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Early Paleozoic. Periods of the Early Paleozoic ► Cambrian: 570-505 mya ► Ordovician: 505-438 mya ► Silurian: 438-408 mya.

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1 Early Paleozoic

2 Periods of the Early Paleozoic ► Cambrian: 570-505 mya ► Ordovician: 505-438 mya ► Silurian: 438-408 mya

3 Overview of Paleozoic ► Broad Sequence of Events  Gradual Marine invasion of low continents ► Wide epeiric (shallow) seas; moderated climate ► Wide shallow habitats for marine organisms  Epeiric seas retreated; instability occurred ► Thick sedimentary layers and Volcanic deposits developed  Collisional Mountain ranges built

4 Plate Tectonic Events ► Break-up of Rodinia ► Oceanic closing and orogeny to form Pangaea  Taconic orogeny  Acadia orogeny  Alleghenian orogeny  Caledonian Orogeny  Hercynian Orogeny

5 Clues to Paleogeography ► Paleomagnetic evidence ► Lithologic evidence ► Limestone ► Evaporites ► Lithic Sandstone and greywacke ► Arkose ► Tillites ► Quartz sandstone ► Shales Shallow Sea Equatorial Drying conditions Mountain Building Arid conditions-deserts

6 Laurentia (N. America) and Gondwanaland (first stage of Pangaea ) ► Gondwanaland ► formed in southern hemisphere ► consists of S. America, Africa, and other shields ► Drifter south to polar position ► Laurentia ► Lay on equator ► rotated counter clockwise

7 Continental framework ► Stable interior ► Arches ► Synclines ► Basins ► Domes ► Orogenic Belts ► Cordilleran Mtn ► Franklin Mtn ► Appalachian Mtn ► Caledonian mnt

8 Paleogeography of Laurentia ► Equator: North-central Mexico to Ellsmere Island, Canada ► Vast epeiric Sea (30o Latitude; vast carbonate deposits) ► Vast lowlands of Canada Shield were exposed (desert) ► Volcanic Mnts: Texas and New England


10 Seaways ► Appalachians (on east) ► Cordilleran (on west) ► Franklinian (on north) ► Caledonian (on northwest)  Extensive Sediment belts ► Shales in seaways ► limestone in empieric seas ► Quartz sand on shoreline and deserts

11 Cratonic Sequence of Paleozoic ► Sauk Sequence: Late Proterozoic to early Ordovician ► Tippecanoe Sequence: Early Ordovician to early Devonian ► Kaskakia Sequence: Early Devonian to end of Mississippian ► Absaroka Sequence: Pennsylvanian to Early Jurassic

12 Early Paleozoic History ► Synopsis of Sauk Transgression  Canadian Shield eroded for 50 my prior to transgression  Gradual transgression covered shield  Transcontinental Arch (highlands) became island chain in shallow epeiric sea  Transcontinental Arch: Ontario to Mexico, parallel to Cambrian equator ► As a Result:  Late Cambrian seas: MT to NY  Cordilleran deposits of Grand Canyon ► Tapeat Sandstone (oldest) ► Bright Angel Shale ► Mauv Limestone (youngest)

13 Back to the Sauk Sequence ► By the early Ordovician sea regresses and deposition ends  Vast continental-scale uncomformity  Karst topography on carbonates rocks

14 Tippecanoe Sequence ► Massive unconformity separates the Tippecanoe from the Sauk Sequence  Known for: ► the “Super Mature” Sandstone, St. Peter Sandstone  What could “Super Mature” mean? ► Carbonate deposits contain abundant marine fauna

15 Fauna found in Tippecanoe ► Shallow Marine limestones with vast fauna  Brachiopods  Bryozoans  Echinoderms  Mollusks  Corals  Algae

16 Close of the Tippecanoe ► Landlocked, reef-fringed basins develop in Great Lake region

17 Evaporite region ► In some areas evaporites accumulated to 750 meters  If this occurred due to evaporation of a single body of water, the water would have to have been ~1000 kilometers deep Barred Basin

18 Cordilleran Region History  Sauk Interval ► Passive Margin on opening ocean; deep marine basin on west ► Western ocean opened; block rotated out; included Siberian region of Asian continent ► Arms of rift filled with thick sediments  Belt supergroup (MT, ID, BC)  Uinta Series (UT)  Pahrump Series (CA)  Canadian Rockies (BC, Alberta)

