Deep Water Agglutinated Foraminiferal Assemblages from Upper Cretaceous Red Shales of the Magura Nappe / Polish Outer Carpathians

  • Ewa Malata
  • Nestor Oszczypko
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At the Cenomanian/Turonian boundary in the Outer Carpathian basin the sedimentation of black and green Radiolarian shales was replaced by deposition of variegated shales reflecting a distinct change in sedimentary conditions from anaerobic to aeorobic. Sedimentation of the Turonian to Lower Senonian variegated shales preceded uplift of the intrabasinal source areas supplying clastic material for the Upper Senonian to Paleocene turbiditic deposits.

In the Late Cretaceous the Magura basin was the largest and innermost of the Carpathian basins being bounded on the north and south by zones of sedimentation of variegated marls. In the Magura basin the transition from deep water pelagic red shales to overlying turbiditic deposits is gradual through turbiditic variegated marls and turbiditic limestones.

Foraminiferal assemblages studied from the Upper Cretaceous red shales consist exclusively of agglutinated benthic taxa. Three assemblages of DWAF (deep water agglutinated foraminifers) can be distinguished (1) Uvigerinammina jankoi showing intermediate character between flysch-type and abyssal assemblages, (2) Hormosina gigantea and (3) Plectorecurvoides sp. representing flysch-type assemblages.


Black Shale Foraminiferal Assemblage Planktonic Foraminifer Cretaceous Deposit Pelagic Sedimentation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ewa Malata
    • 1
  • Nestor Oszczypko
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Geological SciencesJagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland

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