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Archean seismites of the Ventersdorp Supergroup, South Africa

E. A. Schneiderhan, H. N. Bhattacharya, U. Zimmermann and J. Gutzmer
Archean seismites of the Ventersdorp Supergroup, South Africa
South African Journal of Geology (September 2005) 108 (3): 345-350


This contribution documents the discovery of seismites in pyroclastic lithologies of the Kameeldoorns Formation of the late Archean (2.8 to 2.65 Ga) Ventersdorp Supergroup, South Africa. A variety of well-preserved sedimentary structures document the seismites, comprising syn-sedimentary faults, convolute bedding, graben-like down-sagging structures, syn-sedimentary breccias and syneresis cracks. Earthquakes associated with syn-sedimentary faulting and intrabasinal volcanic activity that affected the unconsolidated sediments of the Kameeldoorns Formation explain the origin of these structures.

ISSN: 1012-0750
EISSN: 1996-8590
Coden: TGSAA3
Serial Title: South African Journal of Geology
Serial Volume: 108
Serial Issue: 3
Title: Archean seismites of the Ventersdorp Supergroup, South Africa
Affiliation: University of Johannesburg, Department of Geology, Johannesburge, South Africa
Pages: 345-350
Published: 200509
Text Language: English
Publisher: Bureau for Scientific Publications, Pretoria, South Africa
References: 25
Accession Number: 2006-034951
Categories: Sedimentary petrology
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. geol. sketch maps
S28°00'00" - S28°00'00", E26°00'00" - E26°00'00"
Country of Publication: South Africa
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Abstract, Copyright, Geological Society of South Africa. Reference includes data from GeoScienceWorld, Alexandria, VA, United States
Update Code: 200610
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