The Radioisotopically Constrained Viséan Onset of Turbidites in the Moravian‑Silesian Part of the Rhenohercynian Foreland Basin (Central European Variscides)
The Březina Formation represents the initiation of siliciclastic flysch turbidite sedimentation at the eastern margin of Bohemian Massif or within the Rhenohercynian foreland basin. Its deposition started after drowning of the Devonian carbonate platform during Viséan (Mississippian) times, resulting in a significant interval of black siliceous shale and variegated fossiliferous shale deposition in a starved basin. Near the top of the Březina Formation an acidic volcanoclastic layer (tuff) of rhyolitic composition has been dated with high precision U–Pb zircon chemical abrasion isotope dilution method at 337.73 ± 0.16 Ma. This new radiometric age correlates with the previously inferred stratigraphic age of the locality and the current calibration of the Early Carboniferous geologic time scale. Shales of the Březina Formation pass gradually upwards into the siliciclastics of the Rozstání Formation of the Drahany culm facies. Thus our new age offers one of the few available radioisotopic constraints on the time of onset of siliciclastic flysch turbidites in the Rhenohercynian foreland basin of the European Variscides.
Jirásek, Jakub; Otava, Jiří; Matýsek, Dalibor; Sivek, Martin; and Schmitz, Mark D.. (2018). "The Radioisotopically Constrained Viséan Onset of Turbidites in the Moravian‑Silesian Part of the Rhenohercynian Foreland Basin (Central European Variscides)". International Journal of Earth Sciences, 107(2), 711-727.