Periodicities in the Composition of Late Triassic Calciturbidites (Eastern Alps, Austria)

  1. P. L. de Boer4 and
  2. D. G. Smith5
  1. J. J. G. Reijmer1,
  2. A. Sprenger2,
  3. W. G. H. Z. ten Kate2,
  4. W. Schlager2 and
  5. L. Krystyn3

Published Online: 29 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444304039.ch21

Orbital Forcing and Cyclic Sequences

Orbital Forcing and Cyclic Sequences

How to Cite

Reijmer, J. J. G., Sprenger, A., ten Kate, W. G. H. Z., Schlager, W. and Krystyn, L. (1994) Periodicities in the Composition of Late Triassic Calciturbidites (Eastern Alps, Austria), in Orbital Forcing and Cyclic Sequences (eds P. L. de Boer and D. G. Smith), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444304039.ch21

Editor Information

  1. 4

    Utrecht, The Netherlands

  2. 5

    London, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    GEOMAR Forschungszentrum für marine Geowissenschaften, Wischhofstr. 1–3, D-24148 Kiel, Germany

  2. 2

    Faculteit der Aardwetenschappen, Vrije Universiteit, De Boelelaan 1085, 1081 HV Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  3. 3

    Institut für Paläontologie der Universität Wien, Universitätsstrasse 7, A-1010 Wien I, Austria

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JAN 1994

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632037360

Online ISBN: 9781444304039



  • periodicities in composition of Late Triassic calciturbidities;
  • thin-section analysis;
  • time series analysis;
  • Blackman-Tukay (BT);
  • thickness versus time


Carbonate platform sediments of the Triassic Dachstein Formation display the so-called Lofer cycles, attributed to sea-level fluctuations. The Lofer cycles have been attributed by previous authors to the Milankovitch variations of the parameters of the Earth's orbit.

The Late Triassic Pedata/Pötschen Schichten represent the basinal equivalent of the Dachstein Formation. The petrographical composition of 810 calciturbidites of the Late Triassic Lacke section (Eastern Alps, Austria) was analysed to see whether the flooding/exposure cycles of the platform could be traced into the adjacent basin. In each thin section, 200 points were counted. Seven categories of platform-bank or basin-derived grains were distinguished. The platform-bank derived input (e.g. Dasycladaceae, platform Foraminifera, pellets, Bryozoa, corals, calcisponges, microproblematica) displays a clear variation throughout the section. Spectral analysis revealed various cyclicities in the basinal sediments. The effects on the power spectra of individual debris flows and variations in sedimentation rate are evaluated.

The fluctuation in calciturbidite composition along the section is conceived as a response to sea-level controlled variation in platform sediment production. After transformation into time, correspondence of several spectral peaks with Milankovitch quasi-periodicities can be suggested.