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New data on the age of the uppermost ORS and the lowermost post-ORS strata in Dickson Land (Spitsbergen) and implications for the age of the Svalbardian deformation

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Karsten Piepjohn
Karsten Piepjohn
1Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Corrensstraδe 24, D-48149 Münster, Germany (e-mail: piepjoh@uni-muenster.de)
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Lars Brinkmann
Lars Brinkmann
2Forschungsstelle für Paläobotanik der Westfälischen Wilhelms- Universität Münster, Hindenburgplatz 57–59, D-49143 Münster, Germany
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Anke Grewing
Anke Grewing
2Forschungsstelle für Paläobotanik der Westfälischen Wilhelms- Universität Münster, Hindenburgplatz 57–59, D-49143 Münster, Germany
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Hans Kerp
Hans Kerp
2Forschungsstelle für Paläobotanik der Westfälischen Wilhelms- Universität Münster, Hindenburgplatz 57–59, D-49143 Münster, Germany
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Published:
January 01, 2000

Abstract

In NW Spitsbergen, the infill of a large Old Red Sandstone (ORS) basin was affected by the Svalbardian deformation shortly after the sedimentation of the uppermost ORS units. In the Billefjorden area, along the eastern margin of the basin, folded and thrust-faulted Devonian deposits are unconformably overlain by undeformed Carboniferous clastic sediments and platform carbonate deposits. To re-examine the age of the Svalbardian deformation, samples for palynological investigations were taken from the youngest deformed ORS strata and the oldest post-Svalbardian sediments. The results of palynological investigations show that the folded and thrust-faulted uppermost ORS unit, the Plantekløfta member of the Mimerdalen Formation (Andrée Land Group), is Late Famennian in age. The lowermost undeformed and unconformably overlying post-ORS unit, the Triungen member of the Hørbyebreen Formation (Billefjorden Group), is ?Late Tournaisian to Viséan but not Famennian in age. Thus, the compressional west-directed folding and thrusting of the Svalbardian deformation took place after Late Famennian and before Late Tournaisian time.

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Geological Society, London, Special Publications

New Perspectives on the Old Red Sandstone

Geological Society of London
Volume
180
ISBN electronic:
9781862394285
Publication date:
January 01, 2000

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