Document Type : Original Research Paper


1 Ph.D., Faculty of Earth Sciences, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

2 Professor, Faculty of Earth Sciences, Geological department, Shahid Beheshti University, Tehran, Iran

3 Ph.D., Exploration Directorate, National Iranian Oil Company, Tehran, Iran


The Pabdeh Formation with a thickness of 797.2 m. and 4 lithological units (purple shale (144.25 m.), lower limestone and marl (221.75 m.), limestone (73.5 m.) and upper limestone and marl (357.7 m.) is stretched at Chahardeh village stratigraphic section in Izeh zone.. Biostratigraphic studies led to recognition of 30 genera and 150 species of planktonic foraminifera based on which 23 biozones were identified in Tethys realm. These biozones  are well correlated with biozones of Tethys region. Based on the indicated biozones and fossil contents, the age of the Pabdeh Formation is Middle Paleocene (Selandian) - Late Oligocene (Chattian). In this study, Paleocene- Eocene boundary is located in Purple shale unit and Eocene- Oligocene boundary is placed in upper marl and limestone unit.


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