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Astronomical calibration of the Early Jurassic Sinemurian Stage based on cyclostratigraphic studies of downhole logging data of the Prees-2 borehole, England (ICDP JET Project)

In late 2020, an approximately 650 m long core was drilled at Prees within the Cheshire Basin, England, as part of the ICDP project JET (Integrated Understanding of the Early Jurassic Earth System and Timescale). The main objective of this project is to obtain a complete and continuous sedimentary archive of the Early Jurassic. The Early Jurassic (~200-175 million years) was a period of extreme environmental changes, which will serve as an analogue for present and future environmental change. The project aims to provide a reference record for an integrated stratigraphy (bio-, cyclo-, chemo- and magnetostratigraphy) of this period.

Analysis of geophysical borehole logs will allow the description of sedimentary cycles related to orbital parameters and paleoclimatic history if depositional environment and sedimentation rate permits. Here, downhole logging data from the Prees-2 borehole are used to construct a floating astronomical timescale for the Sinemurian stage, contributing to an integrated timescale for the Early Jurassic. Cyclostratigraphic methods, including a statistical and a visual approach, lead to preliminary durations for the Sinemurian stage of ~6.2 and 6.8 million years, respectively.


Katharina Leu1, Christian Zeeden1, Arne Ulfers2, Micha Ruhl3, Stephen Peter Hesselbo4, Thomas Wonik1
1Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics, Germany; 2Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany; 3Trinity College Dublin, Ireland; 4University of Exeter, United Kngdom
GeoBerlin 2023