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New biostratigraphic data from the Callovian-Oxfordian La Manga Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina: Evidence from an ammonite condensed level

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Palma Durán, Ricardo and Kietzmann, Diego A. and Martín Chivelet, Javier and López Gómez, José and Bressan, Graciela Susana (2012) New biostratigraphic data from the Callovian-Oxfordian La Manga Formation, Neuquén Basin, Argentina: Evidence from an ammonite condensed level. Revue de Paléobiologie, Vol. s . pp. 345-356. ISSN 1661-5468

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Abstract

The La Manga Formation constitutes most of the sedimentary record of the Callovian-Oxfordian in the Neuquén Basin. This stratigraphic
unit represents the middle part of the Lotena Mesosequence, which is dominated by carbonates with interbedded shales, marls, and
occasional sandstones. Based on detailed stratigraphic work in the stratotype section (La Manga Creek, Mendoza), the depositional
environments and the sea-level history of the La Manga Formation have been interpreted. Petrographic and field observations led to
identification of nine facies distributed in two informal units. Unit 1 was deposited on a outer ramp setting, while deposition of unit 2 took
place in the intertidal-supratidal environments. A condensed level close to the base of unit 1 has yielded Rehmannia sp., Rehmannia cf.
paucicostata (Tornq.) and Homoeoplanulites sp., from the Lower Callovian Bodenbenderi-Proximum Zones, and Peltoceratoides sp.
and Rursiceras sp. from the Upper Callovian and also in the Lower Oxfordian Peltoceratoides-Parawedekindia Zone. The condensed
level is overlain by a Middle Oxfordian succession characterized by Perisphinctes (?Arisphinctes) sp., Perisphinctes (?Kranaosphinctes)
sp., Mirosphinctes sp., Perisphinctes (?Antilloceras) cf. prophetae Gygi & Hill., Perisphinctes (?Otosphinctes) sp., Perisphinctes
(?Subdiscosphinctes) sp., and Perisphinctes (?Kranaosphinctes) cf. decurrens (Buck.) of the Perisphinctes-Araucanites Zone, which
was correlated with the upper part of the Cordatum Standard Zone to the Transversarium Standard Zone, and probably to the lower part
of the Bifurcatus Standard Zone. Unit 2 has yielded small Mirosphinctes sp., indicating an Oxfordian age. The sharp contact between
the outer ramp facies of unit 1 and the overlying intertidal-supratidal facies of unit 2 can be interpreted as the result of an abrupt fall
(forced regression) of the relative sea level during the end of Middle Oxfordian or Upper Oxfordian. These results could be used for
comparison with other localities in the Neuquén Basin providing additional data for Lower Callovian-Middle Oxfordian deposits.


Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Carbonate ramp, Forced regression, Jurassic ammonites, Neuquén Basin
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Stratigraphic geology
ID Code:20333
Deposited On:08 Mar 2013 12:35
Last Modified:11 Dec 2018 08:42

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