Sedimentation of the alternating greywacke and argillite strata in the Porirua district

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Abstract

The Lower Mesozoic alternating greywackes and argillites in the Porirua district exhibit graded bedding, lamination, convolute lamination, cross lamination, mud flakes, and current markings. The sediments, rapidly derived from a plutonic terrain, were rapidly transported and deposited by turbidity currents in the New Zealand Geosyncline. The orientation of cross lamination and Current markings suggests that the turbidity currents flowed north-north-east, sub-parallel to the present regional tectonic trend. At Porirua, sedimentation was in deep water, a considerable distance from the supplying land mass, and not far from the axis of the geosyncline.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)461-478
Number of pages18
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Geology and Geophysics
Volume2
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1959
Externally publishedYes

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