Late Jurassic palaeogeography and anaerobic-dysaerobic sedimentation in the northern Antarctic Peninsula region

D PIRRIE*, J. Alistair Crame

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Late Jurassic anaerobic-dysaerobic mudstones crop out on both the Weddell Sea (back-are) and Pacific (fore-arc) margins of the northern Antarctic Peninsula. The only known occurrence on the Pacific margin of the Antarctic Peninsula is the Anchorage Formation of Livingston Island. This mudstone dominated unit comprises interbedded volcaniclastic sandstones, pyroclastic/epidastic tuffs and radiolarian mudstones. The volcaniclastic sandstones are interpreted as representing deposition from turbidity currents. The tuffs represent sedimentation by both primary airfall processes and resedimentation by low concentration turbidity currents. The radiolarian mudstones represent suspension sedimentation, and reveal an upward increase in bioturbation with a transition from anaerobic-dysaerobic conditions to dysaerobic-aerobic conditions. These facies and the observed vertical change in oxygenation conditions are similar to those seen in the Nordenskjold Formation on the Weddell Sea margin of the Antarctic Peninsula. However, biostratigraphical investigations show that the transition from dysaerobic to aerobic conditions occurred during the late Kimmeridgian-early Tithonian in the Anchorage Formation but late Tithonian or early Berriasian in the Nordenskjold Formation. This diachroneity is related to the palaeogeographical development of the Antarctic Peninsula magmatic are. A wide epicontinental sea and subdued are relief in the early Kimmeridgian was followed in the Tithonian by are uplift, increasing oxygenation in the fore-are basin, and the development of a restricted basin in the back-are region. In latest Tithonian-earliest Berriasian times a substantial are had developed which supplied volcaniclastic sediment to the fore-are basin; only then was the back-are basin undergoing the transition from dysaerobic to aerobic conditions. Anaerobic conditions initiated by regional upwelling and expansion of the oxygen minimum zone were perpetuated in a silled basin in the back-are area, formed by the emergent are.

Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)469-480
Nifer y tudalennau12
CyfnodolynJournal of the geological society
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - Mai 1995

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