The Bathonian Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) is proposed at the base of limestone bed RB071 (bed 23 in Sturani 1967) in the Ravin du Bès Section (43° 57′ 38″ N, 6° 18′ 55″ E), Bas-Auran area, "Alpes de Haute Provence" French department. The Ravin du Bès Section, as formal candidate GSSP for the base of the Bathonian Stage, satisfies most of the requirements recommended by the International Commission on Stratigraphy: 1) The ex-posure extends over 13 m in thickness. At the Bajocian-Bathonian transition, no vertical (bio-, ichno- or tapho-) facies changes, condensation, stratigraphic gaps or hiatuses have been recorded. Structural complexity, synsedimentary and tectonic disturbances, or important alterations by metamorphism are not relevant constraints. 2) There is a well-preserved, abundant and diverse fos-sil record across the boundary interval, with key markers (ammonites and nannofossils) for worldwide correlation. The base of the Bathonian Stage and Zigzag Zone in Bas-Auran corresponds to the first occurrence level of Gonolkites convergens Buckman, which coincides with the first occurrence of Morphoceras parvum Wetzel. Calcareous nannofossils, as secondary global marker, are present in all beds and allow characterizing the Bajocian-Batho-nian transition. 3) Regional analyses of sequence stratigraphy and manganese chemostratigraphy are available. Spectral gamma-ray data corroborate an Early Bathonian deepening half-cycle of second order. 4) The criteria of ac-cessibility, conservation and protection are assured by the "Réserve Naturelle Géologique de Haute Provence". The Cabo Mondego Section (Portugal) is suggested as the Bathonian auxiliary section and point (ASSP) within this GSSP proposal.
|Titolo:||Formal proposal for the Bathonian GSSP (Middle Jurassic) in the Ravin du Bès Section (Bas- Auran, SE FRance)|
TIRABOSCHI, DANIELE (Ultimo)
|Parole Chiave:||Ammonoidea; Bathonian GSSP; Biostratigraphy; Calcareous nannofossils; Chronostratigraphy; Geochronology|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore GEO/01 - Paleontologia e Paleoecologia|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2009|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1007/s00015-009-1317-1|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|