- Mohammad Ali Faraji added an answer:3What is the petroleum system of the Santos Basin, Brazil?
What is the petroleum system of the Santos Basin, Brazil?
Please see this publication
- Barbora Wouters added an answer:22What are the relationships and differences between geological and archaeological stratigraphy?
Has anyone published on the relationships and differences between geological and archaeological stratigraphic recording and analysis?
Just a quick answer to your previous post where you mentioned the graph from Rue de Dinant.
"Does the order, overlap, or duration of when these activities/events happen effect the nature of the resulting Dark Earth?
How do people record those temporal relationships such as sequence, overlap or duration?
Is there a sequence in how these activity/event processes happen?
Does one event take place some time before the others?
Do they 'meet in time' end to end?
Do some of them occur at the same time? i.e. Do they 'overlap in time'
Can we record the start and end point for each, or any, of them?
What do the arrows in this diagram actually represent? where (if anywhere) are such relationships recorded in the data?"
For some sites, it is easier to answer these questions than for others. For instance, I recently did the micromorph of a urban site called Lier (not yet published, but should come out in QI sometime next year) where three different dark earths are superimposed, in one case separated by a different, non-dark earth unit. In that particular case it was possible to pure out the relative order of some of the processes quite well, and we have very distinct interpretations for each of the dark earths that give a good biography of that particular place. Dating was also a bit more precise where the remains of a microstratigraphy could be distinguished within one dark earth and could be linked to the excavator's findings.
We have been trying to think of a way to answer some of these questions (especially about the sequence and overlap of the activities/processes) in a single graph, but unfortunately, for dark earths we have to this date not found an adequate way of expressing these all at once. With the risk of stating the obvious, a big problem is the complexity of the mutual interaction between, and influence of these processes. Additionally, a few of them may occur more than once, or continue in interaction with other processes, if this makes sense. For instance, bioturbation and mixing will take place throughout the entire formation period, and afterwards as well, and may be strengthened or weakened by the amount of organic matter (still present), water table, C/N-ratio, ...; oxido-reduction and leaching of elements affecting soil fertility can have an influence on subsequent management/use by humans, etc. The arrows in this particular diagram represent the mutual interaction between some of these processes, and also that some of them reoccur.
So far, the only (slightly disappointing) way we have been able to explain these complex relationships, dating of start/end time of certain processes where possible, duration of formation processes and their relative order, overlap and mutual interaction has been in the text (and I fear that this usually means the entire results and discussion section of a paper) that goes with the graph. Since dark earths are still not well understood among all archaeologists in the region where we work, it has mainly been an instrument to illustrate the number and complexity of processes that have led to dark earth formation, and why 'dark earth' can never be used as an interpretive term. Each situation is different and can be represented by a different graph. It's almost like a summary or an index of processes. I still think there should be a way of refining these graphs, or connecting them to Harris matrices in some way, but am having trouble imagining how exactly. Perhaps a network model, where you link all the processes that influence a certain layer, could be a step in the right direction, but I'm unsure how one could add chronological data to this if they do not apply to the entire layer.
More questions than answers from my end I'm afraid, but I hope I could at least illustrate some of the aspects of the type of graphs Yannick has introduced and we are trying to experiment with and implement further.
I also completely agree with Rusty, archaeologists in Belgium would also benefit greatly from a better understanding of pedology, geomorphology and geoarchaeology in general. On the other hand, this type of graph may not have emerged if this was the case :).Following
- M. F. Quamar added an answer:10Which perspective of age-depth modeling is better, regression analysis or interpolation?Two perspectives of age-depth modeling prevail: (1) regression analysis, which represents a statistical expression of the data; (2) Interpolation, which reveals a deterministic relationship of the data. Which one is better?
I wish I could also get a copy from prof (Dr.) Martin H. Trauth on the very interesting topic.
- Mohammed Et-Touhami added an answer:2How to correlate marine and continental Lower Triassic beds?A topic on problems of correlation with using of biostratigraphy and paleomagnetic data.
Dear Vladlen Lozovsky,
For pre-Jurassic time, the geomagnetic polarity reference scale is much less well developed than that for the Jurassic to Recent because of the absence of the sea floor and hence marine magnetic anomalies. Nevetheless, there is a published astronomically calibrated Geomagnetic Polarity Timescale (GPTS) for Late Triassic and Early Jurassic based on scientific coring of the Newark basin (NY, NJ, PA; USA) . There are attempts to correlate marines sections to this geomagnetic polarity record which provides a well-dated chronostratigraphic framework  . Furthermore, preliminary data from Morocco, suggests the possibility to extend this timescale down into the Middle Triassic . So I think, it would be interesting if your Lower Triassic nonmarine magnetostratigraphic sections are continuous and have some chronostratigraphic control and lacustrine intervals for cyclostratigraphy to calibrate in time the relative spacing of polarity intervals.
