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Facies architecture and diagenesis of Belgian Late Frasnian carbonate mounds
Boulvain, Frédéric
2001In Sedimentary Geology, 145 (3-4), p. 269-294
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Keywords :
carbonate mound; reef; facies; Frasnian; Belgium; palaeoceanography
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[en] Late Frasnian Petit-Mont Member carbonate mounds occur in the southern pail of the Dinant Synclinorium and in the Philippeville Anticline (SW Belgium). These mounds are 30 to 80 m thick and 100 to 250 m in diameter. They are embedded in shale, nodular shale and argillaceous limestone. Based on facies mapping of 14 buildups and related off-mound sediments, these mounds typically started from below the photic and storm wave base zones and builtup into shallow water environments. Above an argillaceous limestone substrate, the first carbonate mound facies consists of spiculitic wackestone with stromatactis (PM1), which becomes progressively enriched in crinoids and corals (PM2), then in peloids, stromatoporoids and cyanobacteria (PM3). PM4 consists of algal-coral-peloid wackestone and packstone with green algae and thick algal coatings, A core of algal and microbial bindstone (PM5) sporadically occurs within large mounds. The uppermost part of these mounds may show a recurrence of facies PM2 and PM1. PM1 to PM3 are coloured red by hematite derived from microaerophilic iron bacteria; PM4 and PM5 are grey. The transition from the aphotic to the cyanobacterial photic zone is recorded in the succession PM2-PM3; the transition from the cyanobacterial to the green algal photic zone is recorded by PM3-PM5. Storm wave base was reached within PM3 and fair-weather wave base within PM5. This paleobathymetric interpretation suggests a depth of 100-150 in during initial establishment of PM1. Three types of mounds can be distinguished on the basis of geometry and facies architecture: (1) "Les Bulants"-type mounds display a continuous vertical facies succession (PM2-3-4-5) and low relief, (2) although exhibiting the same facies succession as "Les Bulants", "Les Wayons"-type mounds show a distinct relief with steep flanks and bioclastic talus; (3) "St.-Remy" mounds consist exclusively of PM1 and PM2, bioclastic flank deposits are not observed. From (1) to (3), these mound types represent successive deepening down a ramp. Biostratigraphic correlation on a regional scale provides good evidence that relative sea-level changes largely controlled lateral and vertical transitions of facies. Beyond that, hypoxic conditions are indicated by the sponge and iron-bacteria consortium in lower parts of the mounds. This is in agreement with the general assumption of stratified water masses during Late Frasnian, preceding the prominent Lower Kellwasser crisis. Cementation began with a radiaxial synsedimentary cement. A fringe of meteoric phreatic cement, initially nonluminescent, then with a bright orange luminescence, occurs in all mounds. It is contemporaneous with a nonluminescent pervasive cement of grainstones deposited in littoral areas. Differentiation between the (reducing) mounds and the (oxidizing) littoral area resulted from better aquifer circulation in sedimentary bodies close to the recharge area. Late burial cements occlude all the remaining porosity and are contemporaneous with the opening of the Variscan fracture system. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.
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Earth sciences & physical geography
Author, co-author :
Boulvain, Frédéric  ;  Université de Liège - ULiège > Département de géologie > Pétrologie sédimentaire
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Title :
Facies architecture and diagenesis of Belgian Late Frasnian carbonate mounds
Publication date :
15 December 2001
Journal title :
Sedimentary Geology
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Elsevier Science Bv, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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