Stratigraphic and tectonic implications of a newly discovered glacial diamictite-cap carbonate couplet in southwestern Mongolia
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Macdonald, Francis A.
Jones, David S.
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CitationMacdonald, Francis A., David S. Jones, DS, and Daniel P. Schrag. 2009. Stratigraphic and tectonic implications of a newly discovered glacial diamictite-cap carbonate couplet in southwestern Mongolia. Geology 37: 123-126.
AbstractWe report here the discovery of a new end-Cryogenian glacial diamictite and an overlying basal Ediacaran cap carbonate within the Tsagaan Oloom Formation of southwestern Mongolia. The identifi
cation of the Cryogenian-Ediacaran boundary, coupled with new 13C chemostratigraphic profi les, facilitates the integration of the
Neoproterozoic stratigraphy of Mongolia with records elsewhere. These correlations indicate that a previously unrecognized, –16‰
Cryogenian 13C anomaly is present in the newly defi ned Tayshir member (informal) of the Tsagaan Oloom Formation. Furthermore,
chemostratigraphic and lithostratigraphic relationships suggest an ~35 m.y. depositional hiatus below the phosphorite-bearing Zunne Arts member (informal) of the upper Tsagaan Oloom Formation and that subsidence renewed in the latest Ediacaran–Early Cambrian. We propose that the lower ~1500 m of the Tsagaan Oloom Formation was deposited on a thermally subsiding passive margin after Rodiniaage
rifting, whereas the Zunne Arts member and the overlying ~1600 m of Early Cambrian strata were deposited in a foredeep basin
that formed as the southern margin of the Dzabkhan terrane was subducted beneath the Khantayshir-Dariv arc.
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