Sedimentology and Diagenesis of Mississippian (Kinderhookian and Osagean: Tournaisian and Visean) Reefs in Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, and Northeast Oklahoma
Morris, Beau T. (2011). Sedimentology and Diagenesis of Mississippian (Kinderhookian and Osagean: Tournaisian and Visean) Reefs in Southwest Missouri, Northwest Arkansas, and Northeast Oklahoma. -- In Proceedings: 7th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p. 110-111
Reefs within the Kinderhookian Compton and basal Osagean Pierson formations are interpreted to have formed on aggradational to progradational distally-steepened ramps, respectively. Pierson reefs are mainly layered bafflestones, containing abundant fenestrate bryozoans and crinoids, capped by crinoid grainstones. They are interpreted to have been deposited in a relatively shallow, high-energy environment. Compton reefs are hybrid mud-dominated lithoherms/fenestrate bryozoan-crinoid muddy bafflestones. Interpreted to have been deposited in low-energy, deeper-water environments than the Pierson reefs. The lithoherm/bafflestone reefs were uplifted and subaerially exposed in mid-Compton time. Meteoric-dissolution vugs formed and were floored by crystal silt and occluded by coarse calcite cement. Then the reefs were dislodged and redeposited to the north within thick sections of upper Compton that downlapped an intraformational exposure surface.
Paper presented to the 7th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, May 4, 2011.
Research completed at the Department of Geology