Advances in Earth Science ›› 2017, Vol. 32 ›› Issue (3): 276-291. doi: 10.11867/j.issn.1001-8166.2017.03.0276

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Analysis of Vertical Sedimentary Successions in the Lower Part of Kelimoli Formation, Middle Ordovician, Zhuozishan Area

Xiangdong Li( ), Yi Que, Yaqi Huan   

  1. School of Land Resource Engineering, Kunming University of Science and Technology, Kunming 650093, China
  • Received:2016-11-09 Revised:2017-02-01 Online:2017-03-20 Published:2017-03-20
  • About author:

    First author:Li Xiangdong (1973-), male, Lantian County, Shaanxi Province, Lecturer. Research areas include marine

  • Supported by:
    Project supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China “Study of the evolution of turbidity currents and its interaction with internal waves of Middle and Upper Ordovician on the southeastern margin of Alxa block and western margin of Ordos Basin”(No.41272119)

Xiangdong Li, Yi Que, Yaqi Huan. Analysis of Vertical Sedimentary Successions in the Lower Part of Kelimoli Formation, Middle Ordovician, Zhuozishan Area[J]. Advances in Earth Science, 2017, 32(3): 276-291.

There is significance to study high-frequency cyclicity thin-bedded limestone which deposited in carbonate ramp and deep-water basin for its well record of astronomic cycles. And there is an ideal section for these studies in the lower part of Kelimoli Formation, in Darriwilian Stage, Middle Ordovician of western Ordos Basin(Zhuozishan area in Inner Mongolia) for its well rhythmic alternations of thin-bedded limestones and mudstones. This work focused on detailed vertical sedimentary successions analysis of these thin-bedded limestones based on detailed field work, as well as the data of rare earth elements and other related trace elements in limestones. The results show as follows: ① there are four types of sedimentary successions(bundles) in thin-bedded limestones, including thinning-upward succession, thickening-upward succession, bidirectional succession(thickening- and thinning-upward) and waving-upward succession; ② the section consists of 145 limestone-mudstone rhythmics, 33 bundles and 7 superbundles; ③ the variation in(La/Nd)N and Mn/Fe molar ratios of limestones along with depth have a similar trend which decreases from bottom to top in general, but have some anomalies distribution; ④ the variation in REE concentrations and Eu anomalies along with depth have a perfect enantiomorphous relationship as well as coupling with the molar ratios of(La/Nd)N; ⑤ the variation of crystal size, V/Cr and V/(V+Ni) molar ratios also have a similar trend which is increasing and then decreasing from bottom to top, and have some local enantiomorphous relationship with the molar ratios of(La/Nd)N in the overall similar distribution patterns. Some conclusion can be drawn according to the types of sedimentary successions and its distribution in profile as well as the ratios of some geochemical parameter along depth based on previous works. These include: ① thickening-upward and bidirectional successions maybe reflect the intensity of tectonism and contour current which is controlled by Milankovitch cycle respectively, and the rising of sea level may be was responsible both for the thinning-upward and waving-upward successions; ② the intensity of contour current which is controlled by Milankovitch cycle was acted throughout the depositions, and the range of deposition time is not less than 2.9 Ma; ③ the vertical sedimentary evolution is perhaps controlled by the alternating of tectonism and rising sea levels, and the section suggests two tectonic stages.

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