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SP18 Cretaceous Fossils from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal: A Guide for Students and Collectors

SP18 Cretaceous Fossils from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal: A Guide for Students and Collectors
Publication Type:
Special Publication
Publication Date:
Sep 1988
Authors:
Lauginiger, E.M.
Abstract:

Fossil collectors have been attracted to Delaware since the late 1820s when the excavation of the Chesapeake and Delaware (C&D) Canal first exposed marine fossils of Cretaceous age. Since then, many technical and nontechnical works have been written about the fossils. However, there has not been a single source for casual or student collectors to turn to for help in the identification of typical finds. This paper is written to fill that void as well as provide general information about fossils and specific information on geologic formations and collecting localities at the Canal. This report is not designed to be an encyclopedia on the fossils of the Canal but focuses on those fossils found most frequently. The majority of the fossils collected today are from the spoil areas in the vicinity of the Reedy Point Bridge. Thus, the chapter on classification concentrates on the fossils of the Mount Laurel Formation, the stratigraphic unit dredged in that area.

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Please give proper credit to the Delaware Geological Survey.

Lauginiger, E.M., 1988, Cretaceous Fossils from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal: A Guide for Students and Collectors: Delaware Geological Survey Special Publication 18

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