The cyclic Rørdal Member - a new lithostratigraphic unit of chronostratigraphic and palaeoclimatic importance in the upper Maastrichtian of Denmark

Finn Surlyk, Lars Stemmerik, Morten Ahlborn, Rikke Harlou, Bodil W. Lauridsen, Susanne L. Rasmussen, Niels Schovsbo, Emma Sheldon, Nicolas Thibault

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Resumé

The Maastrichtian chalk of the Danish Basin has been referred to the Tor Formation of the North Sea, but this may not be tenable because this formation in its type area shows a much higher degree of redeposition than the Maastrichtian chalk of the Danish Basin. The onshore succession has not been lithostratigraphically subdivided due to its rather monotonous nature and the widely scattered outcrops.

An exception is the uppermost Maastrichtian exposed at Stevns Klint which is been referred to the Sigerslev Member, comprising rather benthos-poor, deep-water pure chalk, and the overlying mound-bedded, bryozoan-rich chalk which is placed in the Højerup Member. In addition, a thin marly chalk bed, the Kjølby Gaard Marl Member, containing Tethyan planktonic foraminifers is known from localities in northern Jylland and from water wells around Køge, eastern Sjælland.

The new Rørdal Member is a cyclic chalk-marl unit, about 10 m thick, sandwiched between pure white chalks. It is well exposed in the large Rørdal quarry in Aalborg, and is recognised in boreholes south of Aalborg and in the Stevns-1 and Karlslunde-1 boreholes south of Copenhagen. Coccolith and brachiopod data show that it belongs to the UC20b-cBP nannofossil zone of the North Sea scheme for the Upper Cretaceous Boreal province, and the semiglobularis-humboldt iibrachiopod zone, both indicating the lower upper Maastrichtian.
Isotope data show that it represents a distinct early late Maastrichtian cooling event. The member thus has a basinwide distribution and is an important isochronous marker.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Sider (fra-til)89-98
Antal sider10
TidsskriftBulletin of the Geological Society of Denmark
Vol/bind58
DOI
StatusUdgivet - 11 nov. 2010

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