Journal : Acta Geologica Polonica
Article : Regressive-transgressive cyclothem with facies record of the re-flooding window in the Late Silurian carbonate succession (Podolia, Ukraine)

Authors :
Gaetani, M.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita’ di Milano, Italia,,
Meço, S.
Fakulteti Gjeologji-Miniera,Tirana, Albania,,
Rettori, R.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita’ di Perugia, Italia,,
Henderson, C. M.
Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Canada,,
Tulone, A.
Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Universita’ di Perugia, Italia,,
Łuczyński, P.
Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93; PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland,,
Kozłowski, W.
Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93; PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland,,
Skompski, S.
Institute of Geology, University of Warsaw, Al. Żwirki i Wigury 93; PL-02-089 Warszawa, Poland,,
Abstract : The term “re-flooding window” was recently proposed as a time-interval connected with the transgressive stage of present day peri-reefal development. In the analysis presented here, a fossil record of a re-flooding window has been recognized. Nine Late Silurian carbonate sections exposed on the banks of the Dnister River in Podolia (Ukraine) have been correlated base on bed-by-bed microfacies analysis and spectral gamma ray (SGR) measurements. Correlated were sections representing settings ranging from the inner part of a shallow-water carbonate platform to its slope, through an organic buildup. The reconstructed depositional scenario has been divided into six development stages, with the first three representing a regressive interval and the latter three a transgressive interval of the basin’s history. The re-flooding window has been identified at the beginning of a transgressive part of the succession. Surprisingly, it is characterized by an extremely fast growth of a shallow, tide-dominated platform and by deposition of calciturbiditic layers in a more basinal area. The interpreted succession is a small-scale model illustrating the reaction of carbonate depositional sub-environments to sea level changes and determining the facies position of the stromatoporoid buildups within the facies pattern on a Silurian shelf. The use of SGR analyses in shallow water, partly high-energy, carbonate facies, both for correlation purposes and for identifying depositional systems, is a relatively new method, and thus can serve as a reference for other studies of similar facies assortment.

Keywords : wody płytkie, węglan, sylur, Podole, re-flooding window, spectral gamma ray record, shallow water carbonates, Late Silurian, Podolia,
Publishing house : Faculty of Geology of the University of Warsaw
Publication date : 2015
Number : Vol. 65, no. 3
Page : 297 – 318

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Qute : Gaetani, M. ,Meço, S. ,Rettori, R. ,Henderson, C. M. ,Tulone, A. ,Łuczyński, P. ,Kozłowski, W. ,Skompski, S. ,Skompski, S. , Regressive-transgressive cyclothem with facies record of the re-flooding window in the Late Silurian carbonate succession (Podolia, Ukraine). Acta Geologica Polonica Vol. 65, no. 3/2015