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Silurian sequence stratigraphy in the North American craton, Great Lakes area

Paleozoic sequence stratigraphy: views from the North American craton

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Witzke B.J.

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Abstract

A notable circumstance of late Early through Late Silurian sedimentation on the Great Lakes area craton is that at least two and possibly three cycles of third-order duration (if eustatically considered) are recognized in basin and shallow-platform settings alike. Both virtually pure and siliciclastic-rich carbonate rocks exist in parts of platform-situated sections in contrast to siliciclastic-rich to evaporite-dominated basin sections. Knowledge of the reef history, together with evidence of incidental periodic incursions of siliciclastic sediments, permitted understanding of a regional event or sequence stratigraphy more than 15 years ago before conventional biostratigraphic and physical stratigraphic evidence became adequate to corroborate. This midwestern US and Ontario Silurian record has become strategic for testing different schools of thought that champion either tectonism or eustasy to explain cyclical sequences.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Silurian sequence stratigraphy in the North American craton, Great Lakes area
Series title:
Paleozoic sequence stratigraphy: views from the North American craton
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
Geological Society of America; Special Paper
Publisher location:
306
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Paleozoic sequence stratigraphy: views from the North American craton
First page:
193
Last page:
202
Number of Pages:
10