19 Tippecanoe Interval ► Conversion to active margin with subduction (Wilson Cycle) ► Volcanic Chain formed along western trench ► Trench deposits; greywacke and volcanics ► Western ocean deposits: Siliceous black shales and bedded cherts with graptolites (graptolite facies) ► East of subduction zone: shelly facies- deposited in back arch basins (fossiliferous carbonates)

20 Appalachian History ► Appalachian Trough: Deformed three times during Paleozoic  Subdivisions of trough: ► Eastern sediment belt: greywacke, volcanic siliceous shale ► Western sediment belt: Shale, sandstone, limestone  Physiographic region of today ► Eastern belt: Blue Ridge and Piedmont ► Western Belt: Valley and Ridge and Plateau

21 Sauk Interval ► Trough was a passive margin on opening ocean  Shelf sediments: sandstone and limestone  Oceanic sediments: shales ► Transgression spread deposits westward across craton; thick carbonates formed on subsiding shelf ► Abrupt end with onset of subduction and ocean closure during Middle Ordovician


23 Tippecanoe Interval ► Carbonate sedimentation ceased; platform downwarped by subduction ► Thick graptolite black shale and shoreline immature sands spread west ► Volcanic flows and pyroclastic beds formed when volcanoes emerged on coast  Rapid closing of eastern ocean (Iapetus); coastal and volcanic arc developed ► Millerburg Volcanic ash bed formed (454 my; 1-2 m thick)

24 Taconic Orogeny ► Appalachian Mountains built in collision with part of western Europe ► Compression folded shelf sediments into mnt and Logan’s Thrust formed (48 km displacement)

25 Taconic Orogeny


27 ► Giant granitic batholiths produced by Taconic melting  Taconic Mountains weathered to form vast sandstones of PA, WY, OH, and NY ► Great clastic wedges spread westward (age tracts deformation)

28 Climates ► Transgressions= Mild Climates, windswept low terrains ► Regressions and Orogenic Episodes= Harsher more diverse climates; winds diverted by mountains ► Earth Rotation was faster (shorter days, greater tidal effects)

29 Climate ► No land Plants  Solar Radiation reflected, not absorbed  Sever temperature differences resulting ► End of Late Proterozoic Glacial Cycle: Cool beginning for Early Paleozoic ► Melting Polar Caps= Rising sea levels and warming ► Equitorial Position= tropical climates for Laurentia, Baltica, and Antarctica ► No Ice caps= warm polar seas

30 Climate ► Cross Bedding in Desert Sand Deposits  Shows wind blew NE to SW across eastern

31 Ordovician ► Sea Levels and Biotic Extinctions  African Glaciation lowered sea levels and cooled global temperatures  End-Ordovician extinctions in many families ► Bryozoans ► Tabulate corals ► Brachiopods ► Sponges ► Nautiloid cephalopods ► Crinoids

32 Silurian Climate ► Temperature Zonation  Glacial deposits above 65 o latitude  Reefs, evaporates, eolian sands below 40 o latitude

33 Late Paleozoic ► Devonian (480-360 m.y.a.) ► Mississippian (360-320 m.y.a.) ► Pennsylvanian (320-286 m.y.a.) ► Permian (286-245 m.y.a.)

34 Pangea ► During Silurian Iapetus sea closes - joins Baltica and Lauretia (Caledonian Orogeny) ► Devonian-Orogeny continues to south forming Laurussia ► Pennsylvanian collision joins Gondwanna Land and Laurussia (Hercynian in Europe, the Alleghenian in N. America ► By the Late Permian Pangea is complete

35 Forming Pangea Devonian Pennsylvannian Mississippian Silurian Permian

36 Kaskaskia Sequence ► Oriskany sandstone- initial transgression ► Devonian Clastics- material shed off rising Appalachians ► Upper Devonian-Mississippian  Massive marine deposits ► Late Mississippian- Regression  Widespread erosion and development of Karst topography

37 Absaroka Sequence ► Yet another transgression ► Unique cyclical sediments  Cyclothems ► Shale ► Limestone ► Shale ► Limestone ► Coal ► Caused by either eustatic rise in sea level (Glacial melting) or by subsidence.

38 Climate ► Zonation paralled latitude  Warm to hot within 40 o of equator ► Reduced CO 2 in late Paleozoic causes cooling and then late Paleozoic Ice Age

39 Mineral Deposits ► Fossil Fuels  Coal ► Present in all post Devonian rocks ► Limestone- used to produce cement’ ► Silica- glass production ► Silver, gold- mountain building events

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