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Triassic stratigraphy, facies and evolution of the Arabian shelf in the northern United Arab Emirates

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Maurer, Florian
Rettori, Roberto
Published in International Journal of Earth Sciences. 2008, vol. 97, no. 4, p. 765 - 784
Abstract This study provides a reconstruction of the Late Permian and Triassic depositional history of the Arabian shelf in the northern United Arab Emirates based on facies analysis and foraminiferal biostratigraphy. The presented data show that sedimentation occurred in three major sequences. From the Late Permian to Olenekian carbonates and evaporites were deposited in restricted lagoons and tidal flats. After a hiatus, sedimentation resumed and continued until the Late Ladinian/Carnian, leading to the deposition of a carbonate platform dominated by peritidal dolostones. A period of shelf exposure and erosion, spanning from the Carnian to Norian, was followed by the third major sequence with sedimentation into the Early Jurassic. During this third depositional sequence sedimentation changed from pure carbonate into mixed carbonate–siliciclastic deposits. This transition reflects the global regression of the sea in the Late Triassic (Triasina hantkeni Zone) and the increased erosion of large parts of the Arabian hinterland. A comparison of the evolution of the Arabian shelf in the study area with chronostratigraphic reference schemes for the Arabian Plate reveals remarkable differences in the distribution of Middle and Upper Triassic sequences. These are most likely the result of poor biostratigraphic control on previously studied formations in the region.
Keywords TriassicStratigraphyFaciesForaminiferaArabian PlateCarbonates
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Research group Sedimentology, Biostratigraphy and Micropaleontology
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MAURER, Florian, RETTORI, Roberto, MARTINI, Rossana. Triassic stratigraphy, facies and evolution of the Arabian shelf in the northern United Arab Emirates. In: International Journal of Earth Sciences, 2008, vol. 97, n° 4, p. 765 - 784. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:9749

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