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Evolution of microfaunas and sediments in the Upper Triassic: palaeogeographic and tectonic assessment as a result of reef and carbonate buildup development (REEFCADE-continuation)

English title Evolution of microfaunas and sediments in the Upper Triassic: palaeogeographic and tectonic assessment as a result of reef and carbonate buildup development (REEFCADE-continuation)
Applicant Martini Rossana
Number 137661
Funding scheme Project funding
Research institution Département des sciences de la Terre Université de Genève
Institution of higher education University of Geneva - GE
Main discipline Palaeontology
Start/End 01.12.2011 - 30.11.2014
Approved amount 217'680.00
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All Disciplines (2)

Discipline
Palaeontology
Geology

Keywords (10)

Tethys; Panthalassa; Triassic; Carbonates; Biostratigraphy; Sedimentology; Micropalaeontology; Foraminifers; Palaeobiogeography; Palaeoecology

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary

Sedimentological and biostratigraphic investigations in the Triassic of Eastern Pangea, especially of the Tethys realm appear essential, even after half a century of extensive research. These studies provide a major contribution to the general effort of evaluating the mode and magnitude of the global biological and ecological “revolution” that occurred at the Palaeozoic/Mesozoic boundary, a very significant period of environmental change and life renewal. However, they failed to release global evolution trends because previous studies dealt with individual localities and single fossil groups; comparative studies between distant localities within the Tethys realm were rarely conducted; and comparisons between Tethyan and Panthalassan provinces at high stratigraphic resolution are almost absent.

This proposal is part of a long term research effort that started in 2006 sponsored by the SNF. It aims at comparing sedimentological, micropaleontological and geochemical data at two distant localities in order to decipher the local, regional and global factors that controlled the evolution of shallow-water carbonate systems within the huge Panthalassan realm. In this context two sites were selected: Upper Triassic mid-oceanic atoll-type carbonates from Sambosan Accretionary Complex (SAC) (Kyushu, Shikoku and Kii peninsula, Japan), and mid-oceanic shallow water carbonates from Wallowa terrane (Oregon and Idaho, NW North America).

The research program proposed here focuses on the Upper Triassic Carnian to Rhaetian time slice and seeks to:

- Establish accurate stratigraphic correlations for eastern and western Panthalassan carbonate complexes.

- Study the composition and palaeoecology of microfossils and reef building organisms.

- Reconstruct sedimentological models for mid-oceanic atoll-type buildup upon a seamount in a subduction-generated accretionary terrane as well as for volcanic island-arc carbonate platforms and reefs.

- Compare and correlate Tethyan and Panthalassan biotas from the terranes and use them to improve the reconstruction of the palaeogeography.

- Constrain and test existing tectonic and geodynamic models for the terrane accretion, in order to delimitate the palaeocontinental blocks and their and their journey across Panthalassa.

Additionally, this type of research has been and will always provide unique opportunities for taxonomic revisions, especially in the systematic of foraminifers. Special attention will be given to the reefs and reefal facies considering that they are highly sensitivity to ecological factors. Specifically, the study of Involutinid foraminifers, sponges, calcareous green algae and corals will supply new insights into the depositional environments and allow assessing past ecological conditions.

