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TitleDinoflagellate cyst PalyAtlas
LicencePlease note the adoption of the Open Government Licence - Canada supersedes any previous licences.
AuthorFensome, R A; Williams, G L
SourceGeological Survey of Canada, Open File 8408, 2019, 277 pages, Open Access logo Open Access
PublisherNatural Resources Canada
Documentopen file
Mediadigital; on-line
RelatedThis publication supercedes Scotian Margin PalyAtlas: version 1
File formatreadme
File formatpdf (Adobe® Reader®); rtf; jpg
ProvinceNova Scotia; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nunavut; Northwest Territories; Eastern offshore region; Northern offshore region
NTS2; 3; 10; 11; 13; 14; 15; 16; 20; 24; 25; 26; 27; 28; 35; 36; 37; 38; 59E; 96D; 96E; 106A; 106B; 106G; 106H
AreaAtlantic Ocean; Axel Heiberg Island; Labrador-Baffin Seaway; Davis Strait; Labrador Sea; Hudson Strait; Mackenzie Mountains; Norman Wells; Canada; Greenland; Denmark
Lat/Long WENS -67.5000 -56.5000 46.0000 41.5000
Lat/Long WENS -92.0000 -88.0000 79.0000 78.0000
Lat/Long WENS-132.0000 -126.0000 66.0000 64.0000
Lat/Long WENS -75.0000 -34.0000 74.0000 51.0000
Subjectspaleontology; stratigraphy; fossil assemblages; fossil distribution; fossil descriptions; fossil zones; fossils; fossil morphology; taxonomy; biostratigraphy; nomenclature; dinoflagellates; Phanerozoic; Cenozoic; Quaternary; Tertiary; Mesozoic; Cretaceous
Illustrationsstratigraphic charts; photomicrographs
ProgramGEM2: Geo-mapping for Energy and Minerals TransGEM
Released2019 02 06
Summary(Plain Language Summary, not published)
Biostratigraphy plays a fundamental role in understanding the geological history of Canada's sedimentary basins, and hence also of their contained petroleum systems. In recent years dinoflagellate cysts (dinocysts) have been increasingly used; the group is of proven usefulness for age control through recognizing events (species originations and extinctions) in marine Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks. A clear and consistent understanding in recognizing individual species is critical for meaningful application. The need for a pictorial atlas to help stabilize species concepts induced us to produce the first PalyAtlas in 2005, which covered Late Cretaceous and Cenozoic dinocysts from the Scotian Margin. Since that time, the geographical scope of our work has taken us to other regions, especially in northern Canada. So the time has come to expand and update the dinocyst PalyAtlas.

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