Large-scale, linked drainage systems in the NW European Triassic: insights from the Pb isotopic composition of detrital K-feldspar

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Title: Large-scale, linked drainage systems in the NW European Triassic: insights from the Pb isotopic composition of detrital K-feldspar
Authors: Tyrrell, Shane
Souders, A. Kate
Daly, J. Stephen
Shannon, Patrick M.
Haughton, Peter D. W.
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Date: May-2012
Abstract: Pb isotopic data from K-feldspars in Middle Triassic (Anisian) sandstones in the Wessex Basin, onshore southwest UK, and the East Irish Sea Basin, some to the north, show that the same grain populations are present. This indicates that the drainage system (the “Budleighensis” River) feeding these basins originated from the same source/s, most probably the remnant Variscan Uplands to the south. Fluvial and aeolian sandstones have the same provenance, suggesting that if water- and wind-driven sands were originally derived from different sources, this has been obscured through reworking prior to final deposition. Significant recycling of feldspar from arkosic sandstones in earlier sedimentary basins can be ruled out. The provenance data agree with previous depositional models, indicating transport distances in excess of , with a drainage pattern that linked separate basins. This supports the idea that the regional fluvial system was driven by topography and episodic flooding events of sufficient magnitude to overcome evaporation and infiltration over hundred’s of kilometres. Importantly, this drainage system appears to have been isolated and independent from those operating contemporaneously to the northwest of the Irish and Scottish massifs, where the remnant Variscan Uplands apparently exerted no influence on drainage or sand supply.
Funding Details: Science Foundation Ireland
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: The Geological Society
Journal: Journal of the Geological Society of London
Volume: 169
Issue: 3
Start page: 279
End page: 295
Copyright (published version): 2012 The Geological Society of London
Keywords: TriassicProvenanceFeldsparFluvial
Subject LCSH: Fluvial geomorphology
Geology, Stratigraphic--Triassic
DOI: 10.1144/0016-76492011-104
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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