Establishing the correlation between Japanese and NW North American localities with the better studied counterparts in the Alpine sequences of the Tethyan domain will be highly significant to discriminate among the biological (e.g., lineages, endemism of fauna) and environmental factors (e.g., role of oceanic circulation, possible influence of seawater composition) leading to the Palaeozoic/Mesozoic revolution.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Agglutinated versus Microgranular: end of a paradigm?
Rigaud Sylvain, Vachard Daniel, Martini Rossana (2015), Agglutinated versus Microgranular: end of a paradigm?, in Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 13(2), 75-95.
Early evolution and new classification of the Robertinida (Foraminifera).
Rigaud Sylvain, Vachard Daniel, Martini Rossana (2015), Early evolution and new classification of the Robertinida (Foraminifera)., in Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 45(1), 3-28.
Taxonomy, phylogeny and functional morphology of the foraminiferal genus Involutina.
Rigaud Sylvain, Blau Joachim, Martini Rossana, Rettori Roberto (2015), Taxonomy, phylogeny and functional morphology of the foraminiferal genus Involutina., in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 60/1, 235-244.
The Triassic flora of southern Italy
Buratti Nicoletta, Bartiromo Antonello, Carcione Lucia, Spina Amalia, Cirilli Simonetta, Martini Rossana (2014), The Triassic flora of southern Italy, in Kustatscher E. Roghi G. Bertini A. & Miola A. (ed.), Pubblicazione del Museo di Scienze Naturali dell'Alto Adige , Trentino Alto Adige, 138-145.
A new genus of norian involutinid foraminifers: Its morphological, biostratigraphic, and evolutionary significance
Rigaud Sylvain, Martini Rossana, Rettori Roberto (2013), A new genus of norian involutinid foraminifers: Its morphological, biostratigraphic, and evolutionary significance, in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 58(2), 391-405.
A new genus of norian involutinid foraminifers: Its morphological, biostratigraphic, and evolutionary significance
Rigaud Sylvain, Martini Rossana, Rettori Roberto (2013), A new genus of norian involutinid foraminifers: Its morphological, biostratigraphic, and evolutionary significance, in Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 58(2), 391-405.
Decapoalina n. gen. (Miliolata, Milioliporidae; Late Triassic), a new foraminiferal genus for “Sigmoilina” schaeferae Zaninetti, Altiner, Dager & Ducret, 1982
Gale L., Rettori R., Martini R., Rožič B. (2013), Decapoalina n. gen. (Miliolata, Milioliporidae; Late Triassic), a new foraminiferal genus for “Sigmoilina” schaeferae Zaninetti, Altiner, Dager & Ducret, 1982, in Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 52(2), 81-93.
Depth transect of an Upper Triassic (Rhaetian) reef from Gosau, Austria: Microfacies and community ecology
Martindale Rowan C., Krystyn Leopold, Bottjer David J., Corsetti Frank A., Senowbari-Daryan Baba, Martini Rossana (2013), Depth transect of an Upper Triassic (Rhaetian) reef from Gosau, Austria: Microfacies and community ecology, in PALAEOGEOGRAPHY PALAEOCLIMATOLOGY PALAEOECOLOGY, 376, 1-21.
Late Triassic and Lower Jurassic Foraminifera of the carbonate platform of the Beyaz Aladağ Group (Eastern Taurus, Turkey): New stratigraphic implications.
Yümün Z.Ü., Kılıç A. M., Martini R., Metzger J., Tunç M. (2013), Late Triassic and Lower Jurassic Foraminifera of the carbonate platform of the Beyaz Aladağ Group (Eastern Taurus, Turkey): New stratigraphic implications., in Geobios, 46(5), 447-459.
Mino belt: Subduction-generated accretionary complex in central Japan.
Sano H., Kojima S., Sato H., Martini R. (2013), Mino belt: Subduction-generated accretionary complex in central Japan..
Palaeotethyan, Neotethyan and Hu Lu-Pindos series in the Lycian Nappes (W Turkey): Geodynamical implications.
Moix P, Vachard D, Allibon J, Martini R, Wernli R, Kozur HW, Stampfli GM (2013), Palaeotethyan, Neotethyan and Hu Lu-Pindos series in the Lycian Nappes (W Turkey): Geodynamical implications., New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, New Mexico.
TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY OF THE TROCHOLINIDAE (INVOLUTININA)
Rigaud Sylvain, Blau Joachim, Martini Rossana, Rettori Roberto (2013), TAXONOMY AND PHYLOGENY OF THE TROCHOLINIDAE (INVOLUTININA), in JOURNAL OF FORAMINIFERAL RESEARCH, 43(4), 317-339.