 Kent, D.V. and Olsen, P.E., 1999, Astronomically tuned geomagnetic polarity time scale for the Late Triassic, Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 104, p. 12,831-12,841. Kent, D. V., Olsen, P. E., and Witte, W. K., 1995, Late Triassic-Early Jurassic geomagnetic polarity and paleolatitudes from drill cores in the Newark rift basin (Eastern North America). Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 100 (B8), p. 14,965-14,998. Muttoni, G., Kent, D.V., Olsen, P.E., DiStefano, P., Lowrie, W., Bernasconi, S., Hernandez, F.M., 2004, Tethyan magnetostratigraphy from Pizzo Mondello (Sicily) and correlation to the Late Triassic Newark astrochronological polarity time scale, Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 116; no. 9/10; p. 1043–1058 Olsen, P. E., Kent, D. V, LeTourneau, P. M., Et-Touhami, M., 2002, Astronomically calibrated GPTS for the Late Triassic and Early Jurassic based on the Newark Hartford and Taylorsville basins of Eastern North America. in McRoberts, C. A. and Olsen, P. E., (eds.), Triassic-Jurassic Non-marine Boundary Events in the Newark, and Hartford basins (New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts), Eastern United States, 2nd Field Workshop, June 7th-12th, 2002, Abstracts with Programs, p. 13.Following
- Giuseppe Aiello added an answer:11Can anyone give me any suggestions of why there is not any Ostracods in a marine formation dated of Miocene?
I am working on a marine sediment dated as Miocene, from the northwestern of Madagascar (Ramihangihajason et al., 2014. « Miocene benthic foraminifera from Nosy Makamby and Amparafaka, Mahajanga Basin, northwestern Madagascar, Journal of African Earth Sciences 100, 409-417)
Last month, I processed those samples in order to check the diatoms into them, but I didn't find even one specimen. So, I wonder if there is any explanation for that. Thank you
it is possible that the reason is oxygen. When the bottom oxygen is high ostracods and foraminifers are present. When the bottom waters are anoxic neither ostracods nor foraminifers occur. When the oxygen is low (not too low) you can record foraminifers and no ostracods, less resistent to environmental stress (except for salinity). For example:
- Asheesh Kumar added an answer:8Can someone help me about the formation of gas hydrate ?
hi, can you helpe me about the formation of gaz hydrate ?
Find the attached ppt. it will help you to understand the gas hydrates.Following
- Roger Spurr added an answer:3Does anyone know locations of Arnheim Fm outcrops along the Nashville Dome, TN?
I am looking to measure and correlate as many Arnheim Fm outcrops along the Nashville Dome as possible however the literature is scarce. The few papers I do have with location data are on the older side and the locations don't all appear to exist anymore when checked on Google Earth.
I cannot help with locations but may I ask what you are looking for in the outcrops?
Could it be concentrates, I have been studying intrusions and chemical concentration patterns. I could use some stratigraphy help and may be able to help you as well. The story is long but these things have a direct relation to my other work...mud fossils. I would like your thoughts on these videos of giant primate CT scans. If interested in a little collaboration rspurr@gmail please contact me.Following
- Bhawanisingh G Desai added an answer:15Can anyone help me with this bioturbation?
I appreciate any help on this vertical-oblique bioturbation (ichnofossil, trackmaker..). Info: Continental setting (alluvial-coastal plan), Cretaceous, located in lutites overlying a sandstone-microconglomerate level. Thanks in advance!!
The Vertically oriented, "Y" shaped trace fossils are usually attributted to Ichnogenus Psilonichnus. This seems more like Psilonichnus rather than Thalassinoides.Following
- Nathan j Wright added an answer:2How can I estimate haplotype richness with analytic rarefaction 1.3?
I will be happy if someone help me to use Analytic Rarefaction for estimate haplotype richness of samples with different sample sizes.
what input file is needed when I have data; sample size=20,30,50,30, haplotype diversity=0.3, 0.5, 0.5, 0.4 ?
Or, I should make haplotype frequency table (in text) like;
10 5 0 0 5
I would like to see example file, but can not find.
for each sample?
