Devonian and Carboniferous limestone-turbidites of the Rheinisches Schiefergebrige and their tectonic significance

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Authors:Eder, F. W.; Engel, W.; Franke, W.; Sadler, Peter M.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
Geol.-Paläontol. Inst., Gottingen, Federal Republic of Germany
Univ. Calif., Dep. Earth Sci., United States
Volume Title:Intracontinental fold belts; case studies in the Variscan belt of Europe and the Damara Belt in Namibia
Volume Authors:Martin, Henno; Eder, Franz Wolfgang
Source:Intracontinental fold belts; case studies in the Variscan belt of Europe and the Damara Belt in Namibia, Henno Martin and Franz Wolfgang Eder, p.93-124. Publisher: Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany. ISBN: 3-540-12440-3
Publication Date:1983
Note:In English. 68 refs.Sonderforschungsbereich (SFB) 48-Göttingen; illus. incl. 2 plates, strat. col., geol. sketch map
Summary:The Devonian and Carboniferous basinal facies of the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge include many pockets of limestone-turbidites. They record a distribution of allochthonous, shallow-water, carbonate debris by turbidity currents, which aids interpretation of the history of the source regions and of the topography of the basin. The key is always to determine the flow patterns of the turbidity currents. This is rarely possible by reference to sedimentary structures and must often be accomplished by recognizing the sedimentological differences between near-source deposits and those accumulated near the outer limits of the turbidity current flow. In the Middle and Late Devonian, turbidites can be related to known reef sources. Basin topography is elucidated by the way many turbidite formations are found to be impounded in a moat and rise relief near the source. In the Lower Carboniferous there are limestone-turbidites derived from the Carboniferous Limestone platform forming the northern margin of the Variscan basin, but unpreserved or unexposed sources in the basin must be postulated for other sequences of limestone-turbidites. These sources are not simple recolonizations of the Devonian reefs and topographic highs. A new intrabasinal relief is evident as early orogenesis remoulds the Devonian pattern. [P.Br.]
Subjects:Carbonate rocks; Carboniferous; Clastic rocks; Devonian; Graywacke; IGCP; Lithofacies; Paleo-oceanography; Paleocirculation; Paleogeography; Paleozoic; Reefs; Sedimentary rocks; Stratigraphy; Structural geology; Tectonics; Turbidite; Upper Paleozoic; Central Europe; Europe; Germany; Rhenish Schiefergebirge; Brilon Reef; Erdbach Limestone; Flinz Limestone; Hellefeld Limestone; Padberg Limestone; Posidonia Limestone; Velbert Limestone; West Germany
Abstract Numbers:84M/3260
Record ID:1986082604
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Mineralogical Abstracts, United Kingdom, Twickenham, United Kingdom, Reference includes data from PASCAL, Institute de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
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