Journal : Acta Geologica Polonica
Article : Faunal dynamics of foraminiferal assemblages in the Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) ore-bearing clays at Gnaszyn, Kraków-Silesia Homocline, Poland

Authors :
Gedl, P.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Senacka 1, 31-002 Kraków, Poland, ndgedl@cyf-kr.edu.pl,
Leonowicz, P.
Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93, PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland, Paulina.Leonowicz@uw.edu.pl,
Dudek, T.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Senacka 1, PL-31-002 Kraków, Poland, tereska_wing@yahoo.co.uk,
Witkowska, M.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Jagiellonian University, Oleandry 2a, PL-30-063 Kraków, Poland, magda.witkowsky@interia.pl,
Gedl, P.
Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, Senacka 1, 31-002 Kraków, Poland, ndgedl@cyf-kr.edu.pl,
Boczarowski, A.
Faculty of Earth Sciences, University of Silesia, Będzińska 60, PL-41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland, a.boczarowski@chello.pl,
Kaim, A.
Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warszawa, Poland ; Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie, Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, 80333 Munchen, Germany, kaim@twarda.pan.pl,
Kaim, A.
Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00-818 Warszawa, Poland ; Bayerische Staatssammlung fur Palaontologie und Geologie, Richard-Wagner-Str. 10, 80333 Munchen, Germany, kaim@twarda.pan.pl,
Rees, J.
Soldattorpet 48, SE-653 50 Karlstad, Sweden,
Smoleń, J.
Polish Geological Institute, Rakowiecka 4, 00-975 Warszawa, Poland, jolanta.smolen@pgi.gov.pl,
Abstract : The faunal dynamics of benthic foraminifera in the Middle Jurassic ore-bearing clays of Gnaszyn (Kraków-Częstochowa Upland, south-central Poland) are used to reconstruct sedimentary environments. Two types of foraminiferal assemblages, distinct in their quantitative and qualitative composition, were distinguished; type I assemblages, characterizing intervals between horizons with sideritic concretions; and type II assemblages, characterising horizons with sideritic concretions. Benthic foraminifers were further subdivided into eight ecological morphogroups, based on their morphological features and micro-habitats. Type I assemblages consist mostly of plano/concavo-convex, small-sized epifaunal morphotypes, with a restricted occurrence of shallow infaunal forms and a scarcity of deep infaunal taxa, which suggests low-oxygen conditions in both sediment and bottom waters, and a high sedimentation rate in an outer shelf environment. Type II assemblages are characterized by high taxonomic diversity, high specimen abundance and variability of epifaunal and infaunal morphotypes representing a mixed group of specialized feeding strategies. This suggests optimum living conditions controlled by a lower sedimentation rate, relatively well-oxygenated bottom waters and sufficient or high food supply.

Keywords : jura, monoklina śląsko-krakowska, morfogrupa, otwornice, paleoekologia, utlenianie, Foraminifera, Jurassic, Kraków-Silesia Homocline, Morphogroups, Oxygenation, Palaeoecology,
Publishing house : Faculty of Geology of the University of Warsaw
Publication date : 2012
Number : Vol. 62, no. 3
Page : 403 – 419

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DOI :
Qute : Gedl, P. ,Leonowicz, P. ,Dudek, T. ,Witkowska, M. ,Gedl, P. ,Boczarowski, A. ,Kaim, A. ,Kaim, A. ,Rees, J. ,Smoleń, J. ,Smoleń, J. , Faunal dynamics of foraminiferal assemblages in the Bathonian (Middle Jurassic) ore-bearing clays at Gnaszyn, Kraków-Silesia Homocline, Poland. Acta Geologica Polonica Vol. 62, no. 3/2012
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