The Hettangian corals of the Isle of Skye (Scotland): An opportunity to better understand the palaeoenvironmental conditions during the aftermath of the Triassic – Jurassic boundary crisis.
Gretz Mélanie, Lathuilière Bernard, Martini Rossana, Bartolini Annachiara (2013), The Hettangian corals of the Isle of Skye (Scotland): An opportunity to better understand the palaeoenvironmental conditions during the aftermath of the Triassic – Jurassic boundary crisis., in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 376, 132-148.
West Timor: A key for the eastern Indonesian geodynamic evolution
Villeneuve Michel, Bellón Hervé, Martini Rossana, Harsolumakso Agus H., CORNÉE JEAN JACQUES (2013), West Timor: A key for the eastern Indonesian geodynamic evolution, in Bulletin de la Societe Geologique de France, 184(6), 569-582.
Critical review of Pseudocucurbitidae (Miliolina, Foraminiferea) from the Late Triassic reef environments of the Tethyan area
Gale L., Rettori R., Martini Rossana (2012), Critical review of Pseudocucurbitidae (Miliolina, Foraminiferea) from the Late Triassic reef environments of the Tethyan area, in Journal of Micropalaeontology, 31(2), 179-186.
Early Triassic peritidal carbonate sedimentation on a Panthalassan seamount: the Jesmond succession, Cache Creek Terrane, British Columbia, Canada
Sano Hiroyoshi, Onoue Tetsuji, Orchard Michael J., Martini Rossana (2012), Early Triassic peritidal carbonate sedimentation on a Panthalassan seamount: the Jesmond succession, Cache Creek Terrane, British Columbia, Canada, in Facies, 58(1), 113-130.
Miliolipora species (Foraminifera, Miliolina) from the Rhaetian Dachstein Limestone of Karavanke Mts (Slovenia): Palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographic implications
Gale Luka, Rettori Roberto, Martini Rossana, Kastelic Aleksander, Praprotnik Jerca, Jamnik Maša, Šmuc Andrej, Rožič Boštjan (2012), Miliolipora species (Foraminifera, Miliolina) from the Rhaetian Dachstein Limestone of Karavanke Mts (Slovenia): Palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographic implications, in Revue de micropaleontologie, 55(3), 99-112.
Parvalamellinae, a new subfamily for Triassic glomospiroid Involutinidae
Rigaud Sylvain, Martini Rossana, Rettori Roberto (2012), Parvalamellinae, a new subfamily for Triassic glomospiroid Involutinidae, in Journal of Foraminiferal Research, 42/3, 245-256.
The Late Palaeozoic carbonate rocks in northern Evia Island (Greece) - correlations and palaeogeographic implications.
Vavassis I., Martini R., Vachard D. (2012), The Late Palaeozoic carbonate rocks in northern Evia Island (Greece) - correlations and palaeogeographic implications., The Australian National Unversity, Canberra.
Cement stratigraphy: image probes of cathodoluminescent facies.
Vuillemin A., Ndiaye M., Martini R., Davaud E. (2011), Cement stratigraphy: image probes of cathodoluminescent facies., in Swiss Journal of Geosciences, 104, 55-66.
Duostominidae (Foraminiferea, Robertinida) from the Upper Triassic beds of the Slovenian Basin (Southern Alps, Slovenia)
Gale Luka, Rettori Roberto, Martini Rossana, Šmuc Andrej, Kolar-Jurkovšek Tea, Rožič Boštjan (2011), Duostominidae (Foraminiferea, Robertinida) from the Upper Triassic beds of the Slovenian Basin (Southern Alps, Slovenia), in Rivista italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, 117(3), 375-397.
Geology and Correlation of the Mersin Mélanges, Southern Turkey.
Moix P., Beccaletto L., Masset O., Kozur H.W., Dumitrica P., Vachard D., Martini R., Stampfli G.M. (2011), Geology and Correlation of the Mersin Mélanges, Southern Turkey., in Turkish Journal of Earth Sciences, 20, 57-98.
Upper Triassic foraminifers from Panthalassan carbonate buildups of southwestern Japan and their paleobiogeographic implications
Chablais Jérôme, Martini Rossana, Kobayashi Fumio, Stampfli Gérard M., Onoue Tetsuji (2011), Upper Triassic foraminifers from Panthalassan carbonate buildups of southwestern Japan and their paleobiogeographic implications, in Micropaleontology, 57(2), 93-124.
A new coral with simplified morphology from the oldest known Hettangian (Early Jurassic) reef in southern France.
Gretz Mélanie, Lathuilière Bernard, Martini Rossana, A new coral with simplified morphology from the oldest known Hettangian (Early Jurassic) reef in southern France., in Acta Paleontologica Polonica.