Here is some more info on PAST
The website to download the program is the University of Oslo: http://folk.uio.no/ohammer/past/
Attached is the pdf manual and a screen shot of the program.
Across the top (columns) are the different samples if used and down the side (rows) are the categories, in this case species. The data is simple abundance data.
Hope this helps.
- Mohamed Abdelghany Khalifa added an answer:16What do you think of this textural relationship of gypsum and anhydrite crystallized in a dolostone?
I am currently working on a problematic evaporite-carbonate sequence. The dominant lithology is dolostone with different but minor siliciclast content. One of the most obvious feature is the overall presence of evaporites; satin spar filled fractures, gypsum rosettes, evaporite cemented dolomitized carbonate framework components (coated grains, bioclasts) and chicken wire structures can be find as well. The whole appearance of the sequence suggests an evaporitic sabkha environment. My question is whether the anhydrite hydrolized to gypsum or gypsum transformed to anhydrite?
Many thanks for your answer in advance!
The presence of sequence in lithofacies evaporites and dolomite is most probably sabkha environment. The presence of evaporites in between dolomite is normal mode of deposition in sabkha, since the evaporite can be deposited at first consuming the ca ions from saline water, this gave rise to enrichment with Mg ions and hence the dolomite can be formed, you can see the Peritidal to intrashelf basin, facies transition of the Adgham Formation (Late Triassic) Al Qasim Province, Saudi Arabia
M. A. Khalifa.Carbonates Evaporites (2012) 27:299–319
- Massih Afghah added an answer:18What are the best ways to determine paleoclimate in the Pennsylvanian (ex Upper Carboniferous) and Permian?
These two periods of time were characterized by widespread peat (coal) deposits, great shifts in sea level as observed in cyclothems, and by continental glaciation. What was (were) the driving force (s) behind these great changes.
I recommend to check the Meyer (2007)A Review of Paleotemperature–Lapse Rate Methods for Estimating Paleoelevation from Fossil Floras, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry,v. 66, p. 155-171
- Sean Ulm added an answer:4When calibrating radiocarbon dates taken from marine Cardium edule shells in beach barrier sediments, should we use the Marine13 calibration curve?
I'm trying to build a Bayesian model for a coastal dune stratigraphy. The oldest date is taken from marine beach barrier sediments, while the other, more recent, dates are taken from gyttja layers (associated with archaeological remains) embedded within dune sediments
Yes, you should use Marine13 and apply the appropriate local/regional deltaR value (see 14CHRONO Marine Reservoir Database at http://calib.qub.ac.uk/marine/). Although the species appears to be a suspension-feeder, I note that it is densest in in-shore zones (http://www.reservebaiedesaintbrieuc.com/IMG/pdf/publication/etudes_scientifiques/Ponsero&al-2009-Cockle.pdf) so may be influences by terrestrial run-off or restricted in-shore/embayment circulation patterns. See the following for an interesting case study of the potential differences in bivalves living in different zones and with different dietary habits:
Petchey, F., S. Ulm, B. David, I.J. McNiven, B. Asmussen, H. Tomkins, N. Dolby, K. Aplin, T. Richards, C. Rowe, M. Leavesley and H. Mandui 2013 High-resolution radiocarbon dating of marine materials in archaeological contexts: Radiocarbon marine reservoir variability between Anadara, Gafrarium, Batissa, Polymesoda spp. and Echinoidea at Caution Bay, southern coastal Papua New Guinea. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 5(1):69-80.
- Laura Maydagán added an answer:6Can someone recommend some articles about the influence of oxygen fugacity on arc mamgma and its relation to the formation of porphyry deposits?
I want to learn about the influence of oxygen fugacity on arc mamgma and its relation to the formation of porphyry deposits. Can someone recommend some articles on this topic to me. Thanks a lot.
Also to this paper... Cheers, LauraFollowing
- Mary Elizabeth Bernardes de Oliveira added an answer:14Do you know of a multidisciplinary team to carry out studies on stratigraphical sequences reaching at least 20 m deep?
We are looking for a multidisciplinary team to carry out geological, chronological and environmental studies on stratigraphical sequences reaching at least 20 m deep. Our initial evaluations suggest that the deposits may present a continuous chronostratigraphical sequence dating from around 1.5 Myrs. The two volcanic structures are in a closed depression context linked to soil subsidence at the base of their lava emission centers. This situation is due either to the collapse of the craters under the weight of the lava or to the retraction of the lava during its cooling phase. These depression structures functioned as sediment traps which have yielded archaeological surface remains attributable to the Middle Pleistocene and through to the Holocene. They are located in the south of France, in the Baumes volcanic complex (communes of Caux, Nizas, Pézenas, Lezignan-la-Cebe ...). Exceptional sediment traps, the exhaustive study of these infillings would be a major asset for the paleoenvironmental restitution of the sector and more broadly of Western Europe since 1.5 Ma.
