The Middle Miocene of the Fore-Carpathian Basin (Poland, Ukraine and Moldova

Anna Wysocka, Andrzej Radwański, Marcin Górka, Maciej Bąbel, Urszula Radwańska, Michał Złotnik


Studies of Miocene sediments in the Fore-Carpathian Basin, conducted by geologists from the University of Warsaw have provided new insights on the distribution of the facies infilling the basin, particularly in the forebulge and back-bulge zones. The origin of the large-scale sand bodies, evaporitic deposits and large-scale organic buildups is discussed, described and verified. These deposits originated in variable, shallow marine settings, differing in their water chemistry and the dynamics of sedimentary processes, and are unique with regard to the fossil assemblages they yield. Many years of taxonomic, biostratigraphic, palaeoecologic and ecotaphonomic investigations have resulted in the identification of the fossil assemblages of these sediments, their age, sedimentary settings and post-mortem conditions. Detailed studies were focused on corals, polychaetes, most classes of molluscs, crustaceans, echinoderms, and fishes.


Lithofacies; Fossil assemblages; Middle Miocene; Fore-Carpathian Basin; Poland; Ukraine

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