VOLCANIC CONTRIBUTIONS TO SEDIMENTATION IN UPPER BURDIGALIAN-LOWER LANGHIAN SEDIMENTS OF THE VENETIAN MOLASSIC BASIN

  • PAOLO GRANDESSO
  • CRISTINA STEFANI
Keywords: Stratigraphy, Sedimentology, Volcanism, Miocene, Southern Alps, Italy.

Abstract

In the Upper Burdigalian-Lower Langhian sediments of the Venetian molassic basin two vol­caniclastic layers are clearly recognizable, respectively within the Globigerinoides trilobus and Praeorbulina glomerosa zones of Bizon & Bizon (1972).
The chemical composition of well-preserved glass shards, tested by electron microprobe, reveals rhy­olitic composition and provides information about contemporaneous acidic explosive volcanism. Due to the probably depositional mechanism (fallout), the location of the effusive centres remains unknown. Although many ash layers are quite well-known in the same stratigraphic interval throughout the Apennine chain, a ten­tative correlation still seems very difficult, due to different methods of analysis and dating criteria.
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