THE TRIASSIC/JURASSIC BOUNDARY IN A PERITIDAL CARBONATE PLATFORM OF THE PELAGONIAN DOMAIN: THE MOUNT MESSAPION SECTION (CHALKIDA, GREECE)
In the Mount Messapion area (Chalkida, Greece) a continuous and expanded section of Triassic/Jurassic (T/J) limestone is exposed. This section consists of a 710 m thick pile of shallowing-upward peritidal cycles; the persistence of the facies and the lack of paleoenvironmental changes across the T/J boundary allowed studying the distribution of shallow water microfossils. The T/J boundary is placed in the upper part of the section defined by correspondence with (i) the last occurrence of Triasina hantkeni, (ii) the abrupt disappearance of megalodontid faunas and (iii) the presence of Early Jurassic microfossil assemblages. This paleontological reorganization happens suddenly, it is not controlled by any facies change, and surprisingly, it seems to produce no evident modification in the vertical stacking pattern of the cycles. A detailed facies analysis, performed along a 290 m thick stratigraphic interval (60 m above the T/J boundary and 230 m below), allowed the recognition of peritidal cycles: five different elementary cyclothemes are described and their distribution along the section is given. This integrated stratigraphic study attempts to highlight the relationship between the changes of carbonate producers and sea level fluctuations across the T/J boundary.
Rivista italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia di http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/RIPS è distribuito con Licenza Creative Commons Attribuzione - Non commerciale - Non opere derivate 4.0 Internazionale.
The journal allow the author(s) to hold the copyright without restrictions.