Collaboration

Group / person Country
Types of collaboration
Prof. G. Stanley Jr. United States of America (North America)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. H. Sano Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. F. Kobayashi Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Dr E. Samankassou Switzerland (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
Estación Regional del Noroeste Instituto de Geología - Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Mexico (North America)
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. T. Onoue Japan (Asia)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication
- Research Infrastructure
Prof. S. Cirilli Italy (Europe)
- in-depth/constructive exchanges on approaches, methods or results
- Publication

Scientific events

Active participation

Title Type of contribution Title of article or contribution Date Place Persons involved
DARIUS Final Symposium: Evolution of the Black Sea to Central Asia Tethyan Realm since the Late Paleozoic Individual talk Sedimentology and palynofacies of the Triassic Gokdere-type pelagic succession in western Taurides (Southern Turkey): implications for palaeogeographic reconstruction 08.12.2014 Paris, France Martini Rossana;
12th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Poster The relationship between the Vizcaíno ’composite‘ Terrane and the ‘Antimonio Terrane’ during the Upper Triassic 21.11.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Martini Rossana;
19th International Sedimentological Congress ISC 2014 Individual talk Upper Triassic build-ups in the Panthalassa domain: insights from the Sambosan Accretionary Complex, South-western Japan 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Martini Rossana; Peybernes Camille;
19th International Sedimentological Congress ISC 2014 Individual talk Sedimentology and palynofacies of the Triassic Gokdere-type pelagic succession in western Taurides (Southern Turkey): implications for palaeogeographic reconstruction 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Martini Rossana;
19th International Sedimentological Congress ISC 2014 Poster Carnian reef biota in the Western Panthalassa domain: new data from the Sambosan Accretionary Complex, South-western Japan 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Peybernes Camille; Martini Rossana;
International Sedimentological Congress ISC 2014 Poster The Vizcaíno “composite” Terrane – A potential Upper Triassic neighbour of the Mexican “Antimonio Terrane” 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Martini Rossana;
19th International Sedimentological Congress ISC 2014 Individual talk The Martin Bridge Carbonate Platform (Wallowa terrane, Northwestern USA): reassessment for a better understanding of the evolution of the Blue Mountains Province 18.08.2014 Geneva, Switzerland Martini Rossana;
22nd Swiss Sedimentologists Meeting Individual talk Upper Triassic reefs from Sambosan Accretionary Complex, Southwestern Japan: biostratigraphy and paleoecology 22.02.2014 Fribourg, Switzerland Martini Rossana; Peybernes Camille;
International Symposium on Foraminifera FORAMS 2014 Individual talk The paleobiogeographic and stratigraphic distribution of Early Mesozoic foraminifers: toward a better understanding of large scale dispersal and recovery processes? 19.01.2014 Concepcion, Chile Martini Rossana;
International Symposium on Foraminifera FORAMS 2014 Individual talk Unsuspected phylogenetic links between Paleozoic Fusulinana and Recent Textulariana 19.01.2014 Concepcion, Chile Martini Rossana;
Swiss Geoscience Meeting, Bern, Switzerland Talk given at a conference New insights on the stratigraphic distribution and phylogeny of foraminifers from the study of a Panthalassan terrane 06.11.2013 Berne, Switzerland Martini Rossana;
COCARDE Workshop and Field Seminar, Sicily, Italy Poster Upper Triassic atoll-type carbonates from Sambosan Accretionary Complex, Southwestern Japan: sedimentology, conodonts biostratigraphy and paleoecology. 23.09.2013 Catania, Italy Peybernes Camille;
XI Congresso GeoSed, Roma Poster Stratigraphy and Sedimentation Setting of the Triassic Gokdere-type pelagic succession in western Taurides (Southern Turkey). 22.09.2013 Roma, Italy Martini Rossana;
30th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Manchester, United Kingdom Poster The REEFCADE-project and the Antimonio terrane in Northwest Sonora, Mexico. 02.09.2013 Manchester, Great Britain and Northern Ireland Martini Rossana;
2nd Southeast Asian Gateway Evolution Meeting-SAGE, Berlin, Germany Poster Multiple collisions in Sulawesi Island and relationships with the geodynamical evolution of eastern Indonesia. 11.03.2013 Berlin, Germany Martini Rossana;
10th Swiss Geoscience Meeting Poster The breccias of Sambosan Accretionary Complex (southwestern Japan): tectonic vs depositional origin. 16.11.2012 Bern, Switzerland Peybernes Camille; Martini Rossana;
GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Talk given at a conference The Gosausee Reef (Austria): New insight into ecological zonation of Upper Triassic (Rhaetian) reef communities. 04.11.2012 Charlotte, United States of America Martini Rossana;
GSA Annual Meeting & Exposition, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA Talk given at a conference Anatomy of a Late Triassic reef and carbonate platform from the Wallowa terrane, northeastern Oregon and western Idaho 04.11.2012 Charlotte, United States of America Martini Rossana;
29th IAS Meeting of Sedimentology, Schladming, Austria Poster The breccias of Sambosan Accretionary Complex (southwestern Japan): tectonic vs depositional origin. 10.09.2012 Schladming, Austria Martini Rossana; Peybernes Camille;
65th Geological Congress of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey Talk given at a conference Stratigraphy and paleogeography of Central Taurides (southern Turkey) during the Upper Triassic and Lower Jurassic. 02.04.2012 Ankara, Turkey Martini Rossana;
65th Geological Congress of Turkey, Ankara, Turkey Talk given at a conference Upper Triassic of Central Taurides (southern Turkey): sedimentology and depositional implications. 02.04.2012 Ankara, Turkey Martini Rossana;
10th Middle East Geosciences Conference and Exhibition GEO-2012, AAPG Search and Discovery Talk given at a conference Filling the Stratigraphic Gap: Late Triassic Sedimentation on the Arabian Plate. 04.03.2012 Manama, Bahrain Martini Rossana;


Communication with the public

Communication Title Media Place Year
Talks/events/exhibitions (R)amène ta science Western Switzerland 2015
Talks/events/exhibitions Journée d’Information sur les filières d’études à l’UNIGE Western Switzerland 2014
Talks/events/exhibitions Ateliers en Sciences de la Terre, visite personnalisée pour une classe de 21 élèves de 6ème année Pr Western Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions Participation à l’événement, organisé par Expanding Your Horizon (EYH) Network programs avec le stan Western Switzerland 2013
Talks/events/exhibitions 9e édition de la Nuit de la science Western Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Atelier « Orpaillage » à la Cité des métiers et de la formation, la plus grande exposition nationale Western Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Ateliers en Sciences de la Terre, visite personnalisée pour deux classes de 21 élèves de 2ème année Western Switzerland 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Forum des formations supérieures International 2012
Talks/events/exhibitions Information sur les études et les professions Western Switzerland 2012
Other activities Stage de géologie et paléontologie Western Switzerland 2011

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
144974 Acquisition of QEMSCAN Automated High-Resolution Mineral and Petrographic Analysis. 01.12.2012 R'EQUIP
156422 Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic reef and carbonate build-up development as recorders of biotic, environmental and climatic changes (REEFCADE - continuation) 01.12.2014 Project funding
124402 Evolution of microfaunas and sediments in the Upper Triassic: palaeogeographic and tectonic assessment as a result of reef and carbonate buildup development (REEFCADE-continuation) 01.04.2009 Project funding
156422 Upper Triassic - Lower Jurassic reef and carbonate build-up development as recorders of biotic, environmental and climatic changes (REEFCADE - continuation) 01.12.2014 Project funding
124402 Evolution of microfaunas and sediments in the Upper Triassic: palaeogeographic and tectonic assessment as a result of reef and carbonate buildup development (REEFCADE-continuation) 01.04.2009 Project funding

Abstract

Sedimentological and biostratigraphic investigations in the Triassic of Eastern Pangea, especially of the Tethys realm appear essential, even after half a century of extensive research. These studies provide a major contribution to the general effort of evaluating the mode and magnitude of the global biological and ecological “revolution” that occurred at the Palaeozoic/Mesozoic boundary, a very significant period of environmental change and life renewal. However, they failed to release global evolution trends because previous studies dealt with individual localities and single fossil groups; comparative studies between distant localities within the Tethys realm were rarely conducted; and comparisons between Tethyan and Panthalassan provinces at high stratigraphic resolution are almost absent.This proposal is part of a long term research effort that started in 2006 sponsored by the SNF. It aims at comparing sedimentological, micropaleontological and geochemical data at two distant localities in order to decipher the local, regional and global factors that controlled the evolution of shallow-water carbonate systems within the huge Panthalassan realm. In this context two sites were selected: Upper Triassic mid-oceanic atoll-type carbonates from Sambosan Accretionary Complex (SAC) (Kyushu, Shikoku and Kii peninsula, Japan), and mid-oceanic shallow water carbonates from Wallowa terrane (Oregon and Idaho, NW North America).The research program proposed here focuses on the Upper Triassic Carnian to Rhaetian time slice and seeks to:-Establish accurate stratigraphic correlations for eastern and western Panthalassan carbonate complexes.-Study the composition and palaeoecology of microfossils and reef building organisms.-Reconstruct sedimentological models for mid-oceanic atoll-type buildup upon a seamount in a subduction-generated accretionary terrane as well as for volcanic island-arc carbonate platforms and reefs.-Compare and correlate Tethyan and Panthalassan biotas from the terranes and use them to improve the reconstruction of the palaeogeography.-Constrain and test existing tectonic and geodynamic models for the terrane accretion, in order to delimitate the palaeocontinental blocks and their and their journey across Panthalassa.Additionally, this type of research has been and will always provide unique opportunities for taxonomic revisions, especially in the systematic of foraminifers. Special attention will be given to the reefs and reefal facies considering that they are highly sensitivity to ecological factors. Specifically, the study of Involutinid foraminifers, sponges, calcareous green algae and corals will supply new insights into the depositional environments and allow assessing past ecological conditions.Establishing the correlation between Japanese and NW North American localities with the better studied counterparts in the Alpine sequences of the Tethyan domain will be highly significant to discriminate among the biological (e.g., lineages, endemism of fauna) and environmental factors (e.g., role of oceanic circulation, possible influence of seawater composition) leading to the Palaeozoic/Mesozoic revolution.
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