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The early Neoproterozoic Chandindu Formation of the Fifteenmile Group in the Ogilvie Mountains

Abstract : Studies of biogeochemical and evolutionary change in the Neoproterozoic require a detailed understanding of stratigraphic successions and their intrabasinal correlation to integrate those records into regional and global frameworks. The early Neoproterozoic Fifteenmile Group in the Ogilvie Mountains has previously been shown to archive important information on the evolution of the biosphere, including ocean redox and early evolution of eukaryotes. Here, we formally define the Chandindu Formation, a 150 to 420-m-thick siltstone-dominated mixed carbonate-siliciclastic succession of the lower Fifteenmile Group in the Coal Creek and Hart River inliers. We present ten sections of the Chandindu Formation and propose a type section and formalization to promote the development of a consistent stratigraphic framework for Proterozoic successions in northwest Canada. The Chandindu Formation begins with muddy tidal flat facies, which are succeeded by shale-siltstonesandstone coarsening-upward cycles deposited in a predominantly subtidal environment. However, carbonate occurrences throughout the entire unit suggest localized carbonate buildups, likely nucleated on fault-bound paleohighs where siliciclastic background sedimentation was low. These paleohighs originated from rift-inherited complex basin topography and syn-depositional faulting during deposition of the upper Chandindu Formation.
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Marcus Kunzmann, P. Halverson Galen, Malcolm Hodgskiss, Pierre Sansjofre, Dirk Schumann, et al.. The early Neoproterozoic Chandindu Formation of the Fifteenmile Group in the Ogilvie Mountains. 2014, pp.93-107. ⟨insu-00985324⟩

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