Vanished evaporites: revisited



Detrital particles were found as a sand-silt layer in a deep-sea Messinian Stage (Upper Miocene) salt deposit in the Mediterranean Basin (Balearic Sea). These particles include worn and limonite-coated quartz, feldspar, glauconite, volcanic glass, reworked Messinian foraminifera and some lutecites. The lutecites are not original to the salt and taken in their association with the other detritus, especially the foraminifera, suggest syndepositional reworking of exposed Messinian evaporites.