International Journal of Earth Sciences

, Volume 91, Issue 1, pp 111–122 | Cite as

Redbeds from the Middle Muschelkalk (Middle Triassic) of the SW Germanic Basin: arid environments from Pangea's interior

  • A. VecseiEmail author
  • T. Mandau
Original Paper


The facies of a redbed succession from the lower Middle Muschelkalk of the SW Germanic Basin allows reconstruction of the depositional environment and inference with regard to the climate in a little studied part of Pangea's interior. The redbeds are dominated by fine-grained terrigenous deposits, with both intercalated thin sandstone and carbonate beds. The clastics were derived from the nearby hinterland, and their facies suggest episodic deposition on a playa mud flat or flood plain. The occurrence in the lower part of the succession of sand-patch breccias, ooids, and dolomicrite beds suggests an origin in saline pans and playa lakes. These diverse facies, and phreatic dolomites, reflect an arid climate during deposition.

Redbeds Triassic Germanic Basin Facies Climate 


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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Geologisches Institut der Universität, Albertstraße 23B, 79104 Freiburg, GermanyGermany

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