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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 67 (1983)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 452

Last Page: 452

Title: A Petrologic Examination of Some Resedimented, Coarse-Grained, Clastic Intervals in Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Pete Dotsey

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Several resedimented, coarse-grained clastic intervals exist in the strata of the Ouachita Mountains. A petrologic examination of selected units in the basal Stanley Shale, the Arkansas Novaculite, and the Missouri Mountain Shale yields information pertaining to provenance, transportation, and deposition.

Twenty-five coarse-grained units sampled are categorized as massive sandstone, pebbly sandstone, clast-supported conglomerate, and matrix-supported conglomerate. Samples exhibit grading, imbrication, and stratification indicative of mass flow and fluidal flow-transport processes. Sedimentary rock fragments are the predominant clasts, with chert being the primary constituent. Other major constituents are detrital quartz, rip-up clasts, and shale fragments, of which the latter show signs of soft-sediment deformation. A metasedimentary source area is inferred. Paleoflow direction, estimated to be to the south and southwest, was ascertained by orientation of imbricated clasts and channel cuts.

A vertical sequence change from a matrix-supported conglomerate to a bimodal, clast-supported conglomerate, both of which exhibit channeling, to a massive sandstone occurs at one locality. This fining-upward sequence is due to a change in source area, which may be the result of tectonism and/or glacio-eustatic sea-level fluctuations.

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