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Material name: CC3b
Synonyms: Silex Crétacé supérieur Centre - Sénonien.
Material (geologic): Late Cretaceous (Senonian) flint.

Mudstone flint (CC3a-type)
Foto: Jehanne Féblot-Augustins, 2005.

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Material description

Mode of occurrence: Small nodules and fragments of tabular flint.
Cortex: Worn, thin (<1 mm), pitted, stained black; transition sharp, pale concentric banding (2 mm) immediately below the cortex (migration of sponge spicules).
Colour: Yellowish brown (10YR 5/3.5).
Pattern: Featureless (very rare white spots corresponding to concentrations of thin-walled sponge spicules).
Appearance: Very homogeneous material with a greasy lustre, subtranslucent, very smooth, very fine-grained.
Structure: Grains very regularly distributed.
Texture: Mudstone.
Matrix: Subtranslucent.
Grains: 7.5 to 10 %, pale skeletal grains and carbonaceous matter, subangular to rounded with high sphericity, regularly distributed and contained between 80 and 100 µ.
Grain composition: Rare small globose and biserial (Textularidae) planktonic foraminifera, thin-walled sponge spicules; abundant carbonaceous elements, some iron oxides and detrital quartz.
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Les Côtes
Locality: Andert-et-Condon / Andert - Les Côtes, France, Ain department
Synonyms: Sampling site Bugey 52 after Féblot-Augustins
Geographical description: N/A
Geographical co-ordinates: east/x 858,4
north/y 2092,2
(Lambert zone II, NTF)

This corresponds roughly with
Lat. 45° 46' 51" N
Long. 005° 39' 36" E

Co-ordinate precision: The coordinates given were taken from a large-scale map, and won't be off by more than 50 metres.
The latitude/longitude coordinates are a direct transformation of these data on WGS84 and are accurate to the same level, so give or take an arc-second or two.

The location can be found on the 1:25 000 topographical map sheet 3231 E of the French Institut Géographique National.

Geology: According to the geological map, the substrate is of Oligocene age (unit 'g'). The flint istself originates in Late Cretaceous (Senonian) sediments and lies here in a secondary position.

Map of all sampled localities of Late Cretaceous flint in the Bugey (PDF, 54 KB, opens in new window).

Type of source: Secondary.
Other types of flint: Apart from the CC3b flint, quite a lot of other Late Cretaceous (Senonian) flints can be found here, CC2, CC3a, CC4a, CC4b as well as Early Cretaceous (Urgonian) material of the Ur-type
  Very fine Cretaceous CC3b flint
Foto: Jehanne Féblot-Augustins, 2005


Last modified on:
November 15, 2005
Contents primarily by:
Jehanne Féblot-Augustins
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