δ13C records across the late Silurian Lau event: New data from middle palaeo-latitudes of northern peri-Gondwana (Prague Basin, Czech Republic)

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Publication Details

Author(s): Lehnert O, Frýda J, Buggisch W, Munnecke A, Nützel A, Křiž J, Manda Š, Lehnert O
Journal: Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology
Publication year: 2007
Volume: 245
Pages range: 227-244
ISSN: 0031-0182
Language: English


Abstract


During the late Silurian the Prague Basin was located in middle southern latitudes. In contrast to palaeocontinents positioned in tropical and subtropical latitudes like Baltica, no reefs are developed, which is in accordance with the predicted cooler water. The Prague Basin represents a relatively restricted and shallow rift basin with a complex tectonic history. Sections in different palaeoenvironments have been studied to document the most prominent Silurian stable carbon isotope excursion recorded during the late Silurian (Ludfordian) Lau Event from this part of peri-Gondwana. Deeper water deposits of the Kopanina Formation investigated in the present study were deposited on the slope-to-basin transition near the Kosov volcanic centre in the western part of Prague Basin. The sediments are developed as an alternation of dark, partly laminated limestones and marls with an increase of the limestone-marl ratio in the upper part of the succession. A pronounced positive carbon isotope excursion starts in the Neocullograptus kozlowskii graptolite and in the upper Polygnathoides siluricus conodont zone. The maximum of the shift is observed in the lower part of an interval characterised by the Ananaspis fecunda-Cyrthia postera community. The maximum values scatter around 8‰, which represent the highest values reported hitherto from the Prague Basin. In low latitudes, often a decrease of δC values towards deeper water settings is reported. In contrast, in the present study the δC values of about 8‰ are much higher than those recorded from the contemporaneous shallow-water sections studied in the classical Mušlovka and Požáry quarries. The most reasonable explanation is the presence of stratigraphical gaps in the shallow parts of the basin. As indicated by karstification these gaps were caused by a sea-level drop. Another effect of this sea-level fall was a strongly reduced sedimentation of the cephalopod limestone facies around volcanic and tectonic elevations. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Buggisch, Werner Prof. Dr.
Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Lehnert, Oliver PD Dr.
Professur für Paläontologie (Schwerpunkt Faziesanalyse)
Munnecke, Axel Prof. Dr.
Professur für Paläontologie (Schwerpunkt Faziesanalyse)


External institutions with authors

Czech Geological Survey / Česká geologická služba
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU)


Research Fields

Climate and Resources
Research focus area of a faculty: Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


How to cite

APA:
Lehnert, O., Frýda, J., Buggisch, W., Munnecke, A., Nützel, A., Křiž, J.,... Lehnert, O. (2007). δ13C records across the late Silurian Lau event: New data from middle palaeo-latitudes of northern peri-Gondwana (Prague Basin, Czech Republic). Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 245, 227-244. https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2006.02.022

MLA:
Lehnert, Oliver, et al. "δ13C records across the late Silurian Lau event: New data from middle palaeo-latitudes of northern peri-Gondwana (Prague Basin, Czech Republic)." Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 245 (2007): 227-244.

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