Rocks of the Craven District in Northern England are instructive in illustrating structurallycontrolled
facies variations within the Lower Carboniferous marine carbonate geology of
northern England. Reefs accumulated in fluctuating marine environments, with interbeds
of shale reflecting periodic low energy sedimentation in deeper marine environments and
interbeds of well sorted crinoid debris reflecting higher energy periods associated with
shallower marine environments. Karstic surfaces reflect periods of emergence with boulder
beds representing erosion. The extensive carbonate exposures also contain an abundance of
marine fossil faunas useful for biostratigraphic correlation.
This field trip can also be delivered in conjunction with our Carbonate Reservoir Geology
and Integrated Sequence Stratigraphy courses.
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