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The global stratotype sections and point (GSSP) for the base of the jurassic system at kuhjoch (Karwendel Mountains, Northern Calcareous Alps, Tyrol, Austria)

  • A. V. Hillebrandt
  • L. Krystyn
  • W. M. Kürschner
  • N. R. Bonis
  • M. Ruhl
  • S. Richoz
  • M. A. Schobben
  • M. Urlichs
  • P. R. Bown
  • K. Kment
  • C. A. McRoberts
  • M. Simms
  • A. Tomãsových
Publishing year: 2013-01-01
Language: English
Pages: 162-198
Publication/Series: Episodes
Volume: 36
Issue: 3
Document type: Journal article
Publisher: International Union of Geological Sciences

Abstract english

The Global Stratotype Section and Point (GSSP) defining the base of the Jurassic System Lower Jurassic Epoch and Hettangian Stage is situated at the Kuhjoch pass, Karwendel Mountains, Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria (47°29'02"N/11°31'50"E). The Triassic-Jurassic (T-J) boundary is exposed at Kuhjoch West and at Kuhjoch East, and corresponds to the first occurrence (FO) of the ammonite Psiloceras spelae tirolicum. The "Golden Spike" was fixed at Kuhjoch East. The section displays a high and continuous sedimentation rate with a constant facies trend across the boundary level. Other bio-events include the FO of the aragonitic foraminifer Praegubkinella turgescens, and of diverse ostracod species 1.0-3.40 cm below the FO of P. spelae and 3.2 m below P. spelae occurs the continental palynomorph Cerebropollenites thiergartii. Because of the lack of other terrestrial microfloral events this is yet the FO event closest to the FO of P. spelae and allows a correlation with nonmarine sediments. The δ 13 Crecord shows a strong initial negative excursion at the boundary between the Kössen and Kendlbach formations, 5.8 m (Kuhjoch W) below the T-J boundary, a shift to more positive δ 13 Cin the Schattwald Beds and a gradual decline to more egative values at the transition of the Schattwald Beds to the proximate Tiefengraben Mb. The stratotype point lies within a zone of smaller negative and positive δ 13 Cpeaks, which is superimposed on a longer lasting main negative shift. According to recent investigations, the radiometric age of the T-J boundary is about 201,3 Ma.


  • ISSN: 0705-3797
Sylvain Richoz
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