Interplay of deposition and soil formation in an Upper Triassic playa landscape

Wolfgang Schirmer
Heinrich-Heine University, Germany

The Upper Triassic Burgsandstein (Löwenstein Formation) in Franconia presents a fossil desertlike playa landscape with episodic supply of clastic material. It occurs as sheet wash and river deposits. A tight interplay of deposition and soil formation evidences longer periods of standstill with soil formation and shorter periods of fine to coarse clastic alluvial and fluvial deposition. While in shales tight bedding with unconformities veil the frequent and real change of...
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