Upper Campanian-Maastrichtian holostratigraphy of the eastern Danish Basin

Finn Surlyk, Susanne Lil Rasmussen, Myriam Boussaha, Poul Schiøler, Niels H. Schovsbo, Emma Sheldon, Lars Stemmerik, Nicolas Thibault

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One of the most expanded upper Campanian-Maastrichtian successions worldwide has been cored in a series of boreholes in eastern Denmark. A high-resolution holostratigraphic analysis of this part of the Chalk Group has been undertaken on these cores, notably Stevns-1, in order to provide a record of changes in chalk facies, water depths and sea-water temperatures. Combined lithological data, a suite of petrophysical logs including gamma ray (GR) logs, nannofossil and dinoflagellate palaeontology, stable carbon isotopes, seismic reflection and refraction sections form the basis for the definition of two new formations and six members, three of which are new, and for recognition of Boreal nannofossil subzones UC15e BP to UC20d BP. The upper Campanian-lowermost Maastrichtian Mandehoved Formation is subdivided into the Flagbanke and Boesdal Members and the Maastrichtian Møns Klint Formation is subdivided into the Hvidskud, Rørdal, Sigerslev, Kjølby Gaard Marl and Højerup Members. The Boesdal and Rørdal Members show high GR values and a pronounced chalk-marl cyclicity. The Rørdal and the thin Kjølby Gaard Marl Members have a regional distribution and can be traced over most of the Danish Basin, whereas the Højerup Member is restricted to the easternmost part of Sjælland. The other members consist of rather featureless white chalk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-256
Number of pages25
JournalCretaceous Research
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Chalk Group
  • Danish Basin
  • Holostratigraphy
  • Upper Campanian-Maastrichtian

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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