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STRATI 2013 pp 659-663 | Cite as

Correlation of the Middle Jurassic (Callovian) Formations Across the Dead Sea Rift

  • Francis HirschEmail author
  • Howard R. Feldman
  • Fayez Ahmad
  • Mena Schemm-Gregory
  • Mark A. Wilson
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Geology book series (SPRINGERGEOL)

Abstract

We have correlated the highest of the Middle Jurassic units exposed on both sides of the Dead Sea Rift (DSR) in Jordan, Israel, and adjacent Egypt. Because the scarcity of cosmopolitan ammonites renders correlation of these units within the standard biostratigraphic time scale difficult, we compared the brachiopod and molluscan faunas in order to constrain the ages of Jurassic formations in the Levant. The Callovian Mughanniyya Formation in the Zarqa–Arda area of northwest Jordan, east of the DSR, is compared with the Zohar and Matmor formations of the Negev (Israel) and Gebel Minshera (Sinai, Egypt), west of the DSR, as well as with the Arroussiah Formation of Gebel El-Maghara (northern Sinai, Egypt). The Mughanniyya Formation is correlative with the lowermost part of the Zohar Formation in the Negev, which is coeval with the lowermost part of the Arroussiah Formation in Sinai (Egypt).

Keywords

Callovian Biostratigraphy Correlation Dead sea rift Molluscs Brachiopods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francis Hirsch
    • 1
    Email author
  • Howard R. Feldman
    • 2
  • Fayez Ahmad
    • 3
  • Mena Schemm-Gregory
    • 4
  • Mark A. Wilson
    • 5
  1. 1.Naruto University of EducationTokushimaJapan
  2. 2.Division of Paleontology (Invertebrates)American Museum of Natural HistoryNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural Resources and EnvironmentThe Hashemite UniversityZarqaJordan
  4. 4.Centro de GeociênciasUniversidade de CoimbraCoimbraPortugal
  5. 5.Department of GeologyThe College of WoosterWoosterUSA

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