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Lithofacies and Stable Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy of the Cambrian Sesong Formation in the Taebaeksan Basin, Korea
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Lithofacies and Stable Carbon Isotope Stratigraphy of the Cambrian Sesong Formation in the Taebaeksan Basin, Korea
Lim, Jong Nam; Chung, Gong Soo; Park, Tae-Yoon S.; Lee, Kwang Sik;
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The Sesong Formation, mixed carbonate-siliciclastic deposits of late Middle Cambrian (Series 3) to Furongian in age, in the Taebaeksan Basin shows the Steptoean Positive Carbon Isotope Excursion (SPICE) with the values ranging from 1.14 to 2.81‰ in the approximately 15-m-thick stratigraphic interval. The SPICE in the Sesong Formation occurs in the lower part of the Paibian Stage which contains trilobite biozones of the Fenghuangella laevis Zone, Prochuangia mansuyi Zone and the lower part of the Chuangia Zone. The Sesong Formation is composed of six lithofacies including laminated mudstone, nodular shale, laminated sandstone, massive sandstone, limestone conglomerate, and limestone-shale couplet facies. The Sesong Formation is known to have been deposited in the outer shelf below storm wave base. The SPICE occurs in the stratigraphic interval associated with highstand systems tract, correlative conformity and transgressive systems tract of the Sesong Formation. The peak carbon isotope value in the SPICE may coincide with the correlative conformity formed by relative sea-level fall. The occurrence of the SPICE in the Sesong Formation suggests that the SPICE can be used as a tool of global correlation for the successions of mixed carbonate-siliciclastics which lack fossils.
Sesong Formation;SPICE;stable carbon isotope stratigraphy;mixed carbonate-siliciclastics;Taebaeksan Basin;
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