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Microfaciès d’une lentille biohermale a la limite Eifelien/Givetien (‘Fondry Des Chiens’, Nismes, bord sud du synclinorium de Dinant)
Préat, A.; Blockmans, S.; Capette, L.; Dumoulin, V.; Mamet, B. (2007). Microfaciès d’une lentille biohermale a la limite Eifelien/Givetien (‘Fondry Des Chiens’, Nismes, bord sud du synclinorium de Dinant). Geol. Belg. 10(1-2): 3-25
In: Geologica Belgica. Geologica Belgica: Brussels . ISSN 1374-8505, more
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    Bioherm, Cementation, Eustatism-subsidence, Belgium

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  • Préat, A., more
  • Blockmans, S., more
  • Capette, L.

    Microfacies of a biohermal lens at the Eifelian.Givetian transition (‘Fondry des Chiens’, Nismes, southern border of the Dinant Synclinorium). The biohermal lens of the ‘Fondry des Chiens’ belongs to the Eifelian-Givetian transition beds near Nismes (southern flank of the Dinant basin). The lens is 64 m thick and composed of a stromatopore-coral framestone. It is overlain by restricted lagoonal algal and cyanophycean facies near the emersion, and overlies Udoteacean and coral-bryozoan coverstones forming the flanks of two other unexposed lenses. Two crinoidal soles stabilized by syntaxial cementation constitute the substratum of these lenses. The reefal sedimentation is regressive. The log is based on the succession of 10 carbonate microfacies (MF1-10, standard sequence). The deepest microfacies (MF1) is open marine at the upper limit of the storm waves and the dysphotic-euphotic boundary. The shallowest sediments were partly emerged (lagoonal sediments, MF10). The exposed reefal lens (rudstones and framestones, MF6-7) and the flanks (grainstones, floatstones and coverstones, MF3-4-5) of the two other lenses are preserved due to early isopachous intergranular cement in the original cavities of the framestones or ‘intramicritic’ (replacement of the matrix) cementation in the floatstones and coverstones. The similarity of the facies and their algal content suggest that the sedimentary model proposed at Wellin is applicable at Nismes. Sequential analysis points to a three steps regressive evolution of the sedimentation probably related to a discontinuous subidence. The sequences have similar thicknesses (sixty or so meters) and grade from the dysphotic-euphotic boundary estimated here around twenty meters deep to emersion. As for Wellin, the subsidence is thus much more important than the eustatic regression.

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