit of 500–1000 m on the depth of the early Cenozoic western boundary undercurrent.
- Received August 1, 1990.
- Revision received February 1, 1991.
- © 1991 The Micropalaeontological Society