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Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia : no evidence for a major temporal hiatus

Taylor, G.K.; Tucker, C.W.; Twitchett, R.J.; Kearsey, T.; Benton, M.J.; Newell, Andrew; Surkov, M.V.. 2009 Magnetostratigraphy of Permian/Triassic boundary sequences in the Cis-Urals, Russia : no evidence for a major temporal hiatus. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 281 (1-2). 36-47. 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.02.002

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Abstract/Summary

During the last five years there has been considerable doubt over the age of the continental uppermost Permian Russian stages, the Kazanian and Tatarian. Traditionally they have been regarded as Late Permian but were re-dated as Middle Permian in the 2004 international time scale, despite fossil evidence that the Tatarian, at least, is Late Permian. These debated ages are tested by magnetostratigraphic study of five sections spanning the Permian Triassic Boundary (PTB) of the SE Urals in the Orenburg region of Russia. The Upper Permian and Lower Triassic of this region have a well documented vertebrate fauna whose evolution has a significant bearing on our understanding of the PTB mass extinction event. If the Tatarian is viewed as Mid Permian, then the Late Permian in Russia is marked by a 9–10 Ma stratigraphic gap. The palaeomagnetic data yield a distinct series of polarity zones that provide clear local and regional correlation and are readily tied to a recently compiled global magnetostratigraphic record. On the basis of this correlation the sampled sections span the upper Guadalupian to Induan stages without any obvious break, so confirming the traditional view that the Tatarian is Late Permian in age. Anomalies in the magnetic inclination are consistent with sediment compaction (inclination shallowing, a common phenomenon of red beds) but declination anomalies between these sites and elsewhere in Russia may suggest localised vertical axis rotation.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.epsl.2009.02.002
Programmes: BGS Programmes 2009 > Earth hazards and systems
ISSN: 0012-821X
NORA Subject Terms: Earth Sciences
Date made live: 02 Nov 2009 10:16
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8428

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