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By James L. Best, Paul B. Wignall

The Carboniferous Shannon Basin of Western eire has turn into essentially the most visited box components on this planet. It offers a terrific chance for reading a variety of historic sedimentary environments, together with carbonate shelf, reefs and dust mounds, black shales and phosphates, and a spectrum of deep sea, shallow marine, fluvio-deltaic and alluvial siliciclastic sediments. the world boasts huge outcrops and a few of the main well known sections via turbidites, large-scale delicate sediment deformation gains and sediments that demonstrate a reaction to tectonic and sea-level controls.

This box consultant presents the 1st synthesis of the vital localities during this sector of Western eire, and provides an simply available instruction manual that may advisor the reader to, and inside, a variety of sedimentary facies, permitting an figuring out of the evolving nature of the fill of this Carboniferous basin and the context of its sedimentary and tectonic evolution. The advisor summarizes fresh and new paintings within the region by way of a number authors and descriptions problems with present debate in regards to the Shannon Basin and its palaeoenvironmental interpretation. the sector advisor will locate huge use in educating and learn by means of educational researchers, expert and beginner geologists, in addition to via utilized geologists, geophysicists and reservoir engineers who use those outcrops as analogues for subsurface reservoirs in lots of components of the world.

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Edited by James L. Best and Paul B. Wignall. © 2016 International Association of Sedimentologists. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. com/go/best/shannonbasin 35 36 Chapter 3 passes westward into the Atlantic Ocean where it is sharply truncated by the north‐south trending Porcupine Basin; a much younger structure developed around 150 km west of the County Clare coastline (Strogen, 1988). Overall, the Shannon Basin was approximately 250 to 300 km wide along its roughly east‐west axis and at least half that value in a north‐ south orientation.

Anch. = Scaliognathus anchoralis. 2 Tournaisian and Viséan Limestones from the Shannon Estuary, Co. 2). The excursion will examine the succession in stratigraphic order, commencing with the oldest rocks of the Mellon House Formation exposed west of Ringmoylan Quay (Stop 1). After this the suggested route travels west down the Shannon Estuary, thereby passing stratigraphically upwards through the Tournaisian and Viséan limestones (Stops 2 to 6). Killadysert Ca I Ini shc nishtu non Is. b ork er I brid s.

Wignall. © 2016 International Association of Sedimentologists. Published 2016 by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. com/go/best/shannonbasin 16 The Shannon Basin: Structural Setting and Evolution 17 The purpose of this introduction is twofold; firstly to consider briefly the pre‐Carboniferous history of the area and how it might have influenced the siting of this depositional basin, and secondly to briefly review the subsequent deformational and metamorphic history that affects what is seen in these world‐famous exposures.

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