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Alternate interpretation of the Messinian salinity crisis; controversy resolved?

Georges Clauzon, Jean-Pierre Suc, Francois Gautier, Andre Berger and Marie-France Loutre
Alternate interpretation of the Messinian salinity crisis; controversy resolved?
Geology (Boulder) (April 1996) 24 (4): 363-366


A high-resolution chronology of the Mediterranean Messinian salinity crisis is proposed. Two types of evaporite deposition may be distinguished: those in marginal areas vs. those in basinal ones. Their diachroneity is deduced from the stratigraphic relationships linking these evaporites to a major Messinian erosional surface. A two-step model is proposed for the evolution of the salinity crisis through time. During the first phase (from 5.75 to 5.60 Ma), the deposition of marginal evaporites took place in response to a modest sea-level fall; in the second interval (from 5.60 to 5.32 Ma), the Mediterranean basin became isolated. During this later period, the deposition of basinal evaporites and the cutting of the Mediterranean canyons took place. April 1996

ISSN: 0091-7613
EISSN: 1943-2682
Serial Title: Geology (Boulder)
Serial Volume: 24
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Alternate interpretation of the Messinian salinity crisis; controversy resolved?
Affiliation: Universite de Provence, Institut de Geographie, Aix-en-Provence, France
Pages: 363-366
Published: 199604
Text Language: English
Publisher: Geological Society of America (GSA), Boulder, CO, United States
References: 38
Accession Number: 1996-036457
Categories: Stratigraphy
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
N30°10'00" - N46°40'00", W05°30'00" - E42°00'00"
Secondary Affiliation: Universite Lyon I, Centre des Sciences de la Terre, Villeurbanne, FRA, FranceUniversite Montpellier II, Institut des Sciences de l'Evolution, FRA, FranceUniversite Catholique de Louvain, Institut d'Astronomie et de Geophysique G. Lemaitre, BEL, Belgium
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by the Geological Society of America, Boulder, CO, United States
Update Code: 199612
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