• W. Franke
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The Saxothuringian Zone of Kossmat (1927) is one of the most complex parts of the Variscan Belt in central Europe. It consists of a northwestern crystalline belt, the Mid-German Crystalline High (Chap. IV), and a southeastern part dominated by relatively low-grade sedimentary and volcanic rocks. These sequences have been laid down in a Cambrian through to Devonian rift basin, which was closed in Devonian to Early Carboniferous time — we refer to this as the Saxothuringian Basin.


Permian Silurian Europe Sandstone Sedimentation 


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