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Geochemical fingerprinting of key lithologies and depositional processes across the upper boundary of the Opalinus Clay (Aalenian, Middle Jurassic, northern Switzerland)

Lauper, Bruno ; Deplazes, Gaudenz ; Vogel, Hendrik ; Jaeggi, David ; Wohlwend, Stephan ; Ariztegui, Daniel ; Foubert, Anneleen

In: The Depositional Record, 2021, vol. 7, no. 1, p. 25-51

The Opalinus Clay is an argillaceous to silty mudstone formation, notable in Switzerland as the selected host rock for deep geological disposal of radioactive waste. Its upper bounding unit (Passwang Formation and eastern equivalents) is composed of successions of mudstone, sandy bioclastic marl and limestone separated by ooidal ironstone beds. The lithostratigraphic transition is diachronous...

Université de Fribourg

New data on the Miocene dormouse Simplomys García-Paredes, 2009 from the peri-alpin basins of Switzerland and Germany: palaeodiversity of a rare genus in Central Europe

Prieto, Jérôme ; Lu, Xiao-Yu ; Maridet, Olivier ; Becker, Damien ; Pirkenseer, Claudius ; Rauber, Gaëtan ; Peláez-Campomanes, Pablo

In: Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 2019, vol. 99, no. 3, p. 527–543

Simplomys, a dormouse with a simple dental morphology compared to other glirids, shows a continuous evolution in Spain during the end of the Ramblian and up to the middle Aragonian, the stratigraphic frame considered in this work. In contrast, the record of the genus in Central Europe is reduced to a few localities spanning from the early to the middle Miocene. We review the record from the...

Université de Fribourg

Carbonate mounds of the Moroccan Mediterranean margin: Facies and environmental controls

Terhzaz, Loubna ; Hamoumi, Naima ; Spezzaferri, Silvia ; El Lotfi, Mostapha ; Henriet, Jean-Pierre

In: Comptes Rendus Geoscience, 2018, vol. 350, no. 5, p. 212–221

Sedimentological and geochemical studies of boxcores from the Brittlestar Ridge I and Cabliers carbonate mounds, along the Moroccan Mediterranean margin, show that sediments are composed of cold water scleratian corals and micritic mud, muddy micrite or muddy allochem limestone matrix, outlining seven different facies that can be attributed to “cluster reefs”. The mixed...