Please contact me if you are interested and I will be able to provide you with more information.
Je cherche une équipe pluri-disciplinaire pour l'étude géologique, chronologique et environnementale sur des séquences stratigraphiques de minimum 20 m de profondeur susceptibles de recouvrir une chronologie continue depuis 1,5 Ma. Il s'agit de deux structures volcaniques en dépression fermées dues à l’affaissement de sol à l’aplomb de centres d’émission de lave soit liées à un effondrement des structures du cratère sous le poids de la lave soit à la rétractation de la matière lors du refroidissement de la lave. Ces structures dépressionnaires ont fonctionné comme des pièges sédimentaires et livrent des éléments archéologiques en surface depuis le pléistocène moyen jusqu’à l’holocène. Elles sont localisées dans le sud de la France, dans le complexe volcanique des Baumes (communes de Caux, Nizas, Pézenas, Lézignan-La-Cèbe ...). Pièges sédimentaires exceptionnels, l’étude exhaustive de leur remplissage serait un atout majeur pour la restitution paléo-environnementale de ce secteur et plus largement de l’Europe de l’ouest depuis 1.5 Ma.
Merci de me contacter pour de plus amples renseignements.
J`AIMERAI BIEN VOUS INDIQUER PROF. DR. PAULO EDUARDO DE OLIVEIRA ET PROF. DR. MARIA JUDITE GARCIA, DU LABORATOIRE DE PALÉOBOTANIQUE ET PALYNOLOGIE, DE L`INSTITUTE DE GEOSCIENCE DE LÚNIVERSITÉ DE SÃO PAULO, POUR DES RESEARCHES EN PALYNOLOGIE PLEISTOCÈNE ET QUATERNAIRE.Following
- Lionello Morandi added an answer:12Does anyone have a clue to this Holocene microfossil?
In polar view it appears circular and strongly resembles HdV-119, whereas in equatorial view it is more similar to a fern spore. It's got a characteristic circular/polygonal rupture pattern (this latter feature is shown also by some smooth dinocysts).
It is from a coastal fresh/brackish-water alluvial plain.
thanks for your suggestion.
I think it does look similar to Isoetes in one plane, but it's circular in polar view, and sistematically has a rounded break, features that should not be found on a monolete spore.
I also have reference slides for Isoetes here and I have checked them today.
- Rogerio de Lucena Alves added an answer:8Can anyone provide a reference for papers about rare elements (Ag, Au) in black shales?
It is known that rare elements (e.g., Ni, Cu, Zn) can be enriched in black shales. Can anyone provide papers on trace element analysis on the Toarcian Posidonia Shale and/or the Middle Jurassic Opalinus Clay (Opalinuston-Formation)? In particular, I'm interested in a possible Ag and Au content in these deposits.
I beleive that the bigest gold deposit in black shale is the Paracatu mine in Brazil from Kinross. The deposit is formed by deformed quartz veins hosted by black shales. Paracatu is a low grade (around 0.3g/t cutoff) high tonnage deposite. I know that some Ag, Pb and As are also present. There are several papers available on internet about Paracatu, you for sure will find what are you looking for.
- Mateen Hafiz added an answer:3Can anyone provide the information on vindhyan basin and its prospectivity for shale gas exploration?
I have been looking for the detailed information about the vindhyan basin evolution, its stratigraphy and also its prosectivity for shale gas exploration. I found some links online but are not accessible. Can anyone provide the links from where I can directly download? Thank you in advance.
In Vindhyans, the Rampur and Bijaigarh shales seems to be promising for shale resources exploration. Other formations are organically lean. I have attached few articles which discuss the source quality of different shales of Vindhyan Basin.Following
- Jooly Jaiswal added an answer:8What are the main points during Speleothem sampling?
Can somebody tell me the proper site for speleothem sampling?
I am little bit confused whether is taken from the location where it is equilibrium with external atmosphere or deep from the cave where humidity is near about 100. Some one told me the sample collected near from the cave entrance are most significant for the climatic study because it records the diurnal variation of the atmosphere. but here the kinetic fractionation also goverened the precipitation process please tell me the exact things.
