Abstract

The Uitenhage Group represents the earliest deposits that filled Mesozoic rift basins in the southern Cape of South Africa during the fragmentation of the supercontinent Gondwana. The sedimentology of the Enon Formation records the development of alluvial systems that drained the region since the onset of Gondwanan rifting, and therefore plays an important role in our understanding of early landscape evolution along the southern African continental margin. The mostly coarse conglomeratic unit was deposited continuously in actively subsiding, but separated, rift basins. As a result, the deposits are diachronous between basins and display highly varied thicknesses of up to well over 2000 m.

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