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Diagenetic Redistribution of Carbonate, a Process in Forming Limestone-Marl Alternations (Devonian and Carboniferous, Rheinisches Schiefergebirge, W. Germany)

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Cyclic and Event Stratification

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Rhythmically developed limestone-shale alternations in the Devonian and Carboniferous of the northern part of the Rheinisches Schiefergebirge reveal certain features which cannot be explaned in terms of sedimentary transport alone. Three different Paleozoic environments are interpreted as produced (Letmathe sequence) or at least modified (Helle sequence, Edelburg sequence) by early diagenetic carbonate migration. Redistribution of carbonate, specific to the local environment, could develop differences in an originally homogenous body of marly sediment. This process starts with carbonate solution (probably initiated by bacterial activity) within the uppermost 10 cm of sediment, and is followed by subsequent reprecipitation of the same material immediately below sea floor. The newly cemented sediment-layer remains largely unaffected during a latter phase of carbonate-solution because of its coarser grain-size.

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Eder, W. (1982). Diagenetic Redistribution of Carbonate, a Process in Forming Limestone-Marl Alternations (Devonian and Carboniferous, Rheinisches Schiefergebirge, W. Germany). In: Einsele, G., Seilacher, A. (eds) Cyclic and Event Stratification. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-75829-4_8

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