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Article: The palaeoecology of the goniatite bed at Cowlow Nick, Castleton, Derbyshire

Publication: Palaeontology
Volume: 8
Part: 1
Publication Date: January 1965
Page(s): 186 191
Author(s): Trevor David Ford
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FORD, T. 1965. The palaeoecology of the goniatite bed at Cowlow Nick, Castleton, Derbyshire. Palaeontology8, 1, 186–191.

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The Cowlow Nick Goniatite Bed is shown to be an accumulation of randomly oriented, hollow, or spar-filled goniatite shells of several species in a matrix of calcilutite. Of very limited dimensions, the bed is surrounded by algal limestones of the fore-reef fades of Upper B2 age (Lower Carboniferous). Suggestions as to the mode of accumulation are discussed and it is concluded that the bed represents a specialized drifted assemblage of floating shells which were washed gently into an inactive surge channel or submarine cave. Some comparable occurrences elsewhere in Derbyshire are noted.
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