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Carnian reefal blocks in the Slovenian Basin, eastern Southern Alps

Gale, Luka
Skaberne, Dragomir
Čar, Jože
Rožič, Boštjan
Published in Facies. 2016, vol. 62, no. 4
Abstract The Carnian Amphiclina beds of the eastern Southern Alps mostly consist of shale and sandstone deposited in the deep-marine Slovenian Basin, which was located near the western margin of the Meliata Ocean. In the vicinity of Cerkno (Slovenia), blocks of massive or crudely bedded limestone crop out within a succession of clastic rocks that are several hundred meters thick. Sponge-microbialite boundstone and coral pillarstone are the predominant facies within these blocks. Oncoid floatstone-rudstone and moderately sorted peloid packstone form crudely layered parts of the blocks, whereas intraclast-cortoid packstone and poorly sorted peloid packstone occur locally in cross-stratified thin beds, truncated at block margins. Detailed mapping further shows that limestone blocks form units at discrete stratigraphic levels within shale and that these units are variable in thickness. Whereas the largest blocks mostly lie concordant to the bedding, smaller blocks are poorly sorted and randomly oriented. All of this evidence suggests that the limestone blocks are olistoliths, derived from an outer platform margin and/or uppermost slope.
Keywords Late TriassicJulianReefCipit boulderMicrofaciesCathodoluminescenceMélange
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Research group Sedimentology, Biostratigraphy and Micropaleontology
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GALE, Luka et al. Carnian reefal blocks in the Slovenian Basin, eastern Southern Alps. In: Facies, 2016, vol. 62, n° 4. doi: 10.1007/s10347-016-0474-8 https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:85395

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