Academic Commons


Late Miocene to Pleistocene Sequences at the New Jersey Outer Continental Shelf (ODP Leg 174A, Sites 1071 and 1072)

Metzger, J. M.; Flemings, P. B.; Christie-Blick, Nicholas; Mountain, Gregory S.; Austin Jr., J. A.; Hesselbo, S. P.

2-D seismic, wireline log, and core data at ODP Leg 174A Sites 1071 and 1072 on the outer continental shelf of New Jersey reveal two major depositional sequences of late Miocene–Pliocene and Pleistocene age. The late Miocene–Pliocene sequence is a thick (∼100 m) deepening-upward succession landward of the clinoform rollover and a shoaling-upward succession seaward of the clinoform rollover. The Pleistocene sequence deepens abruptly near its base, shoals upward, and then deepens again before it is truncated by its overlying unconformity. There is no onlap onto clinoforms (no lowstand wedge) in either sequence. Sequence stratigraphic analysis and a geometric depositional model are used to interpret that the unusually thick transgressive component of the late Miocene–Pliocene sequence was formed by high-frequency eustatic cycles (1–2 m.y.) superimposed on a longer-term eustatic rise (∼5 m.y.). This conclusion is supported by independent evidence of eustasy. The sequences of this study are correlated to sequences in the North Atlantic coastal plain and in the Great Bahama Bank. These sequences have very different architectures than underlying middle Miocene sequences, which contain thick lowstand wedge deposits, and are interpreted to have formed by high-frequency eustatic cycles superimposed on longer-term eustatic fall.

Geographic Areas


  • thumnail for Metzger.Sed.Geol.2000.pdf Metzger.Sed.Geol.2000.pdf application/pdf 4.91 MB Download File

Also Published In

Sedimentary Geology

More About This Work

Academic Units
Earth and Environmental Sciences
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Published Here
August 28, 2013
Academic Commons provides global access to research and scholarship produced at Columbia University, Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary and Jewish Theological Seminary. Academic Commons is managed by the Columbia University Libraries.