Geochemistry International

, Volume 57, Issue 6, pp 682–697 | Cite as

Syn-rift Clayey Rocks: Bulk Chemical Composition and Position on Discriminant Paleogeodynamic Diagrams

  • A. V. MaslovEmail author
  • V. N. PodkovyrovEmail author
  • L. N. KotovaEmail author


The paper analyzes the bulk chemical composition and distribution of the fields of syn-rift clayey rocks on a number of discriminant paleogeodynamic diagrams. It is shown that the syn-rift clayey rocks, in general, demonstrate significant variations in the bulk chemical composition. For example, the average SiO2 content varies from 44.74 to 66.42 wt %, the average Al2O3 content varies from 16.62 to 29.92 wt %, and the K2Oaver is in the range 0.24 … 5.77 wt %. Based on the distribution of the data points of syn-rift clayey rocks from various objects in the F1–F2 diagram, it can be assumed that the sources of fine aluminosiliciclastic material were magmatic and sedimentary rocks of a wide composition range. The substantial overlap of the fields of various objects in the classification diagrams [(Na2O + K2O)/Al2O3]–[(Fe2O3tot + MgO)/SiO2] and K/Al–Mg/Al indicates, in general, the similar composition of syn-rift fine-grained clastic rocks of various types of riftogenic structures. The localization of the composition fields of the clayey rocks of different riftogenic structures in such discriminant paleogeodynamic diagrams as K2O/Na2O–SiO2/Al2O3 and SiO2–K2O/Na2O suggests that they cannot be used to discriminate reliably between syn-rift clayey rocks and fine-grained clastic rocks of other geodynamic environments. The position of the syn-rift clayey rocks fields from our database in the diagram DF1–DF2 has its own characteristics. In most cases, they occupy a particular position in the areas characterizing collision and rifting environments, and a number of fields are located in all three classification areas of this diagram. A significant part of the midpoints of the syn-rift clayey rocks is localized in the collision field in the DF1–DF2 diagram. All these facts indicate that the DF1–DF2 diagram also cannot determine the geodynamic nature of terrigenous associations.


syn-rift clayey rocks bulk chemical composition riftogenic structures paleogeodynamic diagrams 



We are grateful to N. S. Glushkova for preparation of graphical materials.

The studies were supported by the Russian Science Foundation (project no. 16-17-10192).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Zavaritsky Institute of Geology and Geochemistry, Ural Branch, Russian Academy of SciencesYekaterinburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute of Geology—Subdivision of the Ufa Federal Research Centre, Russian Academy of SciencesUfaRussia
  3. 3.Institute of Precambrian Geology and Geochronology, Russian Academy of SciencesSt. PetersburgRussia

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