Thank you so much Mr. Silviu Costantin for your answer. Now I am understand the point of consideration during the speleothem sampling.Following
- Syed Haroon Ali added an answer:9What is the Sequence Stratigraphy, High Resolution Stratigraphy and Cyclicity of Mixed Carbonate-Clastic Successions?
While working with Mixed Carbonate-Clastic successions, how do we mark Sequences and High Resolution Stratigraphy? Any recommendation of reference or research paper will be appreciated.
Thanks Sir for sharing your experience and research!Following
- M. Levent Artüz added an answer:10Will anyone be able to identify the foraminifera?Image is attached.
Dear Priscilla Philip,
Take a look at Haynesina germanica (Ehrenberg, 1840)
- Diego Kietzmann added an answer:28Could you recommend me a software for creating stratigraphic column (for Mac)?
I've googled and I've found a bunch I was just wondering if anyone had used any that they particularly enjoyed.
I usually use StratDraw, which builds logs in CorelDraw and then you can edited easily there.
- Paul Aharon added an answer:3Can somebody help me about the trace element incorporation in speleothem in Lesser Himalayan Region?
In general Mg incarporation in speleothem is temperature dependent and Sr and ba is not dependent on Temperature. Their incarporation in Spoeleothem is depend on soil dust activity. Can some body tell how trace element incarporated, the source and the governing factor of their concentration,the relation between them.What can be other trace element other than Mg,Sr,Ba,U, Na,P incarporated in speleothem and the importance?
Interpretation of trace element ratios (typically E/Ca) in speleothems in terms of climate is complicated by their partitioning in the epikarst. There are a number of papers dealing with the subject, some suggested by other responders.
Additionally check the papers by Dan Sinclair who dealt with trace element partitioning in the epikarst.Following
- M. Cemal Göncüoglu added an answer:3Are there any recent publications on Silurian and/or Devonian "Orthoceras Limestones" in NE Gondwana?We are compiling a correlation and would appreciate any (published/unpublished) data with reliable ages.
- Ioannis T. Alexandridis added an answer:84What kind of structure is this?I found this suspicious structure in fragments of Iron ore (magnetite). Its original structure is difficult to me. The main belt is a metamorphic volcano-sedimentary environment with relative proposed age of Neoproterozoic to lower Paleozoic.
It resembles some volcanic structure, sedimentary structure or even fossil or stromatolite?
You could also check the case of having "fold rodding lineation" (crenulation lineation). The specific sample, could easily be a remnant of fold limp, so the parallel structures could be the aformentioned structure.
About the network of fractures I agree with Michael.
- M. Cemal Göncüoglu added an answer:5Can someone advise on the sample preparation techniques of isotope dating of dolerite?I have collected some dolerite samples from Proterozoic sedimentary sequence. I want to know about the sample preparation techniques of isotope dating of dolerite.
Do you have the thin-section view of the rock?
Are there any unaltered primary minerals?Following
- Valentina Yanko added an answer:14Who is interested in collaborating on a project on quaternary freshwater and brackish water ostracods of the Lower Volga and Caspian region?We have samples from several boreholes and outcrops. Please contact me if interested.
We would be intresetd in collaborating with you on the project. We have enormous data bank on forams and ostracods of the Ponto-Caspian region used for Quaternary stratigraphy and paleogeographic reconstrauctions.
Prof. Dr. Valentina Yanko
Head of the Department of Physical and Marine Geology
Odessa I.I.Mechnikov National University
2, Shampansky Per.
Odessa, Ukraine 65058
Tel: +380 (482) 63-33-17, +380 (48) 723-02-08
- Kenneth M Towe added an answer:11Is there a simple method to differentiate coal from charcoal?Maybe at the petrographic microscope there are some details like fractures that indicate burning.Following
- André Klicpera added an answer:3Can anyone help with lithological patterns to draw a stratigraphic column in Corel Draw?Particularly I need sedimentary rocks patterns.Following
- Kenneth M Towe added an answer:6What is the best estimate for the duration of the Cambrian Explosion?Which animal and protistan phyla appear simultaneously (within the resolution of chronostratigraphy)?Following
- Om N. Bhargava added an answer:23Does anyone have information about Ordovician diamictite in the Indian subcontinent?I'm referring to Gondwana sedimentary rocks.In Bhutan Nake Chu Fm was regarded as Ordovician, our work found that it rests below the Cambrian hence could not be Ordovician, it is Neoproterozoic equvalent of Blaini in the Himalaya and Nantuo in China.Following