The Tylawa Limestones – a regional marker horizon in the Lower Oligocene of the Paratethys: diagnostic characteristics from the type area

Agnieszka Ciurej, Grzegorz Haczewski


Three units of laminated coccolith limestone are used as regional chronohorizons in the Oligocene of the Outer Carpathians. Two of them – the Tylawa Limestones and the Jasło Limestone display a similar type of lamination and their discrimination is in some cases problematic. We provide a detailed mesoscopic and microscopic lithological description of the Tylawa Limestones from the type locality at Tylawa and from Rudawka Rymanowska – the best exposure in the Polish Carpathians. The finely laminated limestone layers are up to 5.5 cm thick and are dispersed through a section more than 100 m thick. They are grouped in clusters. They differ from the younger Jasło Limestone in: (1) an absence of foraminifers, (2) a mass occurrence of Reticulofenestra ornata Müller, (3) the presence of voids after pennate diatoms, (4) dark laminae which are more pronounced than in the Jasło Limestone.



Tylawa Limestones; Outer Carpathians; coccolith limestone; chronohorizons; Oligocene

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