Nature and timing of Late Mississippian to Mid-Pennsylvanian glacio-eustatic sea-level changes of the Pennine Basin, UK

Waters, Colin N.; Condon, Daniel J.. 2012 Nature and timing of Late Mississippian to Mid-Pennsylvanian glacio-eustatic sea-level changes of the Pennine Basin, UK. Journal of the Geological Society, 169 (1). 37-51. 10.1144/0016-76492011-047

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The Pennine Basin of northern England contains a comparatively complete Serpukhovian– Moscovian succession characterized by high-resolution ammonoid zonation and cyclic paralic sedimentation. Two new isotope dilution thermal ionization mass spectrometry zircon ages from a bentonite deposited during the Arnsbergian (mid-Serpukhovian) regional substage and tonstein of earliest Bolsovian (early Moscovian) regional substage have been determined. The weighted mean 206Pb/238U ages of 328.34 ± 0.55 and 314.37 ± 0.53 Ma (total uncertainty), respectively, require modification of the time scale for the Western Europe regional chronostratigraphy. The areal extent of acme ammonoid facies is used as a proxy for the magnitude of 47 discrete flooding events. Incised valleys (major sequence boundaries) are used as a proxy for the magnitude of sea-level falls. The frequency of these events, in the light of the new radiometric dating, indicates the following: (1) there is temporal coincidence between major glaciations in Gondwana and phases of increased frequency of sequence boundaries in the Pennine Basin; (2) high-amplitude flooding surfaces have an average frequency of c. 400 ka; (3) average cycle durations during the Pendleian–early Arnsbergian and Chokierian–Bolsovian, of c. 111 and c. 150 ka, respectively, reflect short-duration eccentricities; (4) multiple flooding surfaces with the same ammonoid assemblages may equate with sub-100 ka precession or obliquity frequencies.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1144/0016-76492011-047
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2010 > Geology and Landscape (England)
ISSN: 0016-7649
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: Supplementary material: U–Pb method description and data, procedure for the calculation of the areal extent of marine bands, and tables showing a full listing of biostratigraphical data used in the study are available at
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 04 Jan 2012 15:16 +0 (UTC)

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