Stratigraphy, Correlation, And Depositional Environments Of The Middle To Late Pleistocene Interglacial Deposits Of Southern Delaware

Ramsey, K.W.
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Newark, DE: Delaware Geological Survey, University of Delaware
Rising and highstands of sea level during the middle to late Pleistocene deposited swamp to nearshore sediments along the margins of an ancestral Delaware Bay, Atlantic coastline, and tributaries to an ancestral Chesapeake Bay. These deposits are divided into three lithostratigraphic groups: the Delaware Bay Group, the Assawoman Bay Group (named herein), and the Nanticoke River Group (named herein). The Delaware Bay Group, mapped along the margins of Delaware Bay, is subdivided into the Lynch Heights Formation and the Scotts Corners Formation. The Assawoman Bay Group, recognized inland of Delaware’s Atlantic Coast, is subdivided into the Omar Formation, the Ironshire Formation, and the Sinepuxent Formation. The Nanticoke River Group, found along the margins of the Nanticoke River and its tributaries, is subdivided into the Turtle Branch Formation (named herein) and the Kent Island Formation.
ancestral Delaware Bay , Atlantic coastline , ancestral Chesapeake Bay , lithostratigraphic , sea level , Assawoman Bay Group , Lynch Heights Formation , Scotts Corners Formation , Nanticoke River Group , Delaware Bay Group , Omar Formation , Ironshire Formation , Sinepuxent Formation , Turtle Branch Formation , Kent Island Formation