Stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental significance of microbial carbonates in the Asbian Sandy Craig Formation of Fife

Guirdham, C, Andrews, JE, Browne, MA and Dean, MT (2003) Stratigraphic and palaeoenvironmental significance of microbial carbonates in the Asbian Sandy Craig Formation of Fife. Scottish Journal of Geology, 39 (2). pp. 151-168. ISSN 2041-4951

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Abstract

This study concentrates on Viséan Strathclyde Group microbial carbonates from the eastern Midland Valley of Scotland. In the largely non-marine Sandy Craig and West Lothian Oil-Shale formations persistent lithostratigraphical marker horizons, such as distinct microbial carbonates, are used to aid correlation of sequences where conventional biostratigraphy is limited to the identification of infrequent marine bands. In the newly described Rosyth core, microbial carbonates above the Burdiehouse Limestone are correlated with microbial horizons at Kingswood (Fife) and Inchkeith (Firth of Forth), a correlation supported by the presence of the bivalve Curvirimula scotica. The revised position of the Inchkeith microbial horizon to 20–30 m above the Burdiehouse Limestone contradicts earlier correlations of the Inchkeith sequences with the Burdiehouse Limestone. The microbial carbonates represent littoral and sublittoral zone stromatolites growing in

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
Depositing User: Rachel Snow
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2011 08:53
Last Modified: 21 May 2019 17:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/25562
DOI: 10.1144/sjg39020151

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