Title

Depositional and Ichnofossil Characteristics of the Meigs Member, Coosawhatchie Formation (Miocene), East Central Georgia

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2009

Publication Title

Southeastern Geology

Abstract

The coastal plain of Georgia is host to a wide variety of Miocene strata that have been assigned to the Coosawhatchie Formation. The five members of the Coosawhatchie differ greatly in their sedimentological and stratigraphie characteristics, but they are all acknowledged to be of marine, marginal marine, or freshwater origin. The general lack of fossils of any kind has lead to a poor un derstanding of the origin of much of Coosawhatchie, which is one of the most visible and widespread units on the Georgia coastal plain. We have found abundant, well-pre- served burrows of thallasinoid shrimp (ich nogenus Ophiomorpha) in the Meigs Member of the Cossawhatchie Fm. where it is exposed near Middleground, Bulloch County, Georgia. Therefore, the sediments are interpreted to have accumulated in nearshore environments of normal salinity.