Journal : Acta Geologica Polonica
Article : Miocene burrows of the Ghost Crab Ocypode and their environmental significance (Mykolaiv Sands, Fore-Carpathian Basin, Ukraine)

Authors :
Hu, X.
Department of Ocean Science and Engineering, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310058, China,
Jeans, C.
Department of Geography, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EN, UK,
Zapalski, M.
Faculty of Geology, Warsaw University, ul. Żwirki i Wigury 93, PL-02-089 Warsaw, Poland,,
Demircan, H.
Department of Geological Research, General Directorate of Mineral Research and Exploration (MTA), 06520, Ankara, Turkey,,
Radwański, A.
Faculty of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93; PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland,,
Abstract : The huge lithosome of the Middle Miocene (Early Badenian) Mykolaiv Sands, developed at the external margin of the Fore-Carpathian Basin in western Ukraine, is recognized to represent a shallowing-up sequence. Special attention is paid to burrows of the Ghost Crab Ocypode which are pantropical in present-day littoral habitats. In the Stratyn section, burrows of this type become a crucial tool in the interpretation of basin bathymetry, which starts from distal offshore depths, through the foreshore, to the backshore where the Ocypode burrows record a temporary break in sedimentation. Lithification of the sand layers and the Ocypode burrows subsequently progressed in beachrock mode. The Stratyn section demonstrates that the development of submerged shoals and/or emergent parts, throughout the huge mass of the Mykolaiv Sands, is probably responsible for their great variation in thickness in western Ukraine, which has long proved difficult to explain.

Keywords : baden, krab, miocen środkowy, nora, Ocypode, paleośrodowisk, Paratetydy, sedymentologia, Ukraina, Badenian, Burrows, Ghost Crab Ocypode, Middle Miocene, Palaeoenvironment, Paratethys, Sedimentology, Ukraine,
Publishing house : Faculty of Geology of the University of Warsaw
Publication date : 2012
Number : Vol. 62, no. 2
Page : 217 – 229

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