TITLE

Petrophysical and geochemical signature of the Hangenberg Events: an integrated stratigraphy of the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary interval in the Northern Rhenish Massif (Avalonia, Germany)

AUTHOR(S)
KUMPAN, TOMÁŠ; BÁBEK, ONDŘEJ; KALVODA, JIŘÍ; GRYGAR, TOMÁŠ MATYS; FRÝDA, JIRÍ; BECKER, THOMAS RALPH; HARTENFELS, SVEN
PUB. DATE
July 2015
SOURCE
Bulletin of Geosciences;2015, Vol. 90 Issue 3, p667
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Petrophysical (gamma-ray spectrometry, magnetic susceptibility) and geochemical (X-ray fluorescence spectrometry and inorganic carbon isotope geochemistry) methods are used for stratigraphic correlations and palaeoenvironmental interpretations of the Devonian-Carboniferous boundary interval in the northern part of the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge, Germany. Sections at Oese, Oberrödinghausen and Drewer were studied in the stratigraphic range from the Famennian Upper expansa Zone to the Tournaisian Lower crenulata Zone. The Famennian Wocklum Limestone reveals distinctive cyclicity in the limestone and shale arrangement, whose primary origin has been supported by correlation with K/Al ratio changes. Lower-order K/Al cyclicity follows bundles of alternating layers. On the other hand, Zr/Al cyclicity is rather independent on facies and K/Al and duration of Zr/Al cycles was estimated to be 370 ka, which is close to 405 ka eccentricity. Correlations of the curve patterns of Computed Gamma Ray, U/ThGRS, bulk magnetic susceptibility, K/Al, Zr/Al, S, and Mn proxies have been employed for regional correlation. Our dataset confirms previous palaeoenvironmental interpretations of the Hangenberg Events and additionally provides information on gradual decrease in a bottom oxygenation just prior the events. Peaks in redox and palaeoproductivity proxies (U/Th, Cu+Ni+Zn+Pb) occur in the Hangenberg Black Shale in all studied sections. Although sedimentation of the Hangenberg Black Shale took place during the deepening step, the enhanced palaeoproductivity and hypoxia to anoxia were the main cause of its deposition. An interregional correlation of the Devonian-Carboniferous intervals from the northern Rhenish Massif, Moravian Karst and Carnic Alps was carried out and underlines the potential for further chronostratigraphic definitions.
ACCESSION #
110259940

 

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