Zealandia’s Early Paleozoic sandstones: detrital mineralogy of the Greenland and Reefton Groups

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Nicholas Mortimer


New point counts of 13 Buller Terrane sandstones have been made. The results suggest a less quartzose and
more lithic rich content of detrital sand grains in the Ordovician Greenland Group than indicated by an earlier
published study (average Q:F:L = 58:16:26 and 23% matrix rather than 81:8:11 and 37% matrix). A low grade
sedimentary-metasedimentary provenance is indicated. Detrital K-feldspar, previously believed to be absent
from the Greenland Group, has been confirmed in at least six sandstones. In contrast to the greywacke-like
nature of the Greenland Group, Devonian Reefton Group sandstones are texturally and mineralogically more
mature; they are highly quartzose (average Q:F:L 96:2:2, 13% matrix) and generally have better sorted and more
rounded grains. The new results indicate a recycled orogen provenance for the Greenland Group and a
continental block provenance for the Reefton Group




Earth Sciences, Geology, Physical Sciences and Mathematics


sandstone, Petrography, New Zealand, Buller Terrane, Greenland Group, greywacke, Paleozoic, Western Province


Published: 2019-03-01 02:21


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