Triassic Pollen Date Moroccan High Atlas and the Incipient Rifting of Pangea as Middle Carnian

Science  05 Mar 1976:
Vol. 191, Issue 4230, pp. 943-945
DOI: 10.1126/science.191.4230.943


Palynomorphs from the High Atlas Mountains south of Marrakech define the Minutosaccus-Patinasporites Concurrent Range Zone, which is time-stratigraphically equivalent to the Swiss and English middle Keuper, type Carnian of Austria, and North American Triassic beds in Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, thus dating an early episode of continental rifting between Africa and North America.