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Ostracods and lithofacies close to the Eifelian-Givetian boundary (Devonian) at Aisemont (Namur Synclinorium, Belgium)
Casier, J.-G.; Préat, A. (2006). Ostracods and lithofacies close to the Eifelian-Givetian boundary (Devonian) at Aisemont (Namur Synclinorium, Belgium). Bull. Kon. Belg. Inst. Natuurwet. Aardwet. = Bull. - Inst. r. sci. nat. Belg., Sci. Terre 76: 5-29
In: Bulletin van het Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen. Aardwetenschappen = Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Sciences de la Terre. KBIN: Brussel. ISSN 0374-6291, more
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    Eifelian; Givetian; Lithofacies; Ostracoda [WoRMS]; Belgium, Fosses-la-Ville [Marine Regions]; Marine
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    Ostracods, Microfacies, Eifelian, Givetian, Namur Synclinorium, Belgium

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    The paper presents the sedimentological analysis and the ostracod study of the upper part of the Rivière Fm. and of the stratotype of the Névremont Fm. in the Aisemont section, the reference section for the Eifelian-Givetian boundary (Devonian) in the southern border of the Namur Synclinorium, Belgium.Thirteen major microfacies types are defined. Their stratigraphic succession records the transition from a mixed siliciclastic-carbonate ramp (upper Eifelian) to a carbonate platform (lower Givetian). About 6,350 ostracods were extracted. Forty species (19 in open nomenclature) are recognized in the Rivière Fm. and 48 species (27 in open nomenclature) in the Névremont Fm. They belong exclusively to the Eifelian Mega-Assemblage and their distribution is controlled mainly by water energy and salinity variations.The sedimentological analysis and the study of ostracods are in good agreement with recent conodont study of GOUWY & BULTYNCK (2003). Our work confirms the position of the Rivière and Névremont formations boundary and highlights a gap of the major part of the Hanonet and Trois-Fontaines formations of the southern Dinant Synclinorium. This hiatus is probably associated with the lowstand systems tract at the Eifelian-Givetian boundary interval in northern France and southern Belgium (PRÉAT, 2004).The presence of Quassilites fromelennensis and Jenningsina heddebauti, indicates that a great part of the transitional zone of GOUWY & BULTYNCK (2003) is of Givetian age.

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