Late Permian to Early Triassic transition in central and NE Spain: biotic and sedimentary characteristics
Published:January 01, 2006
Alfredo Arche, Jose López-Gómez, 2006. "Late Permian to Early Triassic transition in central and NE Spain: biotic and sedimentary characteristics", Non-Marine Permian Biostratigraphy and Biochronology, Spencer G. Lucas, Giuseppe Cassinis, Joerg W. Schneider
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The Late Permian to Early Triassic (P/T) transition represents one of the most important Phanerozoic mass extinction episodes. Data from this transitional period are very scarce in continental basins, and reliable correlation with marine series is still a matter of debate. In this paper, information on the P/T transition in the continental series of central and NE Spain and the Balearic Islands is presented and compared with some coeval western European basins. The Iberian Ranges sections contain detailed information on the P/T transition, with sediments interpreted as alluvial fans, sandy and gravelly braided rivers and high sinuosity rivers with extensive floodplains, dated by means of pollen and spore assemblages. However, the fossil record contains two barren intervals throughout the study area, one in the Late Permian (Thuringian) and another during the latest Permian to Early Triassic. The possible causes of these gaps include the very likely relationship with the emplacement of the basaltic large igneous provinces (LIP) of SE China and western Siberia during this period of time.
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Non-Marine Permian Biostratigraphy and Biochronology
During the Permian, the single supercontinent Pangaea stretched from pole to pole. Early Permian glacial deposits are found in southern Gondwana. Along the sutures of Pangaea, mountain ranges towered over vast tropical lowlands. Interior areas included dry deserts where dune sands accumulated. Gypsum and halite beds document the evaporation of hot, shallow seas that formed the most extensive salt deposits in the geological record. The Permian period (251 to 299 Ma) encompasses nine ages (stages) arranged into three epochs (series). Most of the Permian marine timescale has been defined by global stratotype sections and points for the stage boundaries. This volume presents new data regarding the biostratigraphy and biochronology of the non-marine Permian and provides a basis for temporally ordering Permian geological and biotic history on land, and correlating that history to events in the marine realm.