Stratigraphy of the Upper Jurassic to lowermost Cretaceous in the Rødryggen-1 and Brorson Halvø-1 boreholes, Wollaston Forland, North-East Greenland

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Abstract

Two shallow cores drilled in northern Wollaston Forland, North-East Greenland, provide a combined section covering the upper Kimmeridgian (Upper Jurassic) – Barremian (Lower Cretaceous) and comprising the Bernbjerg, Lindemans Bugt, Palnatokes Bjerg and Stratumbjerg Formations. A new lithostratigraphic unit, the Storsletten Member, is defined within the Lindemans Bugt For-mation. The black mudstone-dominated intervals are dated primarily by dinoflagellate cysts and ammonites, whereas the calcareous mudstones of the Palnatokes Bjerg Formation – sandwiched between the black mudstones – are dated by calcareous nannofossils. The stratigraphy demon-strates an almost complete succession in the Rødryggen-1 core, representing a deeper position in the basin, where the hiatus at the latest Jurassic rift climax predicted in previous models for the eastern Wollaston Forland Basin is absent. In contrast, the Brorson Halvø-1 core represents a position closer to a block crest where unconformities developed. In combination, the cores provide a key biostratigraphic reference section for the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary interval in the Arctic.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8342
Number of pages39
JournalGEUS Bulletin
Volume55
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Dec 2023

Keywords

  • ammonite stratigraphy
  • calcareous nannofossil stratigraphy
  • Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary
  • palynostratigraphy
  • Storsletten Member

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources

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