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TitleChitinozoan assemblages from the third-order transgressive-regressive cycles of the Upper Gaspé limestones (Lower Devonian) of eastern Canada
AuthorAchab, A; Asselin, E; Lavoie, D; Mussard, J M
SourceReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology vol. 97, 1997 p. 155-175, https://doi.org/10.1016/s0034-6667(96)00062-0
Year1997
Alt SeriesGeological Survey of Canada, Contribution Series 49794
PublisherElsevier BV
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf
ProvinceQuebec
NTS22A/09; 22A/10; 22A/11; 22A/12; 22A/13; 22A/14; 22A/15; 22A/16; 22H/01; 22H/02; 22H/03; 22H/04
AreaForillon Peninsula; Cap Gaspe; Perce
Lat/Long WENS -66.0000 -64.0000 49.2500 48.5000
Subjectssedimentology; paleontology; stratigraphy; mathematical and computational geology; limestones; Lower Devonian; depositional environment; lithofacies; fossil assemblages; carbonates; sea level changes; palynological analysis; sedimentation; statistical analysis; Chitinozoan; Upper Gaspe Limestone; Forillon Formation; Mont Saint-Alban Member; Cap Gaspe Member; Shiphead Formation; Indian Cove Formation; transgressive-regressive cycles; Devonian
Illustrationscross-sections; stratigraphic sections; plates; tables; plots
AbstractA palynological-sedimentological study, combined with a multivariate statistical treatment, has been carried out on the Lower Devonian Upper GaspéLimestones (UGL) of the GaspéPeninsula in eastern Canada. In eastern Gaspé, the UGL were deposited on a storm-influenced carbonate outer shelf for which relative sea level fluctuations are recognized on the basis of lithofacies and sedimentological data. Four distinct chitinozoan assemblages, corresponding approximately to four previously defined stratigraphic units, have been recognized on the basis of the first occurrence or disappearance of given species. Reworked Upper Ordovician material occurs embedded within the Pragian part of the succession. The composition and abundance of the chitinozoan assemblages are not constant through their stratigraphic range. These variations are related either to (1) large-scale facies control (transition from siliciclastic prodeltaic to carbonate outer-shelf deposition), (2) third-order transgressive-regressive cycles developed in carbonates, (3) variations in energy levels and consequent carbonate composition, (4) the proximity of bioconstructions, and, in some cases, and (5) sporadic volcanic activity. Correspondence analysis has confirmed the key role played by the first three variables on the composition of chitinozoan assemblages.
GEOSCAN ID204587