Stratigraphy of the Pliocene Sorsdal Formation, Marine Plain, Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica
Entry ID: marine_plain_grain_size

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Summary
Abstract: The data are grain size analyses conducted by Geoscience Australia of samples collected during drilling the sections at Marine Plain. The results are summarised in the Antarctic science paper on the Stratigraphy of Marine Plain. MPDH2 means Marine Plain Drill Hole No. 2 and A, B are separate parts of the hole The site is marked on the map in the paper. Coordinates are listed on p, 206 of that paper.

Geoscience Australia did the work as a contribution to the Antarctic Cooperative Research Centre.

The grain size analysis was done automatically by a Sedigraph machine.

Only the grain size analysis data are available. The x-ray data have been lost.

Taken from the abstract of the referenced paper:

The Sorsdal Formation and one member, Graveyard Sandstone Member constitute a sedimentary sequence covering approximately 10 square kilometres of Marine Plain, Vestfold Hills, East Antarctica. The new Formation consists dominantly of friable diatomaceous siltstone and sandstone with dark limestone lenses. It is in situ, essentially horizontal, 7.2 metres thick in its type section and lies less than 25 metres above sea level. Graveyard Sandstone Member occurs near the top of the formation, is highly lithified sandy diamictite, 30-50 cm thick and widespread through the Marine Plain region. Using diatoms, the Formation is Early Pliocene in age (Fragilariopsis barronii; 4.5-4.1 Ma). The Graveyard Sandstone Member probably was deposited during the Gilbert Chron interval (lower Chron 2 Ar or C3n.1r) of reversed magnetic polarity. The Sorsdal Formation contains fossil cetaceans and a diverse and well-preserved invertebrate fauna. Foraminifera are rare partly because of diagenesis, but include Ammoelphidiella antarctica. No evidence of coeval terrestrial vegetation has been recovered. The deposit accumulated in a series of small bays probably in an environment warmer than exists in the region today. There is no lithological evidence of glacial influence except in Graveyard Sandstone Member that may represent local glacial influence in a shallow marine to intertidal environment.

The fields in this dataset are:

Sample
Liquid type
Analysis temperature
Time
Date
Density
Viscosity
Diameter
Mass

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Geographic Coverage
 N: -68.6253 S: -68.6308  E: 78.1711  W: 78.1116

Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1994-10-25
Stop Date: 1994-10-26

Start Date: 1994-12-05
Stop Date: 1994-12-06


Paleo_Temporal_Coverage
Paleo Start Date: 4.5 Ma
Paleo Stop Date: 4.1 Ma
Chrono Unit:


Location Keywords
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > Vestfold Hills
CONTINENT > ANTARCTICA > Marine Plain
GEOGRAPHIC REGION > POLAR


Science Keywords
LAND SURFACE >EROSION/SEDIMENTATION >STRATIGRAPHIC SEQUENCE    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MACROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >MICROFOSSILS    [Definition]
PALEOCLIMATE >LAND RECORDS >STRATIGRAPHIC SEQUENCE    [Definition]
SOLID EARTH >TECTONICS >PLATE TECTONICS >STRATIGRAPHIC SEQUENCE    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/VERTEBRATES >MAMMALS >CETACEANS
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >ANIMALS/INVERTEBRATES >MOLLUSKS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PROTISTS >AMOEBOIDS >FORAMINIFERS    [Definition]
BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION >PLANTS >MICROALGAE >DIATOMS


ISO Topic Category
BIOTA
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION


Platform
FIELD SURVEYS    [Information]
LABORATORY    [Information]
FIELD INVESTIGATION    [Information]


Instrument
CORING DEVICES    [Information]
XRD >X-ray Diffractometer    [Information]


Quality
The dates provided in temporal coverage relate to the dates laboratory work was carried out on the samples (specifically grain size analysis). They do not correspond to the dates that the samples were collected from Marine Plain.

See the referenced paper for further details.


Access Constraints
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Use Constraints
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Keywords
Antarctica
diatoms
foraminifera
molluscs
neogene
sedigraph
grain size


Data Set Progress
COMPLETE


Data Center
Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Australia    [Information]
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PATRICK G. QUILTY
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Publications/References
Quilty, P.G., Lirio, J.M. and Jillett, D. (2000) Stratigraphy of the Pliocene Formation, Marine Plain, Vestfold Hills, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 12 (2): 205-216.

Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2007-07-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-09-11

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