Mattia Tagliavento


Geochemistry - Sedimentology - Paleontology

Frequency analysis across the drowning of Lower Jurassic Carbonate Platform: the Calcare Massiccio Formation (Apennines, Italy)


Journal article


M. Brandano, L. Corda, L. Tomassetti, M. Tagliavento
Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 78, 2016, pp. 606-620


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APA
Brandano, M., Corda, L., Tomassetti, L., & Tagliavento, M. (2016). Frequency analysis across the drowning of Lower Jurassic Carbonate Platform: the Calcare Massiccio Formation (Apennines, Italy). Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, 78, 606–620.

Chicago/Turabian
Brandano, M., L. Corda, L. Tomassetti, and M. Tagliavento. “Frequency Analysis across the Drowning of Lower Jurassic Carbonate Platform: the Calcare Massiccio Formation (Apennines, Italy).” Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology 78 (2016): 606–620.

MLA
Brandano, M., et al. “Frequency Analysis across the Drowning of Lower Jurassic Carbonate Platform: the Calcare Massiccio Formation (Apennines, Italy).” Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, vol. 78, 2016, pp. 606–20.


Abstract

This work illustrates the evolution the Lower Jurassic shallow-water carbonates known as the Calcare Massiccio Formation in the Central Apennines (Italy). The Calcare Massiccio is characterized by lateral and vertical variability in the facies associations, related to an articulated physiography of the Triassic to Lower Jurassic carbonate platform and to its tectonic evolution. This work documents the depositional environmentchanges during the platform evolution. Quantitative analysis on samples collected from three stratigraphic sections were performed through the Calcare Massiccio succession allowed up to the overlying Pliensbachianpelagites. Two type of carbonate sedimentation have been recognized: in the peritidal and shallow subtidal environments (Calcare Massiccio A) the carbonate production is dominated by microbial activity, while the carbonate sedimentation in a deeper environment of middle to outer ramp (Calcare Massiccio B), is dominated by a bioclastic sedimentation.

The evolution from the Calcare Massiccio A to the B can be interpreted as the product of increase of accommodation that in turn produced a backstepping of carbonate facies belt, the photic microbial dominated peritidal facies developed on the persistent Latium-Abruzzi Platform while the bioclastic carbonate production factory settled on the structural highs resulting from the dismembering of the platform by syn-sedimentary tectonic.

The bioclastic carbonate factory was not efficient in filling the available accommodation space produced by Sinemurian extensional tectonic. This inefficiency was amplified by the restricted area available for this factory in the small structural highs. These conditions were sufficient to predispose the platform to the drowning without invoke change in the trophic resource or change in the palaeoceanography.

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