Late Permian non-marine-marine transitional profiles in the central Southern Permian Basin, northern Germany

Berit Legler, U. Gebhardt, J. W. Schneider

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    The transition from Rotliegend to Zechstein within the Southern Permian Basin is one from continental desert to a marine environment. During the Upper Rotliegend II a huge playa lake existed there. This lake was temporarily influenced by precursors of the Zechstein transgression. Therefore the mega-playa evolved into a sabkha system. One of these early marine ingressions is known from an outcrop in Schleswig-Holstein. Laminated silt- and claystones, deposited within a standing water body, are intercalated in siltstones of a salt-flat environment. The lake sediments are characterised by high frequency cyclicity, shown by the sedimentary record and also by palaeontological data. The section contains fresh water as well as brackish-marine and marine fauna. Climatically forced cycles interact with marine incursions. After the Zechstein transgression had flooded the basin completely, sedimentation was controlled by sea-level fluctuations. Two sections, in the southern North Sea and in Schleswig-Holstein, are presented in this paper. Cyclicities with different frequencies controlled the sedimentation of the Kupferschiefer (T1) and the Werra Carbonate (Ca1). Sediments of the North Sea sequence were deposited within a shallow bay at the margin of an elevation. Therefore, the high frequency cyclicity became obvious within the sedimentary patterns and in the faunal content. © Springer-Verlag 2005.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)851-862
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Earth Sciences
    Issue number5-6
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2005


    • Cyclic sedimentation
    • Marine incursions
    • Rotliegend
    • Southern Permian Basin
    • Zechstein transgression


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