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Silurian fades beneath East Anglia

  • N. H. Woodcock (a1) and T. C. Pharaoh (a2)

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Core material from proven or probable Silurian sedimentary rocks beneath East Anglia has been re-examined. Four recognizable facies probably represent an environmental transition from anoxic basin slope or outer shelf through oxygenated outer shelf to storm-dominated inner shelf. This transition could have occurred laterally, from east to west across the Anglian Basin, or in time, from Llandovery (early Silurian) up to Př (late Silurian). Partial biostratigraphical constraints allow either interpretation, but the regional setting favours a marked facies transition through time as the Anglian Basin shallowed prior to the Acadian Orogeny. Reddening of the Silurian is mostly secondary beneath the sub-Triassic unconformity.

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