In the Central Lombardy Basin (Southern Alps) Anisian carbonate platform marginal facies yielding the first documented occurrence of coral colonies in this area of the Western Tethys has been recognized. These marginal facies identify the east-west transition between two sectors with a different Anisian evolution. West of the recognized marginal facies the Anisian succession is characterised by subtidal bioturbated limestones passing upward to peritidal dolostones, whereas toward the east a thicker succession of subtidal facies persist until the end of the Anisian. The margin belt develops at the passage between a more subsiding eastern portion and a less subsiding one toward the west. The different facies and thickness of the Anisian succession east and west of the marginal facies is indicative of syndepositional tectonics. The transition from subtidal to peritidal facies in the western sector is ascribed to a sea-level fall that favoured the onsetting of peritidal facies on the less subsiding block and of marginal facies on its border. The occurrence of a N-S trending syndepositional Anisian fault system could also explain the scarce progradational evolution of the margin facies, prevented both by the paleobathymetric setting and by the scarce productivity of the Anisian marginal communities. The presence, in the Anisian marginal facies, of crinoids and corals (together with the occurrence of one of the oldest specimen of coralline red algae) outlines the return to normal marine conditions and documents the recovery of the carbonate platform marginal faunal association after the Permo-Triassic crisis in the Western Southern Alps.

Recovery of carbonate platform production in the Lombardy Basin during the Anisian: paleoecological significance and constrain on paleogeographic evolution

BASSI, Davide
2005

Abstract

In the Central Lombardy Basin (Southern Alps) Anisian carbonate platform marginal facies yielding the first documented occurrence of coral colonies in this area of the Western Tethys has been recognized. These marginal facies identify the east-west transition between two sectors with a different Anisian evolution. West of the recognized marginal facies the Anisian succession is characterised by subtidal bioturbated limestones passing upward to peritidal dolostones, whereas toward the east a thicker succession of subtidal facies persist until the end of the Anisian. The margin belt develops at the passage between a more subsiding eastern portion and a less subsiding one toward the west. The different facies and thickness of the Anisian succession east and west of the marginal facies is indicative of syndepositional tectonics. The transition from subtidal to peritidal facies in the western sector is ascribed to a sea-level fall that favoured the onsetting of peritidal facies on the less subsiding block and of marginal facies on its border. The occurrence of a N-S trending syndepositional Anisian fault system could also explain the scarce progradational evolution of the margin facies, prevented both by the paleobathymetric setting and by the scarce productivity of the Anisian marginal communities. The presence, in the Anisian marginal facies, of crinoids and corals (together with the occurrence of one of the oldest specimen of coralline red algae) outlines the return to normal marine conditions and documents the recovery of the carbonate platform marginal faunal association after the Permo-Triassic crisis in the Western Southern Alps.
Berra, F; Rettori, R; Bassi